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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Tour one of the largest Roman Catholic buildings in China, a Gothic-style cathedral built in the late 19th century.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral stands on the site of the original residence of the Viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces. That building was destroyed during the Second Opium War, and the land was eventually ceded to a group of French Catholics.

Covering a floor area of 29,600 square feet (2,750 square meters) and with an nave 89 feet (27 meters) high, this twin-spired Roman Catholic cathedral is one of the largest of its type in China and Southeast Asia. The massive towers reach a height of 194 feet ( 59 meters).

The granite structure was built entirely by hand, a process that took 25 years. So much granite went into the construction of the walls, pillars and arches that the building has also been known as Shishi Cathedral; shishi is the Mandarin term for stone.

Many people think this majestic place of worship was modeled on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, but its facade was actually based on the Basilica of St. Clotilde, also in Paris.

Start your visit by walking round the structure and observing the facades and their ornate details. Focus your camera on the gargoyles, the carved stone grotesque figures on the cathedral. See how their design, which is based on that developed in medieval Europe, has been influenced by Chinese styles.

Inside the cathedral, stop and marvel at the huge vaulted archways. Admire the colorful stained-glass windows, decorated with scenes from the Bible, and stop by some of the chapels to see the carvings on the wooden confessional boxes. Sit on one of the pews and spend a few minutes taking in the immense sights, such as the elaborate chandeliers.

Located in the old town on the north bank of the Pearl River, the Sacred Heart Cathedral is easily accessible by bus or metro. Masses are conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and English. Some of the services are often standing-room only.


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Guangzhou Yide Hotel
Guangzhou Yide Hotel

Guangzhou Yide Hotel

No. 177 Yide Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Guangzhou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Onelink Plaza and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Haizhu Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 9 minutes.

    The Garden Hotel Guangzhou ¥10,285
    The Garden Hotel Guangzhou

    The Garden Hotel Guangzhou

    368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, Guangdong
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Guangzhou hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Guangzhou Friendship Store and Yuexiu Park. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Haizhu Wholesale Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Taojin Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xiaobei Station is 14 minutes.

      Guangzhou Hongcheng Hotel
      Guangzhou Hongcheng Hotel

      Guangzhou Hongcheng Hotel

      No. 292 Da Ma Road, People's Street, Long Embankment, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Guangzhou, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onelink Plaza and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 8 minutes by foot and Haizhu Square Station is 9 minutes.

        Yingshang Hotel Haizhu Plaza ¥6,351
        Yingshang Hotel Haizhu Plaza

        Yingshang Hotel Haizhu Plaza

        No. 318 Dade Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Guangzhou, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of the Five Immortals and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Haizhu Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 14 minutes.

          Longshi Apartment Beijing Road
          Longshi Apartment Beijing Road

          Longshi Apartment Beijing Road

          No.151 South Jiefang Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Guangzhou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Temple of the Five Immortals, Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street and Yuexiu Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Haizhu Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 15 minutes.

            Shang Yuan Hotel Shang Xia Jiu Branch
            Shang Yuan Hotel Shang Xia Jiu Branch

            Shang Yuan Hotel Shang Xia Jiu Branch

            No. 203 Haizhu South Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Guangzhou, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street and Yuexiu Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Haizhu Square Station is 8 minutes by foot and The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 19 minutes.

              Waifiden Apartment Changdi Branch
              Waifiden Apartment Changdi Branch

              Waifiden Apartment Changdi Branch

              No.316 Long Beach Road, Private Finance Building, Guangzhou, Guangdong
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Guangzhou, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onelink Plaza and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Haizhu Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 10 minutes.

                Waifiden Apartment ZhongYong Branch
                Waifiden Apartment ZhongYong Branch

                Waifiden Apartment ZhongYong Branch

                No. 99 Changdi Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Guangzhou, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onelink Plaza and Haizhu Wholesale Market. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). The 2nd Worker's Cultural Palace Station is 7 minutes by foot and Haizhu Square Station is 10 minutes.