A collage highlighting some details of the buildings in Langtou. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]
Besides the halls and lanes, other lovely things to see are an old kapok tree and the Qingyun Bridge. The kapok tree, which is still thriving and blooming despite the ravages of more than 600 years, has become the symbol of the village. Not far from the kapok tree stands the Qingyun Bridge, a solid pink sandstone structure which was built in 1507 and has a definite mediaeval feel
A pavilion for receiving the imperial edict in ancient times. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]
Key sights in Langtou: Ancestral halls, study halls, old lanes, ancient bridge and Kapok.
Address: Langtou Village, Tanbu town, Huadu District, Guangzhou (广州市花都区炭步镇塱头村)
Tips: The village is relatively remote and tourists are suggested to drive or arrange a driver.
Self-driving route: Guangqing Expressway (Xinhua Exit)—Fengshen Dadao (in the direction of Tanbu), then go straight up after leaving the Tanbu Bridge, towards Langtou Village.
Bus: (Journey time around 4 hours) From downtown Guangzhou, you can take a coach at Guangzhou Coach Terminal (广州汽车客运站) to Tanbu Coach Terminal (炭步汽车站), then transfer to Huadu Bus No.15 to get directly to Langtou Village. (Departure time for Huadu Bus No.15: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00)
(Author: Monica Liu; Editor: Simon Haywood)