Travel to China: Guangzhou: The Chen Clan Academy and Xiguan Houses: Photo 11
While Europeans lived on Shamian, the wealthiest Cantonese of the 19th Century built houses on the western side of the city, not from the great curve of the Pearl River. There was a celebrated garden here, built by a mandarin named P'an Shih-ch'eng. The garden was called Lai Heung Yuen and, after vicissitudes, it opened as a public park in 1958. It's called Liwan or Liwanhu Park, and nearby is a rebuilt house from the past. It's a very strange house: half European, half Chinese. Here is the... well, you can see for yourself.
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