Why is Yuexiu Park special?
Covering an area of 860,000 square meters, Yuexiu Park is the largest park in downtown Guangzhou. Made up of three artificial lakes and seven hills of Yuexiu Mountain, Yuexiu Park is a perfect combination of cultural relics and ecological tourism.
Reputed for its pretty water and hills as well as cultural relics, the main places of interest in Yuexiu Park include the stone sculpture of the Five Rams, Zhenhai Tower, the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall, and Square Cannon Site.
As a large comprehensive park, Yuexiu Park provides an amusement park, swimming pool, gymnasium, restaurants, museum and art museum as well.
Yuexiu Park Highlights
Three artificial lakes, known as Dongxiu, Nanxiu, and Beixiu cover an area of more than 50,000 square meters. Dongxiu Lake and Nanxiu Lake are tranquil and elegant, inviting artists for appreciation. Surrounded by trees, Beixiu Lake is open for boating and fishing. The lakes are connected with arch bridges and decorated with pavilions and corridors in the south China style. The natural beauties of Yuexiu Park provide for nature lovers a convenient way to enjoy nature.
As one of the most famous structures, the Five-Ram Sculpture has become the symbol of Guangzhou. According to the legend, five immortals in five-color garments came here riding on five rams, playing their legendary music, and trying to rescue the people suffering from hunger. 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 stones and the city of Guangzhou became a rich and populous place. Thus Guangzhou got the name of the City of Rams and the City of Ears.
Zhenhai Tower, known among the locals as the Five-Story Tower, is one of the landmarks of Guangzhou. Over the past 600 years, the tower has been destroyed five times and set up five times. Now it serves as the Guangzhou Museum, housing relics and documents showing Guangzhou's history over 2, 000 years. The green glazed titles and red walls make the tower magnificent and elegant.