Lianhuashan Park or "Lotus Mountain" is located in the Futian district of Shenzhen and today is a favorite pastime of not only local residents, but also visiting tourists. On an area of 150 hectares, numerous zones are equipped with trees, soft grass, small ponds, through which openwork arched bridges are thrown. The minimum of buildings and other constructions is explained by the fact that the main idea of the city leadership was based on the creation of such a park where citizens could rest from working days, traveling outside of Shenzhen. Therefore, most of Lianhuashan is made up of natural landscapes with elements of traditional Chinese landscape design. The only sculpture that is installed on top of a hill located in the park is a bronze monument dedicated to Deng Xiaoping.
On weekends, a large number of people gather in Lianhuashan who want to fly a kite, take part in mass exercises in qigong or taisha gymnastics, organize a picnic in the fresh air, dance to national music, and also spend time in a relaxed atmosphere away from the bustle of the city. For lovers of outdoor activities in the park, several places for running, playing tennis and ping pong were equipped.
Entrance to Lianhuashan is absolutely free, and you can visit the attraction at any convenient time daily. In addition to its main function, the park is considered the hallmark of Shenzhen and is included in the list of eight best places of the city for tourism and culture.
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|Underground||the nearest station is Shiqi Station (石 碁 站) branch 4|
|Bus||番 92 or 番 93 from Shiqi Station (石 碁 站) subway line 4 to the остановки 山 车站 stop|
|Taxi||to Lotus Hill (莲花 山)|
The Lianhuashan Lotus Mountains (莲花 山) are located in the southeast of Guangzhou City in Panyu District and are AAAA National Landmark. The territory with a total area of 2.33 square kilometers consists of 48 sedimentary rocks, whose height reaches 108 meters above sea level. The place is known for the well-preserved ancient quarry of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-9 CE), over the 2000 years of existence of which wonderful landscapes with a large number of rocks, caves, grottoes and stones have formed here.
The name "Lotus Mountains" comes from the legend of an evil dragon living in the South China Sea, who raised winds and waves at the mouth of the Pearl River, flooding the land and overturning boats, which caused great problems to local residents. These misfortunes did not end until one day, the Goddess of Mercy Guanyin paid a visit to the area. Seeing the suffering of people, she threw a lotus into the water to tame the dragon. As a result, the evil creature was taken under control, and many years later, the lotus of the Goddess turned into a mountain.
The best time to visit the Lotus Mountains are considered spring and summer. In spring, a peach blossom festival is held here, during which the entire territory of the complex is shrouded in pink flowers. In summer, you can witness the large-scale festival of lotus - a symbol of purity in Buddhism, where more than 100 species of this wonderful flower from different parts of China are shown.
A standard entrance ticket to the Lotus Mountains territory costs 54 yuan, discounts and benefits are provided for children and elderly people. For children under the age of 6 years (inclusive) or growth below 1.2 meters (inclusive), as well as for older people over 65 years old (inclusive) - free of charge. For children from 1.2 to 1.5 meters tall (inclusive), from 6 to 18 years old (inclusive), older people from 60 (inclusive) to 64 years old (inclusive) - 27 yuan.
A sightseeing bus ride through the complex is 10 yuan. Entrance to the territory by your own vehicle: for buses and large trucks - 35 yuan, for cars - 30 yuan. Motorcycles, electric mopeds and bicycles are not allowed.
The most current information about tickets, discounts and benefits can be found on the official website.
In addition to mountain landscapes, you can see other interesting places of historical and cultural value.
In the northern part of the complex is the octagonal Lotus Tower (莲花 塔), built in 1612 during the reign of the Minsk Dynasty (1368–1644). The height of the structure is 50 meters, the number of storeys is 9 floors. Having risen to the top of the tower, you can admire the waters of the Pearl River and cruciform paths on agricultural land from a bird's eye view. In 1938, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th floors of the building were destroyed during the shelling by the Japanese army, but in 1981 all the damage was repaired at the expense of compatriots from Hong Kong and Macau - the former colonies of England and Portugal, and now the special administrative regions of China. Currently, the Lotus Tower is a cultural heritage site in Guangdong.
Another attraction is the preserved part of the Lotus City (莲花 城), built in 1664 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). This place is also called the "Great Wall of Guangdong." At one time, it served as a defense against external attacks by the Pearl River and played a large role in preventing the invasion of British invaders during the Opium Wars (1840–1842 and 1856–1860). The walls of the ancient city 10 meters high, made of cobblestone and brick, have survived to this day in its original form.
On the territory of the Lotus Mountains, there is the world's largest statue of the Goddess of mercy Guanyin (观音 立 像) - a deity who acts primarily in a female form, saving people from all kinds of disasters. The structure was cast in 1994 from 120 tons of bronze and covered with 180 lanches of gold. The height of the statue is 40.88 meters.
After a walk around the complex, you can relax and unwind. On the banks of the Pearl River, a barbecue and camping area is provided for this. There are also some good restaurants with scenic views, where visitors can try Cantonese cuisine, as well as hotels at the foot of the mountains with a quiet and pleasant atmosphere.
How to get to the Lotus Mountains in Guangzhou
The nearest metro station Shiqi Station (石 碁 站) of branch number 4 is located 6 kilometers from the Lotus Mountains. Upon reaching this station, you can catch a bus and taxi. If you choose a bus, you will need to take the route number 番 92 or 番 93 at the stop 地铁 石 碁 站 and get off at the stop 莲花 山 车站. The trip takes about 30 minutes. If you decide to take a taxi, then the road will take about 15 minutes.
History of Shenzhen
The development of the coastal lands of the region began even before our era, with the advent of the colonists. They founded salt mining under the state monopoly under the protection of the emperor. Originally, the lands of Shenzhen were part of the borders of Bolo County.
In fact, the city as an administrative unit was registered only in 1979. Initially, its population was only 30,000 people. At this time, China launched new market reforms, in particular, economic reforms with the creation of special economic zones (SEZs). Deng Xiaoping considered it necessary to create an alternative to nearby Hong Kong, which was then under the jurisdiction of the British crown.
As a result, in 1980 the first Shenzhen Special Economic Zone was established in China, which was covered by various government subsidies and preferences. So the start was given to the development of the city, where objects of industry, high-rise architecture, roads and bridge constructions, theme parks, housing complexes began to be created.
Currently, Shenzhen is one of the four largest cities in China, and is the main center for the development of high technology in China - the so-called "Silicon Valley China." The authorities of the PRC in every possible way facilitate the relocation of electronics and IT companies to Shenzhen.
The number of people (mainly young people) grew in 2015 to 12 million people, and by 2018 the population grew by another 1 million. The area of the city is estimated at two thousand square kilometers.
A visit to Shenzhen and its environs is recommended for tourists who love not only to travel, but also want to get acquainted with the history and life of modern China, see for themselves the unique sights of the country's major regional centers.
Weather in Shenzhen
Shenzhen is a city in the very south of the mainland of the People’s Republic of China, located near the border with Hong Kong, near the sea coast.
The city is located in the subtropical region. Winter is short, dry and warm. In April, rains begin, which continue until the fall. Air temperature: winter - up to + 17С, spring - up to + 26С, summer - up to + 30С, autumn - up to + 27С. A favorable season in dry weather for tourism: October - February.
The main attractions:
- Amusement Park - Happy Valley
This is a modern amusement park, which spreads over an area of more than 350 thousand square kilometers, which are divided into 9 thematic zones. Here you will find dozens of breathtaking attractions for both adults and children.
Address: Located near metro station: Window of the world. Entrance fees: adult 230 yuan, children 120, evening 100. Chinese name: 欢乐谷
- Miniature Park of the World - "Window to the World"
This is one of Shenzhen's most renowned sites. Here are reproductions of world famous miniature attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Angkor Wat, Ancient Athens, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Big Ben, Egyptian pyramids and even Niagara Falls.
Metro Station: Window of the World. Ticket price: 220 yuan, evening ticket: 100 yuan (after 19:30). Chinese name: 世界之窗
- China Miniature Park - "Folk Culture Village"
Since there are no historical sights in Shenzhen, a park was created here where all the sights of China were recreated in miniature. Here you can see such famous Chinese attractions as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City, Shaolin, the Tibetan Potala Temple, Huangshan, stone forest and others.
Address: Huaqiaocheng subway station.Rates: 200 yuan ticket for adults, and 100 for children. Chinese name: 中国 民俗 文化 村.
- Chung ying street
The street is famous for the fact that one half is in China, and the second in Hong Kong. Street name in Chinese: 中: 街, which translates to: Sino-English street.
Shenzhen Natural Parks and Gardens
Shenzhen, as a southern subtropical city, is literally full of parks, gardens and natural complexes that attract people of all ages. It is possible to note the main recreation areas, which are a vivid example of how the authorities are engaged in the ennobling and landscaping of the city.
- Xianhu - a garden of 590 hectares, which was founded in 1982. The name, translated from Chinese means: Lake Fey. The garden surrounds a large lake in the Lohu area. Here is a Buddhist temple on the site where there was once a sanctuary. The lake is surrounded by pavilions, a catering point, teahouses. Gardens of medicinal herbs, azaleas have no world analogues.
- Wutongshan - the park is laid among the hills near the Pearl River. From the observation deck you can enjoy stunning views of the bay with fishing boats and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
- Lianhuashan- The park is a green oasis in the middle of a bustling city. There is a huge monument of Deng Xiaoping, made of bronze. Favorite place of citizens for recreation and entertainment, picnics.
- Shenzhen city garden - Created in the Futian area in 2004 to host international exhibitions. It is saturated with artificial ponds, various gardens, statues along the paths.
- Shenzhen Bay Park includes recreation areas with infrastructure. It is located along the sea bay with a nine-kilometer-long promenade. Mangroves along the coast are a habitat for a variety of birds.
- Safari Park (Nanshan zone) is a zoo with rare animals, a zoological center. It has been operating since 1993.
- Sile Lake Resort (Nanshan Zone) is surrounded by a picturesque promenade with stained glass windows, a green zone where waterfalls are installed.
- Zhongshan Park - There are decades in Nanshan place. Its ponds, lakes and sculptures create an atmosphere of comfort, warmth and tranquility.
- Yantai Shan - a forest park near the high Yantai Mountain in the Bao'an zone. Nearby there is a reservoir and a resort area, which is famous for geothermal springs.
Shenzhen is a famous center for festivals, carnivals and exhibitions. The program of these events is diverse: music and entertainment shows, art, architecture, folk art. In the areas of Futian and Nianshan, themed cultural centers, palaces for children's and youthful creativity are concentrated. The Longgang district is famous as the center of the artists' settlement. They are mainly engaged in copying paintings by famous artists in industrial volumes. Hundreds of studios are located here, where over 15 thousand masters work.
Ten museums and galleries dedicated to the history of coastal settlements of the region, archaeological artifacts, fish farming, masters of painting, art, design, and technical achievements have been opened in the areas of Futian, Nianshan, Longgang.
There are great opportunities for music and theater in Shenzhen. The doors of major theaters and concert halls, the Canton Opera House, the Concert Hall with a symphony hall, Nyanshan Theater for Circus Performances are open to art lovers. The city’s symphony orchestra is widely known outside the country and performs on tours in many countries at home.