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Douglas M
By Douglas M
Batter Known as KeYuan Museum
Jan 2020
SWMBO and I decided to kick-off the year with a trip to DongGuan. Where to visit was the problem. I wanted to visit the either the Opium War Museum or HuMen Naval Museum or Sea Battle Museum (both TA reviewed) but SWMBO wanted some fresh air not the stuffy confines of a museum so it had to be a park. We hadn’t been impressed by YueHui Park (TA reviewed) so she chose KeYuan Garden. We caught the coach from GuangZhou coach terminal which is practically next door the main railway station. You must have your passport with you to buy coach and rail tickets. The one-way fare for the one-hour journey was ¥40 yuan plus ¥2 for travel insurance. On the coach for the first twenty minutes you are ‘entertained’ by videos of the desirability of wearing a seatbelt when the coach crashes, and how to break the windows and evacuate the coach when smoke billows out from the floor. The ¥2 for travel insurance feels like a bargain. I’m amazed prayer mats or rosary beads aren’t available for the more anxious passenger. Anyway, we arrived safely at DongGuan coach station. We then found the No. 28 bus stand and amazingly there was one waiting and the driver told us it was just four stops to KeYuan. The fare was ¥1 cash each. Note GuangZhou travel cards aren’t accepted and no change is given, an ideal opportunity to get rid of all the small denomination coins in my purse! After going through the bus-wash, we were soon at the KeYaun stop and the ever-helpful driver told SWMBO the gardens were on the other side of the road about 100 metres back along the road. We crossed the road and stopped at a smallish shop to buy a packet of biscuits to munch on for lunch. The shopkeeper also persuaded as to part with an extra ¥2 for a small bag of fish food. This proved to be ¥2 well spent. The KeYuan was now only about 50 metres further on. Entry was ¥8 for SWMBO but I waved my passport and being sufficiently ancient got in for free. A brief history; the house and garden were built by Zhang JingXiu between 1850 and 1864, the year he died at the age of 41. He continued the family tradition of being in the military and government and thereby accumulating wealth. He built the house and garden for himself and artist friends as a place where they could immerse themselves in the creative arts of painting and poetry. SWMBO reckons that at the end of the Qing dynasty in the early 20th century many of these rich families emigrated to America and just left the properties vacant. It’s only in recent years that the government, both at local and national level, have rescued them and saved them as places of historical and cultural importance. Another example of house and garden created by a wealthy government official is YuYin Hill House in the PanYu district (TA reviewed). Anyway, we strolled around the house and gardens, stopping briefly to admire the scenery while we munched biscuits and sipped tea for mid-afternoon refresher. Be aware there are no refreshments available on-site. There’s a music room that seemed ready for a performance with various Chinese instruments but unfortunately there was no one there to pluck or twang them. There are plenty of other rooms, some with sticks of old furniture and other that have chairs which are ideal for resting weary legs. Of course, we climbed to the top of the tower for a nice view of the garden. Before DongGuan was developed the view must have been spectacular. In the exhibition dedicated to Zhang JingXiu there a photo from 1964 which will give you an impression of the development that occurred in the last 50 years. The house is a popular place for locals to be photographed draped over various pieces of furniture and railings. We just smiled as we pushed past as they attempted the perfect pose. Talk about mutton dressed-up as lamb! There were plenty of hungry fish of all sizes in the ponds to enjoy the ¥2 bag of fish food. Even the swans on the lake were partial to it. I even dipped into the supply that I carry in my man-bag. Note, you’ll need your ticket to stroll into the lake area and visit the new ‘art’ museum, so don’t lose it. We were adventurous and pushed on towards the wild and slightly forgotten part of the garden. It’s so nice and quiet that there was mahjong session in full swing under a large tree with a bevy of excited grand dames shuffling the tiles. After three hours SWMBO decided that it was time to head back home, the No. 28 bus stop is just by the entrance. Only take the No. 28, others may end-up at the bus station but only after a circuitous trip around the city. Back at the bus station it was another ¥84 for two tickets and a ten- minute wait for the coach. The return was a few minutes longer as the driver stopped for 211 litres of fuel for ¥1410. Another grand day out!

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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
Batter Known as KeYuan Museum
Jan 2020
SWMBO and I decided to kick-off the year with a trip to DongGuan. Where to visit was the problem. I wanted to visit the either the Opium War Museum or HuMen Naval Museum or Sea Battle Museum (both TA reviewed) but SWMBO wanted some fresh air not the stuffy confines of a museum so it had to be a park. We hadn’t been impressed by YueHui Park (TA reviewed) so she chose KeYuan Garden.

We caught the coach from GuangZhou coach terminal which is practically next door the main railway station. You must have your passport with you to buy coach and rail tickets. The one-way fare for the one-hour journey was ¥40 yuan plus ¥2 for travel insurance.

On the coach for the first twenty minutes you are ‘entertained’ by videos of the desirability of wearing a seatbelt when the coach crashes, and how to break the windows and evacuate the coach when smoke billows out from the floor. The ¥2 for travel insurance feels like a bargain. I’m amazed prayer mats or rosary beads aren’t available for the more anxious passenger.

Anyway, we arrived safely at DongGuan coach station. We then found the No. 28 bus stand and amazingly there was one waiting and the driver told us it was just four stops to KeYuan. The fare was ¥1 cash each. Note GuangZhou travel cards aren’t accepted and no change is given, an ideal opportunity to get rid of all the small denomination coins in my purse!

After going through the bus-wash, we were soon at the KeYaun stop and the ever-helpful driver told SWMBO the gardens were on the other side of the road about 100 metres back along the road. We crossed the road and stopped at a smallish shop to buy a packet of biscuits to munch on for lunch. The shopkeeper also persuaded as to part with an extra ¥2 for a small bag of fish food. This proved to be ¥2 well spent.

The KeYuan was now only about 50 metres further on. Entry was ¥8 for SWMBO but I waved my passport and being sufficiently ancient got in for free.

A brief history; the house and garden were built by Zhang JingXiu between 1850 and 1864, the year he died at the age of 41. He continued the family tradition of being in the military and government and thereby accumulating wealth. He built the house and garden for himself and artist friends as a place where they could immerse themselves in the creative arts of painting and poetry. SWMBO reckons that at the end of the Qing dynasty in the early 20th century many of these rich families emigrated to America and just left the properties vacant. It’s only in recent years that the government, both at local and national level, have rescued them and saved them as places of historical and cultural importance. Another example of house and garden created by a wealthy government official is YuYin Hill House in the PanYu district (TA reviewed).

Anyway, we strolled around the house and gardens, stopping briefly to admire the scenery while we munched biscuits and sipped tea for mid-afternoon refresher. Be aware there are no refreshments available on-site.

There’s a music room that seemed ready for a performance with various Chinese instruments but unfortunately there was no one there to pluck or twang them. There are plenty of other rooms, some with sticks of old furniture and other that have chairs which are ideal for resting weary legs.

Of course, we climbed to the top of the tower for a nice view of the garden. Before DongGuan was developed the view must have been spectacular. In the exhibition dedicated to Zhang JingXiu there a photo from 1964 which will give you an impression of the development that occurred in the last 50 years.

The house is a popular place for locals to be photographed draped over various pieces of furniture and railings. We just smiled as we pushed past as they attempted the perfect pose. Talk about mutton dressed-up as lamb!

There were plenty of hungry fish of all sizes in the ponds to enjoy the ¥2 bag of fish food. Even the swans on the lake were partial to it. I even dipped into the supply that I carry in my man-bag.

Note, you’ll need your ticket to stroll into the lake area and visit the new ‘art’ museum, so don’t lose it. We were adventurous and pushed on towards the wild and slightly forgotten part of the garden. It’s so nice and quiet that there was mahjong session in full swing under a large tree with a bevy of excited grand dames shuffling the tiles.

After three hours SWMBO decided that it was time to head back home, the No. 28 bus stop is just by the entrance. Only take the No. 28, others may end-up at the bus station but only after a circuitous trip around the city.

Back at the bus station it was another ¥84 for two tickets and a ten- minute wait for the coach. The return was a few minutes longer as the driver stopped for 211 litres of fuel for ¥1410. Another grand day out!
Written January 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

saad
Baghdad, Iraq58 contributions
Wide park
Mar 2018 • Solo
At night you can walk like other locals fast walk among trees or join dancing groups
In daylight you can enjoy the green views

But note that in dongguan these is a nother but very wide park with lake and hills you can walk for hours to finish it .
Written May 30, 2018
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Michael Sherlock
Dili, East Timor3,439 contributions
Nice
Feb 2017 • Business
Take a relaxing walk in the gardens and escape the pumping city near by for an hour or so - nice relaxing place
Written May 6, 2017
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albir60
Dongguan, China258 contributions
One of the best sites of its type I have seen in China!
Feb 2017 • Solo
This place is usually called Ke Yuan Garden. The entrance and ticket office are small and hard to find. The taxi driver dropped me off around the corner from the entrance to the garden. In this area there are a number of art museums and craft workshops. Ke Yuan Garden features buildings from the Qing Dynasty (1850), and they have been beautifully restored. The garden is a short distance from the Wanda Plaza, a taxi ride from there should cost about 20RMB to 30RMB. If you are only in Dongguan for a short time, this is one place you should not miss.
Written March 3, 2017
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Tay S
Singapore, Singapore159 contributions
A Good Place to Take A Walk or Jog
Oct 2016 • Friends
A popular park around the neighborhoods. Many locals seen there doing excer early morning and late evening. Park is clean but a bit noisy sometimes. Traveling From the park to the Summit, take a lot of effort, not suitable for the weak hearts. Thanks
Written October 25, 2016
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Mike W
Los Angeles, California, Usa1,376 contributions
One of the historical place must visit
Nov 2015
This is historical place, was owned by a rich person.

Kind of small compare to others in central China, but it is quite amazong for Dongguan.

Building and garden are nice and beautiful.
Written November 29, 2015
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Ivan S
Dongguan, China991 contributions
Cultural
Jan 2014 • Couples
In a very busy Dongguan City, find the best place to feel the ancient (Qing) dynasties culture.
A lovely place with well preserved buildings. I took great pictures on it.
also a quiet spot to walk calmly and spend some hours doing nothin else than feeling times
Do not miss it
Written December 4, 2014
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jmaxeden
Houston, TX78 contributions
Really neat morning jog
Apr 2014 • Business
I wasn't sure about any of the architecture but it was neat and had the ancient Asian look. There were many people out practicing yoga and other similar exercises. If you are in the area check it out! It is much bigger than I expected!
Written June 24, 2014
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karenkatz73
Westborough, MA31 contributions
A good workout right in town...
Oct 2012 • Business
Every morning we woke up and found a different path to the top. Most of the time we did the stairs. So funny to see us americans in our workout gear and everyone else in their regular clothes. Some girls were even in High Heels climbing up this peak... Goes to show you, you don't need fancy clothes to get a good workout..

Written October 25, 2012
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cindy b
Frankston, Australia2 contributions
Hui Ying Park - just next to hotel
Jun 2012 • Family
Boating facilities available and not expensive, lovely peaceful grounds to walk or cycle, and there is a beautiful pagoda - best of all .. its just next to sofitel dongguan hotel where we stayed.
Written July 2, 2012
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