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LOCATION

 

GZ New Media is located in  Xiaozhou art village, Haizhu district, in Guangzhou. Xiaozhou is known locally as one of the most beautiful villages in Guangzhou. Located in the vicinities of Guangzhou's University Town with its 200 000 students, it has become a new cultural area in Guangzhou.

Featuring classical Cantonese community landscapes by the Pearl River, including canals, well-kept ancient buildings, bridges and local folkways. Many artists, writers, photographers and college students have chosen to live and work in the scenic Xiaozhou Village. The blending of artistic creativity with the local customs and countryside architecture has sparked an interesting community in this historic enclave. Now, Xiaozhou has emerged as an important cultural center in Guangzhou with a growing flow of concerts, exhibitions and as the most recent event, the international action art festival Guangzhou Live.

Constructed by the end of Yuan Dynasty (BC.1026-1368) the architecture in Xiaozhou is typical of Lingnan style with single-arch flying buttresses and carved bricks. The small village unfolds on a vast green field, covered with trees and foliage. Brooks wind through clusters of houses, forming a maze of waterways navigated by picturesque bridges. On the water banks stand rows of time-honored ancestral temples and shrines. Strolling in the narrow flagstone lanes, one can actually feel the texture of history  Streets are formed by bluestone. Rivulets are everywhere, and stone bridges made in many different dynasties are still on the rivulets. The rivulets have been treated, so water quality has improved and the beauty of the village enhanced.

Xiaozhou cun art district is in comparison to other art areas in China, not superficially created for commercial purposes. Instead it is an historic location and one of 9 in the Guangdong province to be declared a national ecological village. It has a population of approximately 13 000 inhabitants made up of 4 000 villagers, 7000 art students (preparing their entrance exams to the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art and other Universities like the Music Conservatory), 1000 active artists and more than 1000 persons principally active in other creative industries. Xiaozhou cun blends history, with artistic activity, a younger and an elderly generation in a mix that gives it its charm. It is furthermore a very popular tourist destination with several thousands of visitors during the weekends.

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