For a fascinating culture crawl, visit Guangzhou’s Xiguan Residence, home to traditional Chinese architecture, dating to the Qing dynasty. The more recent 19th-century Chen Clan Ancestral Hall boasts a rich collection of intricate ivory sculptures and silk embroideries. Also, don’t forget to visit Shamian Island, where boulevards from British and French colonial days have been renovated.
But the most iconic structure in Guangzhou is the Canton Tower, which, until 2013, was the country’s tallest building. Standing at 600 metres, the tower was opened in 2010 to commemorate the Asian Games. To get an unparalleled view of the city, head to the tower’s observation decks on the 107th and 108th floors. Alternatively, you can book a table at the Twist Mediterranean Buffet Revolving Restaurant on the 106th floor.
The many historic Buddhist temples are also worth a visit on your trip to Guangzhou for their architectural delights. The most famous is the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees or Liurong Si, a nine-floor pagoda built in the 6th century.