The Pearl River (珠江) is the third longest river in China with 2,129 kilometers in length and the second largest in terms of annual flow capacity. Legend has it that where the Pearl River flowed through Guangzhou sits a gigantic stone island. Gradually washed and eroded by the roaring water, the stone becomes slick and smooth and is shaped like a pearl. Thus is the origin of the name "Sea Jewel" or Haizhu (海珠), in the names like Haizhu Bridge, Haizhu Square and Haizhu District .
The Pearl River consists of a variety of tributaries, the most famous of which are the East River (东江), the West River (西江) and the North River (北江). Converging in Guangzhou, the three reputed tributaries give birth to a city with mind-numbing beauty. Originally, the Pearl River referred to only a river section that stretched from Guangzhou to the estuary. Later on, the name was used to signal the West River, the North River, the East River and other rivers of the Pearl River Delta. Originated from Maxiong Mountain (马雄山) of Zhanyi County (沾益县) in the northeastern part of Yunnan Province, the West River flows through Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. Merged with the North River in Sanshui (三水) of Guangdong, the two tributaries empty into the South China Sea from eight estuaries of the Pearl River Delta region.
Scenic Spots near the Pearl River
Pearl River Night Cruise(珠江夜游), Shamian Island (沙面岛), Haizhu Square (海珠广场), Tianzi Pier (天字码头), Dongshanhu Park (东山湖公园), Haiyin Park (海印公园), Haixinsha (海心沙), Canton Tower (广州塔), etc..
Pearl River Night Cruise
Pearl River Night Cruise is a tourism project with Guangzhou characteristics. When night falls, the city is shrouded in glaring light. Luxury cruise ships depart from Xiti Pier (西堤码头) near Remin Bridge and sail eastwards, passing through Jiefang Bridge (解放桥), Haizhu Bridge (海珠桥), Jiangwan Bridge (江湾桥), Guangzhou Bridge (广州大桥), Hedong Bridge (鹤洞桥). In the two-hour journey, tourists are exposed to an array of natural and man-made scenic spots, including White Swan Lake (白鹅潭), White Swan Lake Bar Street (白鹅潭酒吧街), Western-style houses in Shamian, Shadow Tower (塔影楼), Aiqun Hotel (爱群大厦), Nanfang Building (南方大厦) and Er'sha Island (二沙岛)
Metro Line 1 at Huangsha or Fangcun, Line 2 at Haizhu Square or The 2nd Workers' Cultural Palace,