There is a metro line in Guangzhou which hides various idyllic scenery, including flower sea, ancient villages, rice fields, and lakes. Whichever station you get off, you will be likely to accidentally break into a fairy tale world. It is the metro line 14!
Stations on the Guangzhou metro line 14. [Screenshot from AutoNavi Map]
1.Jiahe Wanggang station (嘉禾望岗)
·Abandoned Boeing 737
An abandoned Boeing 737 is displayed on the rooftop of Jiada Plaza (嘉大广场), a shopping mall near Jiahe Wanggang station. It is said that at first the Plaza’s boss bought this plane with an intention of building a theme restaurant. But his plan was postponed indefinitely for unknown reasons. Therefore the plane was just placed on the top floor of the shopping mall. Nowadays, many airplane enthusiasts and internet celebrities like to take industrial-style pictures with the plane.
Add.: 5th floor, Jiada Plaza, Jiahe Wanggang station (use Exit A)
Note: For safety, please do not climb or touch the plane.
2.Zhongluotan station (钟落潭)
·Liaocai Village (寮采村)
About 5 kilometers from Zhongluotan metro station, is one of China's most beautiful leisure villages—Liaocai Village, which has more than 4 hectares of flower seas and 20 kilometers of green roads.
The village has a Shiwai Taoyuan Scenic Resort (世外桃源风景区) with well-equipped tourist facilities. After getting out of the metro station, tourists can take the resort’s shuttle buses and enjoy the idyllic scene of flowers and fruits all the way.
3.Taiping station (太平)
·Tropic of Cancer Park
Located in Taiping Village (N. 23°36’28”44), the Tropic of Cancer Tower is the tallest and largest landmark on the Tropic of Cancer in the world. Every summer solstice at 12:26 a.m. Beijing time, the sunlight will cross a small round hole on the top of the tower and directly shoot on a copper pillar at the bottom of the tower, forming a spectacular no-shadow phenomenon.
Add.: Taiping Station, Line 14 (use Exit A)
·Qiangang Ancient Village (钱岗古村)
Qiangang Ancient Village was built in the Song Dynasty (920-1279) and has a history of more than 800 years. It is a relatively intact Cantonese residence. Passengers who want to learn more about the architectural features of the ancient Lingnan area can get off at the Taiping station.
Add.: about 10 kilometers away from the Taiping metro station
4.Shengang station (神岗)
·Zhonglou Ancient Village (钟楼古村)
The Zhonglou Ancient Village was built by the Ouyang clan during the Xianfeng period of the Qing Dynasty. It is currently one of the best-preserved ancient villages in Guangzhou.
5.Conghua Coach Terminal station (从化客运站)
·Fengyun Hill Wetland Park (风云岭湿地公园)
Located at the entrance of the Fengyun Hill Forest Park, FengyunHill Wetland Park is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city with fresh air and beautiful scenery. It is suitable for residents to enjoy a happy relaxing time.
·Aimi Town (艾米小镇)
Next to Fengyun Hill, there is a lovely small town famous for planting rice. It is surrounded by mountains and streams, just like a scroll painting of Miyazaki Hayao’s cartoon world.
·Liuxihe National Forest Park
Known as an emerald pearl inlaid in the Tropic of Cancer, Liuxihe National Forest Park is one of the first batches of ten national forest parks approved by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. From July 30th to August 21st, the Park will hold a water splashing carnival at the Youth Villa (青年山庄) in Wuzhi Mountain Scenic Area (五指山景区). The cooling water used in the carnival comes from Wuzhi Mountain, which is 1,000 meters above the sea level.
6.Dongfeng station (东风)
·Xihe Town (西和风情小镇) and Baoqu Rose World (宝趣玫瑰世界)
Xihe Town is a great destination with beautiful flowers and rural scenery. The Baoqu Rose World in the town is the first theme park featuring rose culture in China. Rose-lovers can choose this romantic place to admire various rare roses.
Editor| Monica, Jerry