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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 is the country's largest commodity manufacturing city, so it is appropriate that China's largest commodities trade fair is held there.
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:
Whether seeing them from the outside or going inside, these two towers are big attractions for foreign visitors.
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).
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 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 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
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.
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.
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: