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Guangzhou Attractions

White Cloud Hills Scenic Region
Guangzhou White Cloud Hills Scenic Region"White clouds and pearl sea" is a phrase used by many to describe Guangzhou. The "white clouds" actually means the famous White Cloud Hills. The White Cloud Hills Scenic Region is located at the northeastern part of Guangzhou, 17kilometers from the city center. It is a continuation of the Jiulian Mountain to the south. The Scenic Region comprises more than 30 hills and peaks, covering an area of 28 square kilometers. The highest peak, Moxing Ridge (Star- scraping Ridge) stands in the center of White Cloud Mountain, and is 382m high, and regarded as "the First Peak under the Southern Sky". Every autumn, the stream of clouds will surround the peaks, forming charming scenery, so the mountains here have been called "White Cloud Hills".

Chen Clan Academy
Chen Clan AcademyThe Chen Clan Academy is not only an important heritage site under protection by the country, but also a local Guangdong handicraft museum. It was built as a collective effort by the Chen families from 72 counties all over Guangdong Province at the end of the 19th century during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. The Academy was built to honor and worship their ancestors. It was also used to house Chen family members who came from all over the province to sit for the imperial examinations. That is why it is also known as the Chen Family Academy.

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
Guangzhou Temple of the Six Banyan TreesThe Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a famous Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, and the site of the Guangzhou Buddhist Association nowadays. It is a pretty and exceptionally well maintained temple situated in the heart of Guangzhou. Built in 537, it is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. The temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues--the biggest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong province. The thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is kept on the top story of the pagoda. The 184-foot pagoda appears to have nine stories; inside, however, there are 17 levels. Because of the colorful exterior carvings, it is popularly known as the Flower Pagoda.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Guangzhou Sun Yat-sen Memorial HallSun Yat-sen (1866-1925), father of republican China, was born in Guangdong. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, built in 1931 with funds contributed by overseas Chinese and the residents of Guangzhou, is a famous commemorative structure of the Chinese revolution of 1911. It was built on the site of the presidential house where Sun Yat-sen had lived in when he was the provisional president of China in 1922. The hall is surrounded by well kept lawns and gardens and there is a small museum behind the hall. The hall itself is quite grand but inside you won't find a great deal apart from seats as the hall is used for meetings and performances.

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