Vote on for Guangzhou scenic spots
Guangzhou is looking more beautiful and prosperous with skyscrapers, wonderful scenic spots and refurbished historic buildings and attractions.
And an online vote for the top eight scenic spots has begun.
The poll has drawn interest from people from all walks of life, including government officials, office workers, students, retired folk and many others.
Voting was initially organised by the New Express Daily but very quickly many famous websites, including sina.com, souhu.com, qq.com, 163.com, ifeng.com and tianya.cn, joined in and opened voting zones of their own.
Everyone not only has an opportunity to vote for their favourite eight places, but can also propose new scenic spots.
This voting for Guangzhou's eight best scenic spots has a long history. The earliest such vote occurred during the Song dynasty.
The last vote was held in 2002. Guangzhou's eight favourite scenic spots were: Baiyun Mountain, the Pearl River, the Yuexiu Mountain, the waterfall at Guangzhou East Railway Station, the Chen Clan Academy, the Huanghuagang, the Guangdong Olympic Centre and Lotus Mountain.
But, for many people, those spots are no longer appropriate because the city has changed so much.
'Guangzhou is always changing, so the list of eight places of interest should change accordingly,' Chen Yang, well-known TV host, said. 'For example, Guangzhou East Railway Station's waterfall doesn't fit the bill because there are so many similar artificial waterfalls in the city now.'
Wendy Zhou, a white-collar worker in Tianhe, said: 'Many landmark buildings have been constructed, such as Guangzhou Tower, Guangzhou IFC, Haixinsha Square, Guangzhou Opera House, Flower City Square, Guangdong Museum etc. I think all of them could be considered scenic spots.' Journalism student Jiang Yanmei said: 'Maybe we could select 12 places, because there are so many spots that could represent Guangzhou.'
So far, Litchi Bay's canal, Guangzhou Tower and Yuexiu Mountain are among the top three.