A landmark of the city and one of the best places to visit. The building itself is a wonder of Lingnan architecture full of details without being overwrought. It gives off a feel of magnificence and welcomes you. It was built in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty, funded by the 72 Chen clans in Guangdong in order to give their children a place to study and prepare for the major exams which took place and Guangzhou. The corridors, arches, etchings, and lanterns all have a thousand details and create the perfect backdrop for viewing the local artwork (vases, textile work, paintings) on display inside the cases. You can go by metro (line 1) and get off at the Chen Clan's Academy ("Chen Jia Ci" in Chinese)
When you enter the Guangxiao Temple, one of the most impressive things to see are without a doubt the temple guardians. There is one on each side of the main door and two couples flanking the second door. They aren't particularly large - maybe 4 meters high - but, although I have seen many bigger guards in different temples, these stand out for their color, their features, and their poses.
These sculptures made directly on top of the rock represent the legend of the five geniuses, mounted on top of five goats, they were granted to the wealthy and prosperous city of Guangzhou wealth and prosperity. It's actually just a rock that from the way it's shaped, gave the impression of these five geniuses, so taking advantage of its shape were carved to give more detail to this representation. Next to it there are also carvings in the stone (but these are much more modern) which represent the joy of the people from the yields obtained by the intervention of these geniuses.