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8 Things to Do in Guangzhou

By Edited Oct 18, 2016 4 10

If you haven't planned your next travel destination yet, consider flying to the city of Guangzhou. Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is China's third largest city located in Guangdong province.[1]  Many tourist attractions are easily accessible via their metro subway. If you prefer to avoid the crowd, riding a taxi is fairly easy. Just make sure you show the Chinese name of your destination in paper to your non-English speaking drivers. I've indicated the Chinese name of the place and the address at the end of each suggestion for this very purpose.

1. Meet the giant pandas.

Guangzhou is the home of Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park, known as the best safari park in China.[2] Of course, a Chinese zoo is never complete without a panda. Here in the Chimelong, you will see the adorable giant pandas at close proximity. Aside from the pandas, you will also find a lot of other animals such as red pandas, koalas, and white tigers. To go to Chimelong, take the Line 3 train of the Metro subway and exit at the Hanxi Changlong Station. 

Chinese Address

2. Visit the Canton Fair.

Canton Fair Complex
Held yearly during the spring and autumn seasons, the fair houses several products from many different industries including food, household appliances, machinery, chemical products, hardware, shoes, and recreation products. Located at the Canton Fair Complex, you may arrive there via Metro Line 8 at the Xingangdong Station (Exit A) or Pazhou Station (Exit A, B, or C).

Chinese Address

3. Buy loose tea leaves.

Black Tea
If you're a tea lover, good news: You will find several tea shops that sell loose tea leaves. Jasmine, oolong, and puerh are quite common here. You may also ask the shopkeeper to give you a free taste of the drink first before you purchase your desired type of tea. You will witness the shopkeeper prepare the tea kung-fu style before your very eyes. If you want to see a big tea market selling several tea varieties, better visit the Fangcun Tea Market. To get there, take the Metro Line 1 to Fangcun Station. Get off at Exit C, then walk straight to the direction of the bridge. The Market is 10-minute walk away from the station.

Chinese Address

4. Eat like a local.

Street Foods
In Guangzhou, you don't have to pick a fine restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal. Walk along the streets and you will find several restaurants serving mouthwatering Canton dishes at very affordable prices. It will be better to travel in group as many of these restaurants are in banquet style - a dish is usually enough for 3-4 persons. If you don't speak Chinese, better find restaurants that offer menu with pictures so you can just point them to the server. Street foods are also delicious! Beef balls, takoyaki (octopus balls), grilled squids are just some of the highly recommended snacks.

5. Watch a night circus.

If nightlife is your thing, why not try watching something amazing at a circus? At Panyu district of Guangzhou, you will find the largest permanent circus - Chimelong International Circus - in the world [3] where skilled performers display stunts together with different animals. The performance starts at 7:30pm to 9:00pm. To get there, take Metro Line 3 and get off at Hanxi Changlong Station, then take the free shuttle bus to the circus.

Chinese Address

6. Shop at Beijing Road Shopping District.

Beijing Road
Beijing Road is a popular tourist attraction due to the long chains of stores in the area. Road remains from the Ming Dynasty are exhibited at some parts of the pavement. Stores offer both international and local brands with products such as clothing, shoes, office supplies, and snacks. The road is very spacious - enough to accommodate a huge crowd of shoppers. Beijing Road is accessible via Metro at Line 1 or 2 subway at Gongyuanqian station.

Chinese Address

7. Visit the large statue of Guanyin goddess.

Guanin Goddess of Mercy
Within the city, you can still find a peaceful haven where you can commune with nature. The Lotus Garden, or Lianhuashan, is such a place where you can enjoy the sights of beautiful lotus ponds and gardens. At the peak of the place, you will also find the world's largest statue of Gwanyin Buddha [4] and a few stores nearby selling religious figurines and Feng Shui charms. To go there, alight the Metro train from Shiqiao station of Line 3, exit C then take the exclusive bus with Shiqiao-Lotus Hill route (bus no. 92) at the bus terminal 10-minutes walk away.

Chinese Address

8. Go sightseeing at night.

If you prefer sightseeing near the busy downtown of Guangzhou, you can instead go cruising along the Pearl River where you can view the cityscape from the ferry's vantage point while enjoying a dinner. The Information Times ship offers dining and shows you can enjoy while cruising. The wharf is located at Tianxi, accessible via Metro subway at Haizhu Square Station at Line 2 and 6.

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Oct 24, 2014 9:27am
Guangzhou seems like a nice place to visit. I am eager to see the tea vendor make tea kungfu style. Definitely gonna pin this to my travel list.
Oct 24, 2014 6:21pm
It was in Guangzhou when I first witnessed the kungfu style of brewing tea. I hope you will get the chance to go there in the future. Thanks for dropping by!
Nov 7, 2014 1:54am
Coming back again. Congrats on the feature. Woot! :)
Nov 7, 2014 6:46pm
So happy! Thanks for the support! :)
Nov 7, 2014 10:00pm
@WinterWolf that tea thing definitely sounds cool... especially considering I drink tea everyday without fail!

Also, thanks for the article; I've always wondered where to go in China.
Nov 7, 2014 11:33pm
Nice to hear from another tea lover! Thanks for the visit.
Nov 8, 2014 3:38am
Wish this list had been available in 2012 when I spent a few days in Guangzhou. Good idea to include the Chinese, although it comes out different fonts/sizes. Taiwan remains my favorite part of Greater China.
Nov 9, 2014 7:39pm
There are so many places to visit in Taiwan. I had so much fun there. Nice to know you've been to Guangzhou as well.

Chinese characters won't display correctly in the text modules, so I converted them into picture files instead. Thanks for the input. I will fix the different fonts/sizes on my next update.
Nov 13, 2014 6:24am
Sounds like non-stop things to do and see in Guangzhou. I, too, would like to watch tea prepared kung-fu style. Thanks for the tour.
Nov 13, 2014 7:27pm
I hope you can visit the city. Thanks for visiting.
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  1. "Guangzhou." Wikipedia. 29/9/2014 <Web >
  2. "Chimelong Safari Park." Chimelong. 29/9/2014 <Web >
  3. "Chimelong Resort." Travel China Guide. 5/10/2014 <Web >
  4. "Lotus Hill." Travel China Guide. 5/10/2014 <Web >

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