Top Choice Mausoleum in Guǎngzhōu

Mausoleum of the Nányuè King

This superb mausoleum from the 2000-year-old Nányuè kingdom is one of China’s best museums. It houses the tomb of Zhao Mo, second king of Nányuè, who was sent south by the emperor in 214 BC to quell unrest and estab…
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 Historic Site in Guǎngzhōu

Shāmiàn Island

To the southwest of Guǎngzhōu is the dappled oasis of Shāmiàn Island. It was acquired as a foreign concession in 1859 after the two Opium Wars. Shamian Dajie, the main boulevard, is a gentle stretch of gardens dotte…
Top Choice Gardens in Guǎngzhōu

Yúyìn Mountain Villa

One of Guăngdōng's four famous classical gardens, this graceful property was built in 1871 by an official of the Qing court. It incorporates the landscaping styles of Sūzhōu and Hángzhōu, and the features of Lĭngnán…
Buddhist Site in Guǎngzhōu

Guāngxiào Temple

‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’ is the oldest temple in Guǎngzhōu, dating back to the 4th century. By the time of the Tang dynasty it was well established as a centre of Buddhist learning in southern China. Bodhidharma…
Gardens in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngzhōu Orchid Garden

Across from Yuèxiù Park is this charming orchid garden. On the western edge of the park is an old Muslim grave that’s supposedly the burial site of Abu Waqas, who is credited with bringing Islam to China.
Park in Guǎngzhōu

Yuèxiù Park

A statue of the symbol of Guǎngzhōu – the Five Rams (五羊) that supposedly carried the five immortals who founded the city – stands guard at this park. On a hilltop is red-walled Zhènhǎi Tower (镇海楼; Zhènhǎi Lóu), buil…
Museum in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngzhōu City Museum

Housed inside the red-walled, five-storey Zhènhǎi Tower (Zhènhǎi Lóu) in Yuèxiù Park, the museum has an excellent collection of exhibits that trace the history of Guǎngzhōu from the neolithic period. There are remna…
Buddhist Site in Guǎngzhōu

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

This Buddhist temple was built in AD 537 to enshrine Buddhist relics brought over from India, and were placed in the octagonal Decorated Pagoda (Huā Tǎ). The temple was given its current name by the exiled poet Su D…
Mosque in Guǎngzhōu

Mosque Dedicated to the Prophet

The original building is believed to have been founded here in 627 by Abu Waqas, an uncle of the prophet Mohammed. The present mosque dates from the Qing dynasty.