Guangzhou is one of China's top 10 most popular tourist areas according to TripAdvisor in 2016. The big export industry and rapid bullet trains to other regions in China draw hundreds of thousands of foreigners to the city each year. The business people and regular tourists enjoy the local tourist highlights such as Chimelong.
On your visit, you can find an interesting range of things to do, from some of the cheapest bargain shopping in China to some of China's best amusement and entertainment and skyscrapers and luxury malls. In some areas, the history has been well retained, notably on Shamian Island.
It is quite unusual to have some of the world's leading entertainment and amusements ranging from a big safari park to a world-class circus all in one big place. For its quality and diversity, this resort and amusement park and zoo might be unique in Asia. Most tourists consider the safari park and zoo the best in Asia, and they rank the circus entertainment as among the best in the world and the best in Asia.
Besides all these facilities, there is a golf practice center and a luxury hotel. Read more>>
Tourists like going to the top because it is the tallest structure in Guangzhou and the second tallest in China. At 600 meters including the antenna, it is 70 meters taller than the CTF Tower that is nearby. At night, it lights up the Pearl River and Zhujiang New Town area with its rainbow of lighting.
Other features include a 4D theater. Read more>>
This is Guangzhou's top 3 tourist attraction according to TripAdvisor. A foreign settlement was built on this island in the Pearl River in the 19th and early 20th centuries. You could enjoy strolling among old European buildings of different styles and big old trees. Some restaurants complement the area. Read more>>
The Chen Ancestral Shrine (陈家祠, Chén Jiā Cí) is also called the Chen Clan Academy. It has 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards that are connected in a symmetrical pattern. It was established by members of the large Chen Clan who were spread all over Guangzhou and in many countries around the world in the late 1800s. There is a folk museum called the Guangdong Folk Art Museum in it now. Read more>>
It is one of the biggest parks of Guangzhou City and has the statue of the Five Goats that is the city’s symbol. There are verdant trees, bamboo groves, and flower gardens. There are stepped paths up the hill. It is one of the top six highlights on TripAdvisor for 2016. See more about the park>>
The mountain range is full grandeur with majestic peaks and crisscrossed valleys. Travelers can appreciate the overall splendid landscape of Guangzhou and especially the beautiful jade-belt-like Pearl River at the top of the mountain. See more>>
Tourists like to see the city on a cruise. You can dine or just watch the scenery. It is China's third longest river. The Guangzhou section of the river is where Guangzhou's most scenic spots are located. See more>>
The most famous visitor highlight is the twice yearly Canton Fair that is China's biggest trade fair and one of the biggest in the world. It is held in April/May and October/November each year and attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.
The city's newest highlight is the world's 7th tallest tower, CTF Finance Center Tower, that is opening in 2016. The massive structure has restaurants and an observatory on top (the city's highest and the world's second highest), and a luxury mall at the bottom. It is next to another super tall building and mall called the IFC Tower in the new luxury shopping area of Tianhe District.
Guangzhou has its own version of the Qin imperial mausoleum in Xian, but this was much, much smaller and was the mausoleum of a king of the Nanyue Kingdom. The king ruled about the year 130 BC. A small but well constructed museum was built to hold the beautiful artifacts discovered inside. Read more>>
Guangzhou's advantageous location makes Hong Kong and Macau conveniently accessible. It is a great idea to extend your trip to experience some cultures that are different from other cities in Mainland China.