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Guangzhou Sightseeing - Landmarks, Parks, Mountains - Guangzhou Guide
Update: 6/13/2008 2:50:00 PM Source: Guangzhou hotels


Guangxiao Temple
109 Guangxiao Lu. As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng, trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date only from the mid 19th century. (Admission ¥4)
[Metro 1 Xi Men Kou - Exit C]
Liurong Temple
87 Liurong Lu. The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years. (Admission ¥5; Flower Pagoda: ¥10)
[Metro 1 Gong Yuan Qian - Exit I]
Shamian Island
The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession on Shamian Island have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, located at 14 Shamian Street. Attractions on the island are all free. As an island, Shamian is not particularly spectacular, but what makes it special that for several hundred years this tiny spit of land was the only place in all of China that Europeans could establish settlements. The architecture reflects that era, and it has a very unique atmosphere
[Metro 1 Huang Sha - Exit D]
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall ÖÐɽ¼ÍÄîÌÃ1.jpg located on Dongfeng Zhong Lu, is dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill.
 (8AM-6PM; Admission ¥5 to the park; ¥20 to go inside the hall)
[Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C]
Chen Clan Temple
Zhongshan 7 Lu
This is a very well preserved architecture from the 19th century. It used to belong to a wealthy family by the name of Chen and now houses many articles including ivory sculptures and artistic statues. (Admission ¥10) [Metro 1 Chen Jia Ci - Exit D]
Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Church
 56 Yide Lu. It is one of the oldest church structures in the city, and the largest of its kind of Southern China. It is currently in use for worship. Visiting hours are limited to Sunday morning only from 7AM-10AM. (Admission: Free)
[Metro 2 Hai Zhu Guang Chang]
Huangpu Military Academy
is located on Changzhou Island. It was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen, along with the Chinese Communist Party at the time. Many famous Chinese war heroes were trained here. (Admission ¥15)
Wu Xian Guan Temple
 Weifu Xi Lu (Admission ¥5)
 [Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C]
Huaisheng Mosque
 56 Guangta Lu It is one of the oldest Muslim mosques in China, built in 627. The mosque is not open to the public, but you can take a peek outside.
 [Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C]
Sanyuan Temple
Yingyuan Lu. This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city.
 [Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C]
Xiguan Residence
  See the traditional Cantonese architectures from ancient Guangzhou, used to be occupied by the upper class.
 [Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu]
Hualin Temple
[Tour Bus No. 2; Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu]
Museums and galleries
Guangzhou City Art Museum
 located near the Zhehai Building in Yuexiu Park, this impressive gallery has more than 10,000 pieces of art work, including calligraphy, traditional Chinese paintings, sculptures and Tibetan Buddhist art (Thangka).
[Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan]
Guangdong Museum of Art
8 Yanyu Lu, Er-sha Island. 9AM-5PM, Tu-Su. The museum is located on Er-Sha Island focusing on contemporary Chinese art, with particular emphasis on Guangdong artists. (Admission ¥15; under 18: free with paying parents) [Tour Bus No.2]
Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum
 867 Jiefang Bei Lu - across from Yuexiu Park. This is a tomb of a king of ancient South China. (9AM-5:30PM; ¥12, 20 8666 0885)
[Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan]
Guangzhou Sculpture Park
Tongxin Lu at the foot of Baiyun Mountain.
[Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
President Sun Yat-Sen Museum
18 Dongsha Jie, Fangzhi Lu . +86 20 3428-1366. (Admission ¥6; 9am-5pm; closed Monday)
Guangzhou Uprising Museum
 200 Qiyi Lu. The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building. (9am¡ª12pm; 1:30pm-4:30pm; closed Monday).
 [Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian Exit J]
Guangdong Revolutions History Museum
2 Lingyuan Xi Lu [b8907[p in the martyrs memorial park. Sun Yat-Sen was sworn in here in 1921 as the president of Republic of China. The museum tells stories from the Opium War to the founding of the new China.
[Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan Exit D]
Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park
79 Xianlie Zhonglu. This is a park set in a poignant mood. The main attraction is the monument built to commemorate the 72 martyrs who died during the 1911 uprising. (6:00AM-8:30PM; Phone: +86 20 3758-8321; Admission ¥8)
 [Tour Bus No. 1]
Yuexiu Park
the largest urban park in China, is a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes, the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower , now home to the City Museum with relics dating back to the 15th century, and an up-to-date miniature of Guangzhou. Also here in this park is the Stone Statue of the Five Rams), the symbol of Guangzhou (For more details, see 'History' section of Understand).(6AM-9PM; Admission: ¥5; Zhenhai Tower: ¥10)
[Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan Exit B1]
Yuntai Garden
 is situated at the foot of Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain, famous for its wide variety of rare flowers and trees. From now to January 8, 2007, there is a beautiful 3-D flower exhibit. During this period, admission is ¥20, but it is well worth it. (Admission ¥10)
[Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
Huadu Square
is a park-cum-recreation square located in the north part the city and near the government office buildings of Huadu District. The square incorporates, among other attractions, an outdoor theater, large fountain, outdoor dance area and statues. There is a large grass area that is similar to a Western style meadow, and also an area of subtropical forest and ornamental flower beds.
Guangzhou Martyrs' Memorial Garden
   Zhongshan 2 Lu. The park was dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927. [Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan Exit D]
The Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Mountain)
is a great place to relax and enjoy a day among lush, rolling hills. It also offers great views over the city. The road to the top is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way. It is a great place to see people enjoying nature and playing games, such as badminton, football (soccer) and even bungie jump. There are many bus routes to and from different parts of the city, as well as taxis usually available near the park gate. (6AM-7PM; Park entrance ¥5; Cable Car: ¥40 round trip; tram: from ¥20; other attractions ¥5-¥10)
 [Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain)
features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed. From Guangzhou, take bus 308 or 302 and exchange bus at Panyu . The bus takes about 2 hours and costs ¥14. There is a ferry service from Guangzhou at Tianzi Pier at Beijing Lu Nan for ¥25. The boat leaves at 8:15AM and returns at 3:15PM (Admission ¥30).

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