Zhenhai Tower, Guangzhou
Zhenhai Tower is also known as five-storey building (五层楼, wu ceng lou). It was built in 1380 A.D of the reign of Ming Hong Wu. It has 5 storeys of 28 meters high and one of the tallest and oldest buildings in the Yuexiu Park. If you see my photo, initially the tower was connected or protected by the Ming Dynasty Wall. From the Tower, you would be able to see the beautiful sceneries of the city and Yuexiu Park. During Qing Dynasty, this Tower was nominated as one of the eight most beautiful sceneries of the city.
In 1929, Guangzhou Museum was established at this Tower and it is the oldest museum in China. Guangzhou Museum exhibits the history of Guangzhou over 5000 years with nearly 1000 displays. It hosts many periodical exhibitions from time to time.
Check out its website to learn more..
Admission: RMB 10
Opening: 9:00-12:00 ; 13:30-17:00 (closed in Monday and Sunday)
In Chinese: 镇海楼，zhen hai lou ; 广州博物馆， guang zhou bo wu guan.
Zhenhai Tower (Building Overlooking the Sea), better known among the locals as the Five-Storey Tower, is one of the landmarks of Guangzhou city. An interesting historical record has it that Zhu Liangzu, Yongjia Marquis of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), saw yellow and purple air rising over Yuexiu Mountain and was told by a sorcerer that it was the omen of a new emperor. To subdue this omen, Zhu Liangzu ordered this tower to be built in 1380. Over the past 600 years, the tower has been destroyed five times and subsequently rebuilt five times. Now it is home to the Guangzhou City Museum, housing relics and documents showing Guangzhou's history over 2,000 years. Known as the first tower in Lingnan (South of Nanling Mountain) Area, Zhenhai Tower is 28 meters (92 feet) high and 16 meters (52.5 feet) wide.
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.
Another one of the key landmarks of Yuexiu Gongyuan is the Zhenhai Tower. This is the last remaining watch tower that was incorporated into the old city walls of ancient Guangzhou and it marks off the north end of the ancient walled city... Also called the Five-story Pagoda for obvious reasons, it provides excellent views perched atop one of the largest summits of Yuexiu Gongyuan...
The detail map image here shows the Zhenhai Tower as it existed back in the days of ancient Guangzhou...
This is the Zhenhai Tower by the edge of the Yuexiu Park, one of the most visited tourist attractions here.