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Guangzhou Travel Guide 1: Main Guangzhou Facts


Another Name: Canton; City of Flower
Location: located in South-central Guangdong Province
Population: 12.78 million
Guangzhou Overview: Guangzhou China is the largest and most flourishing industrial and foreign trade center in south China. A China Export Commodities Fair is held in Guangzhou in the spring and autumn every year. The Fair is a comprehensive multi - functional event of international importance. Guangzhou has a humid climate, and flowers bloom there all year round; hence its name as the City of Flowers.


Guangzhou Travel Guide 2: Guangzhou Culture


Language in Guangzhou

According to the official People's Daily newspaper, Cantonese is the first language for half of the 14 million residents of the provincial capital Guangzhou, while the other half speak mainly Mandarin. Other languages such as Hakka are spoken in significant numbers as well.


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Attractions in Guangzhou


1. Pearl River: Pearl River has a length of more than 2,000 kilometers and is the third longest river in China. Passing through such a prosperous city, the Pearl River, unlike other rivers displaying only natural beauty, boasts the type of scenery that only belongs to a modern urban area. When night falls, the Pearl River immediately starts to look more interesting.

2. White Cloud Mountain: From ancient times, White Cloud Mountain has been one of the most famous spots of natural beauty in Guangzhou, and it's still known as the First Spectacular Scene of Guangzhou.


3. Lotus Hill: It has the best preserved ancient quarry site, with a history of 2000 years in China. There is also the gold statute of the Goddess of Mercy, which is the biggest in the world. The Lotus Hill Tourist Resort displays a combination of ancient ruggedness and modern delicacy.

4. Shamian Island: Shamian, previous known as Zhongliusha or Shicuizhou, is an elliptic sandbar in the Liwan District of Guangzhou China. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese. Surrounded by water, Shamian is just like a giant ship mooring alongside the wharf.


5. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, situated on the southern slope of Yuexiu Hill, was a monument to Dr Sun Yat-sen, the forerunner of Chinese democratic revolution. The masterpiece of architecture history is created with a span of 71 meters without a pillar but significant outlooks and delicate interior designs.

6. Temple of Six Banyan Trees: Having a long history of about 1,400 years, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is one of the four best Buddhist temples in Guangzhou China and located on the Liurong Road (meaning the Six Banyan Trees Road). It has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad.


7. Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family: Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is also called Chen Clan Academy or Chen's Lineage Hall which was a place both for offering up sacrifices to ancestors and for study. Now it serves as Guangdong Museum of Folk Arts and Crafts to show the most characteristic Guangdong architecture.

8. South China Botanical Garden: South China Botanical Garden is located about 8 kilometers to the north of Guangzhou city and covers about 741 acres. It is the oldest and largest South Asian tropical botanical garden in China. It is also the botanical garden containing the most species in China, thus reputed as “Tropical and Sub-tropical Botanic Museum”.


9. Yuexiu Park: Yuexiu Park is the largest park in downtown Guangzhou China. Covering an area of 860,000 square meters, the park is made up of three artificial lakes and seven hills of Yuexiu Mountain. Yuexiu Park is a perfect combination of cultural relics and ecological tourism, reputed for its pretty water and hills as well as cultural relics.

10. Nansha Tianhou Palace: Nansha Tianhou Palace combines both the style of the Forbidden City in Beijing and the sublimity of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing. It is the largest palace compound of its category in the world. It is reputed as the 'First Tianhou Palace under Heaven' and the biggest Mazu Temple in southeastern Asia.


Food in Guangzhou  

Cantonese Cuisine
Guangzhou delicacies are the main representatives of Yue Cai (Cantonese Cuisine), which includes Guangzhou dishes, Chaozhou dishes and Dongjiang dishes and enjoys great popularity all over the country. Guangzhou cuisine uses a wide range of ingredients from the sky, the earth, and the water. They also use seasonings sparingly. Compared with other Chinese cuisines, Guangzhou dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food. The most famous dishes of Guangzhou cuisine are Roast Suckling Pig (Kao Ru Zhu), Dragon Fighting against the Tiger (Long Hu Dou), Taiye Chicken (Taiye Ji) and Stewed Wild Dog Meat.


Cantonese Dim Sum
Shuang Pi Nai (Double-Skin Milk): Nanxin Shuang Pi Nai is the specialty of Nanxin Milk Store on the Xia Jiu Lu. Simmered milk has a frozen cover made of the mixture of egg white and milk, Hence the name Double-Skin Milk.

Jidi Zhou (Jidi Porridge): Jidi Zhou served in the Wuzhan Ji Restaurant is the most famous of all. It has been a noted snack bar since the early 1900s.


Yuntun Mian (Wonton Noodle): Go to Shangxia Jiu Lu, Xihua Lu and Renmin Lu. You will find many eateries that serve Wonton Noodles. Cantonese like to have the delicious Yuntun Miao for breakfast.

Chang Fen (Steamed Vermicelli Roll): This featured snack is popular among local people. It is now a must-serve in nearly all teahouses and night markets.


Guiling Gao: Being afraid of suffering from excessive internal heat, Cantonese love to have Guiling Gao. That is a kind of brown jelly that holds the shape of the vessel. It is said the Guiling Gao can clear internal heat. The bitterer, the better.

Herbal Tea-Drinking: Herbal Tea-Drinking is a longtime habit for Guangzhou people. Herbal tea can eliminate summer heat from the human body and cure the sore throats caused by winter dryness. Wang Laoji Herbal Tea is the most famous tea in Guangzhou.


Gongfu Tea: Cantonese drink Gongfu Tea for enjoyment in their leisure time. It was popular in the Chaozhou and Shantou areas, and now has spread in Guangzhou. Serving Guangfu Tea requires strict attention to the teapot, tea leaves, the water quality and even how to make the tea, how to pour and how to drink the tea.

Shopping in Guangzhou


What to Buy in Guangzhou China


1. Canton Sculpture: Canton Sculpture includes Canton Ivory Carvings, Jade Sculpture, Wood Sculpture and Olive Sculpture.


2. Canton Enamel: Canton Enamel is short for Guangzhou Colorful Pottery. It has a history of over 300 years.


3. Canton Embroidery: Canton Embroidery, namely Yue Embroidery, is one of the Four Famous Chinese Embroideries together with Su Embroidery, Xiang Embroidery and Shu Embroidery.

4. Canton Bacon: Canton Bacon is the general designation of cured meat in the Guangzhou Area.


5. Wang Laoji Herbal Tea: Wang Laoji Herbal Tea is a kind of medicine that is healthy for the human body.

Where to Buy in Guangzhou China


Shangxia Jiu Lu & Teem Plaza
Just like the Wangfujing in Beijing, the Town God's Temple (Chenghuang Miao) in Shanghai and the Confucius Temple in Nanjing, Shangxia Jiu Lu is the most influential traditional commercial street in Guangzhou. It is located in the Liwan District of Xiguan, a prosperous traditional commercial district. Teem Plaza is the most famous department store. Here boutiques, shops selling fantastic goods and restaurants come together.


Hualin Jadeware Street & Wende Calligraphy and Painting Street
Located on Xia Jiu Lu, Hualin Jadeware Street is a street mainly dealing with retail, wholesale and jade and jewelry processing. Hundreds of jadeware stores are found here. Best-quality jades from Burma and Yunnan Province are made into jade bracelets, rings and other wares. Wende Calligraphy and Painting Street neighboring the Beijing Lu is known as “Guangzhou Gallery”. Stores selling works of calligraphy and craftworks line both sides of the road.


Yide Lu Seafood Market
Yide Lu Seafood Market is the home of famous dried seafood. You will find a wide variety such as shark's fin, oysters, abalone and cuttlefish... Shan Hai Cheng and Hai Zhong Bao are the most reputed seafood markets here.

Nightlife in Guangzhou


Yue Ju (Cantonese Opera)
Cantonese Opera is an opera style popular in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macau and wherever overseas Chinese are found in Southeast Asia. It is sung and read in Guangzhou dialect. The vocals rise and fall in ever changing cadences, and the melodies are harmonious and graceful. You can have a listen when you are in Guangzhou.

The Pearl River Night Cruise
The night scene viewed on the Pearl River is so enchanting that you must have a look. The best way is by boat. The trip will start from the Xidi Dock and end at the Guangzhou Bridge. There are more than thirty attractive areas along the bank. The schedules are 18:00 - 20:00, 20:00 - 21:30 and 20:30 - 22:30.


Bars & Pubs
Three famous bar streets: Binjiang Lu, Huanshi Lu and Bai'e Tan, are the best known in Guangzhou. Binjiang Lu Bar Street is by the bank of the Pearl River, and has lovely scenery. Huanshi Lu Bar Street is located in the city center of Guangzhou. However, the Bai'e Tan Bar Street, located at Changdi Lu on the bank of Bai'e Tan, is the most exotic.

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Best Time to Visit Guangzhou China


The best time to visit Guangzhou is early spring or late autumn, avoiding the scorching summer and typhoon season. Spring in Guangzhou is the time to see the kapok, the official flower of Guangzhou City, which comes into bloom in spring. And in autumn, as weather in Guangzhou is pleasantly cool and the sky is bright and clear, outdoor activities like visiting Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Memorial Hall and hunting down the fashion goods at this shopping paradise are recommended.

  Information on Guangzhou Transport

How to visit famous attractions in Guangzhou China


1. White Cloud Mountain
By Subway
Take Subway Line 3 and get off at Meihuayuan Station. Walk about 1,200 meters to the Plum Garden of White Cloud Mountain.  

By Bus
White Cloud Mountain South Gate (Yuntai Garden)
Take bus 24, 240, 285, Tourism Bus Line 3 and get off at Yuntai Garden Bus Station; or take bus 32, 46, 60, 127, 175, 179, 199, 223, 240, 241, 257, 298, 540, 543, 615, 841, 891 and get off at White Cloud Telpher (Baiyun Suodao) Station.
White Cloud Mountain West Gate
Take bus 36, 38, 76, 127, 223, 245, 265, 891 and get off at White Cloud Mountain West Gate (Baiyunshan Ximen) Station.


2. Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
By Subway
Take Guangzhou Subway Line 1 to Chenjiaci Station. Leave from Exit C to Chenjiaci Square or Exit D to the main entrance.


By Bus
Take 17, 85, 88, 104, 107, 109, 114, 128, 133, 181, 193, 204, 233, 250, 251, 260, 268, 286, Tourism Bus Line 1 or 2 and get off at Chenjiaci Station.

3. Lotus Hill
By Subway
Take subway line 4 to Shiqi station or Subway Line 3 to Shiqiao Station. Get on bus to Lotus Hill at the entrance of the subway station (CNY2/single). Walk about 5 minutes after you get off the bus and you will get to the gate of Lotus Hill.


By Bus
Take express busses to Lotus Hill from Guangzhou (CNY10, estimated journey time: 40mins).


4. Shamian Island
By Subway
Take Subway Line 1 to Huangsha station. Get out from Exit D and walk through an overpass to the bridge to Shamian Island.


By bus: Walk about 90m from Guangzhou Railway Station to Guangzhou Railway Station Bus Terminal, take bus no. 823 to City Hospital of Traditional Medicine, and then walk about 110m. Or take bus 9, 38, 105, 208, 219, 236, 270 or 556 to Huangsha Wharf Station. Then walk to Shamian Island in the south. 

5. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
By Subway
Take Guangzhou Subway Line 2 and get off at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station. Get out from Exit D and find the memorial hall.


By Bus
Take bus 27, 133, 185, 204, 209, 224, 229, 261, 276, 283, 284, 289 or 293 and get off at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station.

6. Temple of Six Banyan Trees
By Subway
Take Subway Line 1 or Subway Line 2 to Gongyuanqian Station and get out from Exit B. Walk five minutes to the temple.


By Bus
Take bus 12, 215 to Liurong Road Station or 74, 85, 88, 102, 104, 107, 193, 233, 250, 286 to Zhongshan Liulu Station.

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