An enormous riverside metropolis, Guangzhou’s cosmopolitan style glistens across the Zhujiang River, reflecting ancestral landmarks, revered temples and sky-high 21st-century towers. Venture into this city and you’ll quickly learn Guangzhou is a multicultural destination with culinary flair and acclaimed shopping.
Things to do in Guangzhou
It’s impossible to miss the riverfront Canton Tower, which lights up in vibrant colours every night. This soaring building includes a 600-metre-high observation tower, the freefall Sky Drop ride, 4D cinema and the revolving Twist Mediterranean Restaurant. The futuristic Guangzhou Opera House is another modern architectural marvel but also hosts unforgettable live music and theatre events.
Are you interested in history? Step back in time at the ancient Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple originally built in 537AD that houses priceless Buddhist relics. Guangxiao Temple, renowned for its intricate statues and ancient Bodhi tree, is also located nearby. Wander up to the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King to learn more about the Han dynasty and visit the centuries-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo.
If you’re travelling as a family, make sure you include a visit to Chimelong Paradise, where you and the kids can enjoy action-packed roller coasters, water slides and kid-friendly rides in seven themed areas. Nestled on the riverbanks, Shamian island is home to European-style shops and cafes, as well as picturesque river views.
Got enough time for a day trip? Organise a journey out to the 382-metre-tall Baiyun Mountain, about 11 kilometres from the city centre. This mountain range comprises multiple historic structures, lush forests, lakes, a sightseeing cableway, golf course and the Luming Restaurant.
Getting around Guangzhou
Greater Guangzhou is a far-reaching area best navigated by using the city’s metro lines. You can also catch buses around the inner city or use the ferries to cruise along Zhujiang River. Taxis and Uber are also available for trips around the city.