The Chen Clan Ancestral Temple
The Chen Clan Ancestral Temple is not your typical Chinese temple. It is more of a museum that will transport you back in time to the family center of one of the largest Chinese clans, the Chen (or Chang) family clan.
This ancestral home was established over a century ago by the Chen elders and served as a center for members of the widespread Chen clan visiting Guangzhou for studies or business as well as a hall for ancestor worship.
The Chen Clan constitutes the largest in China, in fact, Chen or Chang is the most widespread surname in the world.
For our family, also descendants of the Chen Clan, it was a real treat to be able to visit our ancestral home.
The buildings are themselves a marvel of architecture and craftmanship.
With a history of hundreds of years, they have been beautifully restored and maintained, and you are still able to appreciate the intricate carvings and decorations that adorn the roofs, doors, windows, and gates.
This temple is set up as a museum, it houses the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum, and is furnished with authentic relics and pieces of art of all kinds: porcelain, ivory carvings, pottery, paintings, iron castings, embroideries, etc.
The surrounding gardens and courtyards are lovely and also filled with sculptures, bonsai trees, fish bowls, etc.
There is a gift shop, one of the best ones for Chinese souvenirs in Guangzhou we found. We had some name chops made here with the kids' names, what better place to have it done than at your own ancestral home!
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This is the largest, best-preserved, most beautifully decorated traditional building in Guangdong Province. It is artistically featured as a famous scenic spot in South China and chosen as a "Guangzhou New Century Top Eight Scenic Spot"
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