Guangzhou, China’s third-largest city after Shanghai and Beijing, is a prosperous metropolis that has played an important economic role for the country as a port city on the Pearl River for centuries. Today, it is still a thriving centre of commerce and trade. Similar to Beijing and Shanghai, Guangzhou is also a tourist favourite over the years because of the sheer number of colossal upscale malls for shopaholics and scenic spots for nature lovers. Here’s our Guangzhou travel guide, produced in collaboration with Singapore Airlines, to get you started.
Accommodations: W guangzhou
W Guangzhou is a property located on the banks of the iconic Pearl River. Thus, regardless of the property’s rooms or suites, the hotel is able to present phenomenal panoramas of the sea for their residents to relax to. Plus, dining options like I by Inagiku, a Japanese restaurant, and Yan You, which serves Cantonese dishes in a space with traditional furnishings, are among the available options for guests to dine at.
Address: 26 Xian Cun Road, Pearl River New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Accommodations: Langham place guangzhou
Langham Place Guangzhou has wowed its visitors thanks to its architecture. The grandiose structure is conveniently located just two minutes from Pazhou International Exhibition Centre. Its rooms sport contemporary designs decked out in opulent furniture, with equally luxurious bathrooms to boot. The property also has a sky bar serving a host of signature cocktails, making it the perfect spot to grab a drink and admire the skyline.
Address: 638 Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
Accommodations: DUSIT DEVARANA HOT SPRINGS AND SPA, CONGHUA
The entire Conghua property is focused on providing an excellent hot spring experience for its residents. As such, there are a whopping 23 different indoor and outdoor pools that offer various experiences. Residents will also find their rooms filled with modern Thai-inspired furnishings. Beyond that, The Cut Hu Xuan Chinese Restaurant and Devarana Bistro are some dining options available for residents to indulge in.
Address: 352 Yuquan Avenue, Liangkou Town, Conghua, Guangzhou
indulgence: jiang by chef fei
Guangzhou is full of star-studded restaurants that have been heralded as the very best by the Michelin Guide, and Jiang by Chef Fei is one of them. Signature dishes in the restaurant include the “char siew” wood roasted pork belly, the steamed hele crab with sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, and dim sum.
Address: 3F Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 389 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Indulgence: Guangzhou Restaurant — Wenchang Branch
The Guangzhou Restaurant been around for 84 years and the dining establishment has several branches across China, with the original outpost at the Shangxiajiu pedestrian shopping street in Guangzhou being its flagship outlet. For this particular outlet, it has three levels with different dining settings that serves Cantonese cuisine and all-day dim sum. Note: the dishes may be a tad expensive.
Address: 2 Wenchang Nan Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Activities: Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s Memorial Hall
As a Chinese philosopher, physician, politician, and the first president of the Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen has had a resounding legacy that’s still prevalent around the world. Spanning 16 acres at the foot of Yuexiu Mountain lies the biggest hall that has been built in his name. The grandest of them all is the Main Building, an intricately-built blue and red ancient octagon house which is now home to pictures, writings, and tributes to the revolutionary leader. It’s is one must-see highlight in this Guangzhou travel guide.
Directions: Take metro line 2 and get off at Memorial Hall Station.
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm
Admission fee: 10 yuan (free admission for non-exhibition areas)
Address: 259 Dongfeng Middle Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Activities: Guangzhou Orchid Garden
The 3.9-hectare area — located near the western entrance to the Yuexiu Park — was rebuilt from a botanical garden more than half a century ago. Today, the garden is well-known for its beautifully landscaped grounds with more than 200 species of orchids and over 300 species of other fauna.
Directions: Take metro line 2, get off at Yuexiu Park Station, and take Exit B2. The garden is a five-minute walk away.
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm
Admission fee: 8 yuan
Address: 901 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Activities: Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street
The area is a shopping haven with more than 250 shops selling goods that range from clothes and electronics, to specialised crafts and souvenirs.
Directions: Take Metro line 6, and get off at Cultural Park Station. Head north for about 600m.
Address: 6 Xiajiu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Activities: Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
If you’re up for some good bargains, head over to the Beijing Road Pedestrian Street. For the best Beijing Road experience, however, skip the large department stores and get into the smaller boutique ones instead for the bargains. Quality Cantonese cuisine is also rife here, so you’ll find plenty of commendable dim sum spots to fuel up before your big spree.
Directions: Take metro line 6, and get off at Beijing Road Station. Leave from Exit B.
Address: Beijing Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Activities: Canton Tower
A staple of any Guangzhou travel guide, the 600-metre tall Canton Tower is China’s highest tower and the third largest in the world. While it already looks impressive by day, the tower’s architectural complexity is further accentuated only at night, with illumination. The tower’s twisted design, courtesy of Mark Hemel, was inspired by the feminine beauty of a woman’s body. Sightseeing on its observatory decks aside, it has restaurants and exhibition spaces for visitors to spend some time at.
Directions: Take the metro line 3, get off at Canton Tower Station and get out from Exit A.
Opening hours: 9.30am to 10.30pm
Admission fee: Cloud and Star Observation Deck – 150 yuan
Address: 222 Yuejiang Xi Rd, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
Activities: Pearl River
After the Yangtze River and the Yellow River, the Pearl River is the top three in China’s longest rivers and stretches 2,000km. Today, there are ten bridges span the river and a cruise down one of its many channels will bring travellers past the city’s historical sites and modern skyline.
Activities: Baiyun Mountain
The last entry in this Guangzhou travel guide is the Baiyun Mountain, one postcard-worthy location to check out. Its name is derived from the views of the mountain’s peaks when it’s shrouded in mist. At the top of the mountains, travellers will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the whole city and the Pearl River.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Admission fee: 5 yuan
Address: Baiyun South Avenue, Baiyun, Guangzhou