Guangzhou Museum located in Yuexiu Park, the Guangzhou Museum is located in an ancient watch-out tower called Zhenhai Lou (镇海楼, Tower controlling the sea) or Wuceng Lou (五层楼, Five-storied tower). Built in 1380, this magnificent red building was once the highest point of the ancient city of Canton. In 1929, it was turned into a museum which portrays the history and culture of Guangzhou and has even since been an important cultural relic and landmark for Guangzhou.
Zhenhai Tower is one of the symbolic buildings in Guangzhou, which is an antique persevered by Guangdong province. It shapes as a rectangle with 25 meters in length, 31 meters in breadth and 16 meters in depth. The walls of the first two floors are made of red sandstones, and walls of the three floors above are made of bricks. The outer walls contract by layers. Every floor has dual eaves covered by green glazed tiles and decorated by fish and flowers painted with Shiwan glazed color, it is majestic and magnificent with red walls and green tiles and therefore is said to be the "No.1 scenic spot of Lingnan".
On the first floor visitors find a model and a map of Guangzhou through the city's 2,000-year history. Relics from ancient dynasties are presented on the second to the fourth floors. Items from contemporary China are on display on the fifth floor. Visitors here can explore interesting cultural exhibits such as clothing and ceremonial items dedicated to marriage. From the top floor, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye over the flower city.
In front of Zhenhai Tower are exhibited all canons, one of Guangzhou's first public buses and other items of general interest. Temporary exhibitions are also held in the exhibiting halls of the museum.
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|Zhenhai Tower, Yuexiu Hill|
|How to get to the Guangzhou Museum|
|Metro: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 2, get off at Yuexiu Park Metro Station, Exit B1, Walk about 5 minutes to the Yuexiu Park. (Guangzhou Metro Map)|