Meixi Royal Stone Archways is located at the site of Chen Fang Garden. The archways were built in 1886 and 1891 by Emperor Guang Xu in Qing Dynasty in hour of first Chinese consulate in Hawaii, hen Fang. Only three stone archways are left. In 1987, it was listed as cultural relics under city-level procetion.In1989; it was listed as cultural relics under provincial protection. In 2006, it was listed as cultural relics under national protection.
Meixi Royal Stone Archways is regarded as first stone archway in China. It occupies 126,000 square meters. The archways are made of granite, which combines architectural features and delicate engraving patterns both from east and west.
On the right side of the archways lies the former residence of Chen Fang. This residence covers an area of 5,742 square meters (about 6867 square yards), including a Chen's memorial temple, two large chambers, a hall, a villa, the Meixi temple and an ancestral temple. The residence is much like a manor with various kinds of plants and trees, brick made fencing and sentry buildings. Today, the residence features series of exhibitions about Chinese traditional archways, waxworks of famous figures in Zhuhai, the history of Chen's Family and Chinese painting and calligraphy, all of which allow people to enjoy Chinese culture and the local customs in Zhuhai.
In front of the former residence lies Chen's Garden and Chen's cemetery. With an area of 72,000 square meters (about 17 acres), it has a length of 300 meters (about 328 yards) and a width of 240 meters (about 262 yards). Nowadays in this area, people can still see a stele erected almost one hundred years ago. It is carved with "sheng jing jia cheng" (which means "a fascinating place"). In the garden, some trees Chen Fang brought in from Hawaii are now more than a hundred years old but still look vigorous. The eight-angled pavilion, rock-paved path and lotus pool together display harmonious scenery for tourists.
Involved in the natural beauty of Meixi Village, the Meixi Archways Scenic Area combines the Chinese traditional architecture form and the local custom in Zhuhai, thus giving visitors a unique glimpse of Chinese culture. In all, Meixi Royal Stone Archways area has a very beautiful garden scenery, and its service facilities are excellent. It is not far from the city, and It is an ideal place for relaxation and very popular for sightseeing.
Location: Meixi Village, Qianshan Town, Zhuhai City.
Entrance Fee: RMB 60
Transportation: Take Bus no.26 or 41 and take off at Meixi Archways.
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