Why Guangzhou also named Five Sheep City?
Guangzhou is also named “five sheep” or “five sheep city”, the five stone sheep is one of the most famous marks of Guangzhou. There is a legendary story about this name.
It is said that during the reign of King Yi of Zhou, there were natural disaster for years in Guangzhou and people were living hard life. One day, five immortals rode on five sheep that holding six clusters of millet in mouth each and descended upon Chuting (ancient name of Guangzhou). They presented the millet to the local people and blessed the place free from famine. Then, the five immortals disappeared while the five sheep were attracted by the place so they turned into stone and protect this place since then.
Today, to express their gratitude, local people built the Five Immortals Taoist Temple with the legendary five stone sheep enshrined at the foot of the Poshan Mountain where the immortals and sheep visited in Guangzhou.
Also you can see five stone sheep in the Yuexiu Mountain Park in Guangzhou City.