Baiyun Mountain belongs to the first provincial scenic spots approved by Guangdong Provincial Government. Cloud appears everywhere on famous mountains, but here White Cloud monopolizes the beauty of spring best portrays the Baiyun Mountain scenic spot.
Baiyun Mountain was already a famous scenic spot in Guangzhou in history. One can view the whole city proper from the height of the mountain. Renowned poets and scholars of past dynasties, such as Sushi, Yang Wanli, Wang Shizhen and others once came here and left poems and words after the visit.
Baiyun Mountain is a bit rectangular, measuring 7 km from south to north, and 4 km from east to west, aged around 400 million years, one of the oldest mountains in Guangdong. It has gorgeous scenery and abundant historical relics. Among the past and present Eight Sights of Guangzhou, besides 'Wind Soughing in the Pines on Baiyun Mountain', there are 'Pujian Spring', 'Looking afar in the evening from Baiyun Mountain', 'The Returned Monk at Jingtai', 'the Splendid Mountain of Cloud', etc., which depict all the beautiful scenery of Baiyun Mountain.
In fact, Baiyun Mountain is the ending range of Dayu Mountains in the south. It stands up over the flat area of the Pearl River Delta, called 'the First Mountain of Southern Yue' in history. The mountain was named Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain because of ' White cloud flying over Baiyuan Mountain, and gathering around its base'. 'Wind Soughing in the Pines on Baiyun Mountain' is one of the former 'Eight Sights of Guangzhou', the name coming from the sounds when wind blowing the pines on the mountain.
In fact, the Pearl River is the general name for the river systems of the West River, the North River , the East River and Liuxi River. The West River originates from the Yun(nan)Gui(zhou) Plateau, and the North River and East River from Jiangxi Province, whereas Liuxi River is from the Qixing Ridge at Conghua City. The four rivers joint together in Guangzhou and flow to the South China Sea. As a rule, the Pearl River is called to mean the section of the river traversing Guangzhou proper. As the Pearl River was so wide 2,000 years ago, up to 2,000 meters, so it was also called the "Pearl Sea". Later the river narrowed down to 900 meters wide during the Song Dynasty, and it is only 180 meters wide now.
Baiyun Mountain is a park with natural hills and waters, and an ideal sightseeing place and summer resort, with a development history of over 1,000 years. So far six sightseeing zones have been developed: Mingzhu Tower, Moxing Ridge, Santai Ridge, Mingchun Valley, Fei'e Ridge and Luhu Lake. Apart from the existing scenes Moxing Ridge, Looking afar in the morning from Baiyun Mountain, Looking afar in the evening from Baiyun Mountain, the First Peak under the Southern Sky, Wind Soughing in the Pines on Baiyun Mountain, Village Hostel, Songtao Villa, Mingzhu Tower, Luming Restaurant and Baiyun Immortal's House, there have been added for the past ten-odd years such scenic spots as Baiyun Cableway, Mingchun Valley - the largest birdcage in Asia, the Forest of Steles in Guangzhou, Nengren Temple, a golf course, Xinghai Garden, Yuntai Garden, the Sculpture Park and Baiyun Chute, etc.