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"Zhenhai Tower" Zhenhai Tower Tip by Willettsworld

Zhenhai Tower, Guangzhou: 4 reviews and 9 photos


Zhenhai Tower (Building Overlooking the Sea), better known among the locals as the Five-Storey Tower, is one of the landmarks of Guangzhou city. An interesting historical record has it that Zhu Liangzu, Yongjia Marquis of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), saw yellow and purple air rising over Yuexiu Mountain and was told by a sorcerer that it was the omen of a new emperor. To subdue this omen, Zhu Liangzu ordered this tower to be built in 1380. Over the past 600 years, the tower has been destroyed five times and subsequently rebuilt five times. Now it is home to the Guangzhou City Museum, housing relics and documents showing Guangzhou's history over 2,000 years. Known as the first tower in Lingnan (South of Nanling Mountain) Area, Zhenhai Tower is 28 meters (92 feet) high and 16 meters (52.5 feet) wide.

Directions: Take metro to Yuexiu Gongyuan. Signposted in Yuexiu Park.

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  • Written Oct 13, 2008
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