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Yuexiu Park

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Yuexiu Park, named after Yuexiu Mountain, and built in 1952, is the biggest comprehensive sight-seeing park in Guangzhou. Yuexiu Park spreads out over seven small hills, including Yuejing, Guihua, Muke, and Liyu. It is graced with three artificial lakes, known as Beixiu, Nanxiu, and Dongxiu. All year round you can enjoy the verdant grass, trees and flowers and hear the songs of birds. Not only is the park well known for its beautiful natural surroundings, but also charms the inquisitive with its many antiques.

The unique spirit of Yuexiu Park has made it one of the new Eight Attractions of Guangzhou, drawing visitors with its vibrant natural scenery. Travelers can spend hours exploring its paths, dotted with elaborately engraved, Linnan-style pavilions, platforms and towers, and stop by the rippling waters of the three lakes to relax. It's grand flower exhibition every spring and autumn attracts millions of tourists.

Besides the splendid natural wonders in Yuexiu Park, there are many famous scenic sites from different historical periods successfully decorating the park, such as the well-known "Statue of the Five Goats", Zhenhai Tower, the Ancient City Wall of the Ming Dynasty, Sifang Emplacement, Zhongshan Monument.

Statue of the Five Goats is one of the most famous structures in Guangzhou. It has become the emblem of Guangzhou City. Legend has it that more than 2,000 years ago, Guangzhou was a barren land with people who despite hard work were suffering from famine. One day five immortals in five-color garments came riding on five rams, playing their legendary music. The rams held sheaves of rice in their mouths. The immortals left the sheaves of rice for the Guangzhou people, gave blessings to the city and left. The rams turned into stone and the city of Guangzhou became a rich and populous place. Guangzhou got the name of the City of Rams and the City of Ears.

Zhenhai Tower, better known among the locals as the Five-Story Tower, is one of the landmarks of Guangzhou city. An interesting historical record has it that Zhu Liangzu, Yongjia Marquis of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), saw yellow and purple air rising over Yuexiu Mountain and was told by a sorcerer that it was the omen of a new emperor. To subdue this omen, Zhu Liangzu ordered this tower to be built in 1380. Over the past 600 years, the tower has been destroyed five times and set up five times. Now it is the Guangzhou Museum, housing relics and documents showing Guangzhou's history over 2, 000 years. Known as the first tower in Lingnan (South of Nanling Mountain) Area, Zhenhai Tower now is 28 meters (91.9feet) high and 16 meters (52.5 feet) wide. The striking contrast of green glazed titles and red walls makes the tower elegant.

What's more, you can find Yuexiu Mountain Stadium which holds about 30,000 people; Yuexiu Natatorium, which hosts international swimming matches; Jinyin Natatorium, Flower House, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Attractions for the Journey to the West and more entertainment facilities. Nowadays, due to its many years of growth, Yuexiu Park has become the substitute name for Guangzhou.

Admission: free

Opening hours: 6 am-21 pm

How to get there: There are five gates to Yuexiu Park, namely the Facet, East, West, North and South Gates. There are many buses at each gate with Metro Line 2 arriving at Facet Gate.

Travel tips: Spring is the best time to visit, when the temperature is moderate and Guangzhou Garden Fair is held here.
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The Yong Ya Shan Restaurant inside the park has a pleasant ambiance and is famous for its Fish Head and Sun Chicken as well as a great variety of other delicious dishes. Travelers can rest there, drinking some tea and enjoying the delicious food.

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