Guangzhou

Attraction

Canton Tower

When asked about the most iconic building in Guangzhou, the majority of the young generation will probably say the Canton Tower. Also known as "Slim Waist" (In Chinese "Xiao man yao"), the Canton Tower is both a TV and radio transmission building and an observation tower. At night, the tower glows and emits light of different colours, lighting the Pearl River up alongside with other buildings.


Where is the best spot for admiring the view of Guangzhou? The answer would be Haixinsha Island and Huacheng Square, where tourists gather at night to enjoy the night view. You will also find it satisfying to admire the Canton Tower by taking on a little cruise on the Pearl River at night. Go aboard the boat that departs from Tianzi Wharf and sails along the most prosperous area along the Pearl River. Then you will see the light emitted by the Canton Tower, other buildings and bridges unfolding before your eyes. The photographers aboard will help take beautiful photos for you. The perfect and exclusive moment captured will then be put into a key chain as a souvenir.


You can also take the observation wheel on the Canton Tower with your beloved one and enjoy a romantic moment that only belongs to the two of you. Having a bird view of Guangzhou at night, the two of you are like the king and queen when the whole world is right under your feet.


Baiyun Mountain

The mountain that represents Guangzhou is no doubt Baiyun Mountain, which earns a high status in the hearts of people in Guangzhou like Lion Rock does in the hearts of Hongkongers. Baiyun Mountain and the Pearl River, being the most iconic places that nurture Guangzhou, give birth to a saying of “Mountain of Guangzhou? Baiyun Mountain. River of Guangzhou? The Pearl River.”


The Moxing Summit of Baiyun Mountain, which is also known as the “First Peak of Tiannan”, is similar to Mount Davis in Hong Kong in the way that you can also do stargazing from. Yuntai Garden, the "natural birdcage" Mingchun Valley and the large sculpture park are places that you cannot miss when paying your visit to Baiyun Mountain. There you can admire the gardens and sculptures while celebrating the beauty of nature amidst bird songs and fragrant flowers.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Looking for a cathedral in Asia that is as spectacular as Notre-Dame de Paris? Then the Sacred Heart Cathedral is the place to go. The Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the only four Gothic cathedrals built with mere stones and is of equal status as Notre-Dame de Paris, Westminster Abbey and Cologne Cathedral. It is also the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. It is known as the “Stone House” by locals as the whole cathedral is built with granite.


What surprises us most is that the granite used were from Ngau Tau Kok, Hong Kong. Before it was transformed into a district for public estates, it was one of the best quarries in Asia exporting quality granite to different parts of the world. The spectacular cathedral, given its special association with Hong Kong, is definitely a place worth visiting.


Yuexiu Park

When talking about the traditional landmarks in Guangzhou, it reminds you of the Statue of Five Goats. The statue is in Yuexiu Park, which is located behind Guangzhou Railway Station. You can also find Zhenhai Tower- "the First Tower of South China" in the park. 


Yuexiu Park is made up of Yuexiu Hill, a branch of the famous Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou. Yuexiu Hill is also known as Yuewang Mountain, on which Emperor Zhao Tuo of Nanyue had his terrace built. In the Ming dynasty, a city wall that extended to Yuexiu Hill was built. At the same time, the five-Storey Pagoda Zhenhai Tower was erected. The tower overlooks the ocean and serves as a symbol of coastal defence. It has also become the starting point as well as the highest point of the traditional central axis of Guangzhou. 


The Zhenhai Tower has now transformed into the Guangzhou Museum, displaying the historical and cultural development of Guangzhou. The Yuexiushan Stadium, the home of Guangzhou R&F F.C., is somewhere football lovers cannot miss. Ringed on three sides by Yuexiu Hill and having a spectator stands close to the pitch, the Yuexiushan Stadium never fails you the excitement of watching football matches. Football lovers, let's have a feel of Guangzhou's enthusiasm for football!


The former site of Whampoa (Huangpu) Military Academy

There are cradles of academic and military development in Guangzhou. Sun Yat-sen University represents academia whilst the iconic Whampoa Military Academy representing the military. The latter was listed as one of the top four military academies in the world, among the United States Military Academy, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Frunze Military Academy.


The Whampoa (Huangpu) Military Academy, which is located in Changzhou Island, nurtured many iconic figures in the military history of China. They are Dai Li, the spymaster of the Nationalist Party, and Lin Biao, the second among equals in the Communist Party in the past. Former leaders of the Nationalist Party and the Communist Party, Chiang Kai-shek and Zhou Enlai, have served as instructors in the academy.


In this former Whampoa (Huangpu) Military Academy, you can visit the old classrooms, the sports ground, the dormitory, and the officer’s club. All these construct a picture in your mind of the bygone glory years of the officers. The site is not only a museum but also a place where military training is provided to youngsters to pass on the spirit of Whampoa (Huangpu).


Dr Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall

Apart from the six former capitals, Guangzhou was also an executive centre in China. When Dr Sun Yat-sen became the extraordinary president, he formed the Nationalist government in Guangzhou, where he treated as the base for the Northern Expedition. A presidential palace was also built there, but was regrettably bombed by Guangzhou warlords. The Nationalist government later established the capital at Nanjing, and built, on the site of the former presidential palace, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall after his death. It is to commemorate his contributions to the establishment of the country.


The bronze statue of Dr Sun, which is in front of the octagonal palace and under the plaque that says “the whole world as one community” (in Chinese). It overlooks Guangzhou, where Dr Sun grew up. It also witnessed the war that took place in Guangzhou and Japan signing the Instrument of Surrender. The full text of Plans for National Reconstruction shown under the statue tells us more about Dr Sun’s noble ambition in his life. The memorial hall is in line with the Monument to Dr Sun Yat-sen, and together they have become the central axis of the traditional Guangzhou. Accompanied by kapok flowers, the city flower of Guangzhou, you can learn about the history of Guangzhou while honouring this great historical figure of the century. 


Shamian

Want to have a glimpse of Britain and France but couldn’t afford the time for a long trip to Europe? Shamian in Guangzhou might be a good alternative.


You can learn about the history of Shamian and the diplomatic history of contemporary China by visiting the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Museum, previously the French consulate. You can then visit the Shamian Christian Church and the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to experience a moment of tranquillity. Paying a visit to Shamian Park and French Concession Garden can let you enjoy your leisure time as if you are in a European park.


There are many “check-in spots” in Shamian, two of them being Customs Red Building and the former Soviet Consulate built with red bricks. Others include the pure white building in the British style, the former ice & cold storage of Dairy Farm. There is also the bank of Taiwan with a light yellow front door in the French style, where you can take beautiful photos with a European literary touch.


After having a nice tea at a continental-style café or restaurant, go behind the White Swan Hotel, one of the best in Guangzhou, to enjoy the spectacular convergence of three rivers at the Pearl River. It makes a full experience to take a nice rest in the Victory Hotel after going on a binge at the bars. The hotel was regenerated from the old HSBC building, where you can feel a historical aura.      


Chimelong Tourist Resort

If you are looking for a place where you can go on many exciting rides, enjoy water slides to cool off, and watch the performance by wild animals including crocodiles, followed by a circus show, Chimelong Tourist Resort will definitely be the best choice. The resort is divided into five major areas, including Chimelong Safari Park that tops in Asia, Guangzhou Crocodile Park, Chimelong International Circus, Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park.  


In the Chimelong Safari Park, you can have a close view of a great variety of special animals by taking the off-road vehicle. You can then go to the Guangzhou Crocodile Park nearby and look at the crocodiles all over the park. In the Chimelong Water Park, a wide range of exciting rides are available, including Tornado and a high-speed water slide. You can even surf on the waves in the Wave Pool!


Looking for more excitement? Then you just cannot miss the top three roller coasters in the Chimelong Paradise - Ten Inversion Roller Coaster, Motorbike Coaster on which you ride as if you are an X-game athlete. There is also a Dive Coaster, which features a vertical drop. Remember to watch the world-class performance by the Chimelong International Circus, where you will for sure to be stunned.


Feeling fatigued? Recharge yourselves by taking a rest at the Chimelong Hotel and have great fun again in the resort the next day!


Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

A long time ago, Guangzhou was the capital of a kingdom called Nanyue, the territory of which covered parts of the now Northern Vietnam, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan, as well as Hong Kong and Macao in China. Nanyue was once of equal status as Western Han, receiving tributes from kingdoms like Yelang and Minyue. After periods of submission to and confrontation with Western Han, Nanyue was finally conquered by the Han under the rule of Emperor Wu.


Do visit the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King if you want to know more about the history of this past kingdom. The museum stands on the site of the tomb of Zhao Mo, the second ruler of Nanyue. It displays a complete trove of artefacts of the tomb and those related to Nanyue. They are a ceramic pillow donated by a Hong Kong connoisseur, the jade burial suit worn by the Nanyue King and a jade cup in the shape of a rhino horn. The whole display would definitely fill you in with the glorious history of the kingdom.


Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

Dim sum in traditional Chinese restaurants is something you cannot miss in the "food paradise" Guangzhou. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street has got to be on the “To-Go” list when talking about Guangzhou cuisine. Long-established restaurants such as Tao Tao Ju, Lin Heung Tea House and Guangzhou Restaurant are deeply rooted in Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Start the morning with some good tea and buns. Immerse your taste buds from day to night with the taste of traditional Xiguan (or Saikwan) flavour.


Not having enough after "yum cha"? Let's try the local street snacks. There are deep-fried sesame cakes in Ronghua Restaurant, double skin milk and ginger milk curd in Nanxin Milk Desserts Expert, wonton noodles in Ou Cheng Ji, Jidi porridge in Wuzhan Ji, beef rice noodle rolls in Yinji, duck liver dumplings in Jinzhongge and beef entrails in Liwan Ming Shi Jia. Don't miss the coconut ice-cream in Shun Ji bing sutt (cold drink house). It has received compliments from many foreign leaders, one of whom being Norodom Sihanouk, the then King of Cambodia. Walking in the arcade buildings, you can feel the vibrancy of the old Xiguan market, as well as the prosperity of the old Guangzhou.