With a population of 13 million, Guangzhou in South Central China is a modern, vibrant metropolis perched on the banks of the Pearl River Delta. Situated 75 miles north of Hong Kong Harbour, the capital city of the Guangdong Province, formerly known as Canton, is China's third largest city and was a major port on the Maritime Silk Route.
Staying in Guangzhou
Now a gleaming, prosperous city with a firm focus on commerce and finance, it still attracts leisure visitors who enjoy exploring the Five Ram Statue in the Yuexiu Park, the 500 gold Buddhas in the Haulin Temple and White Cloud Mountain. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, use Expedia to narrow down Guangzhou’s three-, four- and five-star hotels until you find exactly what you’re looking for. Should you be looking for a more pocket-friendly trip, search the city’s many low to mid-range hostels and apartments.
To get your bearings in this sprawling city, take the lift to the top of the Canton Tower, an observation tower built for the 2010 Asian Games. Then back at street level, most convenient way to get around the city is by bus or subway, or for great views of the city take a water bus on the Pearl River. If you want to explore further afield, use the high-speed train network, for quick connections to Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau.
Where to Stay in Guangzhou
Guangzhou's ten main districts straddle the Pearl River Delta. Pazhou is home to China's largest trade fair, the China Import and Export Fair, better known as the Canton Fair, which brings an influx of international visitors to the city twice a year. Indulge in the city's retail therapy in the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, a large shopping area in the Liwan district.
As the home of Cantonese cuisine, eating is a big part of life here in Guangzhou. Seek out the famous dumplings found in the Liwan district, known as the birthplace of dim sum, or try out the hundreds of fragrant street-food restaurants in Panxi.
History and Culture in Guangzhou
Take time out of this bustling 24/7 city with a trip to the colonial enclave of Shamian Island, a picturesque sandbank with ornate gardens, 19th-century houses, and an imposing Roman Catholic church built by the French in 1892. Also visit the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, one of China's finest museums, which houses the 2000-year-old tomb of Zhao Mo, the second king of Nanyue.
Guangzhou for Everyone
There is something for everyone in Guangzhou. Art lovers will appreciate the Guangzhou Museum of Art, while kids will enjoy Chimelong Paradise, a sprawling family-friendly theme park. Take a hike up White Cloud Mountain for some of best views of the region or head out of the city to visit the South China Botanical Garden.
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