Baiyun Mountain (Guangdong)

Baiyun Mountain, also known as White Cloud Mountain, is a mountain located a few miles to the north of Guangzhou, China, and which is at a height of 427m.[1]

Baiyun Mountain
Guangzhou BaiyunShan.jpg
Baiyun with Zhujiang New Town in the distance
Highest point
Elevation427 m (1,401 ft)
LocationGuangzhou, Guangdong, China
Baiyun Mountain
Entrance to the Baiyun Scenic Area
Simplified Chinese白云
Traditional Chinese白雲
JyutpingBaak6-wan4 Saan1
Cantonese YaleBaahkwàhn Sāan
Hanyu PinyinBáiyúnshān
PostalPakwan Mountain
Literal meaningWhite Cloud Mountain
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese云山
Traditional Chinese雲山
Cantonese YaleWàhnsāan
Hanyu PinyinYúnshān
Literal meaningCloudy Mountain


Báiyún is Mandarin Chinese for "White Clouds", derived from views of the mountain's peaks shrouded in mist during late Spring or after a rain.[2] Its former English name, Pakwan, is a form of the Cantonese pronunciation of the same name. In English, it is also known as White Cloud Mountain, Mount Baiyun, Baiyun Shan, or—since the "mountain" is, properly speaking, a "mountain range"—the "Baiyun Mountains".[citation needed]

Baiyun is informally known as the "City's Lung" (), from its greenery. It is also acclaimed as the "First Beauty in Guangzhou” (羊城第一)[2] or the “Most Famous Mountain South of Ling” (第一).[3] Moxing Peak, its highest point, is similarly sometimes called the “First Peak under the Southern Sky” (第一).[2]


Baiyun Mountain has been famed as a scenic spot since ancient times.[2] Its visitors predated the foundation of Panyu (now Guangzhou) in 214 BC, with various celebrities of the Warring States period (5th–3rd centuries BC) known to have traveled there. Its beauty was again celebrated during the 3rd–5th century Jin Dynasty and the 7th–9th century Tang.[4] Since the Song, various scenes at Baiyun have been named among the Eight Sights of Ram City, lists of Guangzhou's loveliest spots.[4][5][3] However, few of the historical sites have survived to the present day[2] and others—such as the view of Guangzhou's old walled city at dusk—have changed drastically as the city has expanded to and around the mountain.



The White Cloud Mountain minnow, now a popular aquarium fish worldwide, was discovered in this area in the 1930s.[6]


  1. ^ "White Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan)". Guangzhou. Michelin. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "白云山简介 [Brief Introduction to Baiyun Mountain]", Baiyuan Scenic Area, retrieved 7 July 2010. (in Chinese)
  3. ^ a b "新世纪羊城八景 [Ram City's Eight Sights in the New Century", Official site, Guangzhou Municipal People's Government, 10 June 2005, retrieved 7 July 2010. (in Chinese)
  4. ^ a b "白云山风景名胜区 [Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area]", Guangzhou News, 1 September 2008, retrieved 7 July 2010. (in Chinese) & (in English)
  5. ^ "历史上的羊城八景 [Ram City's Eight Sights in History]", Guangzhou Culture Bureau, retrieved 7 July 2010. (in Chinese)
  6. ^ "Rediscovering the Wild Population of White Cloud Mountain Minnows (Tanichthys albonubes)", Europe PMC, retrieved 12 March 2016.

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Coordinates: 23°11′12″N 113°17′41″E / 23.186642°N 113.294749°E / 23.186642; 113.294749