Lotus Hill (Lianhuashan)

Lotus Hill, one of the famous hills of the Pearl River Delta, is located in the eastern outskirt of Panyu District, 20km (12.4 miles) from Guangzhou and 110km (60 sea miles) from Hong Kong. Covering an area of 2.54sq km (628 acres), it is composed of 48 red sandstone low hills, the highest of which is 108m (354 ft) tall. It has the best preserved ancient quarry site, with a history of 2000 years in China.  The lotus city itself was built during the Kangxi's reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). There is also the gold statute of the Goddess of Mercy, which is the biggest in the world. The statue was cast in 1994 with 120 tonnes (118 long tons) of bronze and 180 taels of gold coating and measures 40.88m (44.7 yards). The Lotus Hill Tourist Resort displays a combination of ancient ruggedness and modern delicacy. Do not miss it when in Guangzhou.


Origin of the Name

The Lotus Hill had its name originated from a fairy tale, whereby it was said that an evil dragon residing in the South China Sea (Nan Hai) often made waves at the Pearl River mouth. Consequently, farmlands were flooded and ships toppled over. These mishaps did not stop until the Goddess of Mercy paid a visit. Seeing the misery suffered by the people, the Goddess of Mercy threw his lotus seat into the water to tame the dragon. The lotus seat was believed to have turned into the present lotus stone, situated next to Nantianmen of the hill. That was how the hill gained its name.

Scenic Areas

The quarry works from each of the past dynasties, dating back to the Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD), leave behind a legacy of countless majestic red sandstone cliffs, perilous peaks, stelae and winding stone forests and grottoes. Visitors should not miss the Swallow Rock (Yan Zi Yan), Eagle Cliff (Fei Ying Ya), Goddess of Mercy Rock (Guan Yin Yan), and the Lion Stone (Shi Zi Shi), as they formed the essential stone landscape of this ancient stone yard.

Swallow Rock

Looking up from the Swallow Rock of Lotus Mountain, one will see four cliffs circling around it, shaping the broad sky into a small well. The gigantic tottering cliffs are breathtaking and dazzling. Vines on the rocks are just like a green wall, forming a wonderful watercolor painting in the blooming season. Film and TV directors frequently use this place as their choice location. 

Eagle Cliff

The Eagle Cliff of Lotus Hill, on the other hand, painted an opposite picture. Looking down from the Eagle Cliff, one will see crisscrossing roads, vast fertile land, and boundless Pearl River winding to the east.

Lion Stone

The Lion Stone lies in the eastern part of the Lotus Hill. Due to the stone lion roaring towards the direction of the Pearl River, the hill is also sometimes referred to the "Lion Hill." According to archaeologist, this place used to be just a small island hundreds of years ago but with passing time, the land elevated and sea level dropped, resulting in what it is today. The Lion Stone, originally a rock on the side of the small island, took the current shape due to continuous erosion and weathering.

Best Time to Visit

The famous Lotus Flower and Peach Blossom Festivals are held in Lotus Hill Tourist Resort annually. From June to August every year, more than 100 kinds of lotus flowers, the holy flower of Buddhism, are picked for the festival. Hence, if tourists were to visit there during this period, they would not only enjoy the grand landscape but also appreciate a myriad of blooming lotus.

Other than that, Peach Blossom Festival is held during the Spring Festival, making it another good time to visit.

How to get to Lotus Hill

1. Take metro line 3 and get off at Shiqiao station and then take bus Pan 92 to Lianhuashan Bus Station, you will see the Lotus Hill.
2. Take metro line 3 to Panyu Square and then take bus Pan 93 to Lianhuashan.
Guangzhou Bus / Metro Search

Entrance Fee CNY54 for adults;
* Children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 -4.9 feet) enjoy half-price tickets.
  Children below 1.2m can visit the hill for free.
Opening Hours 07:00 to 17:00

- Last updated on Jan. 12, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Lotus Hill
Asked by Chu Kieu Ching from MALAYSIA | Jan. 10, 2020 02:27Reply
cost of taxi from canton hotel to lotus hill temple in Guangzhou, china
hi can you tell me what is the cost of taxi from Canton Hotel to Lotus Hilll temple? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Kira from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 12, 2020 19:45

The cab fare is around CNY150-CNY180 with around 1 hour.
Asked by Glenn Li from SINGAPORE | Sep. 23, 2018 04:15Reply
Which best way to go Guangzhou Lotus Hill?
1.Take metro line 3 to Panyu Square and take bus Pan93
2.Take metro line 3 to Shiqiao Stn and take bus Pan92 to LianHua Shan direct

Rely is Appreciated
Answers (2)
Answered by Flora from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2018 01:20

The first way is better since it’s faster.
Answered by Glenn Li from SINGAPORE | Sep. 25, 2018 02:23

Thank you for your reply.
Asked by Ldhjfshj from DNJJCFKN | Jul. 28, 2017 18:48Reply
Is possible to drive Guangzhou Lotus Hill? Is there parking and about how much is it to park?
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Answered by Linda from IRELAND | Aug. 01, 2017 04:07

Yes, you can drive to the scenic spot. It costs CNY30/car.
Asked by Marjorie Chua from USA | Jan. 26, 2017 05:22Reply
Hi, is it possible to visit Guangzhou Lotus Hill and the Sunflower Garden in one day?
If so, which one should I see first? If not, which one do you recommend me visiting?
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Answered by Makayla from CANADA | Jan. 30, 2017 20:26

Yes, you can tour around these two scenic areas in one day. You can go to the Sunflower Garden first. If you have enough time, both these two scenic areas are worth to visit. Have a nice journey!
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