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- To see this sluice - flood control - hate daring from around 200 BC in such excellent condition is amazing to see
Could be better lit - lights inside the display too harsh and in your face. Lighting for display boards outside insufficientWritten October 10, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We were green to go, in other words our suikang codes were green. A couple of weeks ago we were planning to go to ShiXiang Garden but there was a local lock-down, but we were in luck this week, so we packed our bags and headed off to the local bus stop for to get the #273 bus.
Note: many gardens, museums and art galleries are closed on Mondays.
We clambered on the bus and showed our green suikang codes, had our temperatures taken swiped our travel cards for the 45-minute ¥2 ride to the HuaHai Hotel bus stop. From the bus stop we walked a hundred or so metres back to Geshan New Street where there’s a small sign towards the garden.
On the way SWMBO bought a couple of slices of cong you bing (葱油饼, onion oil biscuit) for our lunch. While we munched our lunch we strolled to the garden.
At the entrance the Bao An (security guard) insisted on seeing our suikang codes, and also scanning a QR code that revealed a pulsating green arrow to show that my phone hadn’t been outside GuangZhao in the last fourteen days. This is another essential app for these days in Guangzhou. It’s already on my phone but the Bao An insisted I scan his QR code. He then lets into the garden but insisted that we wear a face mask in the garden.
Entrance is free to all. Of course, I picked up a flyer which gives an English potted history of the garden.
As seems to the norm on our visits spots of rain descended as we entered, luckily there were no more than a few spots.
We strolled around the garden, paths and exhibits, the only change from nearly a couple of years ago was that the fish were bigger. We sat and drank SWMBO’s tea and pondered the meaning of life in a couple of places. I can understand why the artists liked this quiet place amid the hustle and bustle of the city just over the walls.
Lots of busts of the artists in the garden but unfortunately very little of their work in the exhibition rooms. Pity!
Note, there’s no refreshments available. However, there are clean toilets at far side of the garden.
After 90 minutes we decided we’d seen everything and were suitably calmed for the return bus journey. So we retraced our steps along Geshan New Street, crossed the pedestrian bridge over JiangNan Middle Avenue, and walked past the shops to the #273 bus stop.Written March 30, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Don’t expect to see a palace like Buckingham Palace, Versailles Palace or the Doge’s Palace, this is a small local Buddhist temple in a village back street. However, don’t let that put you off visiting, this place is the real deal. This is a small working village temple. Even though the village has been subsumed into vast urban sprawl of GuangZhou it still retains its village feel.
Believe you me, this place is difficult to find! Even SWMBO couldn’t find directions to it. Finding it became her challenge. We took the B21 bus from the end of the road, then on the driver’s advice we transferred to the B19 bus to get to the BRT stop of TangXiaCun which is the stop for TangDong Village.
Note: Buses numbers prefixed with ‘B’ are part of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) network of dedicated bus lanes and stops. Same flat fare (2 Yuan) as ordinary buses. Get a bus card rather than pay cash, some accept payment via your mobile phone which is something I’ve yet to try. At the dedicated BRT stops you pay as enter the stop and not on the bus.
Anyway, at the TangXiaCun stop we exited on the south side. The stands are prefixed with S for South, and N for north. SWMBO stopped and asked three taxi drivers but they’d never heard of ShuiYue Gong (Palace in Chinese) but one helpful denizen pointed north across the road saying they’re the old villages. We walked up the road to WalMart and crossed over the bridge.
We then walked back past the TangXia FuShan archway with it’s relief celebrating Mao’s visit. I say past, but we actually walked into FuShan, turned left just before the market and found another ‘palace’ (FuShanMiao) and had a look around. Not a TA site but well worth the diversion. SWMBO chatted to the locals as best she could, they speak their own Cantonese dialect, and a local chap offered, for 20 Yuan, to take us on his three-wheeled truck to the next village where we’d find ShuiYue Palace.
Seated on a plank of wood and hanging on for dear life we returned to the main road, turned left and went against the traffic for a 100 metres or so, turned left onto the pavement, whizzed under another arch and along another shopping street. Another couple of hundred metres, a sharp right scattering the card players, wiggle around a corner or two and we were outside ShuiYue Palace.
Luckily the Palace was open! A very nice old lady asked for a 5 Yuan donation for the privilege of looking around, SWMBO proffered 10 Yuan. She had no change, but a handful of joss-sticks was even better. While she and SWMBO chatted, I looked around.
No concrete pillars just carved stone, so definitely Qing. As ever I looked up to see tiled frescos and lots of lovely woodwork in the roof. By now SWMBO had got her joss-sticks smoldering and was busy asking for favours at each of the three alters. I found the temple cat and gave her some cat-biscuits from my man-bag which I reckon is more propitious. The bouncing journey there meant that the clean toilet was visited. Half-an-hour and we’d seen everything.
The old lady followed us out of the door and locked it behind her saying she was going to drink tea and listen to the Cantonese opera which we could hear wailing away in the communal yard just around the corner. Were we going?
We stood outside and admired the small shrine next to the temple which looks remarkable like a sentry box, a next to that is a private family temple. A few more photos and we migrated towards the sound of Cantonese opera.
We listened for a few minutes, it really is an acquired taste however the band were good!
Then we wandered back along the shopping street to the main road and BRT stop, swiped our cards at the entrance and took the B16 bus from the N1 (N for north) gate all the way to YunTai Gardens (TA reviewed) where we dined at one of the nice restaurants. A short bus ride and we were back at our apartment to feed the gold fish and cat.Written October 25, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- big area & beautiful lotus pond. inside the building also pretty and peaceful. good for strolling & take some picture for it.Written May 26, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions about Guangzhou
- These places are best for ancient ruins in Guangzhou:
- Archaeological Site of the Wooden Water Gate of Nanyue Kingdom
- Shixiang Garden
- Shuiyue Palace
- Senior Doctor Ancestral Hall
- Qixinggang Ruins of Ancient Coast