Sightseeing in Guangzhou
Guangzhou Tourist Attractions
Shamian Island (沙面岛)
The greatest reminder of the colonial era in Guangzhou, perhaps in all of China, is the delightful Shamian Island. Lined with trees and old, run-down yet beautiful European buildings… (Read More…)
Directions: Take exit D from Huangsha subway station, go left as you exit and walk over the pedestrian overpass to the island.
Yuexiu Park (越秀公园)
The largest park in central Guangzhou is a lovely place to wander through and holds a few noteworthy sights… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥5. Open: 6:00-21:00.
Directions: The entrance to the park is right at Exit B of Yuexiu Park subway station.
Five Rams Statue
Since its erection in 1959 this 10 meter high statue has become the symbol of Guangzhou. The significance of the five rams comes from an old legend about Guangzhou… (Read More…)
Directions: Once inside Yuexiu Park, simply follow the signs to the Five Rams statue.
Zhenhai Tower and Guangzhou City Museum
Zhenhai Tower stands proudly on Yuexiu Hill, built on top of the last remaining section of Guangzhou’s City Walls. At a height of 28 meters, it is also known as Five Storey Tower or Five Storey Pagoda… (Read More…)
Entrance: ¥10. Open: 9:00-17:00.
Directions: Once inside Yuexiu Park, follow the signs to Zhenhai Tower.
Museum of the Southern Yue King (南越王墓)
A site of historical importance that is well worth visiting, this is the 2000-year-old, excavated mausoleum of the Emperor Wen, a ruler of the Southern Yue Kingdom… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥12. Open: 9:00-17:30.
Directions: About 5 minutes walk from Exit D2 of Yuexiu Park subway.
Chen Clan Academy (Chen Clan Ancestral Hall) (陈家祠)
While not the oldest or most historically significant sight in Guangzhou, the Chen Clan Academy is definitely one of the most striking attractions in the city… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥10. Open: 8:30-17:30.
Directions: Take Exit C from Chen Jia Ci subway station.
Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Temple) (光孝寺)
The site that this temple is built on was first been used as a palace for a prince of the Southern Yue Kingdom in the 2nd Century BC… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥5. Open: 6:00-17:00.
Directions: From the Ximenkou subway station, head north along Haizhu Beilu, then turn left into Jinghui Lu.
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple) (六榕寺)
While not the most inspiring temple you will see in China, Liurong Temple is worth visiting for its incredible, 900 year-old, 54 meter pagoda… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥5 (Another ¥10 to climb the pagoda). Open: 8:00-17:00.
Directions: From Ximenkou subway station, head east along Zhongshan Lu and then turn north up Liurong Lu.
Hualin Temple (华林寺)
Although often overlooked in travel guides, Hualin Temple is one of the oldest and most interesting temples in Guangzhou… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥8 (if you can find the ticket vendor). Open: 8:00-17:00.
Directions: Hualin Temple is on an alley that runs south off Changshuo Lu, just west of the intersection with Kangwang Zhong Lu.
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (耶穌聖心主教座堂)
Built entirely of granite, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (nicknamed ‘Stone House’ or ‘shishi’) was constructed from 1863 – 1888… (Read More…)
Admission: Free. Open: During Mass times.
Directions: Take Exit B2 from Haizhu Square subway station and walk straight (west) until you see the towering spires.
Temple of The Five Immortals (五仙观)
While there is nothing at all visually arresting about this Taoist Temple,it might be worth visiting merely for the legend that goes with it… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥10. Open: 9:00-17:00.
Directions: Take Exit B from Ximenkou subway station and turn right into Haizhu Zhong Lu. Walk straight until you reach Huifu Xi Lu, then turn left.
Canton Tower (广州塔)
Standing at 600m tall (including the spire), for a little over a year the Canton Tower was the tallest in the world and it remains the tallest structure in China…. (Read More…)
Admission: ¥50-¥150 Open: 8:00-23:00
Directions: Take the exit to Canton Tower from Chigang Ta subway station.
Museums and Art Galleries in Guangzhou
Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美馆)
This ultra-modern art gallery is mainly devoted to hosting exhibitions but also features an excellent collection of permanent works… (Read More…)
Admission: ¥15. Open: 9:00-17:00 (closed Mondays).
Directions: It’s easiest to reach by taxi. Or, if you’re willing to brave the bus system, Bus 89 from the Tianhe Bus station will get you there.
Markets and Shopping Streets in Guangzhou
Qingping Market (清平市场)
As one of the first markets to flourish after China’s ‘reopening’, until very recently Qingping Market had something of a notorious reputation for its trade in exotic animals… (Read More…)
Directions: Take exit D from Huangsha subway station and go straight along Luersan Lu until you reach Qingping Lu.
Shangxiajiu Lu (上下九路)
Guangzhou’s premier pedestrian mall, this long, narrow strip of countless shops, department stores and flashing neon is the equivalent of Beijing’s Wangfujing Dajie or Shanghai’s Nanjing East Road… (Read More…)
Directions: Head south from Exit D of Changshou Lu subway station and turn left into Dishipu Lu, then go straight.
Beijing Lu (北京路步行街)
Although much smaller than Shangxiajiu Lu pedestrian mall, the mall at the north end of Beijing Lu is well worth a visit. It’s lined with the usual assortment of department stores and Chinese brand-name shops… (Read More…)
Directions: To reach the Beijing Lu mall, walk east along Zhongshan Wu Lu from Gongyuanqian subway station for 5-10 minutes.
The most famous market is the Hualin Jade Street. Of far more interest though is the sprawling, maze-like jade market that fills countless alleyways a little north of there… (Read More…)
Directions: Head east from Changshou Lu subway station. The jade stalls are on the right just before Kangwang Zhong Lu.
Activities in Guangzhou
Pearl River Cruise
An essential part of any trip to Guangzhou is a cruise along the Pearl River at night. The standard route takes you from just west of Shamian Island to Xinghai Concert Hall on Ersha Island and back again… (Read More…)
Directions: To reach Fangcun Pier, take Exit B from Fangcun subway station, follow Luju Lu to the river, then turn right.