Yuntai Garden

Yuntai Garden, Guangzhou: Hours, Address, Yuntai Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Yuntai Garden
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
8:10 AM - 7:00 PM
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,956 contributions
Not Much Sightseeing from the Pavilion
Feb 2021
It was the seventh day of the Chinese New Year holiday, so it was the day to go to YunTai Garden and admire this year’s display. This year tulips were the main feature.

We arrived at just after three o’clock and luckily there wasn’t much of a queue for tickets (tickets are sold until four o’clock). Ten Yuan for SWMBO but me being ancient get in for free by waving my passport and pointing at my birth date.

SWMBO and I walked up the steps and admired the thousands of tulips. At the top we found a stone seat and out from SWMBO’s bag came a packet of biscuits and a flask of tea, and while these were enjoyed we discussed where to go next. The day before we’d visited GuangZhou’s 28th Garden Expo and quite frankly we’d seen enough flowers for the week, so I suggested a visit to say hello to Alfred the Gorilla, and Shaun the Sheep. SWMBO agreed and suitably refreshed off we strolled.

They were both OK, but Alfred could do with a lick of paint. Locals were reading the plaques next to them but were none he wiser about their history, just that some small city of Bristol (bu li si tou) in a far-off country had given them as a mark of friendship.

Note, the good burghers of Edinburgh and Birmingham, which are also friendship cities, have yet to give anything.

We continue stroll up the hill and saw a sign to the Mountain Top Sightseeing Pavilion. In all the years we’ve been coming to YunTai we’d never been there, so up the steps we went. Up and up hundreds of steps, this wasn’t for the feint hearted. There are a few benches for weary legs every soften but eventually we reached the summit where there is indeed a pavilion but not much sightseeing unless you like treetops.

Suitably disappointed, out came the biscuits and tea, and we polished them off while pondering the descent. We found there’s an alternative route down which is a little more scenic that the one we ascended. There’s even a toilet and a small shop which was closed, probably unprofitable even during the busiest week of the year.

Anyway, at the bottom we continued our stroll, past the rose garden and then down towards the entrance. By now there were no new visitors, and the garden was emptying as dinner tables called. You have to remember eating is the most important activity of the Chinese New Year.

It was a short bus ride, and then a visit to the market before we were back in out humble abode. NiuNiu the cat, the turtles and the fish were fed before we settled down to a delivered Champion pizza.
Written February 19, 2021
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Edmonton, Canada1,589 contributions
Nice Walk in Baiyun
Feb 2021 • Couples
The garden has a good variety of plants, ever changing displays and a greenhouse. We enjoyed Baiyun mountain previously and if you have an extra hour Yuntai Garden is worth seeing as well. Entry is 10 RMB and the garden had lots of Chinese New Year decor out and were getting ready for a big tulip festival with Dutch decor and tulips being installed while we were there. There is a small hike to get to a sight seeing pavilion and on a clear day you can see the buildings of Zhujiang New Town. If we are in Baiyun we would definitely go to the gardens again.
Written February 12, 2021
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,956 contributions
No face mask, No entry
Jan 2020
Last week it was YueXiu Mountain for the New Year illuminations (TA reviewed). This week it was YunTai Garden for the displays, in the meantime the Coronavirus descended upon China. Luckily SWMBO had a couple of face masks for us otherwise life would have been difficult as you couldn’t travel on public transport or gain admission in a public place without one.

Wearing our masks, we walked to the bus stop along the New Year deserted street where nearly every shop was closed. The driver had a hand-held ‘thingy’ that when pointed at us assured him we were suitably virus-free to travel. We alighted at the BaiYun Cable Way bus stop after our ¥2 yuan each journey. Then it was a short stroll through the tunnel under Guangyuan East Road, past more closed shops and restaurants, and across the road to the entrance to YunTai Garden.

Entrance was a mere ¥8 for SWMBO but free to me as I’m incredibly ancient and had a passport to prove it. A Bao ‘An (security guard) on the gate was ensuring only face mask wearing people were allowed in. As with the bus a ‘thingy’ was pointed at us to ensure we suitably virus free. Having passed both these were allowed in.

Turning right we walked up the hill towards the huge tropical greenhouse which was closed. A pity as I was hoping for a bit of warmth as the weather was rather chilly. Undaunted we strolled around the garden. The ecological garden was also closed off, which was a shame as it’s a lovely quiet walk.

The displays were nothing special, and not nearly as good as the National Day holiday that I TA reviewed last October. However, the red (mainly poinsettia and roses) and yellow flowers (chrysanthemums) brightened up the day, so it was a colourfull albeit chilly walk.

Of course, no visit to the garden is completed without saying ‘Hello’ to Shaun the Sheep and Alfred the Gorilla. A pity there’s no explanation about them other that they’re a gift from Bristol.

After a couple of hours, we were ready for home. The thought of hanging around for another hour in the cold north wind to see the illuminations was just too much.
A quick walk to the bus stop. On the bus the driver seemed more intent on everybody wearing a face mask than driving his bus.

Now that we’ve got the face masks all we need is warmer weather to arrive for SWMBO and I to continue our adventures in and around GuangZhou.
Written January 28, 2020
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Richard B
Basildon, UK169 contributions
Lovely park
Nov 2019
Small charge for entry. Immaculately maintained park, Tons of flowers, Good glass house with many cacti and orchids. Rose garden. Water cascade. Colonnade with fountains. Lovely park for a walk. Like most parks nowadays, no smoking anywhere.
Written December 5, 2019
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35 contributions
It was a wonderful experience
Jun 2019
I saw this attraction above the WeChat small program Canton Laowai, this small program above, eat, drink and have fun above
Written November 21, 2019
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Pradeep A
New Delhi, India410 contributions
Romantic place
Nov 2019
It is very well maintained park with so many shades. Good place for family outing. We walked around the park with utmost fervour. So many colourful stairs, flowers with fountain are eye catching.
Written November 20, 2019
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Kim H
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
Very enjoyable experience
May 2019
We visited the Yuntai Garden with anther couple. The four of us had an enjoyable day. Well worth visiting this lovely garden.
Written October 9, 2019
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,956 contributions
2019 Mid Autumn and National Day
Sep 2019
It was a few of days after the mid-Autumn Festival and a couple of weeks before the National Day holiday which is referred to as Golden Week. I suggested to SWMBO that a visit to YunTai Gardens to see the ‘displays’ would be a good idea.

We took the #127 bus from the end of the road and three stops later off at the BaiYun Cable Way stop, then it was a couple of hundred metres walk to the entrance using the handy tunnel under the GuangYuan East Road.

The entrance fee for SWMBO was a massive ¥25. Mid-Autumn at YunTai Gardens this year lasts from 12th September to 21st October. I waved my passport and being suitably decrepit I was waved in for free. A few years younger and it would have been ¥15.

We got there just before 5 o’clock which gave us an hour or so to walk around before the displays are illuminations are switched on at around 6 ‘clock. I’ve never seen so many OAP’s wielding Nikon cameras in one place. Yours truly was snapped a few times.

The paths were not too crowded, so we were able to stroll along without being jostled and admired the displays. This year being the 70th anniversary of National Day there were displays showing how life has improved every decade. SWMBO got rather nostalgic about the 1980’s display, it’s hard to imagine her in flower-pattern shirts and bell-bottom trousers. Mind you, I don’t think this sartorial fashion was much in evidence during those years.

Of course, the fish in the lake received a handful of fish balls for their mid-Autumn present. The resultant feeding frenzy of hundreds of fish amused the locals.
Just before the lights came on, we visited the ‘foreign garden’ and say ‘Hi’ to Shaun the Sheep and Alfred the Gorilla. I’ve no idea what the locals think of Bristol’s contribution but SWMBO thought it was rather ‘interesting’.

When the lights came on, we strolled around again. The evening weather was just right for me, not too hot and not too cool. In fact, t-shirt weather for those brought up in a temperate climate. SWMBO thought it was chilly and was worried I’d catch a cold.

There are toilets be the entrance but there are no refreshments of any kind available in the garden.

After two hours we exited and popped across the road to the parade of shops across the road to buy nuts, honey, currents and other dried fruit from the little shop that’s relocated from what is now a carpark a couple of hundred metres up the road. Then is was a short walk to the YunTai bus station and a bus back home.
Written September 28, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore4,761 contributions
Lovely Place To Visit
Feb 2019 • Solo
If the weather is nice then a visit to the Yuntai Garden can be really pleasant. Best to go when its a bit cool, so you can walk around freely, else you will be drenched in sweat. The garden is large, lots of beautiful flowers and water bodies, fountains etc. A nice place to have a picnic.
Written May 16, 2019
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Seoul, South Korea62 contributions
Nice place to visit throughout the whole year
Mar 2019 • Couples
I have visited Yuntai Garden multiple times already and at different periods throughout the year. Every visit is unique because at different times, different plants and flowers are blooming. The park is divided into different gardens around a lake. There is also a green house that can be visited. A visit to this park can very well be combined with a ride up Baiyun Mountain in the cable car. The cable car is located close to the entrance to Yuntai Garden.
Written May 12, 2019
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