Huangpu Ancient Village Museum

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Huangpu Ancient Village Museum

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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Post Lockdown so Another Visit
Jun 2020
Friday morning dawned with a cloudy sky but at least they were white, not the usual dark grey of the rainy season. Yesterday we’d been at HunagSha Aquatic Products Market (TA Reviewed), so today we decided to be a little more adventurous and head for HuangPu village. At least if it rains there’s always museums and temples and, more importantly for SWMBO, small shops to shelter in.

We took the local bus to the metro station at FeiXiang Park and caught a line 2 train going south to ChangGang where we transferred to line 8 to its terminus at WanShengWei. On the metro, like all public transport everybody wears a face mask but now overcrowding isn’t enforced and social distancing isn’t in evidence. Mind you, foreigners still get the occasional side-ways glance due to the imported virus scare.

At WanShengWei we emerged into the sunlight from entrance A. Follow the signs for the GuangZhou Subway Museum (TA reviewed) then keep right and walk along the main road (Xingang East) for about 100 metres to the WanShengWei bus stop. Both the No. 229 and No. 3 buses go the village. The ride is about 6 minutes and costs the usual 2 yuan.

Tip: get yourself a travel card and top it up with 100 yuan and that should be sufficient for a week’s travel on the metro, buses and even the tram.
We availed ourselves of the brand-new toilet block at the village’s bus station. Then we strolled up the main street past the market and lots of little shops and restaurants. A couple were shuttered, including the small WuHan restaurant which wasn’t surprising!

Then at the T junction it was the big decision, left to the village or right to the old port. Since the weather look settled, we plumbed for the port. It’s about 100 metres to the port, or what’s left of it. The old customs offices are now a museum but be aware it closed between 12 and 2 for lunch, and since it was now 12:30 I was disappointed. From previous visits I can heartily recommend the museum if you’re a history buff. A little disappointed we strolled around the area. There’s not much to see, but I like to sit an imagine the scene of 250 years ago of the sailing ships moored, cargoes being unloaded and loaded and the bustle of the only ‘foreign’ port in China.

Eventually we found ourselves back at the T junction and strolled into the village. There weren’t too many people about even for a Friday. We strolled past the village pond that fronts the local junior high school and noticed that the Liáng Family Temple was open, it’s now a museum about the villages history and even though we’ve darkened its doors before we reckoned it was worth another visit.

The girl on the door was keen to check our ‘health app’ on our phones was up to date and then we were in. It hasn’t changed much since the last visit and upstairs was closed, consequently 30 minutes later we emerged and admired the paintings on the reverse of the main doors. Then we strolled back to the bus station, stopping only to buy fresh lychees.

I was anticipating another ride on the tram from WeShengWei to the GuangZhou tower but SWMBO suggested we take the No. 229 bus all the way to SunYat-Sen Memorial Hall, then take Metro line to FeiXiang park and then the local bus back home. Wow, what a ride and great value ride for 2 yuan! How does any driver remember the way through all the side streets? It took a good hour but well worth it.

When we arrived at FeiXiang the rain was pouring down but SWMBO was all prepared with umbrellas and luckily there was a local bus waiting with doors open, so we didn’t get wet. We stopped a few metres from our apartment and popped in to get a take-away, and by the time we emerged the rain had stopped. Home safe and dry! Of course, we’ll visit HuangPu again.
Written June 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Go There By Tram
Sep 2018 • Couples
Every time SWMBO and I went over the southern end of LieDe Bridge (TA review) I always looked down at the long low building with a mural painted on the front and wondered what it was for, then one day I spotted a tram poking out of it. Wow! A tram and I resolved to ride on it. I’ve been on the trams of Croydon and Manchester, and many years ago some old ones at Crich Tramway Museum (TA review) but I’d never been on a tram in GuangZhou.

I remembered seeing the tram when we visited the GuangZhou Subway Museum (TA review) at WangShengWei Metro Station and while we waited there for our bus on our previous visits to HuangPu Village. Could this be the same tram?

Now, SWMBO doesn’t get excited about trams, so I suggested a walk along the riverside at Canton Tower which is near the tram line, and then maybe (fingers crossed) a short ride on the tram, just to please little ol’ me.

The #190 bus from the bus-stand around the corner from our apartment took us all the way to the metro station at KeCun, then we pushed our way onto a packed line #3 train north one stop to the Canton Tower station.

We took Exit A at the Canton Tower station. Nearly everybody outside the station was craning their necks skywards but more earthly things concerned me, namely a tram station. It was only a short walk away, and it was the terminus. We strolled onto the platform. No ticket office but a security wand was waved around us by a very nice young lady who SWMBO quizzed about the tramway. She told SWMBO that it’s common for ‘old foreign men’ get excited about a ride on a tram.

Along the platform are ticket machines which accept cash or contactless debit/credit cards or even WeChat/WeXin or AliPay QR codes from a mobile phone. The buying process is explained in English on the machines. With our travel cards we could just swipe them on the reader as we boarded the tram. You can also use your mobile to pay on the tram. Tickets are collected on the train. The fare is 2 Yuan for the 20-minute journey to the terminal outside WangShengWei Metro station.

The first thing I noticed was the grass between the tracks. Neat! The second thing, how small from the outside is the four-car tram but like the Tardis, much bigger inside. I plonked myself down in a window seat and within seconds we glided silently away.

On the journey you get a great view of the LieDe Bridge before its stop. There’s a stop at the Party Pier for the Beer Museum. We also stopped the three stations for the huge Canton Fair Complex, and the PaZhou Pagoda before we arrived at the tram’s terminus at WangShengWei. A wonderful journey, I was ready for the return but SWMBO had another idea!

SWMBO and I walked back along the platform and turned left and crossed the road and walked the 100 metres or so, to the bus stop to catch the #229 bus for the three stops to HuangPu village.

There’s been a big change since the last time we visited the village last year. Gone are the roadside ‘country’ stalls as you enter the village, they’ve been replaced by an indoor market which is no different than the market around the corner from where we live.

We meandered up the street and turned left into the ‘ancient’ village and over the canal bridge. There’s plenty of ‘clan’ halls, each ‘family’ seems to have a hall. Some are now museums, some are arty shops, and some are just closed. Most have an English information board. There’s plenty of shops for browsing. There are cafés to slake one’s thirst and assuage one’s hunger. Of course, SWMBO had brought slices of mooncake (it’s that time of year), chunks of hami melon and a flask of tea, so we didn’t darken the cafés doors.

There are English signs all around the village to the various ‘clan’ halls. Lots of little alley ways and lanes to explore. My advice is just stroll and see what you find.
As it got dark we strolled back over the canal bridge, admiring the broken refrigerated display cabinet dumped next the rickshaw and passenger sculpture which was always popular for selfies.

We stopped to buy wife cakes and biscuits. I noticed a few doors down a new shop selling BaiJiu (White Spirit as in alcohol) in very nice ornamental jars. Nice, but I’ll stick to nips of my nice Chinese brandy at 35 Yuan a bottle.

Then it was the #229 bus, another wonderful tram journey. At Canton Tower, we and hundreds of others admired the illuminated tower and city, and the pleasure boats on the Pearl River before a bus back to our apartment.

A grand afternoon which I’m sure we’ll repeat.
Written September 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Huangpu Ancient Village Culture and History Museum
Mar 2017 • Couples
To get to the village take the metro to Wanshengwei (line 4/line 8), exit B then turn right and walk 100 metres to the bus stop and then bus 229 to the village bus station. Walk up the main stree to the T junction and turn left (right takes you to the Ancient Port). All signposted in English.
You'll have to look for this museum but well worth the effort. The museum is in Liang's Ancestral Hall. Free to enter. It's in village's main square and not near the port which has its own museum.
Both museums have a similar layout themes. The port is more to do with the shipping while this museum is more to do with the village and its people especially the locals who 'done good'.
It's on two floors and there's a lift. The first floor is about the village and trading while the second floor is more about the local worthies. Plenty of exhibits and photos and all of them have English translations.
Written March 8, 2017
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