Near Liwan Lake Park there is a long canal called Lychee Bay, or Lizhi Wan (荔枝湾) – the origin of the name of Liwan District.
The history of the canal can be traced back to the 2nd century BC – when the old town of Guangzhou was established. It was the king's summer palace. However, the water quality kept deteriorating after the middle of the 20th century. The government had to cover up the canal and build a new sewage system. Right before Guangzhou held the 2010 Asian Games, Lychee Bay was reopened after years of reconstruction. The beautiful landscape of the canal has reappeared for everyone to enjoy.
Although the time that long boats would float around selling porridge and flowers can't be revived, visitors can still appreciate a lot of ancient buildings along the canal and imagine the canal's life in the old days. Sometimes there are Cantonese opera shows performed on the main stage. When it comes to the Lantern Festival during Chinese New Year's and Mid-autumn Festival in September, there are lantern exhibitions for everyone.
Transportation: Metro Line 5 Zhongshanba Station (地铁中山八站), or Zhongshan 8 Lu (中山八路), Shiluji (石路基) and Renwei Temple (仁威庙) bus stops
(By Lynus Tan, Rik Glauert)