Pocket Guides: Guangzhou Panyu
Guangzhou, the vibrant capital of the Guangdong Province and the third largest city in China, is a thriving metropolis and a hub for finance, commerce and fabulous food. The Panyu District is the original old town and dates back to the Qin Dynasty, when it was Guangzhou's original name. The capital of the Nanyue Kingdom in 206 BC, it's now a lively waterfront district straddling the Pearl River Delta. It attracts visitors round from business executives to backpackers all year. Expedia offers a wide range of accommodation including cheap hotels, hostels and guesthouses to modern boutique properties and high-end or corporate places to stay.
Where to Stay near Panyu's Great Restaurants
Regarded as the home of Cantonese cuisine, Guangzhou holds eating and food in high regard. Seek out the city's famous dumplings in the Liwan District, known as the birthplace of dim sum, or try out one of the hundreds of bustling street food restaurants in Panxi. Or if you're feeling brave, why not dine on speciality snake and crocodile dishes at the legendary Fisherman's New Village restaurant, a sprawling venue renowned for its fantastic seafood.
Head to the Hills!
One of Panyu's most famous sights is the magnificent Lotus Mountain. Once an ancient stone quarry, the huge red cliffs and hidden caves are navigated by the flowing waters of the Lion River. At its peak stands the magnificent 400-year-old Lotus Tower temple, while the bronze and gold Statue of Guanyin is also well worth a photo opportunity. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a trip to Dafushan Forest Park. Hire bikes from the rental offices at the gates and explore its glorious woodlands on two wheels.
Panyu is a great base for all the family. Spend the day at Chimelong Paradise theme park, in the north of the district, a enjoy the thrills of numerous rollercoasters, a zoo and a popular circus.
Whether you're looking for a modern business hotel or family-friendly lodgings on the banks of the Pearl River Delta, Expedia offers a variety of Panyu accommodation catering for all budgets.