After checking out the Guanzhou Sun Yat-Sen memorial hall, we headed to Yuexiu Park where we were taken to see the 5 goat statue.
The statue has an interesting story behind it, bizarre too but interesting nonetheless.
Legend has it that more than 2,000 years ago, the city was a barren land with people who despite hard work were suffering from famine. One day five immortals in five-color garments came riding on five rams, playing their legendary music. The rams held sheaves of rice in their mouths. The immortals left the sheaves of rice for the local people, gave blessings to the city and left. The rams turned into stone and the city became a rich and populous place. Guangzhou got the name of the City of Rams and the City of Ears.
The park itself is also a big attraction as it is the largest park in downtown Guanzhou, covering 860,000 square meters, has 3 artificial lakes and seven hills of Yuexiu Mountain. I was pretty excited to go because it was the perfect place to see the local people socializing and exercising. My room mate and I had intended to visit a park near our student hotel in Shanghai however we ended up being too busy with other things.
It was absolutely humongous!!! I’m pretty sure we only explored a third of it.
We started by walking up to the statue and on the way we danced with some old ladies, watched some people playing a game similar to hacky sack and passed by some doing their morning tai chi routine.
There were numerous tourist stalls on the way to the statue but by this time in the trip we were all tourist shopped out. After taking the obligatory photos by the statue we attempted to explore the rest of the park.
We passed by one of the artificial lakes which had paddle boats and then made our way to the mini waterfall where we took more pictures.
After the park visit our next stop was The Chen family temple and it also happened to be the tourist destination I was most looking forward to in Guanzhou. Since there was so much to see there I shall have to cover it in the next post. And still to come is our cruise on the Pearl river, visit to the Guanzhou museum (where a couple of transformers were spotted) and our visit to The cultural folk village in Shen Zhen.