Guangzhou, a flourishing metropolis full of vigour, is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China. Famous worldwide for its delicious cuisines, shopping malls, endless skyscrapers and most especially foreign trade, Guangzhou (also known as Canton or Kwangchow), is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 1.2 million.
For modern travellers who have craved for a business and shopping trip all their lives, Guangzhou is just the perfect place to be. Being the centre of the Pearl River Delta, also dubbed as “the world’s factory”, Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys. To tourists, the city is really a ‘Shoppers’ Paradise’. It’s a place where you can find everything at a very competitive price, for foreigners and local Chinese alike. There are quite a number of wholesale markets in the city but if you are not up for wholesale, Guangzhou is also a retail centre! Shopping centres and streets provide loads of options at very attractive prices.
Guangzhou is being viewed as a “business” city worldwide, but what may interest you to know is that, this city is a perfect synonym to the world “beauty”. A visit to Canton Tower, which provides a bird’s view of the city, opens your heart to the world of travel while a cruise on the Pearl River, further opens your eyes to the fantasies of this city. And guess what! Water and very simple snacks are available on the cruise ship.
Guangzhou isolation from the rest of the China by its mountainous topography has exposed it to the outside world resulting to its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. With the nickname ‘Flower City’, thanks to its year-round warm weather which other parts of the country doesn’t have, it is very common to see homes decorated with flowers in Guangzhou and the sight of this is fascinating.
That’s not all, below are some breathtaking places to visit on your next trip to Guangzhou;
Yuexiu Park, the largest park in the city, gets its name from Yuexiu Mountain, which is located in this city.
Chimelong Water Park, the largest water park in the world.
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, famous for its exquisite craftsmanship including wood, stone, and brick carving, and metalwork using copper and iron.
But despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travellers can also come to Guangzhou to enjoy the very best of Chinese cuisines. Food is the centrepiece of life and the people of Guangzhou aren’t left out. In Guangzhou, one can grab the authentic taste of sweet & sour pork, wonton soup and dim-sum. Only few travellers can leave Guangzhou hungry.
As one of the first Chinese cities to be opened to the outside world, Guangzhou is definitely a pioneer in introducing fresh overseas trends in the field of entertainment. And it is easy to find a place to relax in such a big city.
If you’d like to improve your health, there are golf courses, tennis courts and bowling clubs. If you just want to relax, the Karaoke parlours and pubs are good choices. Or you can take a boat on the Zhujiang (Pearl River) to enjoy the charming night scenery of the city.
So there you have it, the city of Guangzhou located in southern China on the Pearl River about 120 kilometres northwest of Hong Kong is a dynamic metropolis waiting to be explored.