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As the cradle of revolutions and reforms that have profoundly affected the face of modern China, book a flight to Guangzhou with Qatar Airways and you’ll experience a unique Chinese metropolis. Partially isolated by mountains, Guangzhou is an eclectic mix of old and new cultural influences, from ancient temples to imperial tombs. Fly to Guangzhou and you’ll discover a rich culture, huge markets and some of the most varied cuisine in China.
Traditional Chinese architecture can be seen at the Xiguan Residence, dating to the Qing dynasty. The more recent 19th century Chen Clan Academy has fascinating ivory sculptures on display. On your trip to Guangzhou don’t forget to visit Shamian Island, where boulevards from British and French colonial days have been beautifully renovated. The Canton Tower is famous for being China’s tallest structure, with an observation deck, restaurant and entertainment facilities.
The many historic Buddhist temples are also worth a visit on your trip to Guangzhou for their architectural delights. One of the best in this respect is the 17-floor Liurong Temple, built in the 6th century.
Visit some of China’s best museums on your trip to Guangzhou, such as the magnificent Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and the Guangdong Museum of Art. Guangzhou Ocean World is situated inside Guangzhou Zoo and is packed with options for entertainment as well as exotic sea creatures.
Guangzhou is also full of spacious parks. Yuexiu Park is the biggest in China, and there are also many theme parks such as Chimelong Water Park and Chimelong International Circus to enjoy.
Cantonese cuisine is very popular in Guangzhou, renowned for its distinctive taste, colour and presentation, although you can find just about anything here. Start off by trying ‘tea in a pot with two pieces’ – the Dim Sum cultural speciality in Guangzhou. Seafood and roasted chickens and ducks are also very popular.
The Guangzhou Restaurant is family run and renowned for its signature dishes. For food in a fabulous setting, try the Pan Xi Restaurant and dine amid stunning architecture and trickling streams.
When travelling to Guangzhou for shopping you’ll find that the back alleys have the most interesting goods on offer, and it’s also the best way to see the historic parts of the city. Specific trades tend to be concentrated along particular streets, such as Flower Street, Jade Street and Toy Street.
There are also large shopping centres such as Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street, the main shopping area. China Plaza is a popular mall with the locals, and you’ll find all the fashion and designer stores in the huge Guangzhou Mall, or Zhengjia Plaza.
Flights to Guangzhou land at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, one of the major hubs for Southern China, 17 miles north of the city centre. Take Metro Line 3 into town.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Guangzhou please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Renminbi (CNY)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type A / I
International dialing code: +86