The Legends behind Yuexiu Park

You cannot enter Yuexiu Park in Guangzhou,Southern China if you plan on doing any of the following:

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….thank goodness I was just planning on paddle boating and having a picnic!

Yuexiu Park is the largest park in all of downtown Guangzhou, covering 212.5 acres made up of lakes and mountains. It’ s been rated one of the top places to visit in Foshan…though I must admit, other than the paddle boating, the lake itself wasn’t all that impressive.

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 Other thing that didn’t impress me that much? The Ming Dynasty Wall.

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I know,I know the wall is ancient, I mean ancient, and I’d love to say that I stared at this glorious wall and marvelled at  how many hundreds of years old it was and the history behind it all…
but really…it’s just a wall.

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It did have pretty trees however!

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What was cool however was the Five Rams Statue.

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This statue is one of the most famous structures in all of Guangzhou and comes with a fun story behind it! Legend has it that more than 2,00 years ago, the city was a barren land with people who were working hard to grow crops but still suffering from famine.  One day, five immortals in five color garments came riding on five rams, playing music.  All the rams held enough sheaves of rice in their mouths for a tiny village.  The immortals left the sheaves of rice for the local people, gave their blessings to the city and then left.  The rams then turned into stone and the city became rich and prosperous.  This is how Guangzhou got the name the “City of Rams” and the “City of Ears”.

Zhenhai Tower is also a famous tourist attraction located in Yuexiu Park

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Zhenhai Tower is also known as being one of the famous landmarks of the city.  History records show that Zhu Liangzu Yongjia Marquis of the Mind Dynastic (1368-1644) saw yellow and purple rising over Yuexiu Mountain and was told by a sorcerer that it was the omen of a new emperor.  To embrace this omen, Zhu Liangzu ordered this tower to be built in 1380. Over the past 600 years the tower has been destroyed and restored five times.  Now it stands today as the Guangzhou museum, filled with relics and documents.

This park is definitely worth checking out if you’re in Guangzhou, especially if you’re a history buff! For visitors, this place is free to get into (paddle boats cost around 20rmb) and is open from 6am-10pm. You can take line 2 to Yuexiu Park Station, get out from exit B or take Line 1 to Gongyuan Qian station then change to line 2 to Yuexiu Park.  You can also take any of these bus lines in Guangzhou to get off at Yuexiu park station: 5, 7, 8, 12, 21, 22, 24, 40, 58, 87, 101, 103, 105, 108, 109, 111, 113, 124, 180, 182, 185, 211, 244, 265, 273, 384

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