Chen Clan Academy (Chen Jia Ci)

Admission:

Adults RMB 10; Children RMB 5

Hours:

8:30am-5pm daily

How to get there:

Just west of Zhongshan Qi Lu (Zhōngshān Qī Lù, 中山七路) and Kangwang Lu (Kāngwáng Lù, 康王路), Metro Line 1 Chen Clan Academy Station takes you there directly.

Also known as the "Chen Clan Temple", the Chen Clan Academy (Chén Jiā Cí, 陈家祠) is a unique complex and a fascinating monument to South China's culture...and to anyone from Guangdong Province with the common surname Chen. 

Built in the late 19th century with funds gathered from Chens throughout Guangdong, the Chen Clan Academy served as a gathering place, hall of ancestral worship and school. 

The province's many Chens put a lot of money into their namesake academy, and today the complex's series of courtyards and marvelously decorated rooms filled with potteries, artwork and wood carvings provide visitors with a vivid sense of what life was like in the latter years of the Qing Dynasty.

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