Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area
Baiyun Mountain in the northern part of Guangzhou is one of the most famous mountains in the southern part of Guangdong Province. After a rainfall or in late spring, Baiyun Mountain is shrouded in white clouds, thus its name Baiyun, which means White Clouds.
Baiyun Mountain occupies an area of 20.98 square kilometers. Its three dozens of peaks stretch over 9.7 kilometers long and 4.5 kilometers wide at the widest place. Its main peak, Moxing Summit, is 382 meters high. Many streams flow in its gullies.
Baiyun Mountain has been a favorite tourist area since ancient times. Among the places of historical significance are the Nengren Temple and Jiulong Spring. In recent years a number of new places of interest has been developed in the park, including the Summit Park, North Mountain Park, Courtyard of Pine Waves, South Lake Amusement Park, Mingzhulou Reservoir, Dajinzhong Reservoir and Luhu Lake Scenic Area. In 1989, the park established a nature reserve for birds on an area of 12,500 square meters in Mingchun Ravine on Baiyun Mountain. In 1994 the park built the Guangzhou Stele Forest to display inscriptions of excellent works of calligraphy and poetry. In 1995 the park opened the Yuntai Grand Garden.
You can climb up or go up the mountaintop along a 1,672-meter-long cableway to have a panoramic view of the whole city of Guangzhou and the Pearl River in distance.
Transport: You can take bus No. 38 or tourist bus route 1 to the stop of Baiyun Cableway. Transportation on Baiyun Mountain is very convenient. Public bus runs from Luhu to the Summit Park to the south, to Huangpo Cave and North Mountain Park to the west, to the South Gate of Baiyuan Mountain to the southeast and Meihuayuan Avenue to the east.
Luhu Lake Park
The large landscape park on the southern slope of Baiyuan Mountain boasts picturesque scenery with a large stretch of water. Xinghai Garden in the park was built in memory of a famous Chinese musician called Xian Xinghai. (If you are interested in art gallery, you also can pay a visit to Xinghai Concert Hall which is named after this musician). In the garden you can visit the memorial hall, giant stone sculptures, a music pavilion with corridors and the tomb pedestal.
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 63, 24, 46, 190, 184, 297 or 546.
South China Botanical Garden
Located at the foot of Huolu Hill on the northeastern outskirts of Guangzhou, South China Botanical Garden covers an area of 3.15 million square meters, making it the largest subtropical botanical garden in South China. The tropical and subtropical scenery in the garden attract numerous tourists from home and abroad.
Transport: It can be reached by bus No. 28, 84, 257, 534 or 535.
Yingzhou Ecological Park
The large park of agricultural ecology is located in Xiaozhou Village, Xinjiao Town in the southeastern part of Haizhu District. More than 50,000 fruit trees grow in the park, including the fruit trees of longan and litche. You can row boat through under exquisite bridges on the river. The rustic scenery of waterside town and entertainment establishments make the park an ideal place for leisure time spending and sightseeing.
Transport: You can get there by bus No. 31 from the Railway Station and change to bus No. 86 at Zhuangyuanfang Stop for the Yingzhou Ecological Park.