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Guangzhou
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Guangzhou showing a high rise building, modern architecture and a square or plaza

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

Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
3 out of 5
No.81 Baoyaun Road, Liwan, Guangzhou, Guangdong
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Located in Liwan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xiguan Dawu Theater and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Haizhu Wholesale ...
4/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
Enjoyed my stay!
"Room was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly. Will be back to stay here again"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

Lung Cong Mansion Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou
5 out of 5
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
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The price is ¥27,010 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (305 reviews)
Excellent stay.
"First class stay ~ excellent room and felt very COVID safe. The staff could not have done more and were very respectful. The breakfast could not be faulted."

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
5 out of 5
No 228 Tianhe Road Tianhe Dis, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,564 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Tianhe, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Grandview Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Baiyun Mountain and Canton Tower. Yuexiu Park and Beijing ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (505 reviews)
Guangzhou Marriott 2 nites
"Buffet breakfast was good, checked in was quick, staffs were nice."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe
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Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Room 1322, North Tower, No B1, Fortune Mansion, No.149 Xiwan Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥5,849 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Liwan, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Liuhua Exhibition Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yuexiu Park and Guangzhou Wanda Plaza. Global International ...
1/5 (1 review)
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Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Guangzhou Zicuidie Apartment
Serveyou International Apartment
Serveyou International Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Room 109, Building S3, Luogang Aoyuan Plaza, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Located in Guangzhou Science City, this aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Tianhe Park, and Redtory Art and Design Factory. Southern ...
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MUMU Hotel Apartment
MUMU Hotel Apartment
3 out of 5
Block B, Building 1, Haizhu District, Pazhou Commercial Plaza, Guangzhou, Guangdong
The price is ¥8,079 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Haizhu, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Pazhou Pagoda and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Canton Fair Complex. Redtory Art and Design Factory is 2.5 mi ...
3.8/5Good! (22 reviews)
Great and value stay
"Great living space, cleaned and owner responsive. Surrounding area is filled with shops and facing 2 big malls."

Reviewed on May 25, 2019

MUMU Hotel Apartment
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Reviews of Guangzhou

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 21, 2020

Good for business

5/5 - Excellent

JC

Dec 22, 2019

A modern city

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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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