Guangzhou in southern China
is a huge metropolis that combines old and new, offering sights and attractions for everyone, no matter if you are a history buff or looking for a family-friendly holiday destination. Here are the must-visit attractions in the City of Five Rams.
Chimelong Tourist Resort
For a full day or even a week of fun, Chimelong Tourist Resort has it all: amusement park, international circus, water park, safari park, and birds park. If that’s not enough, the neighborhood city Zhuhai has an Ocean Kingdom aquarium, too. During weekends and holidays it can get quite busy – try visiting on a weekday instead.
Guangdong Sheng, Guangzhou Shi, Panyu District, China
Chimelong Paradise | © Jeremy Thompson / Flickr
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral and was finished in 1888 after 25 years of construction. It is one of the few cathedrals in the world to be built completely from granite. Masses are held in the mornings and on weekends in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and English. At other times, it is a popular tourist destination for anyone admiring beautiful architecture.
Guangdong Sheng, Guangzhou Shi, Yuexiu District, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, China
For a modern view of Guangzhou, a must-see spot in the city is Huacheng Square. Several new landmarks surround the square, Guangdong Museum, new library, International Finance Center, and Canton Tower just across the river. For a fabulous nighttime view, it’s best to visit after sunset to be able to admire the colorful lights.
Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
The landmark of Guangzhou, the Canton Tower rises up to almost 600 meters and illuminates the scenery with colorful lights in the evening. It was briefly the tallest tower in the world and includes coffee shops, restaurants, observation decks, and rides for the adrenaline junkie.
Guangdong, Guangzhou, Haizhu District, Yiyuan Rd, China
Canton Tower | © yumoheart / Pixabay
Once industrial factories, Redtory is now an area of art galleries, artist studios, art spaces, organizations, hip offices, fashion stores, and artsy coffee shops. Visitors come here for art exhibitions, but also for the creative and inspiring surroundings perfect for photography and other arts.
128 Yuancun 4th Cross Rd, Tianhe District, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Located in Panyu, about an hour away from the Guangzhou city center, Baomo Garden is a fine example of Southern Chinese architecture and art of gardening. Baomo Garden was originally built at the end of Qing dynasty, but unfortunately destroyed in the 1950s. A few years later, its reconstruction began and the garden is now back to its former glory.
Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Separated from the mainland by a small canal, Shamian Island used to be an important port for foreign trade from the Song to Qing dynasties. Because of its history, it is like a small European town in the middle of China, perfect for a walk for an hour or two.
Guangdong, Guangzhou, Liwan District, China
Shamian Island | © Eduardo M. C. / Flickr
Yuyin Garden was once a private garden of a scholar and was built in 1864; later because of its beautiful landscape, it became a popular tourist attraction. Pavilions, bridges, pools, rock hills, and flowers create a dreamlike scenery perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll.
Xitangji St, Panyu District, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
The Baiyun Scenic Area with 30 mountain peaks, the highest of which is 382 meters (1,253 ft.) above sea level, is a chance to escape the bustling city life and breathe in some fresh air. It becomes crowded on holidays, but on weekdays it’s possible to enjoy the quiet climb up the stairs. For a beautiful view of the city, a cable car can be taken up to the Peak Park.
Guangdong, Guangzhou, Baiyun District, Baiyunshan Rd, China
The Pearl River flows in the middle of Guangzhou and might not seem too special during the day, but when the sun sets and visitors hop on cruise ships, they can admire a beautiful nighttime scenery of the city. The beautiful landscape with lights paint the city sky in different colors, making the cruise a must-do activity in Guangzhou.
Guangdong, Guangzhou, Yuexiu District, Yanjiang W Rd, China
Pearl River at night | © Azwari Nugraha / Flickr
With a history of thousands of years, the grounds started as a king’s residence and were transformed into a temple during the Three Kingdoms era. Throughout the years until now, the temple has been restored many times; though its scale is now much smaller than in the past days, the temple is still one of the most important Buddhist temples of Guangzhou.
109 Guangxiao Rd, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Guangxiao Temple | © llee_wu / Flickr
Qing Ping Chinese Medicine Market
South China Botanical Garden
Originally built in 1929, the South China Botanical Garden is located North of Guangzhou and is both the oldest and biggest South Asian tropical botanical garden in the country. In the garden and its conservatory, visitors can admire the beautiful variety of plants, visit the Magic Forest and explore a remake of a Neolithic village.
1190 Tianyuan Rd, Tianhe District, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
South China Botanical Garden | © Daniel McDermott / Flickr