Guangzhou

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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)

Tianhe

Top hotels in Guangzhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Intercontinental Guangzhou Exhibition Center
Intercontinental Guangzhou Exhibition Center
4.5 out of 5
No. 828, Yuejiang Middle Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
SG$161
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Haizhu, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Canton Fair Complex, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Guangzhou Opera House and Xinghai Concert Hall. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)

"My room was massive, with a great view. The service is impeccable and it’s fairly close to the Canton Fair."…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov,2019

Intercontinental Guangzhou Exhibition Center
Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe
Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe
5 out of 5
No 215 Linhe Xi Heng Road Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong
SG$116
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of CITIC Plaza and Tianhe Stadium. Baiyun Mountain and Taikoo Hui are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (754 reviews)

"Very clean and very nice! Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec,2019

Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
SG$84
per night
Mar 25 - Mar 26

Located in Tianhe, this family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tianhe Stadium and CITIC Plaza. Taikoo Hui and Grandview Mall are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (162 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

Popular things to do 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 activities in Guangzhou

Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

72% of travellers recommend
SG$80
Per adult
The Ultimate Hong Kong & Macau Pass
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The Ultimate Hong Kong & Macau Pass

SG$159
Per adult
4-Day Hong Kong & Macau Island Adventure
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4-Day Hong Kong & Macau Island Adventure

SG$1,375
Per adult
Private Layover Tour to Hong Kong's Top Attractions
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Private Layover Tour to Hong Kong's Top Attractions

SG$246
Per adult
Private Standard Car: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
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Private Standard Car: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

100% of travellers recommend
SG$196
Per adult
Hong Kong Airport Express Travel Pass
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Hong Kong Airport Express Travel Pass

SG$16
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

Dec 7, 2019

I didn't leave the airport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 6, 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

Oct 20, 2019

Hard to travel for tourist, but great for business deals

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 4, 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

Sep 1, 2019

Should visit! Every things cheap..delicious foods.

4/5 - Good

PMC

Aug 15, 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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