Zhujixiang, Zhuji Township
Ginkgo trees in Maozifeng Forest in Nanxiong. [Photo/Szdaily]
Located about 10 kilometers away from downtown Nanxiong, Zhujixiang is an ancient alley with a history of more than 1,100 years.
Also known as Jingzongxiang, it is a major hometown for most of the families in the Pearl River Delta and a major hub for ancient Han people who migrated to Guangdong Province from the northern part of China. At its peak, there were 797 migrant family branches living in the area.
Zhuji Ancient Alley is the most famous spot in the area. The alley is the only alley in Guangdong Province that was built during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is more than 1,500 meters long with ancient houses, temples and stores along the sides. At present, more than 1,800 people are still living in the alley. Most of the existing houses in the alley were built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Another important spot is a memorial area for ancestors. Inside the area, there are more than 20 family temples, including the oldest temples for the top eight largest families in Guangdong Province. Temple styles have changed dramatically over time. It is a great place to learn Cantonese history and culture.
Other recommended cultural spots include Hufei Tower, Gate Tower, Sima Bridge, Shuanglong Bridge and North Gate Tower.
Recommended delicacies include pork stew, dried mushrooms, fresh vegetables and vegetable buns.
Route: Drive to Shaoguan from Shenzhen via Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway, Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway, and drive to Nanxiong via Qiming Road South, 323 Road, Dacheng Road and Aiming Road.