Pearl River Night Cruise goes through the heart of the city in 2 hours, depending on the route and if dinner is included. Routes normally pass Shamian Island and return through Renmin Bridge and Haizhu Bridge before winding up at the Gaungzhou suspension bridge. Options include a light show at Bai-e-Tan.
Not far from Huaisheng Mosque lies Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. This temple was originally built in AD 537 and has been rebuilt several times. It is one of the four best Buddhist temples in Guangzhou. The sight is well worth a visit because of its vast collection of cultural-relics and the 57-meter-high pagoda garden that dates back to the 3rd century.
This museum is renowned for its rare collection of funerary artefacts representing the diffusion of cultures throughout the Lingnan region during the Han dynasty. One of the highlights is the tomb of king Zhao Mo dating back about 2,000 years and other exhibits include gold, jade and other trinkets from the same period.
China’s biggest park covers an expanse of 90 hectares. Amid all the greenery it includes a hall built in memory of Sun Yatsen, the man considered to be the founder of modern China. It also has the oldest and largest Taoist temple Sanyuan Gong, in Guangzhou, dating back to 319 AD.
An approximately two hours' bus ride from Guangzhou, Lotus Hill, sits in the eastern outskirt of Panyu City (about 45km southeast of Guangzhou). Its beautiful scenery is shrouded in a fairytale-like atmosphere and a dramatic backdrop of red sandstone cliffs, untamed forests and scenic grottoes.
Chimelong Water Park is the largest water parks in Asia and holds some world-class rides including some of the top new water ride attractions in the world. This highly popular park with the largest wave pool, the longest lazy river including the first Boomerango ride in China is for sure a place for family fun.
If you are seeking after thrilling rides, Chimelong Paradise a place to visit. In fact, it houses over 70 rides including 10-looped roller coaster, the quickest motorbike roller coaster and the first Skating roller coaster of Asia. For the kids, there are plenty of rides for them too. Besides, offering all sorts of rides, the park also offers all sorts of performances such as magic tricks, songs and dances, acrobatics and fancy car parades.
Chimelong Safari Park is the biggest wild animal theme park in Asia and home to over 500 species and 20,000 rare animals such as pandas and white tigers and many protected species like the giant salamander. The park/zoo features safari on wheels where visitors are allowed to drive their cars inside the stock area and then there is safari on foot. This is truly a large-scale park where to get close to animals and you can easily spend a long time here with your family.
Located in central Guangzhou about six kilometres west of the popular Tianhe area, Shamian Island, has a great historic significance since it served as an important port for Guangzhou's foreign trade during Song and the Qing Dynasty. Today it is one of the most popular highlights in the city and offers enjoyable strolls among old European buildings and gardens in a more relaxed and quite atmosphere where the traffic is controlled and with streets that are partly pedestrian only.
The landmark of Guangzhou, also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower and is one of the world's most remarkable new buildings. It serves not only as a popular tourist destination but also as an intensive facility for radio and television transmission. The tower is 450-meter-high and have an amazing Bubble Tram (spherical cabins) that allows you to experience the beautiful panoramic views of Guangzhou.
Another must-see attraction is the Chen Ancestral Shrine with a history of more than 100 years. The hall was once an ancestral shrine, originally built in 1888 and completed in 1894. Later, it turned to Chen Clan’s Industry College and today it is home to the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum that exhibits a variety of folk arts and crafts.
Tao Tao Ju is one of the best dim sum restaurants and one of the oldest Cantonese restaurant in Guangzhou where virtually every animal part you can imagine is on sale. Although expensive, it is revered by locals and serves every possible kind of dim sum, sweet treat and a traditional afternoon tea.
Located in a vibrant business centre of Guangzhou, Sultan Restaurant is a western style establishment that specializes in exotic Turkish cuisine. From the menu, you can pick mouth-watering charcoal grilled barbecues, doer kebab, freshly baked Turkish pizza with hot and cold appetizers.
When dining at Tiger Prawn, you can relish the finest authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere, but be aware; the restaurant is very popular and often packed with both tourists and locals. It has a reputation, to be one of the best restaurants in Guangzhou, so pop in and see what the fuss is all about!
Buongiorno, opened its doors in August 2006 and has brought authentic Italian flavors to the vibrant city of Guangzhou. The food is prepared and owned by a genuine Italian, just to make sure to create that real essence of Italy and served in a warm atmosphere, making the visitor more relaxed.
Another popular restaurant with delicious Cantonese food, Wuu's Restaurant serves fresh and tasty food at inexpensive prices. From the vast menu you can choose authentic dishes such as dumplings, noodles, rice dishes and soups. This is a very busy restaurant, which is always a good sign and is a great Guangzhou experience.
As the name reveals, this is an Indian restaurant, serving different variety of traditional Indian food in the great indoor and outdoor seating areas. The succulent and well-cooked meat dishes are highly recommended. If you are more into vegetables, they serve dishes like vegetarian birayani.
If craving for something else then Cantonese food, then head over to Social&Co where you can enjoy western cuisine as well as authentic food from New Zealand. The well-presented food is cooked with quality ingredients and served by friendly staff. But with everyday western food, would you get the chance to try a bit of everything like seared cod and braised short ribs or why not try the popular dish Banofee pie for dessert?
This Parisian style bistro is a cosy hidden gem where you can enjoy creative food from the a la carte menu that changes very often to keep it fresh. Chez Max is appreciated by a wide range of people, both locals and foreigners. So enjoy an evening out or have a great lunch at this French restaurant. Bon appétit!
Located at Guangzhou Marriott Hotel, Man Ho samples some delicious Cantonese cuisine like dim sum and other authentic dishes from Guangzhou and other parts of China. With exquisite food, serene atmosphere and with impeccable service, you will certainly have a wonderful dining experience here.
The Kitchen Table serves international food in a modern bistro-style ambiance. Tantalize your taste buds with dishes like spicy tandoori dishes, homemade piazzas, salads or succulent seafood and grill dishes. The large over-sized tables and the open concept kitchen will only enhance the dining experience.
Even though Paulaner Brauhaus is a touristic place, it is worth visiting when looking for other flavors than Cantonese food. The executive chef prepares authentic Bavarian cuisine such as the traditional German roasted pork knuckle, sausages and specialties like wiener schnitzel. Complement your tasty food with a cold beer like Paulaner Bier while enjoying some live music.
APF. KAFE, claimed to be one of the coolest coffee shops in Guangzhou with a clean, bright and modern interior design. When here, try the delicious Seven Seeds specialty coffee, you will not regret it! This is also kid-friendly place, so bring the whole family here and enjoy a relaxing time.
Zoo Coffee is a chain of cafés and offers several locations in Guangzhou and as the name suggests, this is an animal teamed venue. You will literally find stuffed animals in every kind of shapes and sizes - zebras, lions, giraffes, pandas and gorilla are all here to amuse their guests, especially the kids!
The owner of Lock Chuck cares about two things with this coffee shop: creating a sense of local community and brewing amazingly good coffee. The well-trained international team are passionate in serving their guests quality coffee, whether you are craving a dose of caffeine from Irving Farm New York, a cup of hot cocoa from Amsterdam or a Matcha Latte from Kyoto, they surely cover it all.
Set on the 65th floor of the luxury Park Hyatt hotel, Living Room has a residential-style environment to give the feeling of being in the living room of an elegant mansion. With a casual all-day dining, morning or afternoon tea or evening nightcaps, you can just pop in whenever the hunger and thirst kicks in. If you have a sweet tooth, don't worry, the menu offers freshly made waffles, homemade ice cream and homemade pastries.
To experience the spirit of true Irish pub culture, Hooley's is a great option to head for. This live music venue of course serves the mandatory Guinness and Kilkenny including wine and cocktails. The pub has surprisingly good food with plenty of promotions to pull the punters in and the team is aiming to create a fun and friendly atmosphere that is so evidently shown.
SUNS bar lounge is a well designed club that features an outdoor terrace right by the Pearl River making it a perfect place to enjoy fine champagnes while enjoying the amazing view. Beside linger over a few drinks, you can also bust a few moves and listen to live performance of DJ.
Found at the luxury hotel W Guangzhou, Woo Bar is an inviting bar where you can enjoy a relaxing moment while sipping a cosmopolitan, shaken perfectly by the mixologist. Mingle, have fun while listing to live band and DJ at this very trendy bar that even offers contemporary afternoon tea.
Vibrant, loud and busy, the pedestrian street Beijing Lu with hundreds of people has everything on offer from well-known brands to traditional silk clothing, shoes and jewelry... basically anything you can think off is available here. When craving for food, there are restaurants serving authentic Chinese cuisine and western food. This shopping street should not be missed, especially if you are a shopaholic!
Of all the street markets, Qingping Medicine Market is a must for true authenticity. Here you will see a variety of animals and Chinese herbal medicines on sale. With over 1,200 booths, this large-scale market has a wonderful vibrant atmosphere. It is noisy, crowded and certainly eye-opening.
The first commercial pedestrian street in Guangzhou, situated in the Liwan District of Xiguan, is lined with more than 200 stores including department stores, restaurants and tea houses. The main goods here are clothing and tourist items, much like Beijing Road, but prices are lower here. A great place for night shopping, the stores stay open to about 11:30 PM.
With stores spread across nine floors, China Plaza is another big shopping mall located in a tall building that mainly covers retail, fine dining and a great variety of entertainments including karaoke and game center. Besides clothing, this mall features shops selling bags, shoes, jewelry, electronic goods, house holding, cosmetics and much more. International brands like Calvin Klein, Mango, H&M and Lacoste are all located here.
Home to over 180 brands, including some international high-end fashion labels such as Burberry, BVLGARI, Chanel, Cartier, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Fendi, just to name a few. The shops, spread across five floors truly offers luxury fashion in a beautiful surrounding. When the hunger kicks in, there are restaurants with exquisite cuisines to enjoy.
Guangzhou has plenty of tea markets, but Fangcun Tea Market is the largest wholesale market in the city. It's estimated that more than 3000 stores are located on Fangcun Dadao and at the Fangcun Tea Market. Block after block of tea shops offering a wide variety of tea at reasonable prices including teacups, boilers and beautiful, handcrafted tea trays.
The largest wholesale market for gifts, toys, home decorations, jewelries, accessories, art, craft, souvenirs and more. With nine levels of shops at reasonable prices, you will be spoiled with choices and there is a huge chance you will find products that you cannot find elsewhere. Take notice, the more items you buy the cheaper it gets, in fact, many owners of shops around the world buy their products on wholesale.
At this underground mall, you will find everything you are looking for. The mall is divided into three commercial zones where zone one targets towards the younger fashionistas by offering cutting edge fashion, accessories and electronics. Zone two has an European style, here it is about living a fashionable lifestyle where all the latest trends and fashion from all over the world can be found. Zone three features worldwide premium clothing and jewelry brands.
Guangzhou is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa on arrival via the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must have bring your passport at all times and all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets; you will also need it for using internet cafes that accept foreigners. The Chinese government requires that your passport must be valid for at least six months after the expiry date of your visa when entering the country. You will need at least one entire blank page in your passport for the visa. Take an ID card with your photo in case you lose your passport and make photocopies of your passport: your embassy may need these before issuing a new one in case of loss. You must report the loss to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB), who will issue you with a 'Statement of Loss of Passport'. Long-stay visitors should register their passport with their nation's embassy.
Baiyun International Airport opened in August 2004 and is located 28 kilometres from the city center. Flights connect to nearly 100 domestic cities and numerous international destinations. There are bunches of express bus taking you to the main destinations in the city. The buses depart from arrival area. Metro is another option to travel to the Guangzhou from the airport. The metro station Airport South is located directly below the terminal building. You will see the Metro signs when arriving at the arrival hall. The Metro Line 3 runs every day of the week from 6:10 AM to 11:00 PM with an interval of 7 minutes and 30 seconds. You can buy your ticket either from automatic ticket vending machines (only coins are accepted) or the Metro Customer Service Center. The metro is a convenient way to travel downtown with a reasonable price. Taxi ranks are located in both A and B arrival areas. At the A arrival, it is set outside the gate of A8. At the B arrival, it is set outside the gate of B6. You should only use a legitimate Chinese taxi driver and not just follow anyone who is offering. The legitimate taxi driver will be waiting on the line at the taxi ranks and make sure the driver uses the meter. Also, have your destination address written in Chinese to show the driver.
Metro Guangzhou's metro opened in 1999 and is rapidly expanding. There are several lines operating and they run very frequent, making it an easy way to transport to different destinations. There are different tickets depending on your needs while tourists mostly use single-trip ticket. The single-ticket is only valid on the day when you buy it. The ticket can be bought on the ticket vending machines at the Metro stations (they only accepts CNY5, CNY10 and the coins of CNY0.5 (5 Jiao) and CNY1 (1 Yuan). There is also the Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card and it is widely used on bus, ferryboat and metro. Bus Buses might not be the most comfortable way to move around, but they are certainly the cheapest and many of them have air-conditioning. There are four bus transportation hubs in Guangzhou: Railway Station Bus Terminal, Tianpingjia Bus Terminal, Zhongshan Balu (Zhongshan 8 Road) Bus Terminal and East Railway Station Bus Terminal. Mostly the buses run from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There are also nigh buses that operates from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Ferries The ferries are convenient, comfortable and quick and they play a significant role in the local public system. There are 12 waterbus lines running along the channels between the piers in the city, to be more exactly, there are 26 piers scattered along the Pearl River. This is a very popular way to travel around the city. The ferries run from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the Transportation Smart Card can be used when taking the boat.
Taxis are cheap, quick and convenient. There are more than 80 taxi companies in the city, so you can easily get hold of a taxi, although it can be hard during peak hours. Each taxi company has its own color. For example, Guangjun taxis are yellow, the GZ Transport Group drive dark red cabs and Baiyun taxis are in sky blue. Small taxi companies operate the green and golden colored taxis. To get one easier you can go to one of the taxi stands. These taxi stop boards are mostly located close to the bus station boards and many of the large departments and shopping malls have special stop for taxi passengers. Always use a legitimate taxi driver, make sure the taxi has a meter and a taxi company logo on the car.