Guangdong

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Top ChoiceArts Centre in Shenzhen

Dafen Oil Painting Village

This folksy urban village of narrow lanes and alleys is a pleasure to visit in itself, but what makes Dafen simply unmissable is the hundreds of art studios and shops churning out reproduction oil paintings by...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Shenzhen

OCT-LOFT

OCT-LOFT

By far the best place for strolling or simply hanging out in the city is the breezy OCT-LOFT complex, a warren of repurposed communist-era factories criss-crossed by cobbled laneways. It's also a great place to...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Guangzhou

Shamian Island

Shamian Island

Don't depart Guangzhou without an amble through the concession-era gem that is Shamian Island. The central east–west drag is a time-warp boulevard of faded European-style buildings shaded by columns of banyan...

Top ChoicePark in Chaozhou

West Lake

The moat of ancient Chaozhou is a lake inside a park well loved by locals. Around the lake are a few notable buildings. Hanbi Building served as a military office during anti-warlord expeditions in 1925. Sitting...

Top ChoiceBridge in Chaozhou

Guangji Bridge

Originally a 12th-century pontoon bridge with 86 boats straddling the Hán River, Guangji Bridge suffered repeated destruction over the centuries. The current version is a brilliant, faux-ancient passageway with...

Top ChoicePark in Shenzhen

Lianhua Shan Park

It's an easy half-hour amble up to the top of this tropical hill in the heart of Futian District for Shenzhen's best skyline photographs. Appropriately, you'll be sharing the mind-blowing vistas with Deng...

Top ChoiceTaoist Site in Foshan

Zumiao

The 11th-century Zumiao temple is believed to be the site where Cantonese opera flourished. The art is still performed today during festivals to entertain the gods…and the tourists. Sharing the complex are a...

Top ChoiceVillage in Kaiping

Zili

Zili

Zili, 11km west of Kaiping, has the largest collection of diāolóu historic watchtowers in the area, though only a few of the 15 are open to the public. The most stunning is Míngshí Lóu (铭石楼), which has a veranda...

Top ChoiceMarket in Guangzhou

Qingping Chinese Medicine Market

Just north of the channel that divides Shamian Island from the city, this tumbledown market is a sensory delight, with open-fronted vendors arranged beneath an arcade and in the tiny alleys behind. You'll find...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Guangzhou

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

An all-in-one ancestral shrine, Confucian school and ‘chamber of commerce’ for the Chen clan, this compound was built in 1894 by the residents of 72 villages in Guangdong, where the Chen lineage is predominant....

Top ChoiceGallery in Shenzhen

Sunrise Art Center

Built from the vestiges of a century-old Hakka home, this idyllic courtyard gallery was created by Chen Qiuzhi, a contemporary ink artist from Anhui province. Several galleries display his work, and the wonderful...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Guangzhou

Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou Opera House

Designed by Zaha Hadid, southern China's premier performance venue has transformed the area with its typically commanding, otherworldly aspect. Futuristic glass panels have been woven together to form subtle...

Top ChoiceAmusement Park in Shenzhen

Window of the World

It's 'Around the World in 80 Minutes' (OK, more like half a day) at this endearingly kitsch theme park set in well-tended gardens. From the Houses of Parliament to the Pyramids, the world's great monuments are...

Top ChoiceGallery in Shenzhen

Design Society

Design Society

China's first dedicated museum of design, this architectural landmark opened with media fanfare in 2017 on the Shekou shore with its famous founding partner, London's V&A Museum. A focus on contemporary...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Foshan

Nanfeng Ancient Kiln Artists' Village

This lovely ceramics town of stone-paved paths in Shiwan (石湾, Shíwān) is worth snooping around for its artisans' ceramics workshops and the two ancient ‘dragon kilns’ of more than 30m in length. The modern Bruce...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Chayang Old Town

Xuan Villa

Foreboding and beautiful Xuan Villa was built in 1936 by a wealthy Malaysian-Chinese member of a secret society tied to Sun Yatsen. Parts of the building doubled up as an air-raid shelter. If the owners let you...

Gardens in Guangzhou

Yuyin Mountain Villa

Yuyin Mountain Villa

One of Guangdong's four famous classical gardens, this graceful property on the outskirts of the city was built in 1871 by an official of the Qing court. It incorporates the landscaping styles of Sūzhōu and...

Mausoleum in Guangzhou

Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

You'll feel like Indiana Jones/Lara Croft (select as preferred) as you descend the two-millennia-old steps into an actual Han dynasty tomb. This was the final resting place of Zhao Mo, second king of the Nanyue...

Historic Site in Guangzhou

Dōngshān

Tree-lined streets Xinhepu Lu (新河浦路), Xuguyuan Lu (恤孤院路) and Peizheng Lu (培正路) in the historic Dōngshān area offer a welcome respite from the city. Here you'll find schools and churches raised by American...

Buddhist Site in Guangzhou

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

This Buddhist temple complex was first built in AD 537 to enshrine Buddhist relics brought over from India and placed in the octagonal Decorated Pagoda (Huā Tǎ). The temple was given its current name by the...