Yaozhou Ruins

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Rodin Wu
Hualien, Taiwan228 contributions
A Cute Garden in Beijing Road Commercial Area
Apr 2019 • Solo
Yaozhou Ruins is a very small but cute garden in Beijing Road Commercial Area. Yaozhou literally means "medicine continent". It was the royal garden of the emperor of Southern Han (917–971), Liu Gong. And the emperor also refined the pills of longevity here, which the name of the royal garden came from. Yaozhou Ruins is also the oldest royal garden found in China.
藥洲遺址又稱九曜園,很不起眼,但它曾是五代南漢後主劉龑的皇家園林,距今有上千年歷史,雖然很小但卻是中國現存最早的皇家園林地上遺址。據說是南漢開國皇帝劉龑在此煉丹求仙藥,因此稱藥洲。
Written April 20, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Remnants of a former large Souther Han Dynasty Palace Empire Garden
Feb 2019 • Solo
This is a hidden or off the beaten path historic site. Since 2006, I have walked past it many times without discovery it. Formerly, it was part of a Southern Han Dynasty garden and the oldest discovered to date of such gardens in China.
Written February 10, 2019
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
No Immortality Pills
Jul 2018 • Couples
We, that’s SWMBO and I, took the #182 bus from a bus stand near our apartment to Zhongshan 5th Road and then walked a few metres back to JiaoYu Road. At the beginning of the road there’s a lovely sign directing you, to among other places, ‘The Site of the Islet of Immortality Pills’. In other words, YaoZhou Ruins! The ruins are about 200 metres down the road on the left, just before the NanFang Theatre. Look for the whitish wall with a door in the middle with a couple of signs and you’ve found the place.

Note, the ruins are a two-minute walk just around the corner from Beijing Lu and what is now called the Big Buddha Temple.

There’s no entrance fee or id check. As you go through the door turn left for an English information board about the ruins. Besides this there’s precious little information other than the dates of the trees in English. There’s plenty of Chinese but even most Chinese won’t be able to read it as it’s very old. Even SWMBO admitted being baffled by some of the characters, so they must be very, very old.

The ruins are just a vesige of the original gardens and lakes dating back hundreds of years for the GuangDong ‘royalty’, their musicians, poets and apothecaries making ‘immortality pills’. Around the walls are fragments from ancient stele stones which were used to tell travelers about the place. The stones describe the garden, what medicines were made, who visited them and there’s even sketches of the ‘old’ garden. The characters are read downwards from right to left. The 250-year old tree by the entrance must have been a sapling when these sketches were done.
There’s even a few complete very old stele stones; they look like grave stones but are covered in Chinese characters.

Note: in front of the Big Buddha Temple there’s a round grey monument with panels of Chinese characters. This is a modern stele stone.

In the pond there are rocks, these are not ordinary rocks but sacred rocks. Look carefully and you’ll see the Chinese characters carved on them. There’s a display panel telling you about each rock and its history, pity it’s in Chinese.

Of course, I treated the fish in the pond to a snack of the fish food I carry in my man-bag.

SWMBO and I walked around the pool then sat and ate slices of juicy peach and pear (a SWMBO essential for a baking hot day) in this oasis of tranquility and tried to imagine what it must have been like a couple of hundred years ago.

I looked high and low, but I couldn’t find any immortality pills.
Written July 31, 2018
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ryanteo
Guangzhou, China7,796 contributions
A Guangdong provincial heritage property
Oct 2016 • Couples
This garden was built in 919 during the South Han dynasty. It was designated as a Guangdong provincial heritage property in June 1989. It is located near commercial street of Beijing Road.

It was meant to use its natural water resources to make medicine for eternity. "Yaozhou" literally means "medicine oasis". The garden's ambience is mystified by 9 pieces of rocks with cultural and historical significance.
Written October 2, 2016
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