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Guangzhou

Discover modern architecture and enormous shopping centres amid old temples and beautiful parks in the ancient city of Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is an economic and commercial powerhouse, flourishing particularly in trade, finance and tourism. New skyscrapers are springing up, the streets are packed with shoppers and the good times are rolling for one of China’s largest cities.

Guangzhou is situated on the Pearl River in Southern China. From its founding during the Qin Dynasty (221–206 B.C.), the city has become an important hub for international trade. After substantial reforms in the 1970s, Guangzhou became an economic role model for the rest of the country.

One of the most visible signs of this city’s energy and modern attitude is Canton Tower. Make this colossal building one of your first stops. From its summit not only will you have an incredible bird’s-eye-view of the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to ride the world’s highest Ferris wheel in the form of the tower’s Bubble Tram.

Guangzhou may have its sights set on the future, but it has not severed its links with the past. Local heritage can be seen in the city’s temples, mosques, classical architecture, and traditional arts and crafts.

Discover more than 2,000 years of the city’s history with a visit to The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum. It houses the tomb of an ancient king and many of the relics that were buried along with him. Visit the lavishly decorated Chen Family Temple, which was once an ancestral shrine but now holds a museum dedicated to the area’s long tradition in arts and crafts.

Take in some of Guangzhou’s many modern attractions. Shop for bargains on Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and treat the family to a day out at the Chimelong Paradise theme park. For quieter moments surrounded by beauty, head for the hills, lakes and lawns of Yuexiu Park (Yuexiu Gongyuan).

Although Guangzhou still has a reputation for its air pollution, the city has done much in recent years to improve this. There are pollution controls and a vastly improved subway system. Guangzhou’s subway is actually one of the quickest and most efficient ways to get around, and it connects to most of the major attractions.

Where to stay in Guangzhou

Tianhe

Tianhe

4/5Very Good!(27 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Tianhe. Guangzhou Library is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Gangding Station or Shipaiqiao Station to see more of Guangzhou.

Tianhe

Top hotels in Guangzhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Conrad Guangzhou
Conrad Guangzhou
5 out of 5
No. 222 Xingmin Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$190 per night

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Guangzhou Library and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Canton Tower. Flower City Square and Guangdong Museum are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (140 reviews)

"Great hotel, friendly and courteous staff, convenient location."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov,2019

Conrad Guangzhou
W Guangzhou
W Guangzhou
5 out of 5
26 Xian Cun Road, Pearl River New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$210 per night

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Guangzhou Library and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Canton Tower. Grandview Mall and Flower City Square are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (201 reviews)

"Good"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan,2020

W Guangzhou
Wanlong Apartment Xiangxue Branch
Wanlong Apartment Xiangxue Branch
3 out of 5
Room 1504, Building No.2, Yuefeng Center Huangpu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$41 per night

Situated in Guangzhou, this apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from East River and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lingnan College and Grand World Scenic Park. ...

1/5 (1 review)

"On the property website it listed a refrigerator as 1 of the amenities that we’d have. Upon arrival there was no fridge there. We inquired about it & were told we’d have 1 put in our room. We didn’t get it till our last night there. Also we asked the front desk person to waive our 1st night because ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Apr,2019

Wanlong Apartment Xiangxue Branch

Popular places to visit in Guangzhou

Chimelong Paradise
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Chimelong Paradise

3.5/5(7 reviews)

One of the largest theme parks in China offers a mixture of fast-paced fun and relaxation for all the family.

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
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Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Browse for shopping bargains and explore ancient sites at one of the oldest roads in Guangzhou.

Canton Tower
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Canton Tower

4/5(19 reviews)

Journey up one of the tallest buildings in the world, a steel and concrete television tower that rises high above the clouds.

Top things to do in Guangzhou

Guangzhou Day Trip from Hong Kong with Giant Panda Encounter
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Guangzhou Day Trip from Hong Kong with Giant Panda Encounter

SG$301
Per adult
Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou
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Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou

SG$535
Per adult
Guangzhou Private Guide for Tailor-Made Tour
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Guangzhou Private Guide for Tailor-Made Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$267
Per adult
5 Days Discovery Tour from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie
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5 Days Discovery Tour from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie

SG$2,543
Per adult
Moonlit Pearl River Cruise & Waterfront Stroll Evening Tour
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Moonlit Pearl River Cruise & Waterfront Stroll Evening Tour

SG$253
Per adult
Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner in Guangzhou
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Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner in Guangzhou

SG$133
Per adult

Reviews of Guangzhou

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 26.865671641791046%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 58.208955223880594%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.925373134328359%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

I didn't leave the airport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Vibrant, beautiful city especially at night! But boy is there driving system crazy out there! Guess it’s all part of the experience. Top tip: create translation cards of phrases and locations you want to go! MUST DO! Must visit: bubble tram

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Hard to travel for tourist, but great for business deals

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Do not take high heels shoes whatever time of year your visiting. And buy a good guide book because you are going to need it. Their is so much to do and see the metro system is excellant and usfull . If you are using taxi make sure they turn the mete

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Should visit! Every things cheap..delicious foods.

4/5 - Good

PMC

15 Aug 2019

Great food, lots of shopping centres, extremely hot and humid in August. Subway is cheap and easy to navigate but can be extremely busy.

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