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GuangzhouChina

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

Top hotels in Guangzhou

Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou
Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou
5 out of 5
1 Hui Zhan Dong Road, Hai Zhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is HK$948 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

This family-friendly Guangzhou hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pazhou Pagoda and Canton Fair Complex. Canton Tower is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (485 reviews)

"Definitely returning again as we like to stay in this hotel. The room we booked have a big living room and a separate toilet catering best for my father in law. The quality of food, the service and the environment of the executive lounge is one of the best we have stayed."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou
The Westin Guangzhou
The Westin Guangzhou
5 out of 5
The price is HK$718 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from CITIC Plaza and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Taikoo Hui. Tianhe Stadium and Grandview Mall are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (694 reviews)
one of the best hotels in GZ

"excellent service from staff. great amenities and location. always stay here"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

The Westin Guangzhou
Grand Mercure Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town
Grand Mercure Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town
4 out of 5
The price is HK$717 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Tianhe, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Flower City Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taikoo Hui and Canton Tower. Guangzhou Library and Guangzhou ...

4.3/5Excellent! (52 reviews)

"Rooms were clean and comfortable and there's a lounge for hotel guest with some light food and drinks. overall services from hotel staff were good. will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Grand Mercure Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town
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.

Holiday Rentals in Guangzhou

Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
4.5 out of 5
No 14 Zhujiang East Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is HK$1,525 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in Tianhe, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guangzhou Library and Guangzhou Opera House. Canton Tower and Canton Fair Complex are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
Great extended stay hotel

"This is a great extended stay hotel. Great kitchen and access to the hotel amenities is great. The service was nice and progressional"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
 Rosewood Residence Guangzhou
Rosewood Residence Guangzhou
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,652 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Tianhe, this luxury aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Guangzhou Library and within 3 miles (5 km) of Canton Tower and Taikoo Hui. Flower City Square ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"Modern high end serviced apartment in the heart of Guangzhou CBD. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in rosewood residence and will be back next time."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Rosewood Residence Guangzhou
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is HK$579 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of CITIC Plaza and Tianhe Stadium. Taikoo Hui is 2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (168 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
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.

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.