The 10 Best Things to Do in Guangzhou, China

December 21, 2017 Christa Meece

China’s third-largest city is the capital of Guangdong Province and a thriving commercial center. Its location on the Pearl River and proximity to Hong Kong has made Guangzhou a strategic port for centuries. Glimpse old temples and gleaming steel towers on an architectural tour. Visit one of four Chimelong theme parks for thrills and chills. Once called Canton, Guangzhou is considered the home of traditional (read Cantonese) “Chinese food.” Foodies will find more restaurants per capita here than anywhere else in China.
Restaurants in Guangzhou

1. Chimelong International Circus

Yingbin Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou 511430, China +86 20 8479 6600
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 590 reviews

Chimelong International Circus

This 90-minute show is a mixture of The House of Dancing Water and the typical animal circus. The acts take place on and off stage and over the audience.

Reviewed By KodoDrummer - Yekaterinburg, Russia

This is an amazing circus show of talented and very skilled acrobats, clowns with their funny antics, and other performers, with many wearing beautiful, unique, intricate costumes. The manipulated visual lighting effect, and all the elements of sounds integrate well with the movements of the...MoreWe are glad to hear about your wonderful experience at Chimelong International Circus and hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back again very soon.

2. Chimelong Safari Park

Dashi street, Panyu District | M, Guangzhou 511430, China +86 20 8478 3333
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chimelong Safari Park

Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park wild animal world belongs to the first batch of the national, Guangzhou's only national 5A scenic spot tourism resort, located in Panyu, Guangzhou. The park with large populations of wild animal breeding and self driving ornamental features, known as the most China international standard of national wild animal zoo, is the world's population, up to the wild animal theme park. 6 highlights waiting for you to explore: long long wild animal world 4 highlights, the paradise of rare animals, self driving tours of animals, animals, animals to grab the eye, animal science base, leading the industry trend.

Reviewed By Rick S - Auckland, New Zealand

Anywhere that has Pandas on show is a must-see for me and this property didn't disappoint. Spent most of the day here and took the Gondola ride over the park which was great. Food in the various restaurants didn't cater for anyone who isn't Chinese...MoreThank you very much for your review. Your detailed observation are well received. We will take note on your comments and perfect our service. We sincerely hope we have the pleasure to welcome you again in the future! Thank you for your kind words again!

3. Huacheng Square

South of Huangpu Avenue | Zhujiang New Town metro exit, CBD of Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou 510630, China
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Huacheng Square

Reviewed By youke_worldwide - Singapore

This is a nice area to walk. There is a bit of everything- it’s like the downtown. There are modern buildings everywhere. Then the financial buildings surround the area with the tallest buildings. One can see the area of the Asia games and the view of the river. There are shopping malls as well. Nice to talk around

4. Guangzhou Library

No.4 Zhujiang East Road | Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510623, China +86 20 8333 3885
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 270 reviews

Guangzhou Library

Reviewed By Mark D - Penang Island, Malaysia

Like such cities as London, NY, Paris, & Vancouver, Guangzhou also has a Library that is absolutely amazing!! The first ( and most lasting) impression is the startling/dramatic architecture of the building. One can take a guided tour of the library-- and learn more about the importance of its collection to China's "emerging culture" (as compared to that existing during the "Cultural Revolution"). Well worth a visit!!.

5. Zhujiang New Town

Xiancun Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou 510000, China
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 321 reviews

Zhujiang New Town

Reviewed By Jitecious

This area is very modern and there huge buildings all around.
In this area you will find the modern Guangzhou and there are lot of things to explore or photographed.
For me it was a good experience visiting this place as you can see the Opera House, Library, Mall, Stadium and this place is very good to have a picture of Canton Tower in your background.
There are parks,mall and Fountains show's but you need to be here earlier as everything closes at 22.00.
Be here is must when you are in GZ

6. Guangzhou Opera House

No.1 Zhujiang West Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China +86 20 3839 2888
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Guangzhou Opera House

Reviewed By alvin197 - Hong Kong, China

We visited to see the Zaha Hadid architecture. The design is amazing, with the usual Hadid visual style. It was visually amazing from every angle inside and outside. We were hoping to join the weekend guided tour but there was a music competition that day and thus no tour.
On the bad side, the building is not very well maintained. Exterior tiles are seen to be cracking and shifting/offseting. I wish they would make the effort to maintain the building after investing much to do a Zaha Hadid design. Still definately worth visiting but could be better.
If i had more time, I would love to see a performance to experience the interior.

7. Chimelong Paradise

Yingbin Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou 511430, China +86 20 3993 2888
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 675 reviews

Chimelong Paradise

From 2006 opening date, Chimelong Paradise joy to the world to complete a great change - from the 1 era of hardware to the theme of the times to meet the theme of experience as the center of the 3 era. From the 2012 opening of the New Asia indoor scene exploration project "Forest Temple" to the world's top the world's first "Star battle", the long long joy in the world to produce a satisfactory answer to the world theme amusement market.

Reviewed By Lady_Snowhawk - England, United Kingdom

We went just before the schools broke up in China, but it was an amazing summer's day, completely clear skies but not too hot. There were plenty of rides which were all open-no random closed attractions without notice, like in many theme parks in the UK and other places I've been to. We went as the place opened with our two day pass to both the water park and Chimelong Paradise, and found that we hardly had to wait five minutes before going on the Dive Coaster. I love how long each of the rollercoaster's are-the Ten Inversion Rollercoaster does go by quite quickly but the ten loops make for an exhilarating feeling, especially if you're on the front row!
The motorbike speed coaster was incredibly fast (and felt a lot like Stealth, since the rollercoasters are made from the same company) and riding on the motorbike made me feel like I was going to fall off at any second, but I wish it had gone a little bit higher. Once again, the food exceeded our expectations-we had a pork dish with rice as well as some delicious lemon juice which, although being a little pricey, was still amazing and enough for two people.
The longest waiting time we had for any of the rollercoasters was only an hour, and that was not even for the most scary ride! The staff were very nice and honestly I had a fantastic experience. The fact that there are seats for the queues is great as well! Can't wait to come back someday.

8. Sun Yat-sen University

No.135 Xin'gang West Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou 510275, China +86 20 8411 2828
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Sun Yat-sen University

Reviewed By dindan_11 - Tel Aviv, Israel

I was invited for a lecture at Sun Yat-Sen University and stayed at the Sun Yat-Sen Kaifeng hotel on campus. The university is one of the top universities in China, and the campus is rich in history with some old buildings including where Sun Yat-Sen delivered his famous speech to the students, telling them to do for their country and keep distance from politics. The hotel is excellent. I had a corner suite overlooking the Pearl River, a magnificent view after dark. Breakfast was rich although most of the dishes were Chinese.

9. Panyu Lotus Hill Resort

Lianhuashan Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou 511400, China +86 20 8486 1298
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Panyu Lotus Hill Resort

Twelve miles from Guangzhou, Linhua Mountain overlooks the Pearl River. Its unique scenery combines natural beauty with man-made sites.

Reviewed By jajavalB - Bangkok

This attraction is a big complex with lake, lotus pond, flower garden, ancient pagoda, resort, and stone park and its highlight, big towering Guanyin statue overlooking the hill toward the Zhujiang and view of opposite riverbank industrial park. It's easy to go to the top at the basement of Guanyin by car with a little walk , easy easy, no any physical demands. Down the hill toward the river at front of Guanyin statue, it's panoramic view of on construction big garden and stone park. Beside The statue to the right, it's big monastery where locates thousand handed avalotikasavara buddha. There ate also many souvenir shops with collections of things to buy for keeping good luck, prosperity, heath, friendship and success in life.

10. Canton Tower

No.222 Yuexiang West Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, China +86 20 8933 8222
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Canton Tower

The Canton Tower stands at the intersection of Guangzhou’s new urban central and the Pearl River scenery zone. Right across the river, is the Asian Games Park and Zhu Jiang New Town, together with the Guangzhou Opera House, Library, No.2 Children’s Palace and Guangdong Provincial Museum it forms the new metropolitan sky line. The Canton Tower is the tallest TV tower in the world with a total height of 600m. The Tower was built using the latest engineering technologies, but inherits 2000 years of Canton Culture. It displays Guangzhou’s vision and determination to the world. The Tower offers an observation deck with a spectacular view, several top-notch restaurants and catering services, 5-star exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities. All these enable you not just to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Guangzhou, but also to experience the excitement of adventure at great heights.

Reviewed By Ideatraveller - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Canton Tower is a must visit destination while you visit Guangzhou either for business or holiday purpose, strongly recommended to visit on evening time as the lighting effect was fantastic. Strongly recommended.

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