Directions in Chinese
Make your plan where you want to go before you leave the hotel. Go to the reception and tell them where you want to go, what you would like to see. They will write the things down in Chinese and you can give them to the taxi driver. Otherwise you will have quite an interesting time to make the driver understand where you want to go :)
After dark, at the south end of Beijing Lu, the road meets up with Yanjiang Lu and the broad dark expanse of the Zhu Jiang just beyond, a popular place for couples to enjoy a riverside stroll... If you want a spot with more bustle than the softly serene Shamian Dao, this is the perfect option... There are also nearby restaurants and an ice cream shop...
Standing on the top of Yuexiu Hill in the park is the five-storey Zhenhai Tower, which is more like a Pagoda than a tower. The tower now houses the City Museum, which is fascinating and well worth a visit. The exhibits show the history of Guangzhou from Neolithic times to the present day. There is also a teashop on the top floor and you can enjoy great views over the city.
The tower was built on the order of Zhu Liangzu, the Yongjia Marquis of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). British and French troops occupied the tower during the Opium Wars due to its strategic location. The 12 cannons in front of the tower are from that time.
Chen Clan Academy - Part 1
The Chen Clan Academy was located outside the west gate of the city and built between 1888 and 1894. Contributed by the Chen families in seventy-two counties of Guangdong Province, the academy served as the hall for ancestor worship as well as temporary residence for examination or litigation. Covering a total area of 15,000 square metres, the academy is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings in a square form interspaced by courtyards and connected by covered verandas. The architectural decorations such as the wood carvings, brick carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, iron castings and paintings are amazingly detailed and elaborate in their design. The figures on the roof ridges adopt themes from mythology and classical literature. The academy holds the Guangdong Museum of Folk Art which displays cultural relics and works of folk art from around the province.