Renmin Park, Guangzhou
Guangzhou People's Park is also known as Renmin Park. It has an area of 48,400 square meters. It is the most historical park in Guangzhou as it was the original site of the government office of dynasties from the Sui dynasty to the late Qing dynasty. In 1917, Dr Sun Yat Sen proposed to build the park here named "The first Park". It has been changed name to Central Park in 1926, then renamed People's Park in 1966 until today.
In 1988, the Guangzhou Municipal Government renovated the entire park as an open greenbelt square. The majestic lion was originally made of white-jade during the Qing Dynasty was re-made with the large-sized modern sculpture. The main gates have classical western designs with a Guangzhou Zero Point compass in front of the entrance. It follows by the water fountain and the white-jade majestic lions. The entire park is planted with giant trees, plants, and flowers. This is a great place to check out the local scenes where the elderly come here for various activities like walking, metting friends, singing, dancing, playing games, and etc.
You can continue walking toward North to Guangzhou City Hall or the Guangzhou People's Government Building, and the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
In Chinese: 人民公园， ren min gong yuan
This particular Renmin Park, or People's Park, was my first one in China where I got to see everyday Chinese people do what they do well and that is either relaxing, doing Tai chi, playing ping pong, badminton, chess, card games or dominos, dancing or singing. The Chinese utilise these parks very well and they are always a hive of activity and a great source to see what everyday Chinese do in their spare time.
This particular park was built in 1917 and measures 48,400 square meters. It was originally named "The first park" before changing its name to "Central Park" in 1926 before changing again to its present name in 1966. The park features many sculptures, archways and pavilions. The large building at the back of the park is the Guangzhou Municipal Government Office.
Renmin Park is quite small but provides a nice bit of greenery and shade in the centre of the city. It is a great place to people watch; when I was there a group had gathered to watch a couple dancing the Salsa, which I wasn't expecting! At the north of the park can be found the Provincial Government Offices, pictured here.