Guangzhou’s best-known park is Yue Xiu, located a few minutes’ walk to the east from the Done Fang Hotel. There is a five-story tower on a hilltop in the park known as the Zhen Hai Lou, or “Tower Overlooking the Sea.” The tower dates from the fourteenth century the Ming Dynasty period and is the oldest building in Guangzhou indeed, it is one of the older buildings you will see in China. As its name suggests, it was a watchtower guarding the city against invasion. It is now a museum housing porcelain treasure and objects d’art dating from the Han period to the present day.
There is a lake where you may hire rowboats several Olympic-size swimming pools, sleep hills providing the energetic visitor with excellent lent walks under a prolific growth of Item a number of lookout points over the city, and at certain times of the ye~ magnificent flower displays.
The Statue of the Five-Goats stands just north of the tower. The statue, as does the Wuxian Temple commemorates the mythical or g ns of the city. The story goes that five celestial be rigs appeared ou of he air, each riding a goat Each goat carried a stem of rice in its mouth symbolizing that the area would forever be free of famine.
Another park worth visiting is Dongshan Gongyuan, or “ East Mountain Park” Located a fair way from the city center on the western side. As you enter, you are confronted with rows of palm trees, giving the impression of a tropical rather than a temperate garden. There are many lakes in the park, and you may hire canoes to paddle around the shores and under the many humpback bridges. There is also a zigzag bridge passing across one of the smaller lakes and connoting the two shores.
Of particular appeal is the promontory housing the Dong Hu Restaurant, You pass through an elliptical moongate set in a white wall capped by orange glazed tiles. The restaurant is to your left, but continue straight ahead to the small pavilion. It is a pleasant place to sit and contemplate. The only sounds you will hear are the cries of children, the squeak of rollicks, and the rattle of wind-blown leaves.