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Discover Guangzhou Self Guided Book is written by Janvi Tours, formerly Guangzhou Private Tour Guide Janvi or Guangzhou Tour Guide Janvi

Written by Janvi Chow
Published August 2018

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The Former Residence of Zhan Tianyou

The Former Residence of Zhan Tianyou in Guangzhou

Zhan Tianyou (26 April 1861 – 24 April 1919), “the father of China’s railroad”, was responsible for the first railroad constructed in China without foreign assistance (from Beijing to Zhangjiakou). A Guangzhou-native, Zhan was chosen to study in America at the age of 12 and graduated from Yale University with a BA in civil engineering. Upon his return, Zhan’s contribution to China’s railway development cannot be understated.

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Sanyuan Palace

Guangzhou San Yuan Palace

Sanyuan Palace, located at the southern foot of Yuexiu Park, is the oldest and largest Taoist building in Guangzhou, with a history spanning 1,600 years.  It was built by a satrap in the Jin Dynasty, and was originally called Yuegang Temple. In the Ming Dynasty, after being rebuilt, Sanyuan Palace got its present name. During the Cultural Revolution, the Red Guards smashed up the gods and occupied the palaces. In July 1982, Guangzhou People's Government rebuilt the temple.

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The Memorial Museum Of Generalissimo Sun Yat-Sen's Mansion


During the Law-Protecting Movement (Movement of Protecting Constitution), Sun Yat-sen was elected as the generalissimo of the Military Government of the Republic of China for two times in 1917 and 1923 respectively, and two office buildings of the Guangdong Shiminshi Factory were selected twice as the office of Generalissimo Mansion.

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Museum of Peasant Movement Training Institute

Peasant Movement Institute

The Peasant Movement Institute occupies the former Confucian Temple that was originally built in 1370 but none of the temples statues or other relics remain. The Institute organized six training classes during the First Co-operation between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China, with the sixth class taking place here led, by Mao Zedong who worked here as director from May to September 1926. Xiao Chunu, Zhou Enlai and Peng Pai were among the 20-odd staff members. It was here that the 327 trainees studied theories and methods of the peasant movement, received strict military training and took part in important social activities. Upon graduation, they traveled throughout the country to spearhead peasant campaigns against imperialism and feudalism, making significant contributions to the Chinese revolution.

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