Shilou Thousand-year-old Ancient Village

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Shilou Thousand-year-old Ancient Village

Shilou Thousand-year-old Ancient Village
2.5
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Douglas M
By Douglas M
DaLing is the village's name
Jul 2020
I’d mentioned this place to SWMBO a few times as a possible adventure as she’s rather fond of old villages. She scoured her phone and announced that ShiLou was a sprawling town in PanYu District, but a few minutes later there was a cry of success. In Shi Lou there’s the village of DaLing Cun (Village) touts itself as an ancient village. That sounded good enough for a day’s adventure. As usual SWMBO packed her bag to deal with floods, pestilence, and famine. I just packed my Pentax K70 camera for outdoor photos and Samsung phone for indoor photos as I reckon it’s slightly better for low light photos. I popped my selfie-stick in my bag as well, as one of these days I’m determined to use it. We caught the local No. 795 bus to FeiXiang Park metro station and caught the Line 2 south, all the way to GZ South Railway station, then it was Line 7 all the way to Higher Education Centre (South), finally a couple of stops on Line 4 to Shi Qi. This part of Line 4 soon emerges into the countryside and it’s fascinating to see where the city gets much of its food and fish. There are clean toilets at the bottom the escalator at ShiQi which were taken advantage of. Then it was outside to find the No. 132 bus, which proved not too difficult as there’s a bus station about 60 metres on the left, however none of the buses appeared to be numbered! SWMBO asked a driver and he pointed to a bus, we climbed aboard and paid the usual ¥2 with our GZ travel cards. The driver told SWMBO that DaLing Village was the terminal stop, so we say on the padded seats (a lot better than GZ’s plastic ones) and admired PanYu as the little bus threaded its way along wide streets past numerous factories. Soon we were the only passengers but after a 30-minute journey the bus pulled into a place that looked suspiciously like a bus terminal. Sure enough the bus stop sign read DaLing Cun Zong Zhan (DaLing Village Terminus). We followed the canal way from the terminus and were soon in the village. Lots to see but very little open to explore, the exception being the Chen ( a very common GZ family name) family temple which is more of a family museum and a social centre. Nobody seemed to mind us strolling around and looking at a very nice dragon boat, their mahjong games were far more important. The Chen temple is just past the LongJin two arches bridge which is about 300 years old. We crossed the two arches bridge and admired the KuiGe Tower and Moyan Lotus pond ‘digged’ in 1884. There’s a sign next to the pond in English about the tower and pond, other than that there’s precious few signs in English. Mind you, there are signs in Chinese to all the ‘interesting’ sites. On we strolled past the Chen’s place to the JieLong single arch bridge, amazingly there’s a sign giving the history and the reason is there for the bridge. The we retraced our steps, sat next to LongJin bridge and ate crackers and drank tea. The village wasn’t actually a hive of activity. I think it’s a dormitory for the factory workers in ShiLou. We then explored a street off to the left and found Stone Street, which is exactly that. No shops nor cafes just houses and another closed ‘Ancestral Hall’. We followed the flag stones, stopping occasionally to peer through the cracks of locked doors. Suddenly we were at the end of Stone Street, passed under the arch and found ourselves about 50 metres from the bus terminus. Under a tree there a number of figurines showing that ancestor worship was alive and well in this village. A local informed SWMBO there was more sites to see about a 15-minute walk along a lane that was being used by huge construction lorries. Maybe another day, we’d had enough for one afternoon of this ancient village. We retraced our bus and metro journey and nearly three hours later we were back home to be greeted be a ravenous cat, two turtles and numerous fish.

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Douglas M
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DaLing is the village's name
Jul 2020
I’d mentioned this place to SWMBO a few times as a possible adventure as she’s rather fond of old villages. She scoured her phone and announced that ShiLou was a sprawling town in PanYu District, but a few minutes later there was a cry of success. In Shi Lou there’s the village of DaLing Cun (Village) touts itself as an ancient village. That sounded good enough for a day’s adventure.

As usual SWMBO packed her bag to deal with floods, pestilence, and famine. I just packed my Pentax K70 camera for outdoor photos and Samsung phone for indoor photos as I reckon it’s slightly better for low light photos. I popped my selfie-stick in my bag as well, as one of these days I’m determined to use it.

We caught the local No. 795 bus to FeiXiang Park metro station and caught the Line 2 south, all the way to GZ South Railway station, then it was Line 7 all the way to Higher Education Centre (South), finally a couple of stops on Line 4 to Shi Qi. This part of Line 4 soon emerges into the countryside and it’s fascinating to see where the city gets much of its food and fish.

There are clean toilets at the bottom the escalator at ShiQi which were taken advantage of. Then it was outside to find the No. 132 bus, which proved not too difficult as there’s a bus station about 60 metres on the left, however none of the buses appeared to be numbered! SWMBO asked a driver and he pointed to a bus, we climbed aboard and paid the usual ¥2 with our GZ travel cards. The driver told SWMBO that DaLing Village was the terminal stop, so we say on the padded seats (a lot better than GZ’s plastic ones) and admired PanYu as the little bus threaded its way along wide streets past numerous factories. Soon we were the only passengers but after a 30-minute journey the bus pulled into a place that looked suspiciously like a bus terminal. Sure enough the bus stop sign read DaLing Cun Zong Zhan (DaLing Village Terminus).

We followed the canal way from the terminus and were soon in the village. Lots to see but very little open to explore, the exception being the Chen ( a very common GZ family name) family temple which is more of a family museum and a social centre. Nobody seemed to mind us strolling around and looking at a very nice dragon boat, their mahjong games were far more important. The Chen temple is just past the LongJin two arches bridge which is about 300 years old.

We crossed the two arches bridge and admired the KuiGe Tower and Moyan Lotus pond ‘digged’ in 1884.

There’s a sign next to the pond in English about the tower and pond, other than that there’s precious few signs in English. Mind you, there are signs in Chinese to all the ‘interesting’ sites.

On we strolled past the Chen’s place to the JieLong single arch bridge, amazingly there’s a sign giving the history and the reason is there for the bridge.

The we retraced our steps, sat next to LongJin bridge and ate crackers and drank tea. The village wasn’t actually a hive of activity. I think it’s a dormitory for the factory workers in ShiLou.

We then explored a street off to the left and found Stone Street, which is exactly that. No shops nor cafes just houses and another closed ‘Ancestral Hall’. We followed the flag stones, stopping occasionally to peer through the cracks of locked doors. Suddenly we were at the end of Stone Street, passed under the arch and found ourselves about 50 metres from the bus terminus.

Under a tree there a number of figurines showing that ancestor worship was alive and well in this village.

A local informed SWMBO there was more sites to see about a 15-minute walk along a lane that was being used by huge construction lorries. Maybe another day, we’d had enough for one afternoon of this ancient village.

We retraced our bus and metro journey and nearly three hours later we were back home to be greeted be a ravenous cat, two turtles and numerous fish.
Written July 9, 2020
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