If you like to explore traditional Chinese folk culture, appreciate historical buildings that combine both Chinese and Western styles, and taste authentic Guangdong food, we strongly recommend a tourist route for you!
Zhenhao Mud Chicken Cultural Center—Kaiping Museum—Li Garden—Echeng Food Plaza in Kaiping, Jiangmen
Stop 1: Zhenhao Mud Chicken Cultural Center (镇濠泥鸡文化中心)
Zhenhao mud chicken is a kind of clay-made toy with a history of over 100 years. The toy looks like a rooster and can make the sound of crowing, hence the name. The mud chicken usually has a rustic appearance and exquisite workmanship. It is deeply loved by local residents and tourists. In 2017, Zhenhao mud chicken was listed into the sixth batch of intangible cultural heritage in Jiangmen.
Ticket price: Free
Add.: Lianzhu Village, Shuikou Town, Kaiping (开平市水口镇联竹村)
Note: You can search "镇濠泥鸡文化传承基地" (pinyin: zhen hao ni ji wen hua chuan cheng ji di) on your map application and follow the guidance
Stop 2: Kaiping Museum (开平博物馆)
In addition to the World Heritage site Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Kaiping Art Museum is also a hidden paradise for art lovers in Jiangmen. It has a rich collection of exhibits recording the history and lives of overseas Chinese.
From March 1 to May 12, a folk custom exhibition will be held at the Museum. It is divided into seven parts - farming, characteristics cuisine, clothing, marriage, festival activities, traditional crafts and the spread of the western culture.
In the exhibition, foreign farm tools, western-style clothes, special wedding customs such as "cock worship," all can reflect the specific social phenomena of the 1920s in Guangdong.
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00, closed on Mondays.
Ticket price: Free
Add.: No. 1, Jinshan West Road, Changsha Street, Kaiping (开平市长沙街道办事处金山西路1号之2第1座)
Stop 3: Li Garden (立园)
Li Garden is a garden villa built in the 20th century by Xie Weili, an overseas Chinese living in the United States. It integrates the charm of classical gardens with the architectural style of villas popular in Western countries at that time, showing the unique beauty of architectural art.
Ticket price: 100 yuan
Add.: Beiyi Village, Tangkou Town, Kaiping (开平市塘口镇北义乡)
Note: You can search "立园旅游区游客中心" (pinyin: li yuan lü you qu you ke zhong xin) on your map application and follow the guidance
Stop 4: Echeng Food Plaza (鹅城)
If you want to try authentic Jiangmen food, do not miss the Echeng Food Plaza. Covering an area of 10,000 square meters and offering1,300 tables at the same time, Echeng Food Plaza is home to a large banquet hall, a fisherman's Wharf, a food street and a Chikan arcade street. It was designed in a rural style of the 1930s, and offers various mouth-watering snacks.
Average price per capita consumption: about 90 yuan
Address: No. 9, Ducheng Avenue, Changsha District, Kaiping (开平市长沙区杜澄大道9号)
Note: You can search "优之名鹅城" (pinyin: you zhi ming e cheng) on your map application and follow the guidance
Author: Ariel, Tonny (intern)
Editor: Wing, Nan, Monica, Will, Jerry
Photo: Jiangmen Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports