Walking paths wind past lakes, playgrounds, landscaped gardens, and recreational areas within 247-acre (100-hectare) Yuexiu Park at the heart of Guangzhou. The park’s most recognizable landmark, the Five Ram Statue, depicts the five immortals who legend says came on the back of rams to deliver grain and prosperity to the starving people.
Yuexiu Park serves as a green lung for the busy city of Guangzhou—a popular spot among locals and visitors alike who need a break from the bustle. Aside from the usual outdoor activity, the park is also home to the Guangzhou City Museum, a Ming-style building housing relics from the city’s 2,000-year history. Many city sightseeing tours include a visit to the museum (and surrounding park), along with other notable points of interest such as Shamian Island, Huacheng Square, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, and the Guangdong Folk Art Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Yuexiu Park is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and anyone in need of a breath of fresh air.
- Admission to the park is free, but some attractions within (such as the Guangzhou City Museum) charge an entrance fee.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to reach the park is to take the metro (line 2) to Yuexiu Park Station. Leave through exit B1 and you’ll find yourself at the park’s main entrance. Numerous bus lines stop at the park’s north, south, east, and west gates as well.
When to Get There
Visit the park early in the morning to see locals practicing tai chi or playing musical instruments. Throughout the day the lakes become crowded with fisherman looking to catch dinner, and the paths become scattered with artists sketching or painting their surroundings.
Facilities Within the Park
Yuexiu Park offers much more than just green space. The sprawling area is home to a small amusement park, swimming pool, flower-viewing areas, three lakes, and a gymnasium. Stop for a cup of tea in a traditional Cantonese teahouse, known for its garden seating and local delicacies.