Pocket Guide: Guangzhou Haizhu
Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou is a buzzing metropolis famed for business, trade and transport, and is the third largest city in China. On the Pearl River Delta, some 75 miles north of Hong Kong, this bustling city use be a strategic port on the Maritime Silk Route thanks to its proximity to the South China Sea. The Haizhu District, once a heavy industrial area, is now known as having some of the most expensive waterfront real estate in the province. Expedia offers an excellent choice of accommodation in Guangzhou, from cheap hostels and guesthouses to luxury brand hotels.
Where to Stay in the Haizhu District
Business visitors to the Haizhu District will often head straight for the Pazhu Complex, a modern exhibition centre which hosts the Canton Fair each spring and autumn. As the largest trade fair in China, it attracts more than 22,000 exhibitors selling millions of products in fifty different trading categories.
Where to Shop for Bargains in Haizhu
Rumour has it you can get anything and everything in Guangzhou. Bargain hunters will love browsing the city's famous wholesale markets and bustling shopping streets around Haizhu Square and Yide Lu. You’ll find ten or so sprawling wholesale malls here, each covering thousands of square feet and selling everything from shoes and handbags to fake flowers and Christmas decorations. A firm favourite is the Highsun Binbin Plaza, a sprawling one-stop-shop selling more than 300 different fashion brands.
Escape the Bustling City
After a busy day shopping, sightseeing or in business meetings, take a stroll around the serene Haizhu Lake. Known as the green lung of the city, the park's attractive natural wetlands covers some 24 acres right in the heart of Guangzhou.
As the home of traditional Cantonese food, Guangzhou promises some excellent dining opportunities on your visit to China. Feast on roast belly pork, tender suckling pig and freshly steamed dim sum in the Haizhu District's many restaurants, ranging from fine dining to street food.
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