Guangzhou

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Guangzhou featuring a city, a square or plaza and modern architecture

Discover modern architecture and enormous shopping centers amid old temples and beautiful parks in the ancient city of Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is an economic and commercial powerhouse, flourishing particularly in trade, finance and tourism. New skyscrapers are springing up, the streets are packed with shoppers and the good times are rolling for one of China’s largest cities.

Guangzhou is situated on the Pearl River in Southern China. From its founding during the Qin Dynasty (221–206 B.C.), the city has become an important hub for international trade. After substantial reforms in the 1970s, Guangzhou became an economic role model for the rest of the country.

One of the most visible signs of this city’s energy and modern attitude is Canton Tower. Make this colossal building one of your first stops. From its summit not only will you have an incredible bird’s-eye-view of the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to ride the world’s highest Ferris wheel in the form of the tower’s Bubble Tram.

Guangzhou may have its sights set on the future, but it has not severed its links with the past. Local heritage can be seen in the city’s temples, mosques, classical architecture, and traditional arts and crafts.

Discover more than 2,000 years of the city’s history with a visit to The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum. It houses the tomb of an ancient king and many of the relics that were buried along with him. Visit the lavishly decorated Chen Family Temple, which was once an ancestral shrine but now holds a museum dedicated to the area’s long tradition in arts and crafts.

Take in some of Guangzhou’s many modern attractions. Shop for bargains on Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and treat the family to a day out at the Chimelong Paradise theme park. For quieter moments surrounded by beauty, head for the hills, lakes and lawns of Yuexiu Park (Yuexiu Gongyuan).

Although Guangzhou still has a reputation for its air pollution, the city has done much in recent years to improve this. There are pollution controls and a vastly improved subway system. Guangzhou’s subway is actually one of the quickest and most efficient ways to get around, and it connects to most of the major attractions.

Where to stay in Guangzhou

Buddy Hotel
Buddy Hotel
4 out of 5
236 Gaotang Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510663
The price is HK$560 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
"Hotel staffs are very friendly and welcoming. The double room is very clean and spacious, way beyond my expectation given the reasonable price. The buffet offers great food selection. I had a really nice stay here and will definitely come back."

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2019

Buddy Hotel
The Westin Guangzhou
The Westin Guangzhou
5 out of 5
6 Lin He Zhong Road, Tian He District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510000
The price is HK$641 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (707 reviews)
"It was a comfortable stay but a bit subpar for Westin standards in relation to the facility."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

The Westin Guangzhou
Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
No 189 Yingbin Avenue, Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510800
Fully refundable
The price is HK$844 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (317 reviews)
Best hotel near the Guangzhou Airport
"Great place and location for a great price"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510620
The price is HK$494 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free kids' club. Our guests praise the breakfast in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (173 reviews)
"This is my second stay with Springdale Serviced Residence. The apartment was big and clean. You feel like home staying here. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The only downsize is big bus cannot enter their car park to allow us to load and unload our luggage. But the concierge will help ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

Springdale Serviced Residence
Star Residence ICC Guangzhou
Star Residence ICC Guangzhou
3.5 out of 5
No. 239, Tianhebei Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is HK$580 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Tianhe Stadium and Taikoo ...
Star Residence ICC Guangzhou
Lavender Apartment -Wanda Branch
Lavender Apartment -Wanda Branch
3 out of 5
building B4-2517,Wanda Mall, Hanxi Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou, 511442
The price is HK$565 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Guangzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"All were good,especially location !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Lavender Apartment -Wanda Branch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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