Lianhua Peak (Lotus Peak) AAA Scenery Area (Upright Lotus Peak, one of Shantou's Eight Sights)
This national AAA tourist attraction is in Haimen Town, Chaoyang District. As the cracked granite in the mountain looks like lotus flowers, upright and graceful, it becomes a natural and cultural resort. As the legend goes, in 1278 A.D., towards the end of the Southern Song Dynasty, the royal family was forced to flee to the south as the Yuan Dynasty army moved in. When Wen Tianxiang rushed here to protect the Song Emperor, Emperor Gang had already left for Yamen in Xinhui. Wen Tianxiang climbed onto the Lotus Peak but did not find the Emperor's boat. In grief, he stamped his foot on the rock, which cracked into a lotus flower. To the northwest of the Lotus Peak, a Lianfeng Academy (Lotus Peak Academy) was built in 1594 to commemorate Wen Tianxiang and Zhang Lu'an (a scholar in the Southern Song Dynasty). In front of the Academy, a rock was carved with two words Zhong Nan (South End), which is said the work by Wen Tianxiang, meaning the last retreat to the south. Since the Song Dynasty, the Lotus Peak has been the place where men of letters pay their tribute to the virtuous people in history. Other resorts in the scenery area are the Wangfu Rock (Husband Waiting Rock), natural swimming beach and cliff inscriptions.
Source: Website of the Municipal Tourism Bureau