Guangzhou a prosperous metropolis full of vigor is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China. Being an excellent port on the Pearl River navigable to the South China Sea, and with fast accessibility to Hong Kong and Macau, the city serves as the political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural center in Guangdong area. It is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million. For travelers, the city shows much attraction through its famous sights such as the Five Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park, Pearl River and White Cloud Mountain.
1. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
This airport is located 28 kilometers north of Guangzhou city center, at Baiyun and Handu District. It is China’s largest transport hub. It also serves as a hub for China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, 9 Air, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines. The airport has a single Terminal for both domestic and international flights. CAN have direct flights with Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and many other Asian destinations. There are several options for travelers to reach the city center. For those on a budget can opt for the airport express bus or public busses. An alternative will be to take a taxi into the city. The journey into the city will take approximately 25 minutes.
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Guangzhou experiences the four seasons. The best time to visit Guangzhou, however, is either during spring or autumn, particularly in April, May, October, and November. During these months, Guangzhou’s weather is pleasant and is neither cold nor hot. Travelling in Guangzhou during spring (March to May) in Guangzhou can be met with some rain. May is also considered as the high rainfall period and onwards to June; there is a high probability of typhoons and thunderstorms. However, the spring of Guangzhou is when the flowers in the city will be in full bloom. Nature lovers will also enjoy the Spring Festival in January where Guangzhou becomes a world of flowers, with blossoms and flower markets almost everywhere. Business travelers can consider traveling to Guangzhou from Mid-April to Early May and Mid-October to Early November when the largest trade fair of China, the Canton Fair, always held twice a year in China. However, it is better to take note that hotel prices will soar and the city will be extremely crowded, and thus tourists must book a hotel in advance.
Guangzhou is a leading commercial and industrial city, and it’s been recently spruced up with clean streets, pretty lighting, less smog and a much-improved transportation system. The city not only attracts tourists for its history and landmarks, but it is also a business destination due to the Canton Trade Fair, which is celebrated every spring and autumn.
1. Canton Tower – The landmark of Guangzhou, the Canton Tower rises to almost 600 meters and illuminates the scenery with colorful lights in the evening. It is the second tallest tower in China and the fourth tallest tower in the world. The tower includes coffee shops, restaurants, observation decks, a 4D cinema, a Ferris wheel and rides for the adrenaline junkie. From the top, visitors have a birds-eye view of the whole city. The Canton Tower is also noted for its unique design. Mark Hemel, the designer, was inspired by the bones of the female hip joint, and then he created a slim waist in the middle of the tower just as a fair lady twists her waist while looking behind. The tower has become a new city landmark and one of the Eight New Sights of Guangzhou. No matter what the visitors are doing whether, on a Pearl River cruise or just wandering along its bank, they cannot miss seeing the majestic tower. Especially at night, the tower seems like a resplendent dress, ablaze with colorful lights.
2. Yuexiu Park – Yuexiu Park is the largest park in downtown Guangzhou and one of the most famous scenic spots in the city, perfectly combining cultural relics and ecological landscape. The park is named for the hills of Yuexiu Mountain on which it is built. It is a park of mountains covering an area of 860,000 square meters. It belongs to the ending ranges of Baiyun Mountain, stretching for 3 kilometers from the east to the west with an altitude of over 70 meters. There are a great many beautiful views and historical relics in the park such as the Five-Ram, the River View Pagoda of Ming Dynasty, the Tomb of King Nanyue of Eastern Han and the Canons of Ch’ing Dynasty.
3. Shamian Island – Shamian Island is a scenic foreign settlement with old buildings built by foreigners from different countries. You could enjoy strolling among old European buildings of different styles and big old trees. Sightseers will notice that structures in one area of the island have more of an English style and that one area has more of French style. You'll also appreciate the shady streets lined by shade trees. Located in Guangdong Providence, Shamian Island is an island that is separated by a river and a canal with bridge access. Shamian Island is a bustling city full of shops and restaurants. If you were to walk down its streets, you would see everything that a normal downtown area would have such as a hotel, bank, schools, historical buildings and places of business. The historical buildings include Chinese artifacts, museums, and even a gift shop for keepsakes.