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Top Things to Do in Guangzhou

Since Qin dynasty, Guangzhou has long been a political, military, economic, and cultural center of southern China. When people are asked about the most prosperous area in China, they would blurt out the three representative first-tier cities without hesitation, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The three cities are to Chinese what New York is to Americans, or London to the British. Guangzhou is always a yearning destination for young generation to seek for new challenges and opportunities.
Guangzhou is a "Millennium Commercial Capital". Early in Qin and Han dynasty, it has been a bustling commercial area. When it came to Tang dynasty, it has developed into a crucial commercial port, set as the starting point of Maritime Silk Road. Nowadays, numerous remarkable commercial centers are flouring in the city, such as Beijing Road, Renmin Road, Up Down Nine Street, etc. Commercial activities are going on here vigorously. Meantime, these centers play an important role in citizens' daily leisure and entertainment activities. For instance, the 1,237-meter long Up Down Nine Pedestrian Street houses more than three hundred malls and stores; the daily flow reaches sixty thousand. The strong commercial atmosphere and special culture of architecture and cooking make it a best choice for the locals and travelers to go shopping and relax.
As one of the sparkling Chinese cuisine centers, the city gains a fairly high evaluation of "Best cuisine is in Guangzhou". Cantonese cuisine absorbs the essence of other distinguished Chinese cuisines as well as western cooking skills on the basis of excellent folk dishes from extensive local area. Retaining the taste of original ingredients as much as possible contributes to tender and fresh characteristics of Cantonese cuisine. In Guangzhou, there are a lot of time-honored restaurants of delectable Cantonese cuisine attracting foodies all over the world. Canton Morning Tea in Tao Tao Ju Jiu Jia is one of the representative Guangzhou food which you cannot miss.
Must-see Attractions
  • Ancestral Temple of Chen Family, the largest and best-preserved traditional temple of Lingnan style; the temple was funded by all members of the Chen Family within 72 counties; it is now used as Guangdong Folk Art Museum and houses the richest collection of carvings and iron engravings reflected rich Lingnan culture;
  • Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, one of the "top 80 museums in the world"; there are more than 1,000 relics excavated from the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King; the mausoleum is the largest and oldest tomb found in Lingnan area, and is the only one built by stones and decorated with colored murals; it is praised as "the light of Lingnan culture";
  • Shamian Island, an exotic area with strong European ambiance; the European landscape formed in the 19th century is well preserved; people on the island enjoys a serene and idle life that is totally different from fast pace of Guangzhou; bars and cafe houses along the luxuriant trees covered street are the most comfortable place to kill time for the whole afternoon.
Recommended Hotels in Guangzhou
The Garden Hotel
The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou
#19 of 2,850 Hotels in Guangzhou
No. 368, Huanshi Dong Road, Guangzhou
Hotel Management Group: LN Garden
Surroundings: Yuexiu Park (2km), Guangzhou Zoo (2km), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (2.1km), Central Plaza in Guangzhou (401m), Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street (2km)
Hotel Landmark Canton
Hotel Landmark Canton, Guangzhou
#108 of 2,850 Hotels in Guangzhou
No.8, Qiaoguang Road, Haizhu Square, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Hotel Management Group: GD CTS Landmark International Hotel Holding Ltd.
Surroundings: Cathedral of Sacred Heart of Jesus (800m), Tianzi Wharf(360m), Yuexiu Park (2.9km), Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (2.1km), Tianhecheng Department Store (949m), Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street (1.1km)
Recommended Restaurants in Guangzhou
Lei Garden
  • Famous Hong Kong catering enterprise
  • A top restaurant of Cantonese cuisines in Guangzhou
  • Featured with impeccable service
Location: Level 4, Yian Square, 33 Jiansheliumalu Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City
Special Dishes: Guangdong Soup, Braised Goose Web in Abalone Sauce, Chilled Mango Cream with Sago and Pomelo
Average cost per person: RMB277/USD36
Diandude Restaurant
  • Promoting cooking culture of Sai Gwan, essence of Cantonese cuisines
  • 24-hour service for tea
  • Combination of special dishes and new dishes
Location: No. 470, Huifu East Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou City
Special Dishes: Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Beef Balls with Dried Orange Peel
Average cost per person: CNY57/USD9
Panxi Restaurant
  • Special state-level restaurant with a time-honored brand
  • A garden restaurant in Lingnan landscape style
  • Featured with dim sum feast
Location: No. 151, Longjin West Road, Liwan District. Guangzhou City
Special Dishes: Morning Tea, Liwan Boat Porridge
Average cost per person: CNY67/USD10
Night Shows and Entertainment
Pearl River Night Cruise
Pearl River Night Cruise
Highlights: Breathtaking night scenery and numerous scenic spots along the river
Ticket Price: CNY58-98/USD10-16
Time: 18:00-23:00
Capacity: 28 - 600 seats (according to the cruise you choose)
Get there from The Garden Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.546 at Hualedasha Stop and get off at Dashatou Cruise Dock Stop. (7 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY21/USD3
Get there from Hotel Landmark Canton:
  • By bus: Take bus No.208 at Tianzi Dock Stop and get off at Dashatou Cruise Dock Stop. (3 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY11/USD2 (recommended)
White Swan Lake Bar Street (Bai E Tan Bar Street)
White Swan Lake Bar Street (Bai E Tan Bar Street)
Highlights: Bars of various styles and themes; a perfect destination for entertainment and relax
Ticket Price: free
Time: all day
Get there from The Garden Hotel:
  • By bus: Take traveling bus No.1 at Haizhu Square Stop and get off at Facun Suidaokou Stop. (4 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY38/USD6
Get there from Hotel Landmark Canton:
  • By bus: Take traveling bus No.1 at Haizhu Square Stop and get off at Facun Suidaokou Stop. (4 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY24/USD4
Guangzhou Cuisine Garden
Guangzhou Cuisine Garden
Highlights: abundant genuine local cuisines; a place for cuisine hunters
Ticket Price: free
Time: all day
Get there from The Garden Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line 5 at Taojin Stop and get off at Zhongshanbazhan Stop. (5 stops)
  • By bus: Take bus No.223 at Baiyun Hotel Stop and get off at Zhongshanbalu Stop. ( 11stops)
  • By taxi: CNY26/USD4
Get there from Hotel Landmark Canton:
  • By bus: Take traveling bus Line 2 at Haizhu Square Stop and get off at Shiluji Stop. (9 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY19/USD3
Local Market / Night Street
TEEMALL
TEEMALL
Gathering shopping, cuisines, entertainment and commerce, TEEMALL is reputed as "first shopping center in China". It created totally different consumption concept that lifted commercial business in Guangzhou to a new level. The daily flow of customers reaches 300,000. The maximum volume in record reaches 81,000.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: brand goods, clothing, and food
Get there from The Garden Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus b10 at The Garden Hotel Stop and get off at Sports Center Stop. (3 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY14/USD2
Get there from Hotel Landmark Canton:
  • By bus: Take bus No.190 at Taikang Road Stop and get off at Beijingnan Stop. (3 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY10/USD2
CITIC PLAZA
CITIC PLAZA
CITIC PLAZA is located in the most flourishing area of commerce and finance industry, Tianhe North Road. It consists of a building with eighty floors and a vice building with thirty-eight floors. The shopping center occupies six floors, each with a distinct theme. International famous brands are gathering in CITIC PLAZA.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: jewelry, fashion products, brand commodities.
Get there from The Garden Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.256 at The Garden Hotel Stop and get off at Linhezhonglu Stop. (6 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY17/USD3
Get there from Hotel Landmark Canton:
  • By bus: Take bus No.183 at Haizhu Square Stop and get off at Linhezhonglu Stop. (16 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY31/USD5

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