◎ Sun Yat-Sen’s Memorial Hall
Designed by the reputable Chinese architect Lu Yanzhi, Sun Yat-Sen’s Memorial Hall is located at the former location of the Presidential Palace and was completed in 1931. Thanks to the designer’s ingenious application of architectural mechanics, the 52-meter-high main hall spans a distance of 71 meters without a single pillar, using the structural combination of a steel framework with concrete reinforcement, which gives it a grandeur look.
Nearby metro station: Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station, Line 2
◎ Sea Guard Tower
The Sea Guard Tower was built in 1380. It is a five-story building that measures 28 meters high and 31 meters wide. In the history, it has been rebuilt for five times after destroyed, and in 1928 it was built with concrete in place of the original wooden structure. The two lions standing in front of the building were made in the Ming Dynasty. Now the building serves as an exhibit hall for local pictures and other evidences of the city’s history, which displays the changes of culture, custom and city developments.
Nearby metro station: Yuexiu Park Station, Line 2
◎ Guangxiao Temple
Guangxiao Temple (Temple of Bright Filial Piety) occupies an important place in Chinese Buddhism. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties, Zen Master Zhiyao, an Indian monk, traveled to Guangzhou via Tibet. He lectured on the site of the temple and planted a bodhi tree that he had brought with him.
The temple has a magnificent and imposing appearance. The Mahavira Hall is its main structure. Inside are three newly repaired statues of Buddha. The central Buddha is Sakyamuni, with Manjusri on the left and Samantabhadra on the right. Many temples in southern China imitate the architectural style of Guangxiao Temple.
Nearby metro station: Ximenkou Station, Line 1