Huguang Guild Hall (Huguang Huiguan)
The Huguang Guild Hall is an impressive, recently-renovated complex of halls dating from the late 1700s. It’s not really a must-see attraction, but it is attractive enough to warrant a visit if you have the time. The Huguang Guild Hall was built as a meeting place for immigrants from the provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. There are separate halls within the complex for immigrants from these different areas. The complex served as a place to discuss business and for social and cultural activities. There are a number of stages for opera in the complex with performances usually a couple of times a week. The main attraction here is definitely the beautiful building, which are decorated with ornate carvings. Some of the artefacts and displays within the Huguang Guild Hall are also quite interesting.
Admission: ¥30. Open: 9:00-18:00 (tickets on sale until 17:30).
Address: 1 Bajiaoyuan, Changbin Lu. Tel: +86 (023) 6393 0287.
Directions: The Huguang Guild Hall is about 10-15 mins walk along the Yangtze River from the Chaotianmen Docks. It’s across the road from the river.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去湖广会馆, 谢谢。地址：长滨路芭蕉园1号。 (Please take me to Huguang Guild Hall. Thank you.)