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Guangdong

Guangdong is situated in the southern part of China and has the longest coast line of the country. Rivers from all over the province flow through the fertile Pearl River Delta into the South China Sea. It is one of China’s most densely cultivated areas. At the confluence of the North River, East River and West River is the provincial capital city of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton.

The province has a remarkable growth and prosperity, also because of his close ties to Hong Kong. And due to the geographical distance it was able to develop industries relatively freely from central authority. But Guangzhou doesn’t only have modern sites, there are also many historical attractions and natural scenic spots.

Guangdong has four famous mountains, the Danxia Mountain in the north, Xijiao Mountain at the South China Sea, Luofu Mountain in Boluo and the Dinghu Mountain in Zhaoqing. 

In Kaiping, away from the industrial centers, you can find extraordinary towers which are partly Portugese Gothic, and their fragments sprinkled across the county.

 

Guangzhou

Guangzhou, a quite special metropolis in China, largely influenced by the neighboring Hong Kong, flashing with neon lights, the city impresses all the visitors with its vitality, sheer size and high buildings. 

Discover the untouched old residences, temples and gardens nesting in the chaotic city center Guangzhou and witness its history to some extend; don’t forget to try the Cantonese cuisine on your trip there since food served are regarded as the best!

 

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

First built in 537 AD., it is a famous Buddhist temple in Guangzhou. Originally called Bao Zhuang Yan Temple, the temple's name was changed to Liurong (Six Banyans) in Ming Dynasty after it was found that the dissident poet-governor Su Dongpo had paid a visit to it in 1100 and wrote down the two Chinese characters "Liurong", which was inscribed on the two stone steles in the temple.

The most popular attraction is the 55m (184 feet) octagonal Flower Pagoda, which is the tallest in Guangzhou. From the outside it appears to have only nine stories, but inside it has 17. The pagoda was constructed in 1097. With its blue glazed-tiles, vermilion beams painted wall and red pillars all in good match, it resembles a huge flowery column. The pagoda is situated in the city proper, and when tourists stand on the top of it, they can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city.

 

Bright Filial Piety Temple

One of the earliest and largest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou possibly dates to the 4th century built by an Indian monk. The place has particular significance for Buddhists because Hui Neng of the Zen Buddhist sect was a novice monk here in the 7th century. The original buildings were destroyed in the fire in the mid-17th century. The main hall is a deep and impressive construction equipped with golden figures. 

 

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Situated in the original site of Sun Yat-sen's Presidential Office on the southern slope of Yuexiu Hill, it is a memorial building completed in 1931 with the funds raised by the local people and overseas Chinese in memory of Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's democratic revolution. Here was the original place where the governor's house of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces of the Qing Dynasty were seated, and used as the presidential house in which Dr. Sun Yat-sen held the office of provisional president in 1921.

It was designed by the well-known architect of modern China, Lu Yanzhi, who was also the designer of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum in Nanjing. The building complex is composed of the arch over the gateway, the auditorium, and the several-storied buildings to the east and west. The auditorium is octagonal - in the shape of the palace hall. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has become a symbolic building of Guangzhou.

Then memorial hall emcompasses 61,000 square meters, its floor space being 12,000 square meters. It is 49 meters tall from the ground level to the summit and 22 meters high from the inside ground floor to the top arch. With a diameter of 15 meters, the hall is 71 meters wide each side. The opera stage inside the hall is 19 meters wide and 15 meters long. With two stories, the hall has a seating capacity of 4,792.

 

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Located mainly in Kaiping County, Guangdong province, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages feature the Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive village houses, displaying a complex and flamboyant fusion of Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, consisting of four groups of Diaolou, totaling some 1,800 tower houses in their village settings, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. Immigrants of Kaiping people played significant role in the development of several countries in South Asia, Australasia and North America. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages is the best reflection of it and served as close links between overseas Kaiping and their ancestral homes.

The nominated Diaolou represent the final flourishing of the local tradition in the Kaiping area since Ming times: bulid defensive towers in response to local banditry. The Kaiping Diaolou was built by conspicuous wealth of the retuning Chinese who contributed to the spread of banditry.  Built of stone, pise (compressed earth), brick or concrete, Kaiping Diaolou represent a complex and confident fusion between Chinese and western architectural styles. 

The architectural style of Kaiping Diaolou reflects the culmination of almost five centuries tower-house building and these buildings take three forms: communal towers built by several families and used as temporary refuge, of which 473 remain; residential towers built by individual rich families and used as fortified residences, of which 1,149 survive; and watch towers, the latest development, which account for 221 of the buildings. Now Kaiping Diaolou retains a harmonious relationship with the surrounding agricultural landscape.