Legend of Five Rams and Wandering at Yuexiu Park

five goats

As a five years resident of Canton, I am shame to say that I never be to Yuexiu Park to have a look at the Statue of Five Goats by myself before. We all know that the picture of this Statue of Five Goats has been the symbol of Canton for a long time. And do you know the story about these goats?
As the Asia Game is coming, to avoid be ignorant when our guests mention that, I decided to have a visit this famous landscape. 😈

Formerly known as Canton in the West, the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,500 years.

Although the actual origins of the city are lost in the midst of time, the most popular legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the area that is now Guangzhou on five rams and carrying sheaves of rice. The celestials bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials left, the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into an affluent and influential city.

Due to this legend, Guangzhou has gained several popular nicknames: Yangcheng (City of Rams), Suicheng (Sheaves of Rice City) and Wuyangcheng (City of Five Rams).

From wikipedia.org

There are many way to go to Yuexiu Park, by metro is the easy way. After get off the Metro line 2, we arrived the main gate of it.
main gate map

First stop is Nanxiu Flowers Garden. Maybe those plants are very familiar, I didn’t take many photos.
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Then we decided to rent a boat so that we could view the park in another way.
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There is a pavilion in the center of the lake, and many elder men have their leisure time there. Look, they are playing Cantonese Opera. 😀
tingzi old men

Crossing the bridge… “Warning! Please drive the boats by the side way.” 😀

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Boating is really a physical work, we landed after an hour and continued go to the higher places.
Nowadays, a normal toilet room also has the “Best” title… 😯
Best Toiltet

Here is a meadow land bowling field. When is meadow land bowling? I don’t know neither… Sounds interesting.
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There is a saying that if you hadn’t been to Zhenhai Tower, you didn’t come to Canton. Zhenhai Tower is also a symbol of Canton.
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22082009734.jpg Zhenhai Tower is also the Museum of Canton.

After that, we finally arrived the Five Goats Statue. It’s much bigger than the size I expected. And I knew that it was built at 60s based the legend of five rams. We can see that these goats of statue is so vivid and beautiful.
This image is the most famous picture of Canton. We can see it everywhere, even the electric traffic card:

Aug 29th, 2009 | Posted in Tour
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