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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 Dim Sum in Guǎngzhōu

Pànxī Restaurant

Set in a majestic garden and embracing another one within its walls, Pànxī is the most representative of Guǎngzhōu‘s garden-restaurants. Corridors and courtyards are brought together to give the effect of ‘every ste…
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 Cafe in Guǎngzhōu

Kuí Yuán

From its location inside the gorgeous Kuí Yuán building in the historic Dōngshān area, this cafe serves decent coffee and canapés during the day and morphs into a bar at night. Stylish, warm-toned seating areas occu…
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 Dim Sum in Guǎngzhōu

Guăngzhōu Restaurant

Guăngzhōu's oldest restaurant is dedicated to serving well-made dim sum with an exquisite selection of teas (¥8 to ¥50 per person). Times may have moved on but this is the traditonal dim sum model. Tables and dining…
Top Choice Live Music in Guǎngzhōu

191 Space

Two steps from the metro exit, this is a throbbing dive that features live indie gigs from China and overseas every weekend.
Vegetarian in Guǎngzhōu

Huìfú Vegetarian

Serve yourself a selection of extremely fresh vegetarian Cantonese dishes such as sweet-and-sour tofu, and red bean with lotus root. Sweet ginger and rice cake soups, and dumplings are also available. No menu or Chi…
Cultural in Guǎngzhōu

Birthday of the Fire God

Every year on the birthday of the Fire God, usually around November, Bāhé Academy guild hall throws a banquet for the opera industry. From early morning, you’ll hear gongs and drums, and ceremonies are performed at …