Guangzhou Travel Guide

Guangzhou is a booming metropolis along the South China Sea, where shimmering skyscrapers rise above centuries-old temples and well-preserved historical districts. Located next to Hong Kong and Macau, it was formerly known in the West as Canton and was historically a trading hub that functioned as a major terminus on the maritime Silk Road. Today, the city remains focused on industry and commerce, and there are vast business and trade enterprises.

Culturally, visitors will encounter many unforgettable attractions, such as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum and the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty. Cantonese food and opera are highlights of the Guangzhou social scene, and some of the best shopping areas are Shangxia Jiu Lu, Beijing Lu and Renmin Nan Lu.

Travellers to Guangzhou will probably find the summer season a bit hot and rainy, but the winters, from December to March, are mild and sunny and a wonderful time to explore this fascinating destination. There are a number of buses and taxis to transport tourists in the city, along with frequent flights and trains from Guangzhou to other major Chinese destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. The city is well equipped to accommodate its more than 100 million annual visitors, and presents a great balance between historical intrigue and modern indulgence.