Overlooking the Pearl River on the Lianhua Mountain. (Lifeofguangzhou.com / He Yongdang)
Lianhua Mountain, a major scenic spot of Guangdong province, is located at the riverside of Shizi River, Pearl River Mouth, Panyu District. It consists of 48 red hills and has a maximum elevation of 108 meters. It was once an important navigation landmark for ships.
People name the hill Lianhua (lotus) because a stone on top of Pofu Peak looks like a Lianhua (lotus).
The Lianhua (lotus) Stone.
In ancient times, Lianhua Mountain was a huge quarry. After hundreds of years' exploitation, the unique scenery combining the natural beauty and man-made sites took shape.
Site of the ancient quarry.
You can also find Lianhua Tower, built in 1612 during the Ming Dynasty and Lianhua Ancient City Relic built in 1664 here. Lianhu Tower, located on the Pearl River mouth is the navigation mark for ships passing by.
The park is equipped with all kinds of tourist facilities including BBQ, camping, horse riding and fishing.
The Lianhua Pagoda.
Lianhua Mountain is also well-known for its annual lotus festival, when over 100,000 lotuses are in full bloom. Among these varieties, there are local lotus flowers as well as others from Japan, America, Australia, even lotuses that have traveled into outer space.
Over the lotus pond sits a huge Bodhisattva Guanyin statue. Together, the Bodhisattva statue and the sweeping lotus blossoms create a Buddhist Sukhavati, ilustrating the ancient influence of the lotus on Chinese culture and religion.
A lotus pond.
Add: Lianhua (Lotus) Mountain, Panyu District, in southern Guangzhou
1. Take the bus towarding Panyu Lotus Hill Town (番禺莲花山镇)at Panyu Bus Terminal (番禺汽车总站). It would cost you ranging 2 Yuan to 4 Yuan. And it would take you about 15 minutes on foot to the gate of Lotus Hill Mountain after you arrive at Lotus Hill Town.
2. Take the ship at Nanfang Building Quay.
Ticket: RMB 30 yuan.