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Late check in times are disconcerting at the end of a long journey. We travelled in December which is not peak season and the metro trains and other facilities are not as crowded.
Guangzhou’s roots go back centuries, but today the capital of Guangdong province is a modern, affluent metropolis with its finger firmly on the pulse. Expedia offers several chic design hotels in Guangzhou, offering a stylish base in this buzzing Chinese city.
Situated 75 miles from Hong Kong, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and a major hub for international finance and commerce. But it also has a thriving cultural scene – major attractions include the state-of-the-art Guangzhou Opera House and the Guangdong Museum, and there are smaller contemporary galleries dotted all over the city.
Experience a traditional Chinese opera at the Guangzhou Opera House near the banks of the Pearl River waterfront in Tianhe. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Dame Zaha Hadid and completed in 2003, its contoured exterior resembles two huge pebbles built on a granite-and-glass frame. The Opera House is best seen at night when the illuminated light and rush of opera-goers really brings the modern glass building to life.
Tianhe is also home to Guangzhou Museum, whose art collections range from ancient paintings to contemporary work, some of it by Guangzhou-based artists.
Looking for a definitive photo of Guangzhou? Take your camera to the 600-metre-high Canton Tower, one of the city’s most important landmarks. Its observation deck sits at 450m, offering sweeping views over Guangzhou. Get the perfect shot, then dine out in one of the tower's high-end revolving restaurants. For an even more impressive experience, visit at night when the tower illuminates the city's skyline with a colourful light show.
Guangzhou isn’t all about visual culture. Your Guangzhou design hotel is also a great base for discovering Cantonese cuisine. The city is one of the best places to sample it, and each neighbourhood proudly serves up local delights such as suckling pig, stewed snake and dim sum. The Tianhe District is best for sleek modern restaurants and chic bars, but for a more traditional experience visit the family-run establishments in Shipai Village.