Chinese Name: 岭南印象园 Pronunciation: Lǐngnán Yìnxiàng Yuán
Recommended Time for Visit: 2-3 Hours
Occupied Area: 20 hectares
Building Time: In the 1970s
Best Visiting Season: Autumn
Service Time: 9: 00 - 17: 00 (No admission after 16:30)
Address: West Outer Ring Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China
Function: A tourist attraction integrating sightseeing, leisure, entertainment, dining and shopping, and exhibiting customs and culture of Lingnan (a geographic area in the south of China. The region today covers China’s provinces and regions of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong, and Macao).
Admission Ticket Fare
(1.5 meters or taller)
(between 1.2 and 1.5 meters)
(aged 60 - 69 with ID cards)
(with valid certificates)
Ticket Free of Charge Policy
1. Seniors aged over 70 (including 70 years old) are free of charge with valid ID cards.
2. Children below 1.2 meters (excluding 1.2 meters) are free of charge, but they should be accompanied by adults.
3. If an adult accompanies two or more children who are below 1.2 meters (excluding 1.2 meters), only one child is free of charge and the other(s) need to purchase tickets at half price.
Brief Introduction of Lingnan Impression Park
Street in Lingnan Impression Park
Lingnan Impression Park is a 4A national scenic spot, which is located in the south of Guangzhou University Town. It has groups of buildings with traditional Lingnan architectural characteristics, which restore the scenes of prosperous folklife of Lingnan. It is a perfect place to experience Lingnan customs and folk culture.
The distinctive streets, ancestral halls, dwellings, and shops in Lingnan Impression Park fully reveal the essence of Lingnan’s traditional culture. In addition to the old-fashioned buildings, there are many authentic Lingnan specialties in the park, such as Sirloin Rice Noodles, Bamboo-pressed Noodles, Sliced Fish Congee, Milk Custard with Egg White, and Ginger Milk Pudding. The main restaurants are distributed on both sides of Lianxi Street.
Lingnan Impression Park gathers a large number of intangible cultural heritages in Guangdong, such as Guang embroidery (a general name for embroidery products of the regions of Guangzhou, Shantou, Zhongshan, Panyu, and Shunde in Guangdong Province), wood carving, stone carving, brick carving, Guangdong Cantonese Opera, paper-cuts and ceramics. Tourists will also learn from craftsmen how to make these manual productions which boast high artistic value.
Lingnan Impression Park retains 16 historical buildings, such as Huo’s Grand Ancestral Hall, and cultural relics in Lianxi Village, and 38 Lingnan style dwellings combining tradition and modernity are newly built.
Architectural Features of Lingnan Impression Park
Lianxi Village is surrounded by mountains and rivers, so villagers use oyster shells to build houses by the waterside. The local-style dwelling houses are designed in high height and with a narrow door and an arched roof.
Simple and durable oyster shells are the common building materials for residents in Lianxi Village. Before the emergence of reinforced concrete, villagers used oyster shells to build houses. Mixed with mud and lime, oyster shells are attached to the outer wall obliquely. The walls built in this way not only have aesthetic values but also have the practical functions of sound insulation and warm-keeping, which has become a major feature of Lingnan architecture.
Oyster shell wall is the product of the ancients adapting to nature. Now only a few ancient dwellings and ancestral halls still preserve such architectural forms after hundreds of years.
Top Highlights in Lingnan Impression Park
Lingnan costume culture is a microcosm of the historical changes of Lingnan culture. Due to the influx of immigrants in ancient times and modern days, Guangdong costumes have absorbed various cultural styles of other regions. Furthermore, as the origin of the Maritime Silk Road and the only trading port at that time, Guangdong had opportunities to absorb different clothing elements in ancient times, such as French lace and Japanese jacquard satin, which has left far-reaching influences on China’s costumes and even the world’s fashion. For example, the Chinese tunic suit has been valued and used by high-end and luxury brands at home and abroad.
Foshan New Year Woodblock Print
Foshan New Year Woodblock Print
Foshan New Year Woodblock Print enjoys a long history and possesses a unique artistic style. Foshan in Guangdong, together with Yangliuqing in Tianjin, Weifang in Shandong, and Suzhou in Jiangsu, is known as China’s four main places of the original Chinese New Year Woodblock Print.
As a kind of folk art, Foshan New Year Woodblock Print is rich in local flavor, strong in color contrast, and exaggerated in art forms. It absorbs folk art production skills, such as paper-cutting and dyed paper, and uses large-scale red, green, yellow and black colors, which makes the prints magnificent and colorful. The prints are wide in subjects and rich in content, mainly including gods, beauties, drama characters, myths, and legends in Chinese culture. The content reflects people’s honest thoughts and aspirations. Through different ways of expression, such as symbolizing, metaphor and exaggeration, the art expresses human pursuit and prayer for a good life.
Shiwan ceramic is a traditional folk art mainly distributed in Shiwan Town, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, and its surrounding areas. Shiwan ceramic has the characteristics of humanity, locality and nationality, and has a unique artistic style in its creation.
Shiwan ceramic combines high realism with moderate exaggeration, exhibiting both cultural and artistic essence and forming a distinct Lingnan style. It has a complicated series of production processes including conception creation, clay refining, forming, decorating, glazing, and calcinating.
Visitors can enjoy various shapes of ceramics, such as figures and animals, in the park. These ceramics can also be used to decorate houses and given to relatives and friends as gifts.
Old Photo Studio
Old Photo Studio
There is a time-honored photo studio in the park, memorizing the past stories in black-white pictures. Many memories are treasured in these groups of old photos which seem to bring people back to the old times. Visitors can also relive the fun of manually developing the roll of film, enlarging photos, and revising editions.
Folk Worship Cultural Area
The cultural area inherits and preserves the sacrificial customs of Lianxi Village. The temples and worship halls in the area are also open to tourists. Therefore, tourists can not only worship and pray for disaster relief, but also experience the folk worship culture in Lingnan.
Xinhui Palm-Leaf Fan
Xinhui Palm-Leaf Fan Art
Harboring a long history, Xinhui Fan Art is listed as one of China’s intangible cultural heritages. It is one of the four traditional handicrafts in Guangdong. The fan is made of plant cattail and the production method integrates weaving, embroidery, painting, and printing. At Xinhui Palm-Leaf Fan Art Museum, visitors have opportunities to appreciate the art of Chinese fans and the superb skills of craftsmen.
Popular Activities in Lingnan Impression Park
Folk performances and activities, such as Lion Dance, Sugar Figure Blowing, playing with a pet bird, kicking shuttlecock, playing diabolo, and playing spinning tops, are arranged in the park. Visitors can participate in these activities and experience the folklife in Lingnan.
Apart from folk performances, the park also offers some cultural activities, such as a large-scale authentic performance “Lingnan Impression” exhibiting traditional Lingnan culture, a traditional wedding ceremony which is to throw the embroidered ball for finding the bride or bridegroom, juggling, and Shadow Play.
Story of Lingnan Impression Park
Lingnan Impression Park is favored by many film and TV makers, advertisers, and photographers for its Lingnan-style architecture. The TV series “Chen Mengji” signed a contract with Lingnan Impression Park and arranged Lingnan folklife scenes, such as the court hall, the dwelling houses of the two big families in this TV series, the tea house and tea shops, which becomes a unique landscape of Lingnan Impression Park.
Good to Know
1. The price of products in the park is usually higher than that of similar products outside.
2. There are usually more tourists at noon. You might want to wait until about 2 p.m. when there are fewer visitors in the park.
How to Get to Lingnan Impression Park
Take Bus No.384, No.380A, No.380B, or the holiday special line Bus No. 5, and get off at Lingnan Impression Park Station.
Take Metro Line 4 or Line 7, and get off at University Town South Station (Exit B). You need to go along the University Town West Mid Ring Road (Daxuecheng Zhonghuan Xilu) and turn to the University Town Guanggong No.1 Road (Daxuecheng Guanggong Yi Lu), and then go along this road towards the riverside for about 800 meters to Lingnan Impression Park.
Chinese: 请带我去岭南印象园。English: Please take me to Lingnan Impression Park.
If you go to Lingnan Impression Park from LN Garden Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou city center), it takes about 40 minutes (about 75 yuan).
If you go to Lingnan Impression Park from Guangzhou Railway Station, it takes about 50 minutes (about 100 yuan).
If you go to Lingnan Impression Park from Guangzhou South Railway Station, it takes about 40 minutes (about 60 yuan).
If you go to Lingnan Impression Park from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, it takes about 80 minutes (about 200 yuan).