The third longest river, the Pearl River, measures 2,129 meters in
length. The Guangzhou section of the river is where Guangzhou's
most scenic spots are located. Many famous sights are clustered
along the river and are the reasons for many people taking a trip
The Pearl River got its name from a huge rock island. When the
thousand-metre long Pearl River cut through Guangzhou City a large
rock island in the centre of the river was scoured over. Over time
this became smooth and bright like a pearl, hence the rock being
named "Sea Pearl Rock" and the river "Pearl River".
An interesting legend offers an alternative explanation of the
rivers name. It was said that an Arabian merchant stole the
valueless pearl of his country and came to sell it in Guangzhou.
Since the pearl was the treasure of his nation, the Arabian State
ordered his people to Guangzhou to bring the pearl back.
However, on their ship home, the magical pearl suddenly flew up and
fell into the river. Later the pearl changed into a huge shining
rock. The river was later named as Pearl River.
The river has a long history and nourishes the civilization of
south China. Today standing on the banks of the river are
star-graded hotels and commercial buildings, White Swan Hotel,
Hotel Landmark Canton, Nanfang Mansion, Aiqun Hotel, Guangzhou
Hotel, Gitic Riverside Hotel, all like sky-scrappers. In the
evening, both banks are lit brightly joined occasionally by the
bright moon hanging in the sky. Full of passengers, pleasure boats
for the Pearl River cruise travel from the west to the east
elegantly on the river, like playing happy melodies all together.
The evening cruise on the Pearl River is one of the tourist
highlights in Guangzhou. The beauty of the Pearl River at night can
be compared with that of Hong Kong's Victoria Park. The cruise
section from the White Goose Pool to Guangzhou Bridge is the
highlight of the Pearl River cruise. Scenery along this part is so
fascinating, with jade-coloured water, coloured lights on shore.
During your cruise you can enjoy beautiful scenery with such
romantic names as "Night Moon over the Goose Pool", "Misty Rain
over the Twin Bridge", "Red Heart of the Pearl River", "Autumn Moon
over the Pearl River", "Clear Waves on the Pearl River" and many
more. To help you understand what you are seeing there is a
detailed introduction to the 30-odd historical and cultural sites
given on board by speakers, thus enabling you to sample a brief
taste of the colourful local culture.Travelers can take buses No. 182, 184, 188, 192, 194, 125, 551, 12,
18, 36, 44, 4 (night bus), 287, 128, 208, 277, 546, 61, 80, 543,
and 131 and get off at Dashatou Port bus stop.
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