Chongqing Huguang Assembly Hall

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Chongqing Huguang Assembly Hall

Chongqing Huguang Assembly Hall
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

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63 reviews
Very good

Melbourne, Australia3,848 contributions
Fascinating Building History
Oct 2019
I suppose the equivalent today would be a permanent trade/council office. It is an historic building with theatre stages eating areas, meeting rooms and some of the displays show traders doing business deals. It is in among high rise buildings so it is good to see that it has survived so well. Cheap entry makes the visit worth the effort
Written 1 November 2019
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Auckland60 contributions
Beautiful, Historic Building.
Aug 2019
In Chongqing we visited the Hugang Guild Hall – one of the few buildings to survive WWII. It is beautifully decorated and has life sized figures in various displays reflecting life during the Qing Dynasty. It has an Opera Hall and temple as well as a Guild Hall inside as well. The temple is in honour of the first emperor – Yu, who built the first dam to control destructive flooding of the rivers. We saw artists doing more snuff vase painting as well as leaf painting of Bunyan tree leaves. This attraction is well worth a visit as it is so interesting and unlike many places, is not overcrowded.
Written 23 September 2019
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Exeter, NH447 contributions
Pleasant Surprise
Apr 2019 • Couples
The place we were to tour was so overcrowded due to a holiday that it was impossible to get in, so our guide took us to the Huguang Guild Hall. We were glad he did.

This place seems to go by many names Huguang Assembly Hall or Huguang Guild Hall.
It is a rambling place, with a tea house. A Chinese opera performance was just ending as the site guide took us through the site.
Inside are life sized dioramas showing the original purpose of the hall. It was built originally to house and help displaced persons from other provinces. The hall contains very interesting and colorful artifacts.
At the end there was an artisans display room. There was no pressure to buy. The items were handcrafted by workers on site.
At the front of the complex was a museum regarding emigration in China. Displays were all signed in Chinese. There was also a room with a model of the complex, and information on its construction and reconstruction.
It is located near the old town walls, and very near to a very modern bridge. The mix of old and new is quite a contrast.
The cost of admission was 30 RMB.
Written 15 April 2019
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Lester M
Dingley Village, Australia435 contributions
Beautiful architecture
Apr 2019 • Family
Our tour guide Jessie was good, so funny and fluent in English. It was included as part of our SNA Tour and I would recommend
Written 14 April 2019
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London, UK236 contributions
Time well spent
Jan 2019 • Solo
Excellent place. The cheap show you can ignore.
Very educational, if you could read chinese you lean more!. it is a shame that some part of the building are restaurants now, with the usual cheap red decoration.
Worth going, even there is a fee to get in.
Written 24 January 2019
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Sydney, Australia69 contributions
Fascinating, great to wander around.
Jun 2018 • Solo
When I mentioned to locals that I wanted to visit this site - they seemed a little perplexed but I am so glad I didn't take their reaction to heart. I had only one morning off in Chongqing and I am so glad I spent it here.
At entry you find a couple of beautiful buildings which act as a museum and I'm afraid I found them a little Ho Hum so was very glad to find the buildings ramble away up the hill and they are increasingly interesting, they include a delightful tea house and views over rooftops and river.
I enjoyed myself wandering around - it wasn't very crowded and each corner brought something new to look at.
If you have access needs this is not the place for you unfortunately.
Written 5 July 2018
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Queensland, Australia142 contributions
Beautiful and definately worth a visit
Jun 2018 • Friends
This was the only tourist attraction we stopped at Chongqing and we were very glad they stopped here - it was beautiful. Our guide, Lucy, was fantastic - and explained a lot of the history. We snapped some amazing photos and at the end bought some gorgeous good quality souvenirs from the shop within the building. The souvenirs are made by local artisans who volunteer their time so the profits go back into the upkeep of the building.
Written 28 June 2018
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Sete, France425 contributions
The most beautiful place in Chongqing
May 2018
Je trouve que le Huguang guild est l’endroit le plus beau de Chongqing. C’est un avis personnel.

Chongqing, like many other tourist cities in China, is getting very commercial, which in a way is losing its original beauty and appeal. For example Hongyadong, which is the landmark of the city is now nothing but a shopping mall, and is crowded 24/7.

Huguang guild, on the other hand, preserves its innate beauty and its originality. This Qing dynasty architecture was used to as a trade guild and hotel for merchants, retired officials, students from Hunan and Hubei provinces in Chongqing.

After cultural revolution and more than half a century of war, this type of architecture in China is getting more and more scarce. In the guild, there are several displays of how lives were during imperial China.

Since entry is not free (30 yuan if memory serves me right), the guild is usually not crowded. Audio guild in English is also available at the entry for a small fee.
Written 23 May 2018
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London, UK1,569 contributions
Visit on own accord and not via China Highlights or Personal Huguang Guide
Apr 2018 • Friends
Recommend if you’re travelling by yourself this would be a nice place to visit and walk around without a guided tour. You can read up on the information at your pleasure.

Located in the high rises and in the edge of a highway - The Huguang Guild Hall was built in the Ching Dynasty and the original opera house structure remains untouched that was built 300 years ago. The city has made a conscious effort to restore many of its architecture to preserve its memorable history.

China’s leaders still use this temple to house their regional meetings from time to time and it's very much a distance relations with Guangdong province of China.

To the locals, Chongqing is also known as “Little Hong Kong” and famous for three core elements; Hot Pot, Hot Weather and Pretty Ladies in China. Not sure how this can come across to travellers.

Our guide from China Highlights - Ms Li Yu (Yudy) - recommended this to us, having only a few hours stopover in Chongqing we’ve decided to take this offer on.

However, she negotiated an English speaking employee of the Hall to guide which was fine whom then showed us around and provided good background into the history. It was overall pleasant tour.

Be warn that towards the end of the tour like many places around China they take you into the souvenir shop and as per usual tries to sell you local artists work and mention that all purchase is a donation. There are no price tags on the souvenirs so it's down to negotiations.

To be honest, our Hall Guide was fair she didn’t push as we’ve simply explained we just wanted to look around and not buy anything.

However, for China Highlights tour guide in Chongqing to arrange this and knowing we would end up in the souvenir shop was uncalled for. Tip for travelling in China is that do not be shy to decline and make this firmly known, otherwise you'll end up spending more than your budgeted amount.
Written 27 April 2018
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,451 contributions
An uncommon gem of architectural (and anthropological) history
Dec 2017 • Solo
This was surprisingly good (for me at least). It is a complex of buildings, lovingly restored, that once served as a community club for migrants coming into Sichuan in the 18th Century, from the ‘Huguang provinces’, i.e. the areas in the middle stretch of the Yangzi Valley.

Sichuan had been depopulated in the prior century due to conflict. In response, the central government encouraged the landless from adjacent provinces to migrate into the region. Chongqing was a major point of entry.

The chief function of this complex of buildings -- sometimes marked on maps as Huguang Guild Hall or Huguang Assembly Hall -- was as a social club, so there are performance spaces, opera stages, dining rooms, tea houses, and other rooms where probably business deals were transacted. There were also guest rooms, perhaps for new arrivals. In typical Chinese fashion, the buildings are organised as a lattice around courtyards. Built on a steep slope, the lattice climbs up from the river, giving the upper buildings nice views. No two buildings are the same. Likewise, the courtyards are all different. The detail in the architectural ornamentation is fantastic. Here and there are old pieces of furniture too.

I spent two hours wondering around the maze of buildings and examining the details. Entry was 30 yuan. There were some individual tourists, but no groups.

One of the front buildings has been converted into a small museum telling the story of migration from neighbouring provinces. Worth a quick look, though not many labels are in English.

Locating it was a bit tricky. Its main entrance faces the river, which was where new migrants landed, where the road is today called Binjiang Lu. The trouble is, from downtown Chongqing and the nearest metro station (Xiaoshizi, on lines 1 and 6), there is no easy path to Binjiang Road because the downtown area is a steep 30 metres above it. The easiest way seems to be to get out using Exit 7 of Xiaoshizi metro station. You will find yourself facing a minor road called Daomenkou Lu. Turn right as you leave the exit, that is: walk on Daomenkou Road towards the south-southwest. After about 100 metres, Daomenkou Road will curve to the left (east-southeast). Follow it. After another 100 metres, it curves to the right (south-southwest). Follow it again. Then after another 100 metres, although the road looks like it is going straight ahead, you must look carefully for a series of steps on your left. There are about 200 steps, going down the side of the steep slope. At the bottom is Binjiang Road. When you reach Binjiang Road, turn right (so you face northeast). Walk another 100 metres (getting closer to the huge new suspension above) and you will see on your left some rather grand buildings in the old style. Look for steps (going up, this time) marked by a sign saying “restaurant” or “public toilets”. That’s your destination.

Overall, I give this a score of four stars: interesting, absorbing, with sufficient content to be rewarding.
Written 17 December 2017
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