Guangzhou Attractions - Things to Do

Guangzhou, with the nickname of the “City of Five Rams” or the “City of Flowers”, is a migrant city filled with flowers, modern high rises, delicate foods, and stylish boys and girls but yet keeps its traditional lifestyle in some parts. As a glamorous travel destination, Guangzhou owns a large number of tourist attractions, either focusing on natural landscapes or cultural heritages.

History buffs always like to explore the Shamian Island with European flavor, the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family showing the clan culture and history of Guangzhou, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in memory of the Father of Chinese modern democracy, and the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, which boasts over 10,000 pieces of funerary objects.  

Well, if you are more fond of natural scenery, Guangzhou attractions will not disappoint you either. The White Cloud Mountain consisting of more than 30 peaks ranks as the most beautiful mountain in Guangzhou. The Yuexiu Park, where the landmark Five-Ram Sculpture is set, offers enchanting mountain and lake sceneries. At night, be sure to take a cruise on the Pearl River so that you will fully take in the charm of this dynamic city.

Food is another Guangzhou tourist attraction. Locals lead a slow life pace and have the habit of eating Yum Cha. While enjoying tea, they tend to select an assortment of exquisite desserts as the side dishes. Nowadays, tourists also follow this tradition and enjoy Yum Cha in the time-honored restaurants. The prawn dumplings, steamed creamy custard buns, barbecued pork buns, and steamed chicken feet are the favorites of most tourists.

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Recommended Itineraries to Explore Guangzhou Attractions

1 Day Plan: A Brief Visit to Downtown Guangzhou Attractions
Yuexiu Park (2 hours) → Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (2 hours) → Beijing Road Pedestrian Street (3 hours) → Pearl River Night Cruise (1 hour)

If left with only one day in Guangzhou, a majority of tourists will pay a visit to the Yuexiu Park to see the Five-Ram Sculpture, the icon of Guangzhou. After the visit, you can walk to the nearby Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. If you plan to spend a night in Guangzhou, do not miss the Pearl River Night Cruise.
3-4 Days Plan: An In-depth Tour Covering Top Tourist Attractions in Guangzhou
Day 1: Yuexiu Park (2 hours) → Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (2 hours) → Beijing Road Pedestrian Street (3 hours) → Pearl River Night Cruise (1 hour)
Day 2: Sacred Heart Cathedral (1 hour) → Shamian Island (3 hours) → Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family (2 hours) → Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (2 hours)
Day 3: White Cloud Mountain (3 hours) → Guangdong Museum (2 hours) → Canton Tower (2 hours)
Day 4: Chimelong Tourist Resort (a whole day)

Three to four days are enough for an in-depth tour in Guangzhou. You can head for all the well-known tourist attractions and takes pleasure in shopping and savoring delicious foods on the pedestrian streets like Beijing Road and Shangxiajiu.

As Guangzhou is conveniently connected with Foshan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Shunde by trains and buses, you can also explore these cities if having more time.
- Last updated on May. 25, 2023 by Catherine He -
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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