Nowadays, as economy develops rapidly, the traditional ancient villages in Foshan are more and more precious. They not only inherit the ancient Lingnan culture, but also bear the nostalgia of generations of Foshan people. Behind every village, it is full of rich rural and human feelings. Let's see which ten ancient villages are!
Seated on the north and facing the south, Xiangang Village is built near the hill and it shows the shape of a semicircular ring. The architectural complex retains the traditional architectural characteristics that focuses on ritual system, and they form a residential complex in the Ming and Qing Dynasties with Chen's Ancestral Hall as the center and Dijing Alley & Shuixiang Alley as the core.
Huangxi Village, seated on the south and facing the north, is surrounded by rivers. You can see numerous architectural styles in the village. Stone carving, brick carving, the grey pottery can be seen everywhere. Built in the period of Republic of China, Huangxi Battery is the most representative building in the village. Li's Ancestral Hall, which has a longer history, was built in the Ming Dynasty, has more than 400 years of history. On every important date, villagers will gather together to celebrate.
Walking along the village, Ming and Qing Dynasty ancient dwellings, ancestral halls, temples and book houses from Ming and Qing Dynasty are staggered, which is a typical comb-structure in central Guangdong in the past. Libian Village has given birth to many celebrities, such as Li Zhanzhi, a teacher of the last emperof Puyi, Li Rong, a rich businessman in the late Qing Dynasty and so on.
Tangnan Village is built against the mountain and faces rivers. There is a pond in front of the village. Outside the pond, there is a large area of flower field, which makes people feel relaxed. Ancient villagers’ residence, ancestral hall, book house, family temple, battery and ponds are available, showing a coordinated and unified style.
Drive from Lishui Town, it is about 20 minutes to arrive in Chishan Village. It has beautiful waterside scenery, and the ancient buildings in the village are dense and orderly, forming a layout of chessboard. The well-preserved ancestral hall, as well as the general-buildings tell the world how prosperous it used to be.
Dushugang Village, which has been built for more than 700 years, is the largest natural village in Sanshui. It is named after a big tree on the hill in ancient times. The architectures such as Cai’s Ancestral Temple, Hongsheng Ancient Temple, Xiuqing Park and etc. verify its long history.
Ruanyong Village, known as "Gaoming’s First Famous Family" in ancient times, has cultivated 15 Jinshi and 48 Juren. Living on the side of Hefu Road in Hecheng, it’s surrounded by rivers and villages. There are more than 100 Ming and Qing dwellings in Ruanyong Village, which is the most well-preserved rural ancient building complex in Gaoming District.
Liucun Village is located in Hecheng, Gaoming. The buildings in the village are seated northwest to southeast, and an ancient stone road goes across the village. Located by mountains and rivers, the village has a beautiful scenery. It still retains Lu’s Ancestral Temple and dozens of grey-brick wok-eared houses.
Shangwan Village is located in Gaoming Cuilu Bay, belonging to one of the new rural construction villages in Gaoming District. Shangwan Village Shell Mound site is located in the east of the village, covering an area of about 5,600 square meters, having a history of 3,500 years. It was announced as a cultural relics protection unit in Gaoming District in 2010.
Langjin Village, located in Genghe, Gaoming, has a number of ancestral halls built from the middle of the Ming Dynasty to the early years of the Republic of China. Every year, on the 13th day of the first lunar month, every family makes rice dumplings to worship Hongsheng Master in the temple, praying for smooth and abundant new year. In recent years, it has been developed into a characteristic intangible heritage “Dumpling Festival”.
Just take a self-driving trip with your friends and explore the special Lingnan memory at weekend.