Lingnan University traces its origins back to 1884. Rev. B. C. Henry and Dr. A. P. Happer from the American Presbyterian Mission proposed to establish “Christian College in China” at Canton in 1888. The College, after several suspensions and relocations, established its campus at Hong Lok, Honaam, Guangzhou in early 20th century. In 1927, the College was transferred to Chinese administration and was formally renamed as “Lingnan University”. Dr. Chung Wing Kwong was appointed as the first Chinese President.
During the Sino-Japanese War, Lingnan evacuated from Hong Lok Campus in 1938 and resumed classes by making use of the campus at the University of Hong Kong. Later in 1941, Hong Kong fell. President Lee Ying-lam returned to Guangdong and rebuilt “Lingtaitsuen” at Sinyanmiu, Kukong. With Japanese forces surrendered in 1945, Lingnan University resumed full operation at Guangzhou Hong Lok Campus, but finally ceased operation in 1952 after a major reorganization of higher education in China.