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The sculpture of Five Rams, Guangzhou

Guangzhou, famed as the 'City of Flowers' and 'South Gate of China', has been blessed with the beauty demanded of a tourist destination, the ancient interests of a historical and cultural city as well as the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis.

In addition to being the capital of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou is also the political, commercial and cultural center of the Southern China. Covering an area of about 7,434 sq km (1.8 million acres), it enjoys an advantageous location north of Pearl River Delta where it borders Hongkong and Macau. Facing the South Sea of China, it is also traversed by the Pearl River, the third largest river in China. With its mild subtropical climate, the city has maintained more than 7.3 million residents here.

Zhujiang, Pearl River, Guangzhou (Canton)

As a city, Guangzhou boasts a long history of over 2,200 years and is listed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities in China. Guangzhou was initially named Chuting which means 'Palace of Chu' (Chu is a powerful state during the Chinese Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period, 770 BC - 221 BC). According to an old beautiful legend, the city had survived through the severe desolation caused by natural disasters until five immortals riding colorful rams bestowed upon the people some rice; hence the name 'City of Rams' and 'City of Sui' (Sui means an ear of grain, as of wheat). The sculpture of the Five Rams, which can be seen in the Yuexiu Park, has become a city landmark. Becasue of its open surroundings, Guangzhou was the starting point of China's Marine Silk Road and ultimately played a pivotal role in foreign trade for China. From the historical relics currently housed at the Western Han Nanyue Kings Tomb Museum, the religious communication centre of Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Bright Filial Piety Temple and Huaisheng Mosque,  it is still possible to find some clues of the communications between Guangzhou and other foreign countries in the ancient time.

In the last century, Guangzhou was also known as the pioneer of revolutions, uprisings, political reforms and the spread of new ideologies. It was in Guangzhou that the 'Father of Modern China' - Dr. Sun Yat-sen planned the 1911 revolution and led many other uprisings that facilitated the progress of Chinese democracy. In addition, numerous outstanding generals in the later military fights were cultivated in the world famous Whampoa Military Academy founded in this city. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and his monument in Yuexiu Park are just two spots to recall this great man and his achievements.

 Guangzhou Attractions:
Yuexiu Park, Ancestral Temple of Chen Family, Bright Filial Piety Temple & Huaisheng Mosque, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum
White Cloud Mountain, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

Foreign Consulates in Guangzhou: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany...

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  • Replyaitee,   Malaysia
    2011/9/9 2:11:00

    I will go Guangzhou on 5/1/2011 - 10/1/2011, can please email me the itinery?

    • Bobby :2011/9/9 18:21:00

      I wonder do you mean 5/1/2012 - 10/1/2012? Since it is Sep. 10, 2011 today.