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Mai Clan Ancestral Tomb Complex

Guangming Government Online


The ancestral tombs of the Mai Clan are located near the Guangming Subdistrict Office at the Biyan Community of Guangming District.

You can see the memorial archway of the tomb complex after passing through the elevated bridge of the Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Highspeed Railway. The above-ground part of tombs covers an area of 2,500 square meters, which is solemnly decorated with greenery and marble ornaments that resemble the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing City of Jiangsu Province.

The complex has six tombs in total. According to the genealogy of the Mai Clan, the complex was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and refurbished during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1736-1795). Therefore, some commonly seen elements of the architectures of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, such as grey bricks, trinity mixture fills and red sandstones, can still be easily found on the walls and the avatars.

It was not until 2005 that the complex had been thoroughly renovated as a protected cultural relic of Bao'an District.

To facilitate the construction of the Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Highspeed Railway, the local government reached a consensus with the Mai Clan descendants in 2008 to relocate the tombs of the 11th generation ancestors to the current site of the cemetery. The railroad construction unit also offered subsidies for the improvement of the tomb complex's environment, infrastructure and supporting facilities.

Nowadays, the complex is a historic gem of Guangming District ornamented with the picturesque Biyan Reservoir, the Guangming Golf Field and the Guangming Grass-Skiing Park in the neighborhood.

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