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Guangzhou
Travel Guide

Guangzhou showing a high rise building, modern architecture and a square or plaza

Discover modern architecture and enormous shopping centers amid old temples and beautiful parks in the ancient city of Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is an economic and commercial powerhouse, flourishing particularly in trade, finance and tourism. New skyscrapers are springing up, the streets are packed with shoppers and the good times are rolling for one of China’s largest cities.

Guangzhou is situated on the Pearl River in Southern China. From its founding during the Qin Dynasty (221–206 B.C.), the city has become an important hub for international trade. After substantial reforms in the 1970s, Guangzhou became an economic role model for the rest of the country.

One of the most visible signs of this city’s energy and modern attitude is Canton Tower. Make this colossal building one of your first stops. From its summit not only will you have an incredible bird’s-eye-view of the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to ride the world’s highest Ferris wheel in the form of the tower’s Bubble Tram.

Guangzhou may have its sights set on the future, but it has not severed its links with the past. Local heritage can be seen in the city’s temples, mosques, classical architecture, and traditional arts and crafts.

Discover more than 2,000 years of the city’s history with a visit to The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum. It houses the tomb of an ancient king and many of the relics that were buried along with him. Visit the lavishly decorated Chen Family Temple, which was once an ancestral shrine but now holds a museum dedicated to the area’s long tradition in arts and crafts.

Take in some of Guangzhou’s many modern attractions. Shop for bargains on Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and treat the family to a day out at the Chimelong Paradise theme park. For quieter moments surrounded by beauty, head for the hills, lakes and lawns of Yuexiu Park (Yuexiu Gongyuan).

Although Guangzhou still has a reputation for its air pollution, the city has done much in recent years to improve this. There are pollution controls and a vastly improved subway system. Guangzhou’s subway is actually one of the quickest and most efficient ways to get around, and it connects to most of the major attractions.

Where to stay in Guangzhou

Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
4 out of 5
No 1 East Houjie Avenue, Dongguan, Guangdong
The price is $54 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in the heart of Dongguan, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Wanda Plaza Dongguan and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dongguan Houjie Hospital and Haiyueyan Park. ...

3.9/5Good! (96 reviews)

"Good size bedroom and lovely big bed. There was a good range of food at breakfast. It was disappointing that the swimming pool was out of order."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel
Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel
5 out of 5
208 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is $100 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tianhe Stadium and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Taikoo Hui. Grandview Mall and CITIC Plaza are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (514 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean rooms with great views of Guangzhou, and a roof top pool."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is $244 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower and within 6 mi (10 km) of Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Yuexiu Park. Canton Fair ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)
Thank You Very Much

"Thank you very much. Special thanks to Nancy Ou Yang for her warm welcome, Kent Li and the entire Concierge team, and, really, everyone for their professionalism, warmth, and kindness."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pengman Beijing Rd Apartment
Pengman Beijing Rd Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Room 1724, 17th Floor, Jiedeng Building, No.70 Zhongshan 5th Rd, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is $67 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Located in Yuexiu, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, Huaisheng Mosque, and Liurong Temple. Zhenhai Tower and Guangxiao ...

4.4/5Excellent! (26 reviews)

"It was very close to shops and the metro station, which was good. The bathroom was also big. However, the hot water system was a bit irritating, having to wait thirty minutes."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Pengman Beijing Rd Apartment
Guangzhou Bvlgari Apartment
Guangzhou Bvlgari Apartment
2.5 out of 5
No 87 Kefeng Rd, Building C3, Room 1208, Luogang Wanda Plaza, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is $53 per night from May 1 to May 2

Located in Guangzhou Science City, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Grand World Scenic Park, Lingnan College, and Huangpu Park. South China ...

Guangzhou Bvlgari Apartment
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is $74 per night from May 4 to May 5

This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of CITIC Plaza and Tianhe Stadium. Taikoo Hui is 2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (168 reviews)

"This is my second stay with Springdale Serviced Residence. The apartment was big and clean. You feel like home staying here. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The only downsize is big bus cannot enter their car park to allow us to load and unload our luggage. But the concierge will help ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Springdale Serviced Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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