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18. People's Park
人民公园位于广州市传统中轴线上，面积4.46万平方米，是广州最早建立的综合性公园。被誉为“广州市第一公园”,又称中央公园。园址从隋朝起均为衙门官邸。元代为广东道肃政廉访使署，明朝为都指挥司署，并曾为南明绍武政权王宫，清代先后为平南王府和广东巡抚署。民国初期广州还没有公园,1917年,孙中山倡议辟为公园，1918年建成,命名为“市立第一公园”。当年孙中山曾多次在此向群众演讲，宣扬民主革命理论。1966年改为人民公园沿用 至今。作为首个拆除围墙的免费公园，人民公园自然成为附近市民的悠闲运动之地。在 住宅密集的广州市中心，能拥有如此的“绿肺”，实属难得。公园采取意大利图案式庭园布局，呈方形对称形式。园内古树参天，绿篱花丛，富有浓郁的地方特色。
People's Park, situated on the traditional central axis in Guangzhou, covering a land area up to 44,600 square meters, is the earliest comprehensive park in Guangzhou, highly reputed as “No. 1 Park in Guangzhou” or also called “the Central Park”. The park area was actually the residence of the imperial officials from the Sui dynasty. It was the domicile of the Guangdong Surveillance Commission in the Yuan Dynasty, the Chief Military Commission in the Ming Dynasty. It was even used as the imperial palace of Emperor Shaowu’s reign in the Southern Ming Dynasty. In the Qing Dynasty it was the Mansion of Pingnan King and the imperial inspector residence in Guangdong. In early days of the Republic of China, Guangdong had no park, so in 1917 Dr. Sun Yat-sen advocated to change it into a park and named it as “No.1 Municipal Park“ in 1918 where Dr. Sun Yat-sen made speeches to the general public many times to disseminate the democratic revolution theory. In 1966 it was renamed as “People’s Park” and it has been used to this day. People’s Park, whose enclosing walls were first pulled down in Guangzhou, is naturally the good place for leisure and relaxation on the part of the residents living nearby. The park offering the general public with “a green lung” is very valuable as it is situated in the downtown area of Guangzhou City where residential buildings are highly concentrated. The park enjoys the artistic layout with the designs and patterns of the Italian Garden, having the square and symmetric shape. In the park ancient trees tower to the skies and everywhere you can see the green hedges and flowers in clusters, filling the air with fragrance.
20. White Cloud Mountain
People always describe the natural beauty of Guangzhou as being composed of white cloud and pearl sea, the white cloud referring to that of White Cloud Mountain, located about 17 kilometers north of Guangzhou, which is the southern part of the nine linking ridges, generally reputed as “No. 1 Mountain in South Guangdong”. It is said that each autumn sees the white cloud rising up slowly, painting half of the mountain with a coast of white cloud as if it were wrapped in a veil of mist, so it is thus named. The total area of White Cloud Mountain is about 28 square kilometers, consisting of 30 peaks. Moxing Ridge (Star-Scraping Ridge), known as 'the first peak under the southern sky', stands about 382 meters high. It is one of the eight new attractions in Guangzhou.
From ancient times White Cloud Mountain has been a famous scenic spot in Guangzhou and such famous scenes as “Cloud Silhouetted against the Chrysanthemum Lake”, “Night View of White Cloud’, “Gurgling Brooks and Springs in mountains” and “Returning Monks of Jingtai Temple” can be found in the mountain area. Jinye Pool located in White Cloud Mountain Luhu Scenic Spot, is a picturesque lake just like a mirror with lake water rippling and sparkling against the sunray. The lake water, green hills and all kinds of flowers contrast finely with each other just like a scroll of poetic and romantic painting, exhibiting its unusual appearance and attraction, so it epitomizes the beauty of White Cloud Mountain.
白云山很早就名声在外。战国时已有名士出入，晋朝时已风景宜人，唐朝便以胜地 著称。宋代以来的"羊城八景"，白云山就占多处。羊城人们一向喜欢到此登高游览，尤 其在九九重阳，更以登白云山为乐事，每逢此时，扶老携幼，人流熙熙攘攘的热闹场景 便构成羊城一幅独特的风情画。
White Cloud Mountain enjoyed a high reputation in the world long ago. In the Warring States Period, many celebrated scholars toured it and it looked its best in the Jin dynasty. In the Tang Dynasty it was crowned with “a scenic spot”. Among the top 8 scenic spots in Guangzhou since the Song Dynasty, White Could Mountain takes the lion’s shares. People in Guangzhou tend to ascend to the tops of mountains for a panoramic view, particularly on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month, people take pleasure in ascending to the top of White Cloud Mountain, so by then people help the aged along and lead the young by the hand all the way up to the top, which is really a bustling scene, or a peculiar graffiti demonstrating the beauty of Guangzhou.