Guǎngzhōu attractions

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 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 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 Market in Guǎngzhōu

Qīngpíng Chinese Medicine Market

Just north of the channel that divides Shāmiàn 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 ginse…
Gardens in Guǎngzhōu

Yúyìn Mountain Villa

One of Guăngdōng'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 Hángzhōu…
Historic Site in Guǎngzhōu

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 missionari…
Notable Building in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngzhōu Opera House

Designed by the late 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 subtl…
Mosque in Guǎngzhōu

Huáishèng Mosque

You can't miss the 36m-high minaret thrusting up over Guangta Lu like a lighthouse. Enter just east of it and you can stroll all the way through the complex to the main prayer hall with its tapering Chinese roof sha…
Buddhist Site in Guǎngzhōu

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 exiled p…
Museum in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngdōng Museum

The flagship museum of Guǎngdōng province, this ultramodern institution was conceived as one of the city's new showpiece buildings along with the Canton Tower to the south and Guǎngzhōu Opera House opposite – part o…