AFORE 2016 Host City Information

The Host City - Guangzhou

Guangzhou is located in the center of Guangdong province. She is not only the capital of Guangdong, but also the central city with strong attraction and influence in South China. She has jurisdiction over 10 districts and 2 county-grade cities. They are Yuexiu, Haizhu, Liwan, Tianhe, Baiyun, Huangpu, Huadu, Panyu, Luogang, Nansha Districts, and Conghua, Zengcheng Cities. Guangzhou covers an area of 7434.4 km2 and has a total population of some 10,000,000. Affected by the subtropical marine monsoon climate, Guangzhou is green and has flowers all the year around, and is known as “the Flower City”.

Canton Tower

Canton Tower, formerly known as Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower, is an observation tower near Chigang Pagoda, Haizhu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. It was topped-out in 2009 and became operational on September 29, 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games. The tower briefly held the title of tallest completed tower in the world,[9] replacing the CN Tower, which had previously held the title for 34 years, before being surpassed by Tokyo Sky Tree in 2011. It is still the tallest structure in China (followed by Shanghai World Financial Center), the Canton Tower is the seventh tallest structure and the third tallest freestanding structure in the world. It is named after "Canton", the traditional European name of the city.

Pearl River

The Pearl River is the third longest inland river in China. The name, Pearl River, is a general designation of the Xijiang, the Beijiang and the Dongjiang rivers. Its mainstream ,the 2214-kilometer –long Xijiang River, rises in the mountain in the eastern part of Yunnan Province, flows through Guizhou and Guangxi province, joins the Beijiang River in Guangzhou Province and empties into the South China Sea.The river is so named because there used to be a huge reef in the river through the city of Guangzhou and, after being washed by the water for thousands of years, this reef became very round and smooth and looked just like a pearl glittering under the sunshine.

Immortal Temple of South Sea

>Immortal Temple of South Sea was the biggest, most integrated and unique architecture group of ancient sea Immortal temple. Located in Miaotou village, Huangpu, Guangzhou city, it is magnificent, simple and unsophisticated. The major building is a five-layer hall, from south to north lying Head Door, Yi Door, Double Roofed Corridor, Li Pavilion, Great Hall and Zhaoling Palace. In front of the temple, there is a stone torii, reading "no bad weather on the sea".

Yuexiu Park

Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou city center park, is one of Guangzhou Eight new century, it is linked to the Guangzhou Baiyun Mountain and north of the barrier. More than 70 meters above sea level. Also known as Guangdong Xiushan, King Mountain history. Ming Yongle, the hill was built Guanyinge, so called Guanyin Mountain. As early as the Western Han Dynasty Yuexiu Mountain is boarding resort. In modern times, Sun Yat-sen had proposed to train Yuexiu Hill built a large park.

Baiyun Mountain

Baiyun Mountain (known locally as White Clouds Mountain) is located in north of Guangzhou city. It is named “the most beautiful place in the ”Sheep City“ (the nick name of Guangzhou City is ”Sheep City“)”, and it is also one of the first 4A Grade interest places in China. This mountain is clustered round by over 30 ridges, with an area of 28 square kilometers. The highest peak is Moxing Ridge, 382 meters above the sea. When the sun shines again after the rain, white clouds are twisting the peaks, the green mountain and refreshing water are enshrined in the boundless sea of clouds, hence came the name of Baiyun (white cloud) Mountain.

Guangzhou is a long-history city, and it was founded since the Qin & Han Dynasties 2220 years ago, but Baiyun Mountain was well-known for its nice scenery even earlier than the foundation of Guangzhou City. For its adjustment to the city entironment and its rich natural & literary resources, Baiyun Mountain is called “green lung” of Guangzhou.

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is also called Chen Clan Academy which is a place both for offering sacrifices to ancestors and for study. Now the Chen Clan Ancestral Temple in Guangzhou City, the Ancestors’ Temple in Foshan City, the former Residence of Sun Yat-sen in Zhongshan City and the Opium War Memorial Hall in Dongguan City are regarded as the four major cultural tourist sites in Guangdong Province.

In late Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), a man named Chen got the third place in the highest imperial examination and had conferred upon him a distinguished office title which made the Family Chen well-known. Later someone suggested that all the Chen’s family members raise money to build a temple to sacrifice to the ancestors and encourage their offspring to study hard. Therefore, the temple was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen’s families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas family members.