Yuexiu Park is considered to be one of the central parks in Guangzhou city; recently it has been nominated as the scenic park of Guangzhou. There are only eight certified scenic parks in Guangzhou.
It acts as a natural defense in the northern part of the Guangzhou city together with Bai Yun Mountain.
With height of more than 7000m above sea level, it is also historically known as Yue (Guangdong) Xiu mountain, Yue Wang Mountain. During the Ming dynasty, in the reign of Yong Le, Guan Yin temple was built on this mountain hence it is also called Guan Yin mountain.
During the early West Han dynasty, Yue Xiu Mountain was known to offer pilgrimage to many people, but then in the early 20th Century, Dr Sun Yat Sen, suggested that Yue Xiu should be turned into a grand park which was only realized after the liberation of China in 1949.
Now, Yuexiu Park is known for providing immense and comprehensive cultural recreation. It consists of one main hill, Yue Jin Gang, 7 small hills Guihua Gang, Muhe Gang, Yu Gang, etc. and Baixiu, Nanxiu, Dongxiu artificial lake. Its total area is 860,000 sqm. Its Afforestation rate is at 92%. It is also a host to famous historical architectural site like Zhen Hai Building, Ming Gu Wall, square cannon site, Dr, Sun Yat Sen’s monument etc. Historical sites and ancient trees were also built and planted respectively around Wu yang temple, hall of Chinese Idioms, a place of relaxation with trees, and bamboos, Garden of flowers, Art Gallery, Museum, recreational area, swimming pool, playground, restaurants, kiosk, states, building and pavilion etc. for people to rest and relax, making it a pleasurable experience to visit the park. The park also provides other amenities, to complete the wonderful experience, for visitors. There are many pathways for people to use to visit the places within the park. Every year it also hosts a flower market festival. About more than 10 million people comprising of foreigners and locals visit this park every year.
Since the Yuan dynasty, Yue Xiu Mountain is considered to be a good scenic park in Guangzhou. Recently it also has been nominated as one of the ten best scenic parks. Its Zhen Hai building and five ram statues are nominated for the ten best scenic sites.