Guangzhou Orchid Garden


Across from Yuexiu Park is this charming and little-visited garden, with worn stone bridges crossing pools, an orchid display and a quaint little ornamental pavilion on a lake where tea is served (from ¥20). Enter via the south gate; from the subway exit, go north and turn left into Lanpu Lu.

To the west of the garden entrance is a religious complex housing a Muslim grave that supposedly marks the burial site of Abu Waqas, who is credited with bringing Islam to China.

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1. Grave of Abu Waqas

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Whether or not this actually is the grave of Abu Waqas, the man who brought Islam to China in the 7th century and an uncle of the Prophet Mohammed, the…

2. Yuexiu Park


A crenellated roadway between attractions in this hilly park is actually a (heavily restored) slab of Guangzhou's long-departed city wall, built during…

3. Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

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You'll feel like Indiana Jones/Lara Croft (select as preferred) as you descend the two-millennia-old steps into an actual Han dynasty tomb. This was the…

4. Five Rams Statue

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Erected in 1959 in Socialist realism style, this statue on a knoll in Yuexiu Park depicts the symbol of Guangzhou: five mythical rams who bore five…

5. Guangzhou City Museum

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First built in 1380 as a military watchtower, the red-walled Zhenhai Tower (镇海楼, Zhènhǎi Lóu) is now home to the Guangzhou City Museum, which ascends…

6. Guangzhou Art Gallery

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Not to be confused with the far more impressive Guangdong Museum of Art, this dusty old museum has middling displays of concession-era porcelain, silks…

7. Guangxiao Temple

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The ‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’ is the oldest temple site in Guangzhou, dating from the 4th century. By the time of the Tang it was well established as a…

8. Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

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This Buddhist temple complex was first built in AD 537 to enshrine Buddhist relics brought over from India and placed in the octagonal Decorated Pagoda …