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Guangzhou
Travel Guide

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

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥23,099 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)
Thank You Very Much

"Thank you very much. Special thanks to Nancy Ou Yang for her warm welcome, Kent Li and the entire Concierge team, and, really, everyone for their professionalism, warmth, and kindness."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
4 out of 5
No 1 East Houjie Avenue, Dongguan, Guangdong
The price is ¥5,854 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in the heart of Dongguan, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dongguan Houjie Hospital, Haiyueyan Park, and Guangdong Modern International Exhibition ...

3.9/5Good! (96 reviews)

"Good size bedroom and lovely big bed. There was a good range of food at breakfast. It was disappointing that the swimming pool was out of order."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Harriway Garden Hotel Houjie
Conrad Guangzhou
Conrad Guangzhou
5 out of 5
No. 222 Xingmin Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,364 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Guangzhou Library and within 3 mi (5 km) of Taikoo Hui and Canton Tower. Flower City Square and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (148 reviews)

"Very new and very comfortable. Great location"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Conrad Guangzhou
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Vacation 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 ¥21,037 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 Nov 6, 2019

Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Residences
Ascott IFC Guangzhou
Ascott IFC Guangzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 5 Zhujiang Xi Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥16,334 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

This family-friendly Guangzhou aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Guangzhou Opera House, Guangdong Museum, and Flower City ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (106 reviews)

"property size was superb!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

Ascott IFC Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
Ascott Guangzhou
4 out of 5
No.73 Tianhedong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥13,323 per night from Mar 24 to Mar 25

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)
Not the best staff try hard

"The room stunk like smoke soon as we walked in. Nothing like the photo on Hotel.com. Warn down and old looking. One advantage not to be totally negative was the location was great. Besides a good shopping centre for all Mahony brands Oh don’t get the breakfast package you better off eating from the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Ascott Guangzhou
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