Shawan Aancient Town of Panyu

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Shawan Aancient Town of Panyu

Shawan Aancient Town of Panyu
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yzwoman
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
Amazingly Awesome Afternoon in this Ancient Village
Aug 2020
So very pleased to find this "ancient village". Easy to access, having different gates. The map provided gives you a great layout of the place. A very pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere whilst walking along the narrow streets, stopping to admire the historical past and learning about traditions. There are an abundance of shops and eateries and two beautiful shaded squares where one can sit and people watch. Spent 5 hours here and I will definitely go back again. It is a free entry; however, if you want to go into the 4 "halls" you need to have a ticket.
Written August 8, 2020
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Iness18
Yichang, China102 contributions
Well worth a visit
Feb 2019
Well worth a visit!Fantstic getaway, easy to reach by public transport. Place really feels like a different world. Lovely historical buildings, well preserved.
Written January 2, 2020
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Zorinho88
Belgrade, Serbia85 contributions
A bit of history
Oct 2019 • Friends
You can’t see much while walking down the narrow streets of Shawan but it is very good to replace crazy GZ with ancient village for just a couple of hours. Oyster shell house was a really cool thing to see (I have see one more in Xiaozhou village). I didn’t have a local to explain to me the importance of this place but I guess this is how ancient Chinese used to live.
Written November 2, 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Beautiful ancient village
Aug 2019
I most enjoyed walking on the narrow side street, many of which have small shops selling a variety of goods. The oyster shell buildings were the most awesome for me to view. Well worth a visit, but can take 45 minutes or loner to get to if using a combination of subways and bus.
Written August 18, 2019
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iloh77
Singapore19 contributions
old town
May 2019 • Family
It was a trip for CantonFair, and some factories visit for business. so I add half a day visit to this old town. it is about an hour and half form town. I like the graceful surrounding. Is like in movie town. I learn the unique construction and purpose of Oyster wall. it actually have the functions of fire prevention, pest control. there is also a tradition soft bean curd dessert. come across a small shop in one of the small lane, and tried their "Apple Banana " which is short and fat. taste between apple and banana.
Written May 26, 2019
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Lenoj Anthony
Mumbai, India343 contributions
OLD ANCIENT CHINESE VILLAGE
Oct 2018 • Friends
Shawan is situated in Panyu district of Guangzhou and is very close to Shun De Foshan, One can see the ancient temples, squares, houses and how they used to live, is a place to visit f you like to go back in the past. Do not expect any adventurous ride.
Written May 18, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Nice Place to visit
Mar 2019 • Solo
Visit to the Shawan Ancient Town of Panyu was nice since the weather was rather warm. So we ended up exploring this place fairly easily. A nice way to spend half a day.
Written March 18, 2019
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Michael C
Singapore, Singapore364 contributions
Quaint little remnant of history!
Dec 2018 • Business
This is a rare find for me in Guangzhou, which has always come across as a city of commerce and consumerism! In this old town, visitors get a chance to wander along narrow streets featuring ancient architecture (some original, most rebuilt, some in not so elegant ways!) and lots of little restaurants and kiosks selling candies, cakes and sweets. Quite a good way to spend an afternoon!
Written February 14, 2019
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Lawrence J
San Francisco, CA128 contributions
Great place to spend a few hours
Jan 2019 • Family
This is a somewhat touristy area - lots of local shops and food places to browse. Many of the food places offer samples as you walk by. Area is very clean and safe and a great place to soak in the atmosphere.
Written January 13, 2019
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
A Second Visit
Sep 2018 • Couples
SWMBO and I visited the town a couple of years ago (TA reviewed), so it was interesting to see what had changed. The most obvious changes were a very smart new first school complete with running track and parade ground, and lots of new information and history signs with English translations have appeared around the town.

We got to the town by car, we hired our usual driver and his car for the day for ¥400. We also pay for his lunch and any road tolls and entrance fees, while he picks up the tab for petrol and parking.

Note: I reckon getting there by public transport would be a real pain. Take line 3 metro to PanuYu Square and then taxi to ShaWan. It would be a longish journey so haggling the price would be a lot cheaper than having the meter running.

Anyway, after lunch at a very nice ‘countryside’ restaurant we arrived at the town. SMBO bought ‘all-places’ entrance tickets for 40 Yuan as we entered the very nice LiuGengTang temple. There’s another temple next door but I’m a one-temple-a-day man!

Through the narrow streets we wandered, stopping to read the ‘history’ signs, peer into doorways, and in my case photograph alleys. There’s something about alleys I like but it’s rare to find one not cluttered with hire-bicycles, motorcycles, rubbish bins, air-conditioning units and satellite dishes.

We reached the main square where I visited the GuangDong Music Museum (TA reviewed) while SWMBO stayed outside and drank tea and chatted to our driver.
To the right of the Music Museum is the memorial hall to He BingLin which is well-worth a visit but since we’d done that 2 years ago we went left down the narrow street where there’s plenty of ‘twee’ tourist tat shops which attract SWMBO like iron filings to a magnet. We passed the house of He BoZhang a famous Cantonese musician, looks interesting but that’s for the next visit.

Anyway, while SWMBO explored a tat shop I mooched around and found a history sign for JinWei Lane, a lovely uncluttered land so I pretended I’d passed my Imperial exam and would give thanks at the Pavilion Tower. I was also intrigued because three months ago we found Wenta Tower at ShenJing village (TA reviewed) which served a similar function. At the end of JinWei Lane there are a flight of steps and at the top is a lovely tower and the surrounding fences adorned with red-ribbons. Probably GaoKao (the national university entrance exam) successes. Congratulations to all of them.

Next to the tower is the teacher’s house. I just wandered in. There was nobody about. This place looks as though it hasn’t been touched for years and years. What a find!
On the side of the tower opposite the house is a well where students would wash and refresh themselves before sitting the exams. The history signs bring the place to life!

I walked back down another alley and arrived at the tat-shop just as SWMBO emerged with a bag of bowls and ornaments. She promptly disappeared into another one and emerged, thankfully after only a few minutes, came out with a necklace.

We walked on past the new first school in a small square. This is where the ancient and modern towns merge. We should have turned around, but we carried on into the maze of alley ways lined with newish houses. Eventually we emerged, after passing small factories (one with a grave) and workshops with some rather nice metal shaping machines, on to the main road. From then on it was downhill all the way to where the driver had parked his car three hours before. Then it was a good hour’s drive back to the city in the rush-hour.

There’s lots to see in the town and I’m sure there’s much we haven’t seen in our two visits. The history signs are brilliant and really help you to understand what you are seeing.

Well worth a third visit.
Written September 6, 2018
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