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The Whampoa Military Academy
The Whampoa Military Academy has played a key role in 20th century Chinese history. Founded on June 16, 1924 by the great unifier of China, Dr. Sun Yat­sen, with the support of the Communist Party of China and the former Soviet Union, the academy produced a series of illustrious commanders whose exploits shaped modern China. In 1988, the Whampoa Military Academy, designated a historical monument, came under national protection.

How to get there: Take bus numbers 43, 210, 227 and 292 or the water bus from the Nanfang Building and the Tianzi Warf.
Open: 09:00­16:30 (closed on Mondays)
Tel: 0086­20­82201082

Baiyun Mountain Scenic Zone
The Baiyun Mountain sprawls over 20.98 sq km of exquisite landscape and has 30 peaks of which Moxingling (382 m high) is the tallest in South China. A popular summer resort, the 1000-year Baiyun Mountain is made up of seven sightseeing zones.

How to get there: Take bus numbers 24, 46, 60, 63, 175, 179, 199, 223, 285, 522 and 540.
Website: http://www.baiyunshan.com.cn

Museum of the Tomb of Nanyue King of the Western Han Dynasty
To the west of the Yuexiu Park, on Xianggang Hill stands the 2000-year old tomb of Wen Di, the second king of the State of Nanyue. In the early period of the Western Han dynasty, the kings of Nanyue ruled from Panyu (present day Guangzhou). The discovery of the tomb of Wen Di in1983 led to the excavation of more than a thousand relics, among them the first gold seal of the emperor of the Western Han dynasty ever to surface in China.

Website: http://www.gznywmuseum.com

Lotus Mountain Scenic Zone
The rocks in the mountain are in the shape of lotus flowers and the ancient quarries are historical monuments under state protection. From the rolling geography of the mountain springs unique specimens of art: The Lotus Pagoda, constructed in 1612 (the 40th year of the Wanli reign period of the Ming Dynasty), said to be the memorial column of the capital of Guangdong Province; the Lotus City constructed in 1664 (the third year of the Kangxi reign period of the Qing Dynasty); and the world’s largest outdoor statue of the Goddess of Mercy, erected in 1994. The statue, coated with 180 liang (1/20 kg) of gold, stands 40.88 m high and weighs 120 tons.

Yuexiu Park
Trees and flowers as far as the eye can see, the 920,000 sq m Yuexiu Park represents the largest botanical garden in Guangzhou. The Spring Welcoming Flower Fair is held here every spring, followed by the grand Chrysanthemum Show in autumn. A vast stadium with a capacity of 30,000 stands in the park along the Stone Sculpture of Five Rams (the symbol of Guangzhou), the Zhenhai Tower, Dr. Sun Yat­sen's Memorial Tablet and the ancient city walls built in the Ming (1368 AD-1644 AD) period.

How to get there: Take bus numbers 21, 24, 58, 87, 101, 127, 133, 182, 185, 187, 244, 518 and 519.
Open: 06:00­21:00
Website: http://www.yuexiupark­gz.com

Guangxiao Temple
Constructed more than 1,700 years ago, the Guangxiao Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Guangzhou. Measuring 31,000 sq m, the ancient complex comprises the gate of the temple, the Heavenly King Hall, the Main Hall and the Yifa Pagoda. The My­robalan and Bodhi trees are as old if not older than the temple

How to get there: Take the subway to Ximenkou Station or take bus numbers 2, 4, 29, 31, 102 and 107.

Open: 06:00­17:00

Website: http://www.gzgxs.org

Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park
The Xiangjiang Safari Park combines sightseeing with science education. 300 species and 10,000 animals are on view, including white lions and white tigers and rare creatures from the wilds of South Africa and Thailand: gnus, black antelopes and crocodiles. Designated a scenic area, Xiangjiang is the only large privately owned safari park in China.

How to get there: Take bus numbers 221, 225, 247 and 512.

Open: 09:00­18:00

Website: www.xjzoo.com.cn
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