Guangzhou (广州; Gwóngjāu in Cantonese, Guǎngzhōu in Mandarin, traditional name: Canton) is the capital of Guangdong Province in southern China.

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Onelink Plaza

At first glance, this looks like a regular shopping mall but it is actually a wholesale market. Each shop usually carries specific products with many selections of varieties. You will find products such as arts and crafts, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, key chains, collectibles and gifts of all types. Many store and boutique owners from all over the world come here to buy their products. You will get the best prices if you buy in bulk (usually 20 or more). Most shop owners will not bargain unless you buy in bulk. However, if you only buy small quantities, the prices are usually cheaper than elsewhere. ''Not to be confused with Onelink Centre in Tianhe.''

Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain)

Is a great place to relax and enjoy a day among lush, rolling hills. It also offers great views over the city. The road to the top in most of the daytime is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way. It is a great place to see people enjoying nature and playing games, such as shuttlecock, badminton, football and even bungee jumping. There are many bus routes to and from different parts of the city, as well as taxis usually available near the park gate.

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Memorial of the Huangpu Military Academy

The original Military Academy was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen, with support from the Chinese Communist Party and the Soviet Union. The mission of the Academy was to create an officer corps for the new Chinese Republic. Many famous Chinese war heroes were trained here. The original site was destroyed by the Japanese in 1938. Two exhibition halls on the Campus of the Academy cover the History of the Academy with English translations. Unfortunately the other exhibition halls, such as Heroes of the Academy, do not have English translations. The site is far from the city center.

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Canton Tower

It was the tallest structure in China prior to the topping out of Shanghai Tower. It is 595.7 m height and it's now the third tallest tower and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. It has indoor public observatory at 449 m and outdoor observation deck at 488 m. In additions to the observation decks, the tower features various restaurants, a 4-D theater and other entertainment venues. There are also sixteen transparent passenger cars travelling on a track round the edge of the tower's roof, taking between 20 and 40 min to circumnavigate the rooftop.


Great place to hear atypical live music like reggae or classic rock. Bar has both an indoor section consisting of a dance floor and couches and an outdoor section with patio seating and recently-added new basement. Wide beer selection and bartenders measure all drinks out in plain view. Early on the bar is populated mostly by locals, however as the night progresses the bar quickly fills with expats. Patrons tend to be very friendly open to meeting new people. There is usually at least one English speaking bartender at each station.

Crown Plaza Guangzhou City Centre

Previously the Guangdong International Hotel (广东国际大酒店), this 63-storey building is now a Crown Plaza hotel under the Intercontinental Hotel Group. Rooms are adequately furnished and WiFi internet is provided for free. The hotel is conveniently located in the middle of the city, right next to the Guangdong TV Station (广东电视台) and nearby Taojin Metro Station (Line 5). The French consulate shares the same address. From the airport, there is an airport-express bus (Line 2A) that can bring you directly to the hotel for ¥19.

Yuexiu Park

The largest urban park in China and is a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes. It includes the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower (镇海楼) ''zhèn-hǎi-lóu'', now home to the '''[ Guangzhou Museum]''' with relics on five floors dating back 5,000 years ago and an up-to-date miniature of modern Guangzhou. ¥10. 9:00 - 11:30, 13:00 - 17:00. Also check out the '''Stone Statue of the Five Rams''' (五羊石像), the symbol of Guangzhou (See Understand).

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The Seattle chain has been in china for over 10 years, with more than 25 locations in Guangzhou alone. The benefit to many travelers is the free Wi-Fi. Popular locations include Taojin Road by the Guangzhou Friendship Store, Huanshi East Road in the Peace World Plaza, across the street from the Garden Hotel, and Shamian Island. Check their website for complete listing. Check out some local fusion items including a wide selection of Chinese tea, Green Tea Tiramisu and Shredded Ginger Pork Panini.

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Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain)

Features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed. From Guangzhou, take Metro line 4 and exchange bus at Shiji Station. There are ferry services from Guangzhou at Tianzi Pier (天字码头)(¥20) and Xidi Pier (西堤码头)(¥25). The boat leaves at 8:15AM and returns at 3:15PM.

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Qingping Market

Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.

Bosphorus Turkish Restaurants

There are two location in GZ. Bosphorus Premium Located in ex Tang Club , and Bosphours Xiaobei located in Zhaoqing Building , it has delicious and halal foods. The third location in Yiwu city . The Bosphorus premium has two floor, having lunch and dinner at 2. floor, smoke and coffee at 3. floor. The portions are large, price are acceptable according to food quality. This is a favorite for eating doner (one of famous Turkish food) and kebabs especially Iskender.

Former Residence of Hong Xiuquan

The former home of the quasi-Christian leader of the Taiping Rebellion that resulted in the death of about 20 million people during the late Qing dynasty. Shortly after failing the imperial examinations on multiple occasions, Hong Xiuquan became delusional and claimed to have received visions in his dreams that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ destined to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and establish the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in Nanjing as its capital.

Garden Hotel

The hotel has standard hotel rooms as well as apartments and offices for rent. Deluxe rooms are clean but basic; elite rooms are newly renovated and attractive. The Carousel Restaurant offers excellent dinner buffet with panoramic views of Guangzhou on the top level. The hotel also has various Shops, HSBC and Bank of China branches and a bus station serving express buses to the Guangzhou airport, the Hong Kong airport and nearby cities such as Zhuhai.

Mandarin House Guangzhou School

Former winner and multiple nominee of STM’s ‘Star Award’ in the World Language Provider Category. Has language centres in Shanghai and Beijing and is quality accredited by IALC. Mandarin House Guangzhou school offers the same curriculum, courses and level of teaching quality in all their schools. From effective Intensive & Business Courses to Private Tutoring, HSK Preparation and Juniors Programs, assuring there is a course best suited to each level.

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True Colors

Club has dozens of tables on the floor for groups to drink and play local dice games. The DJ booth overlooks the floor and between it and the massive windows runs a strip that can rise up for live performances and for models to runway walk. There's a dance floor that's maybe 25 square meters where locals and expats dance. DJs come from all over the world and play their own mix of house occasionally punctuated with hip-hop.

DRINK   —  276 Yanjiang Zhong Lu

Guangdong Youth Hostel

This place offers around 15 dorm beds. There is a lounge, which is a small spare room with free access to computers and internet, TV, microwave oven and refrigerator until midnight. Wi-Fi is available and basic English is spoken. Despite excellent location, the place is an ordinary Chinese hotel, rather than a hostel that provides a socializing environment. Only foreign passport holders are accepted in the dorm.

Xiaozhou Village

The village is a short taxi ride from University City. Some travelers describe this district as full of historical buildings, fruit orchards and canals and relate that, in recent years, this has become artists' haven. Others report that recent development has obliterated all traces of the village and that the district is a typical industrial suburb adjoining a huge field used as an outdoor latrine.

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Yuanxuan Taoist Temple

It includes three Taoist buildings in one complex: Sanqing Hall, Taihe Hall and Yuanchen Hall. Sanqing Hall is the most architecturally important of the three structures, while Yuanxuan Taoist Temple has carvings of divine beings. The central hall is covered by yellow glazed tiles and decorated with the bright images of Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing, the three authoritative deities in Taoism.

Xiao Bei / Siu Bak

Likely Guangzhou's most diverse neighborhood, with banners here written in at least 4 languages: Chinese, English, French and Arabic. You'll find delicious Middle Eastern restaurants before you meander into side streets full of Africans. Even the Chinese salespeople here have thick African accent when they speak English. You may feel like you're in Africa, but this is Guangzhou.

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Club NaNa

Packs a variety of music, well-known throughout Guangzhou for its wild parties, including a singles lock and key party, a secret costume party, and live hip-hop shows. The owners may be seen handing out free drinks. Beware of the tequila shots. Begins as a largely Chinese club but around 11:30PM, the shaking switches from dice to dancing and it becomes a mix of East and West.

Huadu Square

A park-cum-recreation square located in the north part the city and near the government office buildings of Huadu District (花都区). The square incorporates, among other attractions, an outdoor theater, large fountain, outdoor dance area and statues. There is a large grass area that is similar to a Western style meadow and a subtropical forest and ornamental flower beds.

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Shamian Island

The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is '''Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel,''' located at 14 Shamian Street. The architecture reflects the colonial era of 19th Century, and it has a unique atmosphere.

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Dragon Lake Princess Hotel

Designed and built in the style of a European town, the hotel is located in the Dragon Lake Resort. River Main in the village, It offers accommodation, dining, meeting, amusement, sports and leisure facilities. The hotel has bus route from and to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The facility is beautiful and relaxing, but it is 35 minutes away from the city center.

Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant

Hooley's is an Irish themed pub with a focus on live music performances (rock, pop, folk and jazz). Serves Irish, Italian and fusion dishes. Bakes its own bread. Music Friday to Saturday with open mic sessions on Wednesdays and Ladies Night on Thursdays. Hooley's has closed and will re-open in the Zhu Jiang New Town area in late December early January.

Aaishe Youth Hostel

40 till 60 yuan An apartment converted hostel, it has 20 beds, free wifi, a/c and 24-hour hot water. The area is residential and may not be easy to find. It is close to Guangzhou East Railway Station but located on the north side of Tianhe, which is away from tourist attractions. Expect 10 minute walk to the closest Linhexi metro station.

Xiguan Residence

See the traditional Cantonese architectures from the Qing Dynasty. These houses can be found in Duobao Road (多宝路), Baohua Road (宝华路), Longjin West Road (龙津西路) and Shangxiajiu Road (上下九路). One of the most famous ones is located at 18 Baoyuan North Street (宝源北街18号). They were occupied by the upper class in the old days.

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Guangzhou Riverside Youth Hostel

A waterfront hostel located on the south side (less developed) of the Pearl River. It takes a 15-20 minute walk to the metro station; also accessible by river ferry (until 10PM). Spacious common areas but limited kitchen facilities. Some rooms are not equipped with lockers and theft reports are frequently heard.

Tavern Sports Bar

Tavern Bar is an English-style pub serving appetizers, pub-grub and international food. Happy Hour from 4-8PM and all day Monday, Happy Hour pints from ¥20. Range of draught beers and cocktails. Shows live sports on big screen TVs. Pool tables and private rooms are available. Quiz night every Wednesday at 8:30.

Taotao Ju Restaurant

This is the oldest traditional dim sum restaurant in the city but nowadays, their food not up to standard as their chef left for high end restaurant in Hong Kong. Dim sum hours are still busy, so reservation is recommended. Specialty includes moon cakes and other traditional Cantonese pastries.

DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou

DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou is a modern hotel with 305 rooms near the Guangzhou CBD. It is located 31 km. away from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and features a ballroom, seven first-class meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace pool, five restaurants on-site, and a fitness center.

SLEEP   —  +86-20-2833 2888 —  391 Dongfeng Rd

Gipsy King Bar

Underground bar similar to the Cave. Many local "working" girls sashay around. There are individual dance performances at one corner of the bar, while group performances start on the main dance floor at 10PM. '''''AS OF NOV 2013, THE GIPSY KING BAR IS UNDER RENOVATION.'''''

Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located in the Indian ghetto in Guangzhou, near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served.

Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant

One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located in the Indian ghetto in Guangzhou, near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served.

Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant

Located near the White Swan hotel, Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant is an established American restaurant on Shamian Island. They serve everything from burgers to pasta to Tex-mex, and portions are large. This is a favorite for adoption families who stays on the island.

Guangzhou Journey House Youth Hostel

The apartment-converted hostel is more like a dorm for Chinese job-seekers and socializing activities are usually discouraged. The area is residential and may not be easy to find. Close to the Guangzhou East Railway Station but away from tourist attractions.

Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Temple)

As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng, trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date back to the mid-19th century.

Nanyang King's Gate Hotel

This is a 5-star hotel with 468 guest rooms, overlooking the beautiful Baiyun Mountain. Accommodation includes a bathroom with steam area and massage tub. Hotel facilities include and Western restaurants, lobby bar, conference hall, health club and KTV.

Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street

This is the main shopping thoroughfare, a pedestrian street where most stores are open from 9AM-10PM. Avoid individuals who solicit pirated DVDs and imitation goods. Don't follow anyone into the small dark alleys in between buildings to see their goods.

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Guangdong Museum

The new museum is located in Zhujiang New Town, not to be confused with the old Guangdong Museum near Metro 1 Peasant Movement Institute Station. This is the biggest museum in the city. It covers Guangzhou's history, culture, science and nature.

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Liurong Temple

The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years.

Gail's Place

The family owned restaurant has a huge western food menu with an accent on American and fusion style dishes. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, Gail's offers a fully cooked turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.

Sapphire Lounge

Located on the 4th floor of China Hotel, Sapphire Lounge serves an extensive selection of classic and contemporary martinis, cocktails, wines, liquor and more in a chic and upbeat atmosphere. Perfect for after-work drinks or a night out.

DRINK   —  +86 20 8666-6888 —  122 Liuhua Rd

Guangzhou Restaurant

This Cantonese family restaurant is famous for its signature dishes Wenchang Chicken and special baby pig. It has several branches in the city. Other locations include 20 Binjiang West Road (滨江西路20号) and 112 Tiyu East Road (体育东路112号).

Sleeping Wood Cafe

Restaurant pub next to the old Holiday Inn City Centre. Serves western food and all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Bottled Tsingtao beer for ¥30. Nice and quiet place to unwind, especially in the open area. 2nd location along Pearl River.

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Best-Way African Restaurant

This Nigerian restaurant serves cuisine cooked Igbo style (try the semo and egusi soup). It is a bit out of the way (down some narrow stairs and under a concrete overpass), but the ambiance is cozy inside with Nigerian music playing.

Guangdong Museum of Art

It focuses on contemporary Chinese art with particular emphasis on Guangdong artists. Personal ID is required to obtain free tickets at ticket office. Visitors are limited to 3,000 a day. Admission is required for special exhibits.

White Swan Hotel

On the banks of the Pearl River on the quiet Shamian Island, complimented by a charming park nearby where locals can be found doing tai chi. Surrounding the hotel are blocks of little shops run by locals willing to bargain.

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

This shopping area is also a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture Qilou(骑楼). It is particularly pretty at night when lights are lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Road's, but prepare to bargain.

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Royal Marina Plaza

Offers air-conditioned rooms all equipped with a private toilet and bath, satellite TV, safe, and refrigerator. Some of its amenities include Pattaya Spa Center, indoor pool, health club, boutique shops, and night club.

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Grand Hyatt Guangzhou

The 5-star hotel has 350 rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Pearl River. Amenities include walk-in shower, Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. Hyatt Grand Club lounge offers free continental breakfast and canapés.

Guangzhou Ocean World

It covers an area of 13,000 square meters and has more than 200 kinds of fish and many other rare ocean creatures. It is a high-tech exhibition hall serving sightseeing, entertainment, research and education purposes.

SEE   —  within Guangzhou Zoo

China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel

The 5-Star Luxury Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of central Guangzhou. It features 850 guestrooms, 8 Food and Beverage outlets, Executive Lounge and Shopping Arcade. An entrance to the Metro is just outside.

13 Factories

Menu has a heavy American Southern influence, with authentic gumbo, jambalaya, po' boys and pulled pork all on offer, but French, Spanish and Italian dishes are also served. It is a favor of both expats and locals.

Million Sunflower Garden

Sunflower Garden million theme park covers an area of 260,000 square meters, planting one million sunflower, become the first in the country house, all imported seeds (mainly Japan) ornamental sunflower park.

Asia International Hotel

One of a handful of hotels that feature separate bath and shower areas in a standard room. Internet access is free but slow. It also features Guangzhou's highest revolving restaurant on the top level.

Chen Clan Academy

This is very well preserved architecture from the 19th century. It used to belong to a wealthy family by the name of Chen and now houses many articles including ivory sculptures and artistic statues.

Pan Xi Restaurant

Located in the heart of the Old Guangzhou, this Cantonese Restaurant serves dim sum next to trickling streams and stunning architecture. Try one of their famous dumplings shaped like a rabbit's head.

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

Dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill.

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Once a can food factory, this old facility is transformed into galleries for contemporary artists. There are also restaurants and shops, which blend in well with the artistic surroundings.

Guangzhou University of Traditional Medicine

Chinese medicine and acupuncture (中医和针灸) is taught here, one of the main universities for traditional medicine in China and attracts many overseas students. It also has a branch in Zhuhai.

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The restaurant serves appetizers, Salads, Pizza and Pasta. Dine-in, take-out and catering are available. Free delivery within 2 km of the location. Check their website for other locations.

Chuan Guo Yan Yi

The restaurant specializes in Sichuan (Szechwan) hot pot. It is busy on Friday and Saturday nights. This high end restaurant is popular among expats and those who like hot and spicy food.

Fo World Sushishe

The restaurant is hidden in a small street, this place is especially crowded on the 1st and 15th of each month (lunar calendar). Part of the profits is given to the neighboring temple.

Tielu Tong Tong Hotel

A few blocks from the train station, the hotel is spacious but noisy. It is friendly to African travelers who are looking for lodging near Xiaobei and other wholesale trading markets.

Oh Marco Wine Cellar

Oh Marco is a retail wine chain shop. There you can drink a glass or buy a bottle of wine. It offers full range of wines, directly imported from France. Perfect for after-work drinks.

Cow and Bridge Thai Restaurant

This famous Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes. Ask for the more fiery version of your meal, if you're used to Thai cuisine, as the dishes are somewhat localized.

Friendship Store

It is one of the oldest department stores targeting foreigners in Guangzhou. You will also find its branches in Grandview Mall and Times Square on 28 Tianhe North Road (天河北路28号).

Bostan Hotel

The hotel has multifunction halls and meeting rooms for business or personal affairs, as well as KTV rooms, a beauty salon, and restaurants that serve Xinjiang Muslim cuisines.

Guangzhou Traditional Buildings

Are slowly disappearing due to the rapid growth in the city. Remaining buildings can be found near Yide Road, Renmin Nan Road and Zhongshan Road. They make great photo spots.

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Yuntai Garden

Situated at the foot of Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain and is famous for its wide variety of rare flowers and trees. There are also seasonal exhibits (additional admission).

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Cafe Veranda

This place serves a lavish international buffet and also has à la carte menu. All Western and Asian delights can be found here and the breakfast buffet is simply excellent.

Datong Restaurant

This time-honored restaurant spans all 8 floors of the old building, overlooking the Pearl River. The place has been around for a long time and is a favorite among locals.

Springdale Serviced Residence Guangzhou

The residence offers studio, one, two, or three-bedroom apartments that are furnished with a comfortable living and dining area, broadband Internet access, and a kitchen.

Wong Chun Loong Herbal Tea

The traditional herbal tea chain has over a dozen branches in the city, including 17 Wenchang South Road, 109 Huagui Road, 51 Dishifu Road, 504 Xihua Road, and many more.

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Guangzhou City Art Museum

This impressive gallery has more than 10,000 pieces of art work, including calligraphy, traditional Chinese paintings, sculptures and Tibetan Buddhist art (''Thangka'').

Donlord International Hotel

The hotel has 288 guest rooms. The Dragon & Phoenix Restaurant offers top-grade Cantonese and Chaozhou dishes while Four Seasons Café specializes in French style food.

Food Street Restaurant

Serving local and regional cuisine, this casual restaurant resembles the open Kitchens of Old Canton. Try their famous wonton noodles, dim sum and fisherman's Congee.

Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park

Day safaris and night safaris offered, mini jungle train, free ranging animals. From the Metro station there are scheduled free shuttles to all the Chimelong parks.

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Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park

This is a park that will set you in a poignant mood. The main attraction is the monument built to commemorate the 72 martyrs who died during the 1911 uprising.

Lingnan Impression

This is a place to see the city's past before the economic boom. The park is 15 minute walk from the subway station. Free shuttle is available on the weekend.

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Peasant Movement Institute

This is the original site of Communist training center founded by Mao Tse-tung in the 1920s. Now it is a museum covering recent China revolutionary history.

Guangdong Revolutions History Museum

Sun Yat-Sen was sworn in here in 1921 as the president of Republic of China. The museum tells stories from the Opium War to the founding of the new China.

The Cave

This is a favorite expat hangout. The resident DJ spins a wide range of music. The Cave features exotic dance performances, including live-python dances.

Taoist temple

Five fairy Taoist temple is located in Hui Fu Xi Lu of the center of Guangzhou. is the historical markers of that Guangzhou has been founded 2000 years.

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Four Seasons Restaurant

Classic Cantonese cuisine using fresh, quality ingredients. Renowned for its Roasted Suckling Pig and Peking Duck. Dim sum is serve during lunch hours.

Elephant and Castle

British style pub serving Kilkenny, Guinness and a variety of bottled and draft beers. Prices are reasonable for the area, especially during Happy Hour.

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Guangdong Victory Hotel

The hotel is located on Shamian Island. It consists of the East building and West building. It has very clean rooms and western-style buffet breakfast.

Hanfeng International Hotel

The hotel offers free broadband Internet with generously furnished rooms and conference suites. The hotel is currently closed for renovations.

Lian Xiang Lou

Founded in 1889, Lian Xiang Lou is known for its tasty dim sum and pastries. There are now more than 20 bakery stores throughout the city.

Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral

It is one of the oldest church structures in the city, and the largest of its kind of Southern China. It is currently in use for worship.

Tai Man Guan

This is located in the Tee Mall in Tianhe. The Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes with great curry and noodle dishes.


High class bar with dance floor. Variety of sparkling wine ensures you can live it up with standards. The DJs blast the hottest music.

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Hotel Canton

This was once a glorious hotel, but it is now a bit outdated. However, it is located just North of the Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street.

Nanyang Royal Hotel

5-star hotel offering 268 Victorian-inspired rooms with contemporary amenities. Leisure and dining facilities are also available.

Heihei Club

Good crowd, blend of locals and foreigners. Good music though a little pricy. It was reported that pickpocketing is rampant here.

Oggi Pizzeria

The European theme style cafe and bar serves great pizzas and traditional Italian home dishes with wine carte and draught beer.

Wenji Restaurant

As the place was established by the former chefs from Qingping Restaurant, they have the original Qingping Chicken on the menu.

BOCA Restaurant and Cafe

This place serves appetizer, Soup, Salad, Sandwiches, Rice Delights, Pastas and other Main Courses. Kids' meal is available.

China Plaza

This is another large shopping mall with brand name department stores, clothing stores, electronics stores and restaurants.

Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou

The hotel is close to Pazhou Trade Center where Canton Fair is held. Check their website for other locations in the chain.

Chimelong Water Park

This is a western style water park with great water rides. Warning for people over 1m90, rides are closed for tall people.

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K's Western Delights

They serve Western-style homemade kosher sandwiches, managed and prepared by Westerners. Delivery service is available.

Prime Steakhouse

This is one of Guangzhou's finest steakhouse serving Australian and Japanese prime cuts, seafood, pasta and desserts.


This high end restaurant opened its door in 2008. It serves traditional Indian food with vegetarian dishes available.

New Nansha Port

Serves boats traveling from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (75 min, twice daily, ¥165), Macau (80 min, twice daily, ¥180).

Buongiorno Italian Restaurant

The authentic Italian restaurant is Italian managed and prepared, serving pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes.

Binghua Hotel

The hotel is located at the gateway to Tianhe. Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant is on the ground floor.

Tekila Mexican Restaurant and Bar

This place serves authentic Mexican food. It has great Margaritas. Entertainment includes salsa dancing.

Dongyue Fashion Hotel

It offers clean and comfortable rooms that are furnished with all the essentials for a restful stay.

Lan Kwai Fong

This tourist friendly restaurant offers good curries and polite service on the quite Shamian Island.

Zhoutouzui Ferry Pier

There is a frequent ferry and hovercraft service from Hong Kong, Macau, and Haikou (Hainan Island).

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The Italian Restaurant

Despite the unimaginative name, this place offers good pizzas, pasta and beer. Buffet is available.

City Youth Hostel

Tiny single rooms and close to the train station but it does not provide the nicest environment.

Simple Love Tea Shop (十月红奶茶)

This is a Taiwanese style tea and coffee shop. There are about five other locations in the city.


This is a branch of the famous department store in Beijing, featuring mid to high-end products.

Guangzhou CrocoPark

You can see, play, touch, take pictures of crocodiles and even eat and buy stuff made of them!

Raystar Hotel

4-star hotel offers free broadband Internet apart from furnished rooms and conference suites.

La Seine Restaurant Franca

The upscale restaurant has an elegant French decor, overlooking the Pearl River skyline.


This is the only U.S. Consulate in China that processes adoption and immigration visas.

Haiyin Shopping District

Selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories and electronics.

Guangzhou Martyrs' Memorial Garden

This park is dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Is 28km north of Guangzhou and is the most convenient airport to get into the city.

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Tee Mall

This is one of the busiest and most popular shopping mall in the heart of the city.

Huifeng Apartment Guangzhou

Each of the 198 serviced apartments has a kitchens and free cable internet access.

Dashatou Pier

There are boats from other mainland cities, such as Xiamen, Shanghai, and Qingdao.

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Foo Yau Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

This place serves creative vegetarian dishes with dim sum served in the morning.

Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

This is a tomb for the king of ancient South China during the Western Han era.

Cultural Street

A good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.

Guangzhou Uprising Museum

The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building.

Banana Leaf

This is a established traditional Thai restaurant chain in Guangzhou.

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Oggi Trattoria

Come and enjoy their great pizza and pasta with choice Italian wine.

Lido Hotel

In the heart of central Guangzhou and Beijing Road Shopping Street.

Liuhua Congee House

Excellent dim sum and Cantonese porridge in beautiful surroundings.

People's Cakes & Coffee

Enjoy cakes and coffee at this Western coffee shop run by Koreans.

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Huaisheng Mosque

This is one of the oldest Muslim mosques in China, built in 627.

Binjiang Hostel

2 km (25 minute walk) away from the nearest metro station.

Hill Bar

Reasonable price for drinks and live band performances nightly.

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Household Merchandise Street

The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.

Oggi Restaurants

Oggi serves traditional Italian food in central Guangzhou.

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Sanyuan Temple

This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city.

SEE   —  Yingyuan Road

Baomo Garden

Rebuilt in the 1990s from a destroyed ancient garden.

SEE   —  Map

Mayflower Plaza

This is a place where young people hang out and shop.

Liwan Plaza

You will find a good selection of crystal there.

Chimelong Paradise

The theme park has many thrill rides and shows.

SEE   —  Map

Chimelong International Circus

The closest China gets to Cirque du Soleil.

SEE   —  Map

Baiyun Hotel

Member of Best Western hotel chain.

Hualin Temple

SEE   —  Map

About Guangzhou

At first sight, Guangzhou appears less as a city that is developing than one that is about to explode. Every corner seems to be packed with high-rise buildings, overpasses, and people running marathons. It can be overwhelming, and the initial instinct of many visitors is to leave as soon as possible. However, those that overcome this urge and stay around will discover a gentler and more personable side to the city. As a major entry point for overseas culture for many centuries, foreigners are not the anomaly here that they are in other Chinese cities. Consequently, travellers are afforded more personal space and freedom. In addition, tucked away in the back streets, the old Guangzhou of traditional neighbourhoods still moves at an age-old pace, with families and friends often sitting outdoors enjoying tea and banter. Guangzhou also has the largest urban park in China, an island of refurbished colonial buildings and some world class galleries and exhibition spaces. In addition, possibly due to the distance from the country's political centres, the citizens of Guangzhou have developed a laid-back and play-hard approach to life. Today, Guangzhou is recognized as one of China's most prosperous, liberal, and cosmopolitan cities. However, despite being an international trading hub, there is still a lack of English signs. Outside of the business districts and tourist areas, very few locals converse well in English. It is highly recommended to bring a phrasebook. Navigating Guangzhou without a phrasebook or understanding of the language will prove to be a difficult task. Guangzhou is often negatively referred to as the Los Angeles of China, thanks to its sprawl of highways, shopping malls, smog, traffic jams, diverse population and its comparatively high crime-rate. Despite claims of Guangzhou being a dangerous city, it is not dangerous at all, in comparison to any large western city.

Source: wikivoyage