Attractions

Top Choice Arts Centre in Shēnzhèn

Dàfēn Oil Painting Village

This folksy urban village of narrow lanes and alleys is a pleasure to visit in itself, but what makes Dàfēn simply unmissable are the hundreds of art studios and stores churning out reproduction oil paintings by han…
Top Choice Mausoleum in Guǎngzhōu

Mausoleum of the Nányuè King

You'll feel like Indiana Jones/Lara Croft (delete 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 Nányuè King…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Shēnzhèn

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 crisscrossed by cobbled laneways. It's also a great place to brows…
Top Choice Historic Site in Guǎngzhōu

Shāmiàn Island

Don't depart Guǎngzhōu without an amble through the concession-era gem that is Shāmiàn Island. The central east-west drag is a time-warp boulevard of faded European-style buildings shaded by columns of banyan trees.…
Top Choice Park in Cháozhōu

West Lake

The moat of ancient Cháozhōu is a lake inside a park well-loved by locals. Around the lake are a few notable buildings. Hánbì Building served as a military office during anti-warlord expeditions in 1925. Sitting on …
Top Choice Park in Shēnzhèn

Liánhuā Shān Park

It's an easy half-hour amble up to the top of this tropical hill in the heart of Fútián district for Shēnzhèn's best skyline photographs. Appropriately, you'll be sharing the mind-blowing vistas with Deng Xiaoping (…
Top Choice Village in Kāipíng

Zìlì

Zìlì, 11km west of Kāipíng, 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 verandah wi…
Top Choice Bridge in Cháozhōu

Guǎngjǐ Bridge

Originally a 12th-century pontoon bridge with 86 boats straddling the Hán River, Guǎngjǐ Bridge suffered repeated destruction over the centuries. The current version is a brilliant, faux-ancient passageway with 18 w…
Top Choice Historic Site in Guǎngzhōu

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 Guǎngdōng, where the Chen lineage is predominant. Ther…
Top Choice Gallery in Shēnzhèn

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 Ānhuī province. Several galleries display his work, and the wonderful ca…