Guangzhou: On the Banks of the Pearl River
Things to do
In the northern suburbs of Guangzhou is Baiyun or ‘White Cloud’ – a mountainous area with more than 30 peaks dotted with temples and monasteries. The area is perfect for hiking or, for spectacular views, take a ride on the cable car.
Latitude: 23.15729 | Longitude: 113.273289
The 600-metre tall Canton Tower is a landmark on the Guangzhou skyline. At night it’s bathed in an ethereal rainbow light with colours emanating across the Pearl River. Take a ride on the bubble tram at 455 metres high or visit 488 Look Out for a sky view of Guangzhou.
Latitude: 23.106553 | Longitude: 113.324673
Guangzhou Opera House
Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, Guangzhou Opera House is one of China’s biggest and most unique performance venues. Its curved glass panels joined together have been likened to pebbles washed up from the nearby Pearl River. Join one of five daily tours or plan ahead and purchase tickets for an upcoming show.
Latitude: 23.115162 | Longitude: 113.322254
Take a day trip to nearby Shamian Island for European architecture including the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (built by the French in 1892) and Shamian Dajie, the island’s main road, lined with old houses, galleries and picturesque trees.
Latitude: 23.109444 | Longitude: 113.239444
Shawan Ancient Town
In the southwest district of Panyu lies the cobblestone streets, shrines, ancestral halls and Taoist temples of Shawan Ancient Town. Shawan was once the centre of Lingnan culture and its history is particularly evident in the town’s architecture.
Latitude: 22.904799 | Longitude: 113.333785
Travel time 45 minutes
Taxi Approx CNY 150
Shuttle Approx CNY 17-32
Train Metro line2, 40 Minutes, CNY 8Back to top
When to go
Guangzhou enjoys a humid subtropical climate, meaning summer (June - October) is long and humid while winter (December - February) is short and mild. The average yearly temperature is around 22°C. Autumn (October - December) is the best time to visit when temperatures are mild and it is generally sunny but cool.
Come February, Guangzhou is coloured by flowers with the Spring Flower Fair and again in June with the Guangzhou Lotus Flower Festival on Lotus Blossom Hill. Twice a year Guangzhou hosts the Canton Fair, from April to May and again from October to November.Back to top
The best way to travel around Guangzhou is using the city’s nine metro (train) lines. Trains operate from 6.30am to 11.30pm with fares costing from CNY2 to CNY14. Transit passes are available for one-day (CNY20) or three days (CNY50) for unlimited use during that time. Taxi prices begin at CNY10 for the first 2.5km and CNY2.6 for every additional kilometre plus the fuel surcharge (CNY1).Back to top