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Welcome to Guangzhou

As China’s third-largest city, Guangzhou is not for the faint-hearted. A sprawling metropolis framed by stainless steel skyscrapers and split by the Pearl River, Guangzhou offers history and modernity in equal measure. The city’s size means a sightseeing tour is the best way to travel between landmarks quickly and easily. Full-day tours typically cover Chen Clan Academy, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple), and the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, and include a traditional Cantonese lunch. Yuexiu Park—home to the emblematic Five Ram Statue and Ming-era Zhenhai Tower—offers plenty to explore, as does Shamian Island, with its the colonial mansions and neo-Gothic churches. Embrace Guangzhou’s evening energy on a Pearl River night cruise or by pre-booking a ticket to the Chimelong International Circus—and don't forget to eat your fill of Cantonese cuisine, such as dim sum and roast duck, on a food tour. Day trips to Hong Kong by super-speed bullet train are a popular choice with travelers short on time, while traveling to Chengdu by air makes the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding doable in a day. Plus, don’t miss Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, a rainbow of imperial architecture; Chimelong Paradise, China’s largest amusement park; and Canton Tower, the country’s tallest structure.

Top 10 attractions in Guangzhou

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Canton Tower

Canton Tower

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Guangzhou’s loftiest and most impressive skyscraper, the vertiginous Canton Tower is one of the tallest buildings on Earth and Guangzhou’s most notable structure. Unveiled in time for the 2010 Asian Games, the freestanding structure is known for its slim shape, its outdoor observation decks, and the rainbow lights it sports after dark.More
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Pearl River (Zhujiang)

Pearl River (Zhujiang)

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The Pearl River (Zhujiang) stretches for 1,376 miles (2,214 kilometers) from Xi Jiang to the Pearl River Delta where it pours into the South China Sea. It’s the third longest river in China and the second largest by volume. According to local legend, the river got its name from a huge boulder in the middle of the river, smoothed by water erosion to resemble a round pearl in the middle of the river.The most famous portion of the Pearl River flows through the heart of Guangzhou, and the waterfront is home to many of the city’s top attractions, White Goose Pool and the behemoth Canton Tower among them.One of the most popular ways to enjoy the Pearl River in Guangzhou is by cruise. While boats ply the waters throughout the day, the best time to experience the sights of the river are at night, when the Guangzhou skyline is colorfully lit up. No matter when you cruise, you’ll likely pass beneath the 10 bridges that span the river within the city.More
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Chimelong Water Park

Chimelong Water Park

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Guangzhou is home to one of the world’s most popular water parks, welcoming more than 2 million visitors annually. Chimelong Water Park has more play structures than nearly any other park in the world; thrill-seekers can zip down the Master Blaster, swirl around the Tornado or race each other down high-speed slides.Besides a huge range of water slides, the park also features a spa pool, massage pools, lazy river, aqua plaza play zone, splash fountains and an infinity pool. The world’s largest wave pool creates nine different types of waves, while the Rain Fortress holds the record of the world’s largest single themed water attraction.Live performances are staged throughout the day, and guests have five dining options to choose from, ranging from fast casual to sit-down.More
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Chimelong International Circus

Chimelong International Circus

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Opened in 2000, the Chimelong International Circus has become the largest professional circus venue in the world, where guests are taken on a multimedia journey of special effects, laser lights, acrobatics, horsemanship, clown antics, magic, dancing and a thrilling motorcycle Ball of Death, where nine riders perform at high speeds inside a suspended metal globe.Before and after the 80-minute show, guests can shop for circus-themed souvenirs at the Circusky or Day & Night shops or grab something to eat at the Circustar Restaurant.More
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Chimelong Safari Park

Chimelong Safari Park

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China's Chimelong Safari Park is the largest wild animal theme park in the world. Located in the biggest city in south China, Guangzhou, the park is home to some 20,000 animals and is presently the only zoo in the country to be awarded the 5A class tourist attraction level, the highest level obtainable.Of its 20,000 animals, Chimelong features more than 500 species, including the giant panda, pygmy hippopotamus, black rhinoceros and white tiger. Visitors can self­-drive through nine themed safari zones housing animals from every corner of the world, from native Australian kangaroos and koalas to cheetahs and lions from South Africa.A huge attraction at the park is the set of panda triplets born here in 2014. Panda triplets are incredibly rare, and in fact, these are the only live set in the world today. In addition to safari tours, there are a whole host of other attractions and shows within the park, as well as plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.More
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Shamian Island

Shamian Island

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Beyond Guangzhou’s soaring skyscrapers, discover another, older side of the city when you visit Shamian Island. A sandbank island in the heart of the city that once served as a busy port, Shamian Island was divided between British and French concessions in the 19th century. Today, it’s known for its heritage architecture and ample charm.More
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Chen Clan Academy (Chen Jia Ci)

Chen Clan Academy (Chen Jia Ci)

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One of Guangzhou’s most significant historical attractions, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (also known as the Chen Clan Academy) dates to the late 19th century. The large campus comprises 19 buildings, and was initially built as an academic temple complex. Today, the striking landmark is home to the Guangdong Folk Art Museum.More
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Chimelong Paradise

Chimelong Paradise

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Boasting an impressive 70 rides and attractions, Chimelong Paradise is China’s largest amusement park and holds numerous world records for its attractions, many of which are imported from abroad and made with the latest amusement park technologies.The park is divided into seven themed zones, each with its own set of attractions. Circus-like Magic Town is home to a drop tower, ice rink, fun house and twisty car ride, while guests get dizzy on Whirlwind Island’s half pipe, spinning tea cups, chair swing and bumper cars. The aptly named Screaming Zone is home to the world record-holding Ten Inversion Roller Coaster, and Happy Kingdom delivers pint-sized fun for little ones.Park guests can cool off at Water World on bumper boats, a flume or a family raft ride, or watch a 4D or 360-degree film inside the Phantom Zone. Rainbow Bay has a bit of everything, including a pair of roller coasters, a giant frisbee and a vintage car ride. Live stunt shows round out the entertainment offerings.More
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Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Si)

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Si)

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Among Guangzhou’s most significant religious landmarks, the Buddhist Temple of the Six Banyan Trees dates back to AD 537 and is still active today, with a community of monks. Visitors marvel at the vibrantly painted exterior of the temple’s Flower Pagoda, which soars some 187 feet (57 meters) high.More
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Guangdong Museum of Art (GDMoA)

Guangdong Museum of Art (GDMoA)

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Located on Ersha Island in Guangzhou, the Guangdong Museum of Art (GDMoA) is a major cultural institution. In addition to a permanent collection that showcases modern and contemporary fine art, primarily in the form of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, the museum also hosts over 60 special exhibitions and shows a year.More

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Top activities in Guangzhou

Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou

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Recent reviews from experiences in Guangzhou

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Most wonderful tour and best guide
Denise_R, Mar 2021
Baojing Palace Cave and Glass Skywalk Bridge private tour
Thrilling tour of glass bridge, and we loved Zack our tour guide who speaks perfect English and is very smart and kind.
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Great tour!
KrenzyAnn_V, Feb 2020
Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transfer
He was very knowledgeable and he also helped us with suggestions for other sights to visit in the city for the rest of our trip.
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Great private tour
Elly_M, Dec 2019
Gulong Canyon Grand Glass Skywalk Bridge private tour
Our tour guide, Zack, was very knowledgeable, helpful, and had excellent English, making him very easy to understand.
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Amazing Experience
ChandraJanuar_A, Dec 2019
Gulong Canyon Grand Glass Skywalk Bridge private tour
really2 recommend if you want to see the other side of Guangzhou and amazing experience
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Day Trip
LM1812, Sep 2019
Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour
Spoke good English.
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Great tour. Experienced and...
dawncarnell, Nov 2017
Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou
Experienced and knowledgeable guides with very good English who offered lots of history and allowed us to see a side of Guangzhou we hadn't seen.
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Pleasant and knowledgable guide...
Beverly P, Aug 2016
Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch
This tour is a very good way to see the scattered sightseeing spots in Guangzhou.
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We had a really lovely day.Great...
Stephen_M, Oct 2016
All-inclusive Guangzhou Historic City Private Day Tour
Great sight seeing,A guide who spoke excellent English.
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This was a fantastic way to...
Rowena H, Mar 2017
Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou
He was very knowledgeable, great English, an all round nice guy.
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Beautiful historical sites!
KrenzyAnn_V, Feb 2020
Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch
We got to see a lot of amazing and beautiful places in Guangzhou.
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A must to do and see in the city, great guided private night tour of Guangzhou
Sofy_A, Jan 2020
Private Guangzhou night tour with Pearl River Cruise and Canton Tower
Our guide Zack is very knowledgeable about his hometown(Guangzhou) , speak perfect English and provided great insight to the local culture and history of the city.
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Knowledgeable and friendly!
batekau, Dec 2019
Local Guangzhou private tour guide service with car
Looking forward to visiting again.
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Must visit in Guangzhou
Hellboy4ever, Dec 2019
Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Bar Hopping
We were in Guangzhou on a whirlwind trip and on reviewing top things to do in Guangzhou....
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Great day trip from Guangzhou
Kirk_H, Dec 2019
All Inclusive Kaiping Diaolou Heritage Private Day Trip from Guangzhou
We all decided to come a day early to see the sights - we toured Guangzhou on our own, but wanted to see something interesting in the countryside so we booked this trip.
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Pearl River Night Cruise
Donald_W, Dec 2019
Pearl River Night Cruise & Eveing Tour in Guangzhou with Private Transport
Jack spoke excellent English.
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Something for everyone
Alex_K, Dec 2019
Chinese classical garden and lion dance&Kungfu show private tour
The grounds were clean and luscious, we started with a train ride within the park to see the animals and then took a stroll throughout the park and saw the White Tigers, there were cubs and new born's being nursed by their mother.
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Transfer Service from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Hotel in Guangzhou
Donald_W, Dec 2019
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Guangzhou Hotels:Private with Meet & Great Service
I was pleased to see that he had a mini-van for a car would not have sufficient trunk space to hold all the things for 3 people.
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A tale of two cities
ALEXANDROS_K, Dec 2019
Guangzhou Local Tours: Tailor-made Guangzhou private city tour
There are SO MANY things to see and do that 4 days were really not enough.
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We spent one week in Guangzhou...
Alan T, Feb 2018
Guangzhou Highlights Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch
It was so good to see several generations of Chinese families dining together.
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If your a foodie I would highly...
Jeffrey C, Jan 2018
Guangzhou Foodie Tour
We got to visit a number of establishments.

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When to visit

Subtropical Guangzhou is known for its sultry weather and toasty summers; depending on your heat tolerance, you may wish to visit in the cooler fall months. That said, the sizable city always has events worth traveling for, from Lunar New Year (complete with vibrant flower markets) and spring's Dragon Boat Festival to the Lotus Flower Festival in summer.

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