Explore Guangdong's ancient villages and traditions

Many Shenzhen travelers like to take long flights to other provinces to experience ancient cultures in famous ancient towns, but there is no need to travel far for such an experience. As a large province with a long history, Guangdong is home to many old, quiet villages where people can explore ancient Cantonese cultures and enjoy traditional Cantonese food.

 Linzhai(林寨)

 

Sijiaolou

Located along the Lijiang River, a tributary of the Dongjiang River, Linzhai(林寨) Village was first built at around 214 B.C., during the Qin(秦) Dynasty (221-207 B.C.). 

It’s said that the village was built to stand against invaders under the guidance of a marshal named Zhao Tuo(赵佗). Zhao sent a general surnamed Lin to garrison the village and named the village after Lin. Although most of the villagers today are surnamed Chen(陈), the Lin family has been the village’s most prominent for nearly 2,000 years.

When the Chen family arrived in Linzhai Village, it’s said that they started building a Hakka-style sijiaolou(四角楼) — a square, multi-home building with an inner courtyard —around the Lin family’s house. Today, Linzhai Village has the largest amount of ancient sijiaolou in China.

 

The village’s scientific, pragmatic design includes an advanced drainage system that washes away dust and mud after heavy rains. Many of the village’s residents come from ancient families who have lived there for generations. Unlike many tourists’ favorite ancient towns, shops are rare in Linzhai Village. Although the village has become a popular tourist destination, most locals still live on farming.

Visitors to Linzhai Village can relax at many famous hot spring resorts in neighboring areas, such as Relong Hot Spring Holiday Resort and Tianshangrenjian Hot Spring Holiday Resort.

Transport: Take a long-distance coach to Heping in Heyuan City and take a taxi to Linzhai Village. You can also take a train to Heping(和平) from Shenzhen Railway Station and take a taxi to the village.

Delicacies: Hakka cuisine, kiwi, mushroom and persimmon.


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