Guangzhou travel guide

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You're Going to Love Guangzhou

Guangzhou, formerly Canton, is China's third-largest city after Shanghai and Beijing, and it's a must-see for the intrepid tourist. Sights and landmarks, natural parks, and great shopping are just some of its many attractions.

It's a great choice for history enthusiasts and art and culture lovers, and is one of the best gourmet destinations in the south of China. Guangzhou is the city that gave us dim sum, and it is home to traditional Yue or Cantonese food, one of the eight regional cuisines of China.

The city is a thriving center of commerce and trade thanks to its location on the Pearl River. Guangzhou is also a cultural hotbed that is known for monuments like the spectacular Canton Tower and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Shishi Cathedral), the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia.

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When to Visit Guangzhou

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Summer in Guangzhou can be very hot but the city is blessed with mild temperatures for the rest of the year. Visit in January for the Chinese New Year festivities or plan a spring or fall getaway for seasonal events like the Canton Fair (mid-April - May and mid-October - November) and pleasant weather conditions.

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How to Get to Guangzhou

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Where to Stay in Guangzhou

Guangzhou has hotels to suit all preferences. Try the Yuexiu Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu, or the Nan Yang Royal Hotel for family trips. You'll also find popular chains like Holiday Inn as well as luxurious hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, the Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou, and the Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Shop for clothing, accessories and electronics at the city's largest mall, Grandview Mall (Zhengjia Plaza) in the Tianhe district, or spend the day browsing the vast range of stores on Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street. For a more authentic experience, explore some of Guangzhou's bustling street markets such as Xiguan Antiques Market or Haiyin Shopping District.

Groceries and Other

Find fresh produce, seafood, meats, and dry goods at one of the large ParknShop stores that are dotted around the city, or try Jusco stores for fruit, vegetables, and Japanese foods. Other popular stores include Carrefour, Ole, and Taste. Milk is ¥14 per quart and a dozen large eggs cost ¥18.

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Where to Eat in Guangzhou

Try some of the best Cantonese food in the city at local favorite Bingsheng Pinwei (168 Tianhe E Road), or enjoy dining on dim sum and roasted dishes at Jiang by Chef Fei at the Mandarin Oriental (389 Tianhe E Road). Mei Xin Garden (Shilian Rd) is an affordable alternative, while Wuu's Hong Kong Cuisine (75 Tianhe Dong Road) serves basic Cantonese and Hong Kong dishes till late. You can expect to pay ¥43 for a simple lunch or from ¥330 for dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant.

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