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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. Taikoo Hui 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
Park Hyatt Guangzhou
Park Hyatt Guangzhou
5 out of 5
No. 16, Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$222 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Guangzhou Opera House and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower. Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
An excellent place to stay at

"Indescribable place. The lobby little bit dim."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec,2019

Park Hyatt Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
The price is SG$262 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yuexiu Park and Beijing Road Pedestrian Street. Canton ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (298 reviews)

"It is nice hotel,good service! Just the mattress is a little bit too soft for me."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan,2020

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Langham Place, Guangzhou
Langham Place, Guangzhou
4 out of 5
No.638 Xingang East Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$105 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Haizhu, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Canton Fair Complex and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Canton Tower. Redtory Art and Design Factory is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (854 reviews)

"Loading is quiet and convenient for city travels. I would recomend people going."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2020

Langham Place, Guangzhou

Holiday Rentals in Guangzhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$131 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Tianhe, this luxury aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Grandview Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taikoo Hui and Canton Tower. Tianhe Stadium and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (293 reviews)

"Stunning property; big windows overlooking the city; big rooms; friendly staff; good interior design; central location"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan,2020

Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
4.5 out of 5
No 14 Zhujiang East Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is SG$255 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

Located in Tianhe, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guangzhou Library and Guangzhou Opera House. Canton Tower and Canton Fair Complex are also ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Great extended stay hotel

"This is a great extended stay hotel. Great kitchen and access to the hotel amenities is great. The service was nice and progressional"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov,2019

Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
Ascott Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
4 out of 5
The price is SG$163 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Grandview Mall and Tianhe Stadium. Taikoo Hui ...

4.2/5Very Good! (95 reviews)

"Room was clean, and breakfast was great and has variety. Reception staff lacked greetings, and room air-conditioning was erratic."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2019

Ascott Guangzhou

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.

Yuexiu Park
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Yuexiu Park

4/5(8 reviews)

Relaxing moments, cultural landmarks and historic sites are all on offer at downtown Guangzhou’s largest urban park.

Baiyun Mountain
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Baiyun Mountain

4.5/5(2 reviews)

See the delicate shroud of mist encircling White Cloud Mountain from the city and explore its charming summit parklands on foot or via the scenic cable car.

Guangdong Folk Art Museum
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Guangdong Folk Art Museum

Enjoy the stunning architecture and sculptures of this ancestral temple, which once served as a place for study and is now a folk art museum.

Top things to do in Guangzhou

Private Standard Car: Guangzhou East Railway
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Private Standard Car: Guangzhou East Railway

SG$80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Standard Car: Guangzhou South Railway
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Private Standard Car: Guangzhou South Railway

SG$84
Per adult
Private Minivan: Guangzhou South Railway
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Private Minivan: Guangzhou South Railway

SG$110
Per adult
Private Minivan: Guangzhou East Railway
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Private Minivan: Guangzhou East Railway

SG$111
Per adult
The Ultimate Hong Kong & Macau Pass
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The Ultimate Hong Kong & Macau Pass

SG$158
Per adult
4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour
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4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour

SG$41
Per adult

Reviews of Guangzhou

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
18
5 - Excellent 26.865671641791046%
4 - Good
39
4 - Good 58.208955223880594%
3 - Okay
10
3 - Okay 14.925373134328359%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

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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