Guangzhou, a dynamic metropolis in China, is well known for its foreign trade and cuisine. Also called the Canton, this famous Chinese city has a mix of contradictions, consisting of modern skyscrapers, shopping malls, as well as slums. Here, we focus on some of the most popular attractions that you must see while touring Guangzhou.
This sandbank island, consisting of numerous historical buildings, is the perfect place for viewing European-style architecture. Used as the main port region in Liwan District during the Qing and the Song Rule, the island is home to important public facilities and buildings that exhibit neoclassical, baroque, and gothic architectural styles.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
One of the largest and oldest churches in Southern China, this Roman Catholic cathedral is situated on the banks of Pearl River. Standing tall at 58.5 meters, this church exhibits Gothic style of architecture. You can easily participate in Sunday Mass that is held in different languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Guangxiao Si (Bright Filial Piety Temple)
This Buddhist temple has a history of over 1,700 years. It is said that the temple’s pagoda is the place, where the Buddhist master Huineng’s hair had been buried. Visit the temple to have an insight into the culture and history of Chinese Buddhism.
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
One of the finest and oldest Buddhist temples in the city, the temple has a large collection of cultural-relics. Constructed in 537 AD, the temple has undergone several changes and renovations over its history. The most attractive features of the temple are the Laughing Buddha figurine at the Tianwang Hall, the effigy of general Weituo, and the architecture of the Flowery Pagoda or the Six Banyan Pagoda.
Located to the southern side of Pearl River in the Haizhu District, the Canton Tower is a must-see attraction in Guangzhou. The 600-meter uniquely designed tower is home to numerous entertainment items including romantic restaurants, wonderful lookout platforms for capturing photos, and 3D as well as 4D screening halls for film viewing. The Bubble Tram and Sky Drop give you the most riveting experience.
Apart from the above mentioned, you would also have a wonderful time by visiting the South China Botanical Garden, the Lotus Hill, the Baiyun Mountain, and Chime-Long Paradise.