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Guangzhou

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Guangzhou showing a high-rise building, a city 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

Guangzhou Lechang Vili Apartment
Guangzhou Lechang Vili Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Room 2521, Vili International Apartment, No. 167 Linhe West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
The price is CA $59 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Tianhe, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from CITIC Plaza and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Taikoo Hui. Tianhe Stadium and Grandview Mall are also within 2 ...
3.2/5 (6 reviews)
"Studio apartment with washing machine. Water and towels replaced daily. Good bathroom. Good value."

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2019

Guangzhou Lechang Vili Apartment
The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
5 out of 5
3 Xing An Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $183 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Guangzhou Library and within 3 mi (5 km) of Canton Tower and Taikoo Hui. Flower City Square and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (210 reviews)
"we had dinner at their award winning Italian restaurant and was fantastic."

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
The Westin Pazhou
The Westin Pazhou
5 out of 5
Area C, Canton Fair Complex, 681 Feng Pu Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is CA $135 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
This luxury hotel is located in Guangzhou (Haizhu), close to Canton Fair Complex, Pazhou Pagoda, and Redtory Art and Design Factory. Local attractions also include ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (234 reviews)
"The room is great, clean and comfortable. Except the staffs at lounge should be trained better."

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2019

The Westin Pazhou
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 Lechang Vili Apartment
Guangzhou Lechang Vili Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Room 2521, Vili International Apartment, No. 167 Linhe West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
The price is CA $59 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Tianhe, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from CITIC Plaza and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Taikoo Hui. Tianhe Stadium and Grandview Mall are also within 2 ...
3.2/5 (6 reviews)
"Studio apartment with washing machine. Water and towels replaced daily. Good bathroom. Good value."

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2019

Guangzhou Lechang Vili Apartment
Springdale Serviced Residence
Springdale Serviced Residence
4 out of 5
105 West Tiyu Road, Apt. B1, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is CA $93 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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! (170 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 Jan. 2, 2020

Springdale Serviced Residence
Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
4.5 out of 5
No 14 Zhujiang East Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is CA $394 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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! (10 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 Nov. 6, 2019

Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
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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