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Escape to Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou

 2014-01-13    Ada    Activities    Guangzhou    1804  

People always describe the natural beauty of Guangzhou as being composed of white cloud and pearl sea, the white cloud referring to the mountain, located about 17 kilometers (10 miles) north of the city. Every time the sun shines after the rain, and through late spring, a wreath of airy clouds circles the mountains.



This is how White Cloud Mountain has won its name, and its reputation as a marvelous spectacle of nature. From ancient times, White Cloud Mountain has been one of the most famous spots of natural beauty in Guangzhou, and it's still known as the First Spectacular Scene of the city. Over the course of history, Baiyun Mountain have earned the titles of “Top Beauty of Guangzhou” and “First Mountain of Lingnan”.

Featuring towering tress, crystal-clear spring, heavily-forested mountains, singing birds, blooming flowers and mind-refreshing air, Baiyun Mountain makes a pleasant half day trip away from the traffic and congestion of Guangzhou.



Numerous scenes on Baiyun Mountain have been named in the Eight Sights of Guangzhou of various eras since the Song Dynasty (960–1279). The Eight Sights of Guangzhou in Song Dynasty were recorded in the Annals of Nanhai County of Kangxi era and the Annals of Guangzhou Prefecture of Qianlong era, including Fuxu Yuri, Shimen Fanzhao, Haishan Xiaoji, Zhujiang Qiuse, Juhu Yunying, Pujian Lianquan, Guangxiao Puti, Datong Yanyu. Of which I love Datong Yanyu the most. Datong Yanyu referred to Datong Temple and Yanyu Well in the temple. Yanyu Well was said to be capable of forecasting weather. When rain was about to fall, fog would rise from the well. The temple was reduced to debris during the occupation of Guangzhou by Japanese forces. Located in Fangcun by the mouth of Huadi River, only several street names were left of the temple, and only one of those streets is still found today.



This area is an ideal place for people to relax. It has six areas that are popular with visitors, Bright Pearl Building Park, the San tailing Summit Park, the Bird Spring Valley Park (Mingchun Valley), the Santailing Park, the Luhu Park and the Fei'eling Park. Yuntai Garden, a bright pearl in the crown of White Cloud Mountain, is located in Santailing Park. Yuntai Garden is an enormous garden filled with all kinds of blooms and trees, which make Guangzhou, City of Flowers, worthy of the name. The Sculpture Park is located in Fei'eling, and covers an area of 46 hectares (113 acres). It was built according to the fashion of the times, which was to use modern languages in sculpture. Luhu Park is famous for Jinye Pond. The lake is so clear that the beautiful sights surrounding the lake are perfectly reflected in the water, like a brilliantly drawn picture.

The quiet and secluded environment of the valley has made it a haven of peace from the big city. Four mountains, namely, Moxing Ridge, Mount Santai, Mount Fei'er and Mount Heyi add radiance to each other while Luhu Lake, Mingchun Valley and Mingzhu Tower present mind-numbing beauty. You will also find the biggest natural birdcage in China, perfect for enjoying all kinds of birds; Bird Spring Valley Park. Here you can stroll idly by the river and mountains, and mingle with the birds.

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