Guangzhou, used to be known as Canton in the West, is an important commercial center on China's southern coast, situated a short distance north of Hong Kong. Even not a tourist city per se, Guangzhou has served as an important entry point for travelors who come to China for business or pleasure.



  1. Baiyun Mountain

    Baiyun Mountain (Baiyun Shan) is located north of Guangzhou (15 km or so), with its highest peak standing at over 380 m. It is a quiet and green mountain close to Guangzhou's busy city life. In the mountain there scatter pagodas, temples and other historical sites. It is also a good place to take a look at the city from high-above, if weather cooperates (Baiyun means "White Clouds").

  2. Chen Family Ancestral Temple - Guangdong Folk Art Museum

    In the late 19th century, members of the Chen clan scattered in the 72 counties of Guandong Province donated money to build a temple to honor their common ancesters, which also served as a private school for the childen in the family. The compound well illustrates practices of traditional culture and traditional architectural styles. Located in Currently, the temple/academy houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum.

  3. Huaisheng Mosque

    Huaisheng means "In memorial of the Prophet". The mosque was initially built in the Tang Dynasty (7th to 10th century), by Arab merchants who had come to Guangzhou to trade. Burned down and damaged a few times over the centuries, the existing structure was established 1695, during the Qing Dynasty. Standing on the premise of the Mosque is Guangta, "Light Tower," which measures 36.6 m in height. Huaisheng Mosque is still an active service center and may not be open to non-worshipers. Location: the intersection of Zhongshan Road and Remin Road, about 500 m east of the Chen Family Temple and close to Ximenkou Station on Subway Line 1.

  4. Pearl River

    The Pearl River (Zhu Jiang) is the third longest river, after the Yangzi River and the Yellow River. Before it empties into the sea, the Pearl River flows through the heart of Guangzhou. There are evening cruises down and up the river, which make a good way to take in a long stretch of the city view in a relatively short period of time. There are also riverside walk on the banks of the river.

  5. Shamian Island

    Shamian does not appear to be an island, but it is. In the south, the little enclave borders on the Pearl River, the main river that flows through Guangzhou; on the northern side, a small river separates the land from the rest of Guangzhou. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Shamian was a foreign settlement, as evidenced by the Western-style buildings still standing in the neighborhood. This is a nice little place to be - to watch the traffic on the Pearl River, to watch local Chinese exercise or play board games, to dine in the Swan Hotel or at the small restaurants that scatter around. The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou is also located here, so you see many Western visitors milling around, some of them having come here to do paper work for the Chinese kids they have just adopted.

  6. Shopping Streets and Shopping Malls

    Like Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a good place to do some shopping, except that in Guangzhou it is more likely for you to find cheaper goods in Guangzhou. Places in Guangzhou you can go to if you have shopping in mind: Shangxia Jiu Lu (Upper and Lower Nine Road), about 1 km north of Shamian; Beijing Lu (Beijing Road), about 3 km east of Shamian; Zhuangyuan Fang (Leading Scholar Lane), close to both Shamian and Shangxia Jiu Lu, at the cross with the main road Remin Nan Lu (People South Road); Tianhe Cheng (Teemall or Teem Plaza), in Tianhe District, off Subway Line 3; Haiyin Dianqi Cheng (Haiyin Electric Appliances Market), Nos. 56-58 Donghu Xi Lu (Donghu West Road), close to Jiangwan Bridge and Haiyin Bridge, about 1,000 m south of the Lishi Lingyuan (Martyrs Park) Station on Subway Line 1.

  7. Six Banyan Temple and Flowery Tower

    Six Banyan Temple (Liu Rong Si), is a Buddhist temple located in the heart of Guangzhou. The history of the temple can be traced back to the 6th century. On the premise of the temple there stands the Flowery Pagoda (Hua Ta), which was built at the end of the 11th century. Visitors can climb up the 57-meter tower to view the surrounding area. The original banyan trees, which gave the temple its name, are no longer there.

  8. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, was a native of Guangdong Province. The city of Guangzhou played an important role in Sun's revolutionary career. Here, in the early 1920s, Sun headed a government that fought the warlords of China. After Sun's death in 1925, a memorial hall was built in the city to honor the champion of the republican cause in China. Located on Dongfeng Middle Road, at the southern edge of Yuexiu Park. Accessible by Subway Line 2.

  9. Yuexiu Park

    Yuexiu Park (Yuexiu Gongyuan) is a short distance north of central Guangzhou. It is named after the Yuexiu Mountain located in the area. Here one can stroll around to have some peace in a busy and bustling city. Among attractions in the park is Zhenhailou, "Sea Pacification Tower." Originally built in the 14th century, the five-story structure now houses Guangzhou Museum (Guangzhou Bowuguan. Guangzhou Gallery of Art (Guangzhou Meishuguan) is also in the park. Accessible by Subway line 2.


Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is 30 km north of the city center of Guangzhou. Transportation: shuttle buses, taxis, and subway.