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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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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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Guangzhou Museum

Guangzhou Museum

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Learn about more than 5,000 years of local history and culture at the Guangzhou Museum, located inside Zhenhai Tower in Yuexiu Park. Built in 1380, the 5-story Zhenhai Tower is a historic landmark of old Guangzhou. Today, it houses nearly 1,000 exhibits illustrating the city’s development and offers spectacular views over the city.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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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (Sun Zhongshan Ji Nian Tang)

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (Sun Zhongshan Ji Nian Tang)

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Perched on the southern slope of Guangzhou’s Yuexiu Hill, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (Sun Zhongshan Ji Nian Tang) is a monument built in 1931 in honor of the Chinese revolutionary. A bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen was erected in front of the hall in 1956, and the octagonal structure houses a collection of photos and letters from his life.More
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White Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan)

White Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan)

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White Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan, Baiyun Mountain, or Mt. Baiyun), located just north of Guangzhou City, gets its name from the wreath of wispy clouds that circle the mountaintop after a heavy rain. A visit to the mountain and the surrounding 17-square-mile (44-square-kilometer) park area is a popular way to stretch your legs, take in some fresh air, and escape the busy city.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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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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Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

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The Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King houses the contents of the royal tombs of the Nanyue ruler Zhao Mo. The skeletons of Zhao Mo, along with 15 of his courtiers, who were buried alive to serve him in death, and several thousand objects from the empire are on display.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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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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Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour

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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!
krenzyvergara, 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
EMCali2019, 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
chandraja2019, 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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Very good guide and left feeling...
Warren A, Oct 2016
4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour
Strongly recommended for anyone who has the time to see Guangzhou.
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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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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 J M, Oct 2016
All-inclusive Guangzhou Historic City Private Day Tour
Great sight seeing,A guide who spoke excellent English.
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Beautiful historical sites!
krenzyvergara, 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
sofyadova5, 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
KirkPDX, 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
TokyoReview, Dec 2019
Pearl River Night Cruise & Eveing Tour in Guangzhou with Private Transport
Jack spoke excellent English.
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Something for everyone
akemanes, 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
TokyoReview, 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
annadW7068MM, 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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Amazing value!!! And our guide was...
Heather D, Jan 2018
4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour
The tour desk was easy to find in Guangzhou airport up near Gate 20, and the staff there spoke English and were very helpful and friendly.

All about Guangzhou

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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