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Top Choice Cantonese in Guǎngzhōu

Bǐngshèng Mansion

One of only eight restaurants awarded a star in the inaugural 2018 Guǎngzhōu Michelin guide, this is the upscale flagship of the esteemed Bǐngshèng chain, serving creative riffs on Canto classics in an elegant dinin…
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 Club in Shēnzhèn

Oil

Quite possibly the best underground club in China, Oil is a compact, sweaty chapel to electronic beats, the darker and more esoteric the better. An adjoining cocktail bar (open nightly) provides the perfect prelude …
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 Music in Shēnzhèn

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival

Savour 16 days of cutting-edge live jazz each October across various postindustrial venues at OCT-LOFT. The festival, which also offers workshops, screenings and exhibitions, is curated by B10 Live House owners Teng…