Guangzhou Attractions - Things to Do

Guangzhou is one of the twenty-four famous historical and cultural cities in China. It does not, however, have the amount of cultural attractions found in some cities such as Beijing and Xi'an.

Here is a brief list of things to do in the city.

Ancestral Temple of Chen Family, Guangzhou
Ancestral Temple of Chen Family
Pearl River, Guangzhou
Pearl River

Top Attractions

 Yuexiu Park, the largest park in the city, gets its name from Yuexiu Mountain, which is located in the park. Yuexiu Park is famous for its beautiful scenery and its large number of historical relics such as the Five-Ram Sculpture, Zhenhai Tower, the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall, and the Square Cannon Site. You can get to the park by taking bus No. 2, 5, 6, 10, 58, or 101.

 The Pearl River flows through Guangzhou City. At evening, taking a boat tour on the river to admire the breathtaking night view of the city is a great enjoyment. Stretching one's eyesight, visitors can see the gorgeous Canton Tower under dazzling lights abruping up to the sky .

 Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is famous for its exquisite craftsmanship including wood, stone, and brick carving, and metalwork using copper and iron. There are also wonderful murals. As for the carving techniques, both realistic and imaginative styles were employed to give the temple a magnificent yet solemn atmosphere.

 Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is the most important relic in Guangdong Province. It was built for Dr. Sun Yat-sen after his death in 1925. It was completed in October of 1931.

 White Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan) is easy to reach. Take the public bus, No. 199, 233, 24, 36, 285, or 540. Tourists can take a cable car to reach the top of the mountain. The entrance fee is CNY 5.

 Guangxiao Temple (Bright Filial Piety Temple) located at Guangxiao Lu, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the Lingnan Area. The Guangxiao Temple plays an important role in Chinese Buddhism history because many famous Buddhist monks came here to preach religious doctrines, bringing glory to this temple.


More Attractions

There are more sites to visit than those just listed. Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, having a long history of about 1,400 years, is one of the four best Buddhist temples in the city; Huaisheng Mosque (Remember the Sage Mosque) was built in 7th century in memory of the ancestor of Islam, Mohammed; Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum is the oldest and largest Han tomb with the most funerary objects in Lingnan Area. Chimelong Holiday Resort is a world class tourist kingdom which always brings happiness to the world. All the thematic parks in it are full of excitement and wonder waiting for your arrival.
Guangzhou Shamian
Shamian Island

 Baishui Village
 Baomo Garden
 Beijing Road
 Chimelong Tourist Resort
 Guangdong Museum
 Guangzhou Museum
 Guangzhou Ocean World
 Guangzhou Zoo
 Guangzhou Wholesale Markets
 Huaisheng Mosque
Lingnan Impression Park
 Lotus Hill
 Nansha Tin Hau Palace
 Nanyue Garden
 Qingping Market
 Sacred Heart Cathedral
 Shamian Island
 Shawan Ancient Town
 Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street
 South China Botanical Garden
 South Sea God Temple
 Sunflowers Garden
 Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
 Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
 Yuyin Garden

Further Reading: 12 Best Places to Visit in Guangzhou
- Last modified on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Attractions
Asked by Hcss from SINGAPORE | Jun. 10, 2019 01:23Reply
From Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Springdale Serviced Residence what's the cost to take a taxi ?
Answers (5)
Answered by Frank from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 10, 2019 20:40

It takes about CNY120.
Answered by Hcss from SINGAPORE | Jun. 10, 2019 23:42

Thanks for your reply.
1)Any nice food around that area to recommend?
2)Places of interest you strongly recommend that its a must to visit?

Hope to receive your reply soonest.
Answered by Frank from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 11, 2019 00:28

1. You can taste some local dim sum in Tao Tao Ju, which is located at 6C059, F6, Zhengjia Plaza, No. 228, Tianhe road, Tianhe District. The Haidilao Hot Pot is also a good option and the nearest location is at 401A, F4, Kaisa Plaza, No.191, Tiyu West Road, Tianhe District.

2. The must visit places include Canton Tower, Shamian Island, Shamian Island, Chimelong Tourist Resort, and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
Answered by Hcss from SINGAPORE | Jun. 13, 2019 00:08

From Springdale Serviced Residence to Shunde by taxi, how much is the fare?
Answered by Frank | Jun. 13, 2019 18:11

It costs about CNY160.
Asked by HB from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2018 15:48Reply
I'm arriving Guangzhou Baiyun Airport at 1230 am.
What’s the affordable option to get to GZ city center?
Answers (7)
Answered by Wilson from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 03, 2018 19:01

You can take the airport shuttle bus line 1/ 2/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 8 to the urban and the buses run until all flights arrive.
Answered by HB from MALAYSIA | Dec. 22, 2018 06:24

I'm staying near by Yide station on subway line 6. Which shuttle bus should I take and where to get off. Thanks.
Answered by Wilson | Dec. 23, 2018 19:26

You can take airport shuttle bus line 5 and get off at Haizhu Square first. Then walk southwest around 800 meters to arrive at Yide Road.
Answered by HB from MALAYSIA | Dec. 24, 2018 04:49

Thank you
Answered by HB from MALAYSIA | Jan. 07, 2019 16:47

How much cost for an airport taxi to Yide Station after midnight.
Answered by HB from MALAYSIA | Jan. 07, 2019 17:08

I read bus line 5 drop-off at Hilbin hotel which is about 1.7km to Haizu Square. Is that correct?
Answered by Wilson | Jan. 07, 2019 17:19

1. Yes, you are correct. The airport shuttle bus line 5 will arrive at Hilbin Hotel. The ticket fare is also CNY21 per person.
2. The cab fare is around CNY120 to 130 from the airport to Yide Station.
Asked by Vuchny from CAMBODIA | Oct. 12, 2018 06:22Reply
I will be staying at No.155 Linhe West Road, Building B Poly Apartments, Guangzhou.
and willing to join the 124th canton fair, is there metro subway or bus nearby that I can take to the fair?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from USA | Oct. 14, 2018 18:50

You are advised to take the Tourism bus line 3 at East railway station, about 2 minutes' walk from your hotel. Then get off at Pazhou and walk about 10 minutes, you will get to your destination. The duration is about 1 hour and it needs about CNY2 per person.
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