Guangzhou

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Guangzhou featuring modern architecture, a skyscraper and a city

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

The Westin Guangzhou
The Westin Guangzhou
5 out of 5
6 Lin He Zhong Road, Tian He District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$150 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of CITIC Plaza and Tianhe Stadium. Grandview Mall and Taikoo Hui are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (701 reviews)
"It was a comfortable stay but a bit subpar for Westin standards in relation to the facility."

Reviewed on 18 Apr,2021

The Westin Guangzhou
Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
5 out of 5
No 228 Tianhe Road Tianhe Dis, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$163 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Grandview Mall and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Canton Tower. Baiyun Mountain and Yuexiu Park are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (510 reviews)
Guangzhou Marriott 2 nites
"Buffet breakfast was good, checked in was quick, staffs were nice."

Reviewed on 20 Oct,2020

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$351 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Yuexiu Park. Canton ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (310 reviews)
Excellent stay.
"First class stay ~ excellent room and felt very COVID safe. The staff could not have done more and were very respectful. The breakfast could not be faulted."

Reviewed on 10 Feb,2021

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$120 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of CITIC Plaza and Tianhe Stadium. Grandview Mall and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (171 reviews)
"This is my second stay with Springdale Serviced Residence. The apartment was big and clean. You feel like home staying here. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The only downsize is big bus cannot enter their car park to allow us to load and unload our luggage. But the concierge will help ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2020

Springdale Serviced Residence
Ascott IFC Guangzhou
Ascott IFC Guangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 5 Zhujiang Xi Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$274 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Guangzhou Opera House, Guangdong Museum and Flower City ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (110 reviews)
"property size was superb!"

Reviewed on 11 Jan,2020

Ascott IFC Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
4 out of 5
No.73 Tianhedong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is S$193 per night from 27 Dec to 27 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Tianhe Stadium, Taikoo Hui and OneLink Walk. Canton ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (96 reviews)
Not the best staff try hard
"The room stunk like smoke soon as we walked in. Nothing like the photo on Hotel.com. Warn down and old looking. One advantage not to be totally negative was the location was great. Besides a good shopping centre for all Mahony brands Oh don’t get the breakfast package you better off eating from the ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2020

Ascott Guangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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