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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

Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
3 out of 5
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Located in Liwan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xiguan Dawu Theater and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Haizhu Wholesale ...
4/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
Enjoyed my stay!
"Room was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly. Will be back to stay here again"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2018

Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,925 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Yuexiu Park. Canton ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (305 reviews)
Excellent stay.
"First class stay ~ excellent room and felt very COVID safe. The staff could not have done more and were very respectful. The breakfast could not be faulted."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

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Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
5 out of 5
The price is HK$824 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Grandview Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Baiyun Mountain and Canton Tower. Yuexiu Park and Beijing ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (505 reviews)
Guangzhou Marriott 2 nites
"Buffet breakfast was good, checked in was quick, staffs were nice."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
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.
Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Located in Liwan, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Liuhua Exhibition Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Yuexiu Park and Guangzhou Wanda Plaza. Global ...
1/5 (1 review)
"地方难找、然后酒店各方面都不行,与你们网站上的图片严重不同,我不知道为什么你们网站会提供那么差的酒店给顾客去选择。这是我住过最差的酒店,连个像样的前台都沒有。"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019

Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
Serveyou International Apartment
Serveyou International Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Located in Guangzhou Science City, this aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Tianhe Park and Redtory Art and Design Factory. Southern ...
Serveyou International Apartment
MUMU Hotel Apartment
MUMU Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Block B, Building 1, Haizhu District, Pazhou Commercial Plaza, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is HK$576 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Haizhu, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Pazhou Pagoda and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Canton Fair Complex. Redtory Art and Design Factory is 2.5 mi ...
3.8/5Good! (22 reviews)
Great and value stay
"Great living space, cleaned and owner responsive. Surrounding area is filled with shops and facing 2 big malls."

Reviewed on 25 May 2019

MUMU Hotel Apartment
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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Reviews of Guangzhou

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

I didn't leave the airport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Vibrant, beautiful city especially at night! But boy is there driving system crazy out there! Guess it’s all part of the experience. Top tip: create translation cards of phrases and locations you want to go! MUST DO! Must visit: bubble tram

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Oct 2019

Hard to travel for tourist, but great for business deals

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Do not take high heels shoes whatever time of year your visiting. And buy a good guide book because you are going to need it. Their is so much to do and see the metro system is excellant and usfull . If you are using taxi make sure they turn the mete

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep 2019

Should visit! Every things cheap..delicious foods.

4/5 - Good

PMC

15 Aug 2019

Great food, lots of shopping centres, extremely hot and humid in August. Subway is cheap and easy to navigate but can be extremely busy.