Best things to do in Guangzhou
Find out more about those top places in Guangzhou
Also called Canton, the city of Guangzhou is a metropolis in People’s Republic of China located on the Pearl River. It is China’s third biggest city, behind Shanghai and Beijing with a population of over 12 million people.
One of the primary reasons why Guangzhou is so popular is because it is one of the top trading centers in an economic power house nation like China. The vibrant city has a proper mix of tourist attractions that would make every visit an enjoyable one.
The Canton tower is a multi-purpose observation tower located in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou and it is considered a national landmark. Completed in 2010, the building was one of the tallest buildings in the world till March 2011 but it remains the second tallest Tower in the World with a height of 604 meters. Designed by Dutch architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit, the tower is famous for being one of the main centers for the 2010 Asian Games even before it was fully completed. Its main attraction is its rooftop observatory.
This is one of the most famous places in the city, the Huacheng square also known as the Flower City Square is the largest square in Guangzhou with an area of 22 square miles. Opened in 2010 it is surrounded by many other landmarks such as the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library and Guangzhou Opera House. Underneath the square is an underground shopping center named the “Mall of the World”.
The Pearl River also known as the Canton River is the third largest river in China. With a length of about 1,234 miles (1,985.93 km), the River is a “combination” of three other rivers, the Dong River, The Bei River and The Xi River which are considered tributaries of the Pearl River because they share a common delta. The best thing to do on the Pearl River is to go for a boat cruise at night, it offers a scenic view of the city. While on the boat cruise you get to see other attraction as well as the Canton Tower and Haizhu Square.
Formerly known as the Chen Clan academy, this intriguing structure was built by the 72 Chen Clans to serve as a study hall for young members of the Chen clan who seek to prepare for the Imperial examinations. Established in 1994, the building consists of nine halls, six courtyards and nineteen buildings connected by corridors. Presently used as a Guadong Folk Art Museum, some of its attractions are rich art works of pottery, wood carving and stone carving.
As its name suggest, the park has been specially designed for tourists looking to maximize their visit to Guangzhou. It is one of the largest and most popular parks in China, known for having a plethora of activities. Its star attractions include the Chimelong Water Park, Chimelong Safari Park which is a zoological park featuring a diverse range of land animals, Chimelong Birds Park for mostly bird watchers and a theater that regularly features circus performances.