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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 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 Cantonese in Guǎngzhōu

Bǐngshèng Taste

This marvellous restaurant, one of several branches of Guǎngzhōu's highly regarded chain that also boasts upscale editions like Bǐngshèng Mansion and 'Little Bǐngshèng' (小炳胜; xiǎo bǐngshèng), serves hit after hit. A…
Top Choice Dim Sum in Guǎngzhōu

Táo Táo Jū Restaurant

An esteemed name in Canton's yum cha dynasty, Táo Táo Jū packs in the over-60s for dim sum wheeled out on heated carts. There's no menu; you'll be given a slip of paper which gets stamped each time you help yourself…
Top Choice Dim Sum in Guǎngzhōu

Diǎn Dōu Dé

With around 25 branches in Guǎngzhōu, Diǎn Dōu Dé is one of the best-loved names in dim sum, turning out delicious shrimp dumplings, shāomài (烧卖; shrimp and pork dumplings), rice rolls, durian puffs and all the othe…
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 Cocktail Bar in Guǎngzhōu

Hope & Sesame

The booze boffins at this speakeasy have an on-site lab with bubbling stills for bespoke spirit infusions, resulting in some of the most creative top-shelf cocktails in China. Best of all, though they are masters of…
Top Choice Dim Sum in Guǎngzhōu

Pànxī Restaurant

Set amid ornamental gardens interlinked with pools, courtyards and corridors, Pànxī is typical of Guǎngzhōu‘s garden-restaurants, designed to give the effect of 'every step, a vista' (一步一景). Choose from several sepa…
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…