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Top things to do in Guangzhou

By Yuewei Yang

May 5

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is famous throughout China and the world for its cuisine and foreign trade.

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is famous throughout China and the world for its cuisine and foreign trade.

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is famous throughout China and the world for its cuisine and foreign trade. Besides its endless skyscrapers and shopping malls, there is also a lot of culture and history to experience. Why not start planing your Guangzhou trip?

1/7  Yuexiu Park  越秀公园

Yuexiu Park [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Yuexiu Park [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Yuexiu Park is the biggest sightseeing park of Guangzhou City, containing the statue of the five goats, the city’s symbol.

2/7  Chen Clan Academy  陈家祠

Chen Clan Academy [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Chen Clan Academy [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Finished in 1894, the Chen Clan Academy is an academic and spiritual temple in Guangzhou, built with money donated by the Chen family. It exemplifies traditional Chinese architectural style and has been well preserved.

3/7  Shamian Island 沙面

Shamian Island [Image Credit: cfp]
Shamian Island [Image Credit: cfp]
Shamian Island is an island in the city of Guangzhou that is dotted with various historical buildings. It is a good place to view European-style architecture, since the island served as an important port for foreign trade from the Song through the Qing Dynasties.

4/7  Night cruise on the Pearl River  珠江

Pearl River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Pearl River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The Pearl River is the third longest river in China. When evening falls, a blaze of neon lights reflects off the surface of the river, presenting visitors with a stunning night view. A cruise down the river rivals one through Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor (维多利亚港).

5/7  Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street  上下九步行街

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street in Guangzhou is one of the busiest commercial pedestrian streets in China. Lined with more than 300 shops, the 1,218-meter-long street is also a mixed showcase of architecture, cuisine and folk customs.

6/7  Watch Cantonese opera  粤剧

Cantonese opera [Image Credit: XinhuaGuangxi]
Cantonese opera [Image Credit: XinhuaGuangxi]
Cantonese opera is one of the major categories of Chinese opera, originating in southern China’s Cantonese culture. This traditional art form involves singing, acting, martial arts and acrobatics. Most of the plots are based on famous Chinese historical tales, classics and myths.

7/7  Enjoy Local Cuisine  粤菜

Dim Sum [Image Credit: dianping.com]
Dim Sum [Image Credit: dianping.com]
Guangzhou cuisine, also known as Cantonese cuisine, is one of the Eight Major Regional Cuisines in China, and it enjoys very high prestige. You would love to have breakfast at Lianxiang Lou (莲香楼), a famous restaurant for dim sum.

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