Guangzhou City Guide

A holiday in Guangzhou takes you to a city with a history reaching back to the Qin dynasty of 221 BC when it grew as a trading point. Still today commerce is at the heart of Guangzhou. Twice yearly, hundreds of thousands of business people arrive for Asia’s largest trade expo, the Canton Fair at the Pazhou Complex.

Luxury Holiday Hotels in Guangzhou

Guangzhou has hotels to suit every holiday traveller and business visitor. Go for a top-notch relaxing five-star spa hotel with amazing views across the Zhujiang River or choose a luxury room in a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Tianhe. There are some truly exquisite places to stay at the top end of the market in Guangzhou, and each one will make your holiday perfect. Concierges are on hand to arrange opera tickets for the Guangzhou Opera House or a moonlit cruise on the Pearl River and dinner in the highest revolving restaurant in the city up the Guangzhou Tower.

Enjoy a Mid-Range Break in Guangzhou

In the three- and four-star range, you have hundreds of hotels to choose from, some with manicured gardens you can stroll through, others with well-equipped fitness centres for some hard-core training while you look out across the city. Some are near city parks where you can join the locals in morning Tai Chi under the trees with White Cloud Mountain as a backdrop.

Experience Guangzhou on a Budget

To get a really good sense of Guangzhou’s culture during your holiday, book a self-catering apartment hotel. Make every day of your holiday an adventure by shopping and cooking for yourself. Join locals for morning dim sum, visit do morning exercise in the parks, then find your way to a couple of the many Buddhist temples. Hualin Temple in Guangzhou’s oldest neighbourhood Xiguan has an incredible collection of 500 uniquely painted gold Buddhas.

For more tranquillity get to Yuexiu Park and a wander around Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall and learn about the local culture in the Guangzhou Museum in Zhenhai Tower overlooking the rest of the park.

Guangzhou’s Main Visitor Attractions

Head to the Shanxiajiu Pedestrian Street, a sprawling shopping district where you can pick up bargains galore. For a culture fix head to one of the best museums in China, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, home to the 2000-year old tomb of Zhao Mo. Or visit the Guangzhou Museum of Art for some of the region's finest examples of Cantonese art.

Family Holidays in Guangzhou

There's plenty for families, too. Take the kids to Chimelong Paradise, China's largest theme park, or the Chimelong Safari Park, where a set of rare panda triplets were born in 2014. For great views of the city, head to the Canton Tower, which has an observation deck offering magnificent views over the city and province.

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