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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

Chimelong Paradise showing railway items and rides

Panyu

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

Get to know Panyu and its many features like its mountain views and parks. You might want to explore sights like Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park, and you can jump on the metro at Panyu Square Station or Shiqiao Station to get around the city.

Panyu
Tianhe

Tianhe

4/5Very Good!(153 area reviews)

Tianhe is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Taikoo Hui and Grandview Mall. See more of Guangzhou by jumping on the metro at Gangding Station or Shipaiqiao Station.

Tianhe
Yuexiu Park

Yuexiu

4/5Very Good!(126 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Yuexiu. Spend some time visiting top spots like Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and catch the metro at Taojin Station or Martyrs Park Station to see more of the area.

Yuexiu
Canton Tower showing night scenes, a high rise building and city views

Haizhu

4/5Very Good!(82 area reviews)

Haizhu is a destination travelers like for its spas, and you might hop aboard the metro at Datang Station or Chigang Station to explore sights like Canton Tower.

Haizhu
The very new, clean and modern Guangzhou airport. Early in the morning the pace was pretty empty. www.benhowe.co.nz

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Huadu

3.5/5Good!(35 area reviews)

Bars and shopping are highlights of Huadu. Make a stop by Huadu Pan'gu Temple or Ma'anshan Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Airport South Station to get around town.

Huadu
Baiyun Mountain

Baiyun

3.5/5Good!(24 area reviews)

The mountain views and coffeehouses are just a few things visitors like about Baiyun. Guangzhou Wanda Plaza and Baiyun Mountain are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Longgui Station or Renhe Station to get around the larger area.

Baiyun

Top Hotels in Guangzhou

Park Hyatt Guangzhou
Park Hyatt Guangzhou
5 out of 5
No. 16, Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥18,791 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Guangzhou Opera House and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Canton Tower. Canton Fair Complex and Museum of the ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
An excellent place to stay at

"Indescribable place. The lobby little bit dim."…"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

Park Hyatt Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥21,140 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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 Fair ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (301 reviews)
Four Seasons of Luxury & Style

"The hotel is impressive. I loved the check in on the 70th floor and the atrium was breathtaking. Overall the service was very good. Staff were attentive, helpful, and friendly. The room was very comfortable. However the layout was a bit odd in terms of the placement and location of items in the room. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Langham Place, Guangzhou
Langham Place, Guangzhou
4 out of 5
No.638 Xingang East Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥9,401 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Haizhu, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Canton Fair Complex and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Canton Tower. Pazhou Pagoda and Guangdong Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (854 reviews)

"Loading is quiet and convenient for city travels. I would recomend people going."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

Langham Place, Guangzhou
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.

Vacation Rentals in Guangzhou

Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No.28 Tiyu East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥13,643 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Tianhe, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grandview Mall and Taikoo Hui. Canton Tower is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Tianhe Sports Center ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (293 reviews)

"Stunning property; big windows overlooking the city; big rooms; friendly staff; good interior design; central location"…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Oakwood Premier 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 ¥19,965 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (6 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
Ascott Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
4 out of 5
No.73 Tianhedong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥12,645 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Tianhe Stadium and Grandview Mall. Taikoo Hui ...

4.2/5Very Good! (95 reviews)

"Room was clean, and breakfast was great and has variety. Reception staff lacked greetings, and room air-conditioning was erratic."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Ascott Guangzhou
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.

Popular places to visit in Guangzhou

Canton Fair Complex
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Canton Fair Complex

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Canton Fair Complex during your trip—a top convention center in Guangzhou. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in the area.

Chimelong Paradise
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Chimelong Paradise

4/5(37 reviews)

One of the largest theme parks in China offers a mixture of fast-paced fun and relaxation for all the family.

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
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Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

4/5(112 reviews)

Browse for shopping bargains and explore ancient sites at one of the oldest roads in Guangzhou.

Canton Tower
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Canton Tower

4.5/5(104 reviews)

Journey up one of the tallest buildings in the world, a steel and concrete television tower that rises high above the clouds.

Taikoo Hui
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Taikoo Hui

4.5/5(9 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Taikoo Hui, a favorite shopping spot in Guangzhou. Stroll along the area's riverfront or experience its lively festivals.

Yuexiu Park
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Yuexiu Park

4/5(78 reviews)

Relaxing moments, cultural landmarks and historic sites are all on offer at downtown Guangzhou’s largest urban park.

Top things to do in Guangzhou

Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou
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Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou

¥40,063
Per adult
2-Day Guilin Tour & Li River Cruise by Train from Guangzhou
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2-Day Guilin Tour & Li River Cruise by Train from Guangzhou

¥47,787
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou
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Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou

¥56,477
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Library Lounge by Aerotel (Guangzhou)
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Library Lounge by Aerotel (Guangzhou)

¥3,645
Per adult
Bruce Lee Ancestors’ House and Cantonese Folk Tour in Foshan
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Bruce Lee Ancestors’ House and Cantonese Folk Tour in Foshan

¥55,999
Per adult
One day Foshan Culture Tour
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One day Foshan Culture Tour

¥21,915
Per adult

Reviews of Guangzhou

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
164
5 - Excellent 45.17906336088154%
4 - Good
146
4 - Good 40.22038567493113%
3 - Okay
43
3 - Okay 11.845730027548209%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 1.3774104683195592%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 1.3774104683195592%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

Good for business

5/5 - Excellent

JC

Dec 22, 2019

A modern city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 21, 2019

I will definitely visit the hotel again whenever I'm in town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 19, 2019

Loved the area. Made friends!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

It’s a really nice city especially the area of the hotel but the construction made the stay kind of terrible

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

There are many close smaller cities around Guangzhou. If not mind to travel by public transportations, can see lot more and will enjoy.

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