Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN CHINA ADVENTURE 2017
CANTON / GUANGZHOU
11. 5 RAMS SCULPTURE - YUEXIU
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Guangzhou's Five Rams Sculpture was built in
1960 from more than 130 pieces of granite and is one of the city's emblems.
Five Rams Sculpture is located atop Yuexiu Hill. The hill
once formed the northern end of the old walled city, though most of the
walls have been dismantled and the city has now expanded far beyond it.
Its grounds now form Guangzhou's Yuexiu Park, which remains one of the
most famous tourist attractions in Guangzhou, including beautiful natural
surroundings and ancient sites.
The sculpture represents the five rams who gave Guangzhou
its nickname "City of Rams" and were formerly honored at its Temple of
the Five Immortals. These immortals were said to have ridden rams into
the city soon after its founding, teaching its residents how to grow rice
and ending the specter of famine forever. Locals consider the rams symbols
of good luck.
A legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the
area that is now Guangzhou on five rams carrying sheaves of rice. The celestials
bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of
the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials
left, the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into
an affluent and influential city.
Sue-On joins a ladies' exercise
Taking the shuttle up the hill,
through the park to the 5 Rams Statue
Past the Yuexiu Mountain Football
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