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Ben and I were recently scandalized to meet a friend’s father who had seen more sights in his 4 days here than we had seen in our 3 months. So yesterday we decided to do something about it and headed off to one of the most famous sights in Guangzhou: Yuexiu Park.

When we had first arrived in China and were gung-ho about sightseeing, we had attempted to explore this park. However, we made a mistake and found another lovely park. It’s true: “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” or should we just stick with “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” by Ms. Frizzle? Cue flashback to Ms. H’s science class.

A winding path at Yue Xia

Anywho, it seemed like a good time to error-correct and retest our navigational skills. How hard can it be to find the largest park in Guangzhou, anyways? Well, this time we found it without any problems and were promptly rewarded with a great day.

It really is a massive park with tons of winding paths through lush vegetationand no sign of the giant city on the circumference. Although there were many people there, we were still able to feel somewhat secluded hiking through their ‘mountains.’ We had a great time using this flicker of greenery to remind ourselves what nature looks like.

But this park isn’t just greenery, paths, and artificial lakes… it also contains the final segment of the ancient city wall. On top of Yuexiu Mountain is an old fort that was once a lookout for pirates. Seriously- pirates! Its name, Zhenghai, means ‘calming down the sea.’ (Remembering Mistress Ching from Pirates of the Caribbean III?)

Ben in front of the Guangzhou Museum

Since all of the pirates seem to be from Somalia these days, the lookout has been converted into the Guangzhou Museum and at 10 RMB a person, how could we possibly pass it up? Outside the museum you get a great view of the fort itself and get to see many cannons left over from the Opium Wars. The museum has five stories of exhibits in which you walk up through history. On the final storey was the pièce de résistance: a breath-taking view of the city.

 

What a great view of the park... Guangzhou's towers can be seen on the other side.

After we finished our walk through history, we went in search for the statue that commemorates the start of it all: the five-ram statue. The statue was erected in 1959 to memorialize the most famous legend of the city. Long ago, when the city was just a fledgling, five immortals rode rams down from heaven wearing robes of different colors. These immortals each brought the

Us at the final destination: The Five Ram Statue

people of Guangzhou a stem of rice. This story is interpreted as meaning that the area will never suffer from a famine. Ben and I have heard a lot about these rams since arriving in the city; mostly because the rams were animated and used as the mascots for the Asian Games (hosted in Guangzhou, if you

hadn’t heard). When the mascot’s names are strung together they read: Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang (Peace, Harmony, and Great Happiness, with everything going as you wish).

After hearing so much about this statue and seeing its image everywhere, all I have to say is: it’s taller than I expected.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lloyd & Sharon
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 22:01:53

    Love your travel log! Have a blessed and happy new year.

    Lloyd

    Reply

  2. Deb Sargent
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 00:07:19

    Katie and Ben,

    I have really enjoyed your posts. Hope your time there has been enjoyable. Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deb

    Reply

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