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Tourists looking to experience the beauty of nature should not miss the Lotus Flower Festival, which is celebrated each August at Lotus Blossom Hill (莲花山).
This festival has been gaining in notoriety each year. Currently, approximately 300,000 tourists visit the park and enjoy the view as thousands of beautiful lotus flowers begin to bloom throughout the grounds.
Guangzhou's Fanyu District is the ideal location for this picturesque outdoor event, with its many waterways, ponds and lakes. Organizers begin preparing the lotus flowers that will be featured in the festival months in advance. The Lotus Flower Festival showcases over 280 different varieties of lotuses, with a total of around 15,000 individual flowers on display.
Lotus Blossom Hill covers an area of nearly 2.5 square km near the Pearl River Estuary. It originally served as an ancient sandstone quarry, dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD). The Lianhua Pagoda, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), still stands to this day.
At the crest of Lotus Blossom Hill, a 41-meter high statue of the Goddess of Mercy was erected in 1994. Cast from 120 tons of bronze and then completely gilded with gold, it is now the largest statue of this deity in the world.
Lotus Blossom Hill is located in Fanyu City, about 20 km from central Guangzhou. During the entire month of August, the park is open from 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. for the Lotus Flower Festival each day.
Appreciate lotus flowers and Lotus Blossom Hill Park as part of a Guangzhou tour.
The admission fee is CNY30 for adults and CNY15 for children. Please be advised that other events and attractions within the park may cost an additional fee, such as the boat tours.
Transport: The park can be reached via subway by taking Line 4 to Shiqi Station or Line 3 to Shiqiao Station, then taking the “Shiqiao-Lotus bus” to the park. Alternatively, you can arrange water transport to the park from Xidi Pier.