Zhenhai Tower (Guangzhou)

Zhenhai Tower
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning Sea-Guardian Building
Five-Story Pagoda
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning Five-Story Building
The Five-Story Pagoda in the 1890s
"Five-Storied Pagoda" redirects here. It should not be confused with five-storied pagodas generally or with the novel The Five-Storied Pagoda.

The Zhenhai Tower, also known as the Five-Storied Pagoda, is a tower in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. It is located in Yuexiu Park, in central Guangzhou. It now houses the Guangzhou Museum.


It was first built in 1380, at the beginning of the Ming dynasty, by the Yongjia Marquis Zhu Liangzu (朱亮祖). The tower is 92 feet (25 meters) in height, 102 feet (31 meters) in width and 52 feet (16 meters) in depth.[1]

By the time it was the highest building of Guangzhou when it was constructed. For a long period of time, it is the symbol of Guangzhou before the Wuyang Statue was built.

There is a folk rhyme around the residents about the pagoda, "肥仔個頭,大過五層樓,肥仔隻手,細過荷蘭豆" which literally means "Fat boy's head is even bigger than the five stories pagoda, fat boy's hands are even smaller than the snow peas." (Cantonese refers snow peas as Dutch bean as its first imported from Europe to Guangzhou.) The "fat boy" could be replaced by any person.

See also


  1. "Zhenhai Tower". ChinaTourGuide.Com. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
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Coordinates: 23°8′26.37″N 113°15′37.67″E / 23.1406583°N 113.2604639°E / 23.1406583; 113.2604639

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