Revered as one of the most captivating sights in Guangzhou since time immemorial the towering White Cloud Mountain is one of the state’s most iconic natural features. Positioned at a cloud grazing height of 100m or 109 yards White Cloud Mountain earned its magical name due to the inherent weather conditions of the Chinese region which causes airy clouds to circle the mountain after a shower of rain. When the sun emerges from the sky the rings of smokey clouds are seen encircling the mountain creating a spectacle of natural wonder that has been dubbed the First Spectacular Scene of Guangzhou.
Sprawled across an area of 10 square miles White Cloud Mountain comprises of 30 cascading peaks contained within a lush valley. Centuries of erosion and rock differentiation has formed a patchwork of gullies that crisscross the area that is located remarkably close to Guangzhou city. The highest peak on White Cloud Mountain is of course the ‘the first peak under the southern sky’ dubbed Star-Scraping Ridge or Moxing Ridge which is a whopping 382 metres in height. The summit at Star-Scraping Ridge offers visitors panoramic views of the city’s main river, Pearl River and the city at large.
Tipped to be one of Guangzhou’s premier recreational enclaves White Cloud Mountain offers six recreational areas littered with activities and attractions. Divided into Bird Spring Valley Park, Bright Pearl Building Park, Fei’eling Park, Santailing Park, Luhu Park and San Tailing Summit Park the most popular areas in the parklands include Santailing Park’s Yuntai Garden which is littered with flowers and blooms of a thousand hues. Fei’eling’s 46 hectare Sculpture Park is another must-see while the Bird Spring Valley Park is aptly dubbed the largest natural birdcage in the Chinese Republic. The Jinye Pond at Luhu Park is another captivating enclave where the crystal clear waters of the lake resemble an impressionist painting with the reflections of the surrounding environment dancing as shadows on the water’s surface.
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