Zhenhai Tower stands proudly on Yuexiu Hill

05/09/2013 10:43

Zhenhai Tower stands proudly on Yuexiu Hill, built on top of the last remaining section of Guangzhou’s City Walls. At a Zhenhai Towerheight of 28 meters, it is also known as Five Storey Tower or Five Storey Pagoda (presumably because it has five storeys) and was first built in 1380 by the orders of nobleman Zhu Liangzu. Zhu apparently built the tower as an expression of his power and these days it seems about the only thing for which he is remembered. Since his day, Zhenhai Tower has been destroyed and rebuilt five times and was also occupied by French and British soldiers during the First Opium War. Just outside the tower are a collection of cannons from this period. Are you ready for Canton fair 2013? If you have no time to travel in China, this Folk Culture Village can let you to know about China. Welcome to Zhenhai Tower when you come to Guangdong for Canton Trade Fair.

There are steles of different dynasties standing along the corridor in front of the tower and 12 ancient cannons for exhibition o-n the right.
The tower was built by Zhu Liangzu, the Yongjia Marquis of the Ming dynasty, in the 13th year of the reign of the Emperor Hongwu (1380 A.D.), when the Marquis extended the northern city wall to the Yuexiu Mountain and built a five-floor tower as a scene to reconstruct the Guangzhou city. The tower has been ruined 5 times and hence been rebuilt 5 times and now it is made of iron concrete, which is altered from woods in 1928. In 1929, it became Guangzhou Municipal Museum and renamed as Guangzhou Museum in 1950. Historic relics and materials are exhibited here in terms of dynasties, which reveal the development of Guangzhou over 2000 years.