In the morning, I leave the hotel for academic temple in Guangzhou: Chen Clan Academy which is built by the 72 Chen clans for their juniors’ accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations in 1894 in Qing Dynasty. It was changed to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College and then middle schools afterward. Now it becomes the house of the Guangdong Folk Art Museum and the complex consist of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards.
Walking in the yard, facing south, the complex forms around a north-south axis. It exemplifies traditional Chinese architecture and decoration style and has influenced cultural and architectural developments worldwide. For the history, Chen Ruinan and Chen Zhaonan, Chinese-Americans who returned to Guangzhou proposed the idea to raise money from all the Chen clans to build a temple for worshiping of their ancestors and a place for their clansman to study for examination was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas family members. Go through on the main axis lie the Head-entrance the Gathering Hall and the Back Hall. These three main buildings are separated with courtyards.
After this traditional yard tour, I just go to explore the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is an octagon-shaped building in Guangzhou. The hall was designed by Lu Yanzhi and was built with funds raised by local and overseas Chinese people in memory of Sun Yat-sen. The construction work commenced in 1929 and completed in 1931. The hall is a large octagonal structure with a span of 71 meters without pillars, housing a large stage and seats 3,240 people.
Having been severely damaged it was repaired and improved several times. Until 1998, it was comprehensively upgraded to its present-day condition. A statue of Sun Yat-sen was erected in front of the main entrance which can give your very solemn feelings. It will refresh you after visiting the bustling commercial metropolis and provide you with a moment to touch this great man in Chinese history. He is our national hero and ends the Feudalism in China.
I always think Guangzhou is one of the most modern cities in China, however, after today’s unforgettable trip make me to start believe that this city is full of Chinese traditional culture and give you plenty imaginations for this lovely metropolis.