Welcome to Guangzhou [inc. Top Ten Things to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay]

 The capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou, is a vibrant city that is the beating heart of trade, not only in the province, or southern China, but perhaps even the whole of China itself. It’s home to the country’s number one trade fair, the Canton Fair, and has throughout history been a major domestic and global exporting hub.

More than just trade, the city is a booming metropolis featuring a modern transport system, modern shopping malls, pedestrian shopping streets along with wholesale markets, nightlife, and some of the finest food experiences that are there to be had.

   

At the heart of the city is Cantonese culture which along with its own unique language it also lays claim to being holding of one the eight famous Chinese cuisines. Cantonese cuisine is a must try.

The city is also home to Chimelong Tourist Resort which contains Chimelong Safari Park, China’s largest amusement park Chimelong Paradise, and the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.

It’s also home to the second tallest building in China, and fourth tallest in the world being the visually impressive Canton Tower which also features the worlds second highest observation deck. It’s an observation deck with a difference as you get to travel in one of 16 glass cabins that follow a track around the very top of the building.

More attractions in GZ follow.

Top Ten Attractions

1. Bright Filial Piety Temple (光孝寺)
Address: No. 109 Guangxiao Road
How to get there: Take bus No. 4, 88, 186, 250 or 823 and get off at Ximenkou Station.
Admission: 5 yuan.
Hours: 6:30-17:00

2. Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family (Chen Clan Academy) (陈家祠)
Address: No. 34 Enlong Lane, Zhongshan 7th Road
How to get there: Take bus No. 85, 88, 104, 107, 109, 114, 128, 193, 204, 233, 250, 260, 268 or 286 and get off at Chen Clan Academy Station.
Admission: 20 yuan.
Hours: 8:30-17:30

3. Shamian Island (沙面)
Address: Liwan District, Guangzhou
How to get there: Take bus No. 9, 38, 105, 208, 219, 236, 270 or 556 and get off at Huangsha Wharf Station.

4. Yuexiu Park (越秀公园)
Address: Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
How to get there: Take bus No. 109, 110, 111, 201, 234, 269, 271, 278, 301, 543 or 550 and get off at Yuexiu Park Station.
Admission: Free
Hours: 6:00-21:00

5. Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum (南越王墓博物馆)
Address: No. 867 Jiefang North Road
How to get there: Take bus No. 203, 273, 552, 7, 543, 211, 29 or 7 and get off at Jiefang North Road Station.
Admission: 12 yuan.
Hours: 9:00-17:30

6. Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain) (白云山)
Address: White Cloud Mountain South Road
How to get there: Take bus No. 24, 199, 223, 36, 285 or 540 and get off at Yuntai Garden Station.
Admission: 5 yuan.

7. Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple) 六榕寺和花塔
Address: No.87 Liurong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Admission: 5 yuan.
Hours 09:00 – 17:20

8. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (上下九步行街)
Address: Liwan District, Guangzhou
How to get there: Take bus No. 38, 31, 103, 823 or 102 and get off at Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street Station

9. Former Site of Whampoa Military Academy (黄埔军校旧址)
Address: Changzhou Island, Huangpu District, Guangzhou
How to get there: Take bus No. 43 or 292 and get off at Xieshan Station.
Admission: 15 yuan.
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Monday)

10. Sacred Heart Cathedral (石室圣心大教堂)
Address: No. 56 Yide Road
How to get there: Take bus No.4, 8, 61, 82, 238 or 823 and get off at Yide Road Station.
Mass Times:
Weekday Daily: 6:45 AM (Cantonese)
Saturday: 6:45 AM (Cantonese), 4:30 PM (Korean), 7:30 PM (Mandarin)
Sunday: 6:30 AM (Cantonese), 8:30 AM (Cantonese), 10:30 AM (Mandarin), 3:30 PM (English)

 

Top Ten things to Eat in Guangzhou

I would not blame you if you went to Guangzhou just for the food. Plenty people do!

 

1. Dim Sum 点心
2. Double Skin Milk 双皮奶
3. Rice Rolls/Chang Fen 肠粉
4. Shrimp Wonton Noodles 鲜虾云吞面
5. Litchi Bay-Style Congee 荔湾艇仔粥
6. Pigs Feet and Ginger Stew 豬腳薑
7. Roasted Goose 烧鹅
8. Sliced Boiled Chicken 白切鸡
9. Lotus Root Soup 莲藕汤
10. Barbecued Pork 叉烧 

 

The top foodie areas include Beijing Road which is popular for street food and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street the same while also featuring some of the cities top Dim Sum restaurants.

Top restaurants for Dian Xin (Dim Sum) in Guangzhou include 

Guangzhou Restaurant – 2 Wenchang S Rd, Shangxiajiu, Liwan
Guang Dong Dao – 419 Huanshi South Road – Near Exit E of Qu Zhuang Subway 
Panxi Restaurant – 151 Longjin Xilu

 

Transport

Flights

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场, IATA: CAN) services domestic and numerous international routes and is a major airline hub in southern China. The airport is located 28 km (17 mi) north of central Guangzhou and is serviced by Metro Line 3.

The journey on Metro Line 3 to the central area (Tiyu Xilu Metro station) costs 12 CNY and takes around 50 minutes.

A taxi from the airport to the same area would cost around 120 CNY and also take around 50 minutes.

There is also an Airport Express shuttle services, Line 1 is the most popular taking you from the airport to Guangzhou Railway Station at a cost of 16 CNY and about 50 minutes.

 

Train 

Guangzhou has four train stations inc.

 The Guangzhou Railway Station offers fast intercity C type trains to Shenzhen and slower K and Z type trains to places such as Beijing, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Shaoguan, and Maoming.

 The East Station offers fast intercity C type trains to Shenzhen and slower K and Z type trains to places such as Meizhou, Shantou, Beijing, Harbin, Changchun, Xiamen, Chengdu.

 The South Station offers high speed rail travel via G and D type trains to places such as Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhuhai, Changsha, Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Taiyuan.

 The North Station offers high-speed trains G type trains to Wuhan, Changsha, Beijing, and slower K type trains to  Chongqing, Ganzhou, Hanzhong, Wenzhou, and Zhangjiajie.

 

Bus

The major long distance bus stations are

Provincial Bus Station – 145-149, Huanshi Xi Lu –  广州市环市西路145-149号

Guangzhou Passenger Station – 158, Huanshi Xi Lu, Yuexiu District –  广州市环市西路158号

Fangcun Bus Station – 251 Huadi Dadao – 广州市花地大道中51号 

Tianhe Bus Station – 633, Yanling Lu, Tianye  – 广州市燕岭路633号

Yuexiu South Bus – Yuexiu Nan Lu and Dongyuan Heng Lu, Yuexiu District – 越秀南汽车站

Guangyuan Bus Station – 283, Guangyuan Zhong Lu –  广园汽车客运站

 

For travel and sightseeing in Guangzhou, there are three tourist lines and three sightseeing lines, as per

Tourist Line 1
Zhongshan Balu  – the end of Liwan Lu  – Chen Clan Academy – Zhongshan Qi Lu – Ximenkou – Liurong Lu  – Sanyuangong – Yingyuan Lu  – Xiaobei Huaquan – Xiaobei – Luhu Park – White Cloud Immortals Temple  – Yuntai Garden
Hours: 08:00 – 19:00 every 30 minutes
Fare: CNY2

Tourist Line 2
Zhongshan Balu – the end of Liwan Lu  – Chen Clan Academy – Kangwang Zhong Lu  – Hualin Temple – Kangwang Nan Lu  – Nanfang Mansion – Aiqun Mansion – the end of Jinghai Lu – Wende South – Dongdi – Dashatou Dock – Yanjiang Dong Lu – Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital – Xinghai Musical Hall – Ersha East – Wuyang New Village – Nanfang Newspaper Office – Xinghuiyuan – Xiancun Lu North  – Tianhe Post Office – Tianhe
Hours: 06:00-22:00
Fare: CNY2 

Tourist Line 3
Zhongshan Balu– the foot of Pearl River Bridge – Nan’an Lu – Xichang Overpass – Xicun – Keshan – Provincial Maternity and Child Care Center – Guangyuan Zhong Lu  – Dajinzhong Lu – Keziling Arch – Cuiying Huating  – Guangzhou Gymnasium – Baiyun International Conference Center – the West Gate of the White Cloud Mountain Scenic Area – Guangzhou Foreign Language College – the end of Huangshi Dong Lu – Chentian Village – Yuanxiatian – Hongtao Stone Products Factory – Baiyun Animal Husbandry Company – Yongtai New Village – Yongtai Square – Yongtai Passenger Transport Terminal
Hours: 06:00-21:00
Fare: CNY2

Sightseeing Bus
The three lines are in service between 09:00 and 17:00 all the year round. Tickets are 50 CNY and offer unlimited use in 24 hours (hop on hop off).

City New Axis Line (Yellow Line)
Dashatou Dock – Ersha Island – Asian Games Park – TeeMall – Canton Tower – Canton Tower East – Sun Yat-sen University – Dashatou Dock

Ancient City Line (Red Line)
Dashatou Dock – Tianzi Dock – Beijing Road Pedestrian Street – Mt. Yuewang – Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall – Museum of Art – Yuntai Garden – Guangzhou Zoo – Huanghuagang Park – Martyrs’ Park – Dashatou Dock

Xiguan Style Line (Blue Line)
Beijing Road Pedestrian Street South – Beijing Road Pedestrian Street North – Guangxiao Temple – Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street – Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family – Litchi Bay – Shamian Island – Sacred Heart Cathedral – Haizhu Plaza – Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

 

Metro

Click for larger Guangzhou metro map

 

 

Top Ten Hotels in Guangzhou

1. The Garden Hotel Guangzhou 5-star hotel
2. Langham Place Guangzhou 5-star hotel
3. Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou 5-star hotel
4. Fraser Suites Guangzhou 5-star hotel
5. Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre 5-star 
6. Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich 5-star hotel
7. Marriott Guangzhou Tianhe 5-star hotel
8. Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou 5-star hotel
9. W Guangzhou 5-star hotel
10. Park Hyatt Guangzhou 5-star hotel

Guangzhou has no shortage of high-quality hotels and, barring trade fair dates when you need to book early, they offer great value for money. For your comfort and convenience, I recommend staying at four-star and up hotels. Also, See the Hotel reviews at GZ Shopper

 

Shopping in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is a shoppers paradise, featuring modern malls, street markets, and wholesale markets. For the top destinations and reviews see GZ Shopper

 

Guangzhou Top Attraction and Hotel Map

Center map
Traffic
Bicycling
Transit

 

 

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