Attractions

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 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 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…
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…
Museum in Guǎngzhōu

New Guǎngdōng Museum

This ultramodern museum has an extensive collection illuminating the human and natural history of Guǎngdōng, as well as Cantonese art, literature and architecture. English explanations are unfortunately limited to b…
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…
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 placed in the octagonal Decorated Pagoda (Huā Tǎ). The temple was given its current name by the exiled poet Su Dongbo …
Notable Building in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngzhōu Opera House

Authored by architect Zaha Hadid, southern China's biggest performance venue has transformed the area with its other-worldly appearance. With futuristic glass panels knitted together to form subtle curves, it's been…
Temple in Guǎngzhōu

Guǎngzhōu Big Buddha Temple

Hidden behind bustling Beijing Lu and spanning a whole block is this calm complex featuring three 10-tonne bronze Buddha statues (representing the past, present and future). Equally gigantic are the 350-year-old cin…
Tower in Guǎngzhōu

Canton Tower

The Dutch architects designed this tower to look 'female', earning it the nickname 'slim waisted' (xiǎo mán yāo; 小蛮腰) when it opened in 2010. Most visitors flock to this symbol of Guǎngzhōu at nightfall for the rain…