It’s been my mission to visit places in Guangzhou outside of the normal go-to list and I found an incredible place! Located in the Eastern Panyu district of Guangzhou, China, the Lotus Hill (Lianhuashan 莲花山) is famous for its Western Han dynasty quarry, its temple, and other scenic sites.
THE LOTUS HILL FAIRYTALE
Once upon a time there was an evil dragon living the in the South China Sea. He always made giant winds and waves that flooded the Pearl River delta, causing lots of flooding and capsizing the boats there. The Goddess of Mercy was furious that the dragon caused the people to suffer, so she threw the lotus she was sitting on into the water, which stopped him. Many years later the lotus turned into stone, which is how the place came to be named The Lotus Hill.
BEFORE YOU GO
Entrance: 54 RMB
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Directions: Take Line 4 to Shiqi Station. Take bus 92 or 93 to 莲花山 station (about twenty minutes).
Bring: Good walking shoes
WHAT TO SEE
The park area has many paths that will take you to the temple, pagoda, and other great sites. There’s also some restaurants and shops to rest at if you need a break. It’s possible to see everything in just a couple hours (including time to take lots of photos!)
GODDESS OF MERCY
The largest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in the world.
Verdict: This has to be one of the best places I’ve visited in Guangzhou! If I’m grading on Chinese architecture, culture, and scenic views (plus photo opportunities) I’d give it a 10/10. I’d love to visit again during the famous Lotus Festival when the lotus are actually in bloom.
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