Temple of the Five Immortals

While there is nothing at all visually arresting about this Taoist Temple, it might be worth visiting merely for the legend Five Immortals Templethat goes with it. This is the spot where in 9BC five immortals riding on the back of rams first landed, presenting the people with rice stalks so that they should never suffer famine again. The immortals returned to the sky while the goats remained and became stone. As the Five Immortals were to become the symbol of Guangzhou, it was fitting that this temple should be built to honor them in 1377. The most interesting building in the temple complex is the 17.5 meter high “First Tower of Lingnan”. You can climb the tower to check out a massive five-ton bronze bell, cast in 1378. On the east side of Temple of the Five Immortals, you can see some preserved footprints, said to be those of the Immortals themselves.

Admission: ¥10. Open: 9:00-17:00.

Directions: Take Exit B from Ximenkou subway station and turn right into Haizhu Zhong Lu. Walk straight until you reach Huifu Xi Lu, where you should turn left and keep walking straight until you reach the temple. It’s a 10-15 minute walk from the subway.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去五仙观, 谢谢。     (Please take me to the Temple of the Five Immortals. Thank you.)