The two ancient towns we visited this time are Shawan Ancient Town in Panyu, Guangzhou and Xingtan Town in Shunde, Foshan. These two ancient towns contain almost all the elements of the ancient town of Lingnan. So let us first figure out the concept of Lingnan.
“Lingnan” originally refers to the south of the Wuling Mountains in southern China (the five ridges are composed of Yuechengling, Du Pangling, Menglingling, Qitianling and Datunling), which is equivalent to Guangdong and Guangxi. And the whole territory of Hainan, generally refers to the southern part of China. However, with the habit of word of mouth, people gradually formed a special area in Guangdong. Therefore, the “Lingnan” now referred to refers to the Guangdong area.
Wenfeng Tower, Shawan Ancient Town.
Pengyuan Water Town Mingyuan Bridge.
Self-driving tour around Shenzhen city. Starting from Shenzhen, two ancient towns are scheduled for one day.
Drive at 9:30 in the morning and arrive at Shawan Ancient Town at noon; use the ancient town (walking horses) for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, during which lunch is carried with dry food;
In the afternoon, continue driving to Xingtan Town, Shunde, Foshan, and arrive at Xingtan Town about 2:30. It is also used to play Pengjianshui Township in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Going home at around 4 pm, returning to Shenzhen is already in the evening.
Related traffic information
Combined with the content of the travel notes.
Domestic tourism, there is nothing special to prepare, but there are a few things you must remember to bring, that is, identity documents, sunglasses, sunscreen and the like. Civilized travel, happy travel! When you arrive at the scenic spot, you need to pay attention to develop good hygiene habits, pay attention to personal quality cultivation, and don’t litter anywhere.
Also, because of self-driving, it is very important to arrange and plan driving routes in advance. This time we were on the way back to Shenzhen from Pengjian Water Town, because we went wrong on the highway, we went a lot.
Shawan Ancient Town
Shawan Ancient Town is adjacent to the downtown area of Panyu, Guangzhou. Shawan was built in the Southern Song Dynasty and is a historic ancient town of Lingnan. Speaking of the various titles won by this town, the honorary titles such as “Hometown of Chinese Folk Art”, “Chinese Historical and Cultural Town”, “National Civilized Town”, and “National Health Town” are somewhat unclear. a feeling of.
After the town became famous, the local government carefully built the town. Afterwards, the old town of Shawan was completely renewed, retaining the original antique flavor of the ancient town and presenting a new visual experience. The entire block is neat and orderly, with complete facilities and reasonable functional layout. The core area has created 10 themed pavilions, including the Shawan Ancestral Hall Cultural Exhibition Hall (Leng Gengtang), the Academician He Binglin Memorial Hall, and the Guangdong Music Memorial Hall (Sancha Hall), which showcases the magnificent ancestral culture and clan of Shawan. Culture, architectural culture, farming culture, folk literature and art, etc., fully demonstrate the elegance and rich historical and cultural heritage of Shawan Ancient Town.
Shawan Ancient Town is one of the birthplaces of Cantonese music. The famous Cantonese music “Spring Light” and “Peach Li Zhengchun” are said to have come from the hands of folk musician He Shaoxia in this town.
The Sancha Hall is now being converted into the “Guangdong Music Memorial Hall”.
The He Pinglin Academician Memorial Hall, one of the “Three Shakes of Shawan”, was opened in Shawan Town, Panyu City, Guangdong Province, which was born and raised during the New Year’s Day in 2012. Academician He Binglin is a master of polymer chemistry in China and the behind-the-scenes hero of China’s first atomic bomb research and development.
The largest ancestral hall in the ancient town, this ancestral hall and several buildings above are all going to collect tickets.
Shawan Ancient Town Information
Attraction type: Ancient town
Recommended play: half a day
Tickets: Free entry into the ancient town, but entering the Liu Gengtang, Zhennantun, He Binglin Academician Memorial Hall, Sancha Hall, etc. are charged, the pass is 20 yuan per person, and the ticket for each ticket is 10 yuan per person.
Opening hours: 9:30-17:30
Guzhen Address: No. 10, Daxiangyong Road, Shawan, Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Official website: http://www.shawanguzhen.com/
Located in the modern commercial street of Xitou, the town. Walk through the parking lot and enter the town first.
Many specialty foods in Shawan Ancient Town are very famous in Guangdong. It is a pity that our tourism is mainly based on watching the scenery. At noon, we only ate dry food that we carried with us.
Handicraft shop on the street.
Ancient buildings in the town.
Qingshuijing is a landmark in the town. The clear water well is surrounded by a rectangular common well made of white marble. It is about 3 meters wide, about 4 meters long and 1.5 meters deep. There is no cover stone.
Sakai. Hey, the meaning of Cantonese double. This well is very rich in Lingnan local characteristics.
The stage on the Sakai Square.
Shawan Ancient Town Traffic Information
Public transportation: From Guangzhou to Shawan Ancient Town, you can take the subway to Panyu District City Bridge, then turn to Panyu City Bus, sit in Fanqiao 6, Fan 7, Fan 12, Fan 67 to “Cultural Center or Religious Hall” Get off at the old town of Shawan.
Self-driving tour: We are starting from Shenzhen, take the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway to the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway and cross the Humen Bridge. After entering the Guangzhou boundary, we will take the South Second Ring Expressway (the exit of the nuclear power) and walk straight across the Beidou Bridge and along the west side of Shawan. Go to the west entrance of Shawan Ancient Town. The whole journey from Shenzhen to Shawan Ancient Town is about 120 kilometers. Considering the traffic jam on the Humen Bridge, the whole journey takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. There is a new parking lot at the west entrance of Shawan Ancient Town. The parking fee is 15 yuan per car per day.
Shawan Ancient Town Style
Shawan Ancient Town has preserved a large number of ancient buildings during the Ming, Qing and Republican periods. The characteristics of Shawan Ancient Town are summarized as stone steps and green brick houses. These blue-brick houses contain a large number of art works such as brick carvings, wood carvings, stone carvings, gray plastics and murals. The artistic style has rich Lingnan characteristics. There is also a lot of various ancient temples and memorial halls in this ancient town, some of which have to buy tickets.Can go in.
In front of the clear water well, the walls of a building are very eye-catching. This is the unique and unique architectural form of Lingnan architecture.
I think the biggest advantage of this kind of wall is that people can’t rely on it.嘎嘎嘎
Look, some of the shells are sharp.
The old banyan tree in the village entrance, cast a big shade.
This intersection is the best portrayal of the stone steps and green brick buildings in the ancient town.
Three pieces of Qing Dynasty stone monument.
Lingnan style wall.
It’s unusual to sculpt the edge of the beam.
“Three feet lane”. The narrowest place has to pass by.
Ancient town cultural heritage
In addition to the Lingnan architectural features of “Shijie Stone Lane and Green Brick Building”, the ancient town of Shawan is also rich in intangible cultural heritage, especially the “brick carving” and “Guangdong music”.
The brick carvings in Shawan Ancient Town are exquisite and vivid, and are included in the intangible cultural heritage of Guangdong Province.
The brick carvings in the ancient town of Shawan are not burnt after being kneaded, but are directly carved on the blue bricks.
Guangdong traditional wedding scene.
He Shaoxia’s former residence is hidden in the ancient town. The address is No. 7 Huiyan Lane, Chezi Street.
As mentioned earlier, He Shaoxia is a folk musician born and raised in Shawan Ancient Town.
He Shaoxia’s former residence.
There is a “Jinshi Lane” in the ancient town. Therefore, a family named He’s family named after two scholars in the Song Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty.
Wenfeng Tower is the commanding height of Gusha Bay. It overlooks the whole town at the top of the tower and is a landmark building of the ancient town. Guta is located at the junction of Guancun Lane and Buyunli in Beicun, also known as Wenchang Pavilion and Wenkui Tower. It was built in the 60th year of Qing Emperor Kangxi (1721). The tower is three-storey and is a feng shui building in the ancient town of Shawan. The tower is dedicated to the “Wen Kui Xing” statue. It was originally a place where the scholars and children of the township “winter school” must come to worship. The construction of this tower is intended to be in the prosperous Shawan style, praying that the ancient town of Shawan will be able to produce more scholars.
After we finished the ancient town, we did not see this ancient tower. In order to see this ancient tower, we asked the local villagers and found the place after several turns. This place is really hard to find. As the top of the tower was being repaired, it was not able to reach the top of the tower.
Wenfeng Tower is the feng shui treasure of the whole town.
The inner layer of Wenfeng Tower is dedicated to the “Wenchang Emperor” statue. The stairs next to the tower were sealed and tourists were not allowed to go up.
Standing in the old town of Shawan on the base of Wenfeng Tower.
Go to Pengjian Water Township
Because our itinerary plans to run two places a day, we can’t delay in the old town of Shawan for too long (if you want to carefully play in the old town of Shawan, it is ok to stay here for one day). After coming out of Shawan Ancient Town, use GPS navigation and positioning to directly locate “Pengjian Water Township”.
After coming out of Shawan Ancient Town, take Shiliang Road to Guangzhou South Second Ring Expressway, turn to the First Ring Road to Shunde Xinglong Road, and walk straight along Xinglong Road to Pengjian Water Town at the northern end of Xingtan Town. The road is about 40 kilometers long and takes about 60 minutes (counting the time to find the road and parking). We started at 1:30 pm and arrived at Pengjian Water Township at around 2:30.
The stone mouth of the Pengjian Water Township is standing at the entrance of the village.
Because we go for normal time, there are not many tourists and parking is very convenient. By asking the locals, we found a parking space along the street that was closer to the scenic spot and did not park in the regular parking lot.
After going to the scenic spot, follow this path and walk through the scenic spot.
Pengjian Water Township Information
Scenic address: Fengjian Village, Xingtan Town, Shunde District, Foshan City
Scenic spot type: Gucun Water Township
Play time: half a day
Opening hours: open all day
Ticket Information: Free
At the entrance to the scenic spot of the water town, there is a cultural relief wall, which reflects the historical development of Pengjian Water Town.
The water resources and water environment of Pengjian Water Town are beautiful, and there are more than 10 kilometers around the village waterway. The villagers’ houses are mostly distributed along the waterfront.
This is a pond in the village, like a water garden.
The village houses still retain the old style.
It was not long before we walked in the village. It was very conspicuous to see a tall building like a temple in the village. I thought that there is such a big temple in the small village. What is it? Curiosity drives us to see. So I walked around the alleys and walked to the temple. I looked up and looked at the temple door and wrote the words “Jingmiaojingyuan”. It turned out to be a nunnery. I want to come to this temple must be a new temple that the locals raised and built soon. From the perspective of its scale, we know that the believers here must be very wealthy. Such a large temple is definitely among the best in Fangyuan Village, even if it is rare in the metropolis, so we also went to visit the Buddha.
Such a grand and magnificent temple is rare in the metropolis.
In front of the temple there is a lotus pond with a statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva.
Tall temple gate.
The architecture inside the temple is also very majestic and majestic.
The water resources of Pengjian Water Township are excellent. Although it is located in Lingnan, it has the charm of Jiangnan Water Town. A major river in the village, the local villagers called it the “Jinjiang River”, which is a very nice name. Rivers and rivers around the village, tourists rafting in the blue waves, there are many twists and turnsEndless feelings. The water town is far away from the urban hustle and the air is fresh and pleasant, complementing the pattern of the Lingnan ancient village. The trees on both sides of the strait are shady, birds and flowers are fragrant, and a poetic style is painted.
In order to develop the tourism of the Jinji River, the village also engaged in boat trips to the Jinjiang River. There are two kinds of cruise ships, the boat is less than 5 people, 150 yuan a boat; the big ship is less than 10 people, 200 yuan a boat, and it takes about 40 minutes to walk along the main channel of the Jinji River. Most of the berths are old people in the village.
This river that passes through the village is the “Jinjiang River”. To be honest, if the river spends money to manage it, it can be more beautiful.
The ancient houses on both sides of the strait are staggered, and the slate streets are different from the Jiangnan water towns. They contain the characteristics of the Lingnan water town.
It is a cruise ship dock. Roaming the waters by boat is also a rare kind of leisure.
Along the way, many people have seen the paintings on the easel, and there are many students from the nearby Academy of Fine Arts.
Water Town Bridge
As a water town, there are many bridges. The same is true of Pengjian Water Township. There are several large and small bridges on the Jinyu River. Two of them are worth seeing, one is called “Mingyuan Bridge” and the other is called “Shishi Xiangqiao”. Both bridges are famous for their long history. According to the research, the two bridges were built in the Song Dynasty. The Mingyuan Bridge was built in the Northern Song Dynasty, and the Shishi Xiangqiao was built in the Southern Song Dynasty. Of course, if the bridge is beautiful, it is still more beautiful. The beam-shaped three-hole stone arch bridge is 24.8 meters long and has various patterns on the bridge railing. There are fourteen columns on each side of the bridge railing, and one stone lion is carved on the stigma. There are only ten stone. Now, the “Mingyuan Bridge” bridgehead has newly built a three-storey “Jinshi” archway to add a lot to the ancient bridge. So here you can often see some women who want to take a beautiful photo, wear a cheongsam or plain clothes, hold an old paper umbrella on their hands, lean on the bridge and look at the distance, just smile, it can be added to this ancient bridge. A landscape.
“Mingyuan Bridge” is a three-hole stone arch bridge.
The mottled stone railings and the stone lions that are missing from the pillars have witnessed the long history of the bridge.
The new three-storey archway at Qiaotou adds a lot to the ancient bridge.
The “Shishi Xiangqiao” is not in the bridge itself, but in the stone lion on the bank of the bridge. Although the tempering of the years has already left the stone lion eyebrows, the realistic figure still retains the unrelenting glory of the year.
In addition to the old site, the “Shishi Xiangqiao” is a modern product.
The exotic flowers on the riverside.
Walking around the Jinji River in the water town, our trip to the ancient villages and towns has come to an end. Originally, the return journey was smooth, but unfortunately it went wrong in a high-speed interchange to another high-speed intersection. As a result, we ran a lot of roads and delayed a lot of time. Therefore, the more you cross the highway section, the more you must pay special attention to it, you must not go wrong.
The ancient town tourism is different from the natural scenery and artificial scenery, which is different from the simple eating, drinking and playing. This is a unique tourist experience. It is a concentrated display of the history and culture of the ancient town, and a new experience of folk culture. Today’s itinerary combines ancient architecture, historical and cultural knowledge, experience of local customs, leisure and entertainment, and truly appreciates the unique charm of Lingnan ancient town culture.