Originating from a calcareous cave at Mahongshan, Qujing city, Yunnan province, the Pearl River runs across Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, and Guangdong provinces, etc. The total length from its headstream to the sea is about 2214 kilometers. While running across Guangzhou,there was a huge stone island standing in the way of flowing water at one time. The island had been washed out by the rushing current for thousands of years and polished to resemble a big shiny pearl. So it was called the "Pearl Stone in the sea"by the locals. Therefore,the river where the "Pearl Stone"positioned is called the Pearl River.
Scenic and historic! The landscape and characteristic buildings along the Pearl River fully represent the history and Cantonese culture. From "Autumn moon on Pearl River"in Song Dynasty, "Sunny Billows on Pearl Sea"in Ming Dynasty, "Fish Pearl in East Sea"in Qing Dynasty to "Sunny Wave on Pearl Water"now, the "Most Beautiful 8 views in Guangzhou"has contained the landscape of Pearl River all the time.
Along the Pearl River,we can follow the long history,culture and development of Guangzhou in retrospect. "Silk Road in the Sea"setting out from Guangzhou 2000years ago,the Downfall of Song dynasty,Opium War,Northern Expedition War,HuangPu Milltary Academy and other historic relics are all imprinted along the Pearl River. Now,along with the sightseeing line,let's walk into the Pearl River gallery and experience the great change that the time has brought.