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Guangzhou Travel Guide

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  • Chinese Name: 广州
  • Chinese Pinyin: Guǎngzhōu (/guang-zhou/
  • Location: South China
  • Population: 11,000,000
  • Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Tel Code: 020
  • Time Zone: (UTC+8)
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GuangzhouThe Guangzhou Pazhou International Exhibition Center is the Canton Fair's main venue.

Guangzhou (pop. 11M) is the largest city in the Pearl River Delta conurbation of 44 million. Its a leading commercial and industrial city. Business people by the hundreds of thousands attend the Canton Fair every year.

Many tourists enjoy new attractions and old museums/temples and a mild climate. A huge amusement park/zoo called Chimelong is now Mainland China's number 1 theme park.

Guangzhou Highlights

Visit the Canton Fair

Guangzhou is the country's largest commodity manufacturing city, so it is appropriate that China's largest commodities trade fair is held there. Read more about China's Biggest Trade Fairs.

Nearby Shenzhen and Dongguan compose the world's largest electronics manufacturing area, and area electronics companies are well represented.

Visit the Theme Parks

ChimelongChimelong Safari Park

The main theme park, Chimelong, is not quite world class like Hong Kong's Ocean Park and Disneyland, but it has still won high aclaim. It is actually a theme park cluster:

  • Safari Park is rated #1 for Things to Do in Guangzhou on Trip Advisor [2016]
  • Chimelong Circus in rated #3
  • The amusement park with thrill rides is rated #4
  • Chimelong Water Park is rated #21.

Visit the New Super-High Towers

Whether seeing them from the outside or going inside, these two towers are big attractions for foreign visitors. 

Canton TowerThe curvy Canton Tower keeps changing colors.

The Canton Tower (ranked #2 in TripAdvisor 2016, Asia's tallest tower) has a special observatory, and it is 70 meters taller than the new CTF Tower that is nearby and that is the world's 7th tallest building (2016).

Learn About Old Guangzhou

Museums and old architecture in Guangzhou include Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Chen Family Ancestral Temple, and the Temple of Six Banyan Trees.

Visit the City Parks

You might enjoy visiting Yuexiu Park. It is free and is the biggest park. The city parks are places for exercise and to see the local people and scenery. See more Top Things to Do in Guangzhou

Discover Guangzhou Outdoors

Walking and touring: Guangzhou isn't a good place to walk around in due to congested streets, traffic, and its layout with many dead ends, rivers, and canals that block the way. But here are a few nice walking routes travelers can follow and experience the real Guangzhou first hand. Read more

You may also be interested in Guangzhou Camping Places.

Guangzhou Shopping

Guangzhou has huge clothing markets, mainly for wholesale, but perhaps you can find a retail bargain. The best buys might be clothing, cosmetics, furniture, electrical appliance and digital products. Read more 

However, don't expect many advantages shopping for luxury products or high fashion. High tariffs makes Hong Kong better for that. See What Mainland Expats Want to Buy in Hong Kong in 2016.

Guangzhou Good Food and Restaurants

Cantonese Cuisine is one of China's Eight Most Famous Cusines, and you can find numerous Cantonese restaurants. Read more on Guangzhou Food.

Nightlife

jinfanghao Sightseeing/restaurant boats in the Pearl River.

Guangzhou provides interesting activities to do at night such as taking a night cruise on the Pearl River and enjoying a show of Cantonese opera. Bars and clubs are all over the city. Read more on Guangzhou Nightlife

Weather

Like Hong Kong, Guangzhou's weather is fairly mild, with plenty of rain and sunshine. The air quality is still rated better than Beijing's. See Guangzhou Weather.

Typhoons or tropical storms might strike in summer and autumn, but typhoons are rare. See China Typhoon Information.

Getting to Guangzhou

Guangzhou is now 72-hour-visa-free for transit via Baiyun Airport. This visa free travel permits you to travel around all of Guangdong Province including Shenzhen!

As well as the huge international airport, many tourists use the city's big bullet train stations for domestic travel. See more on Guangzhou Transport.

Touring Guangzhou Your Way

If you would like to explore Guangzhou and discover more about the area, it would be useful to have a professional English-speaking tour guide. We can help you with that and much more: