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About Guangzhou

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China’s third-largest city, Guangzhou offers a distinct blend of tradition and modernity, with ancient temples and futuristic buildings taking centre stage alike. Strategically located on the Pearl River, it has served as one of the country’s major ports and transportation hubs for centuries.

Over the years, people of several faiths have called Guangzhou home – including Taoists, Buddhists, Christians and Muslims – and they’ve each left their mark on the city’s fabric. The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees boasts a nine-storey Flower Pagoda, while the Sacred Heart Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. Alternatively, the Huaisheng Mosque features a unique mix of Chinese and Islamic design elements.

An evening cruise along the Pearl River offers views of Guangzhou's modern structures lit up at night, including the neon-washed Canton Tower and the gleaming Guangzhou Opera House. Nature lovers can hike the Baiyun Mountain for breathtaking panoramas of the city from the top. If you’re travelling with kids, you can head to Chimelong Paradise – an amusement park that offers myriad activities and adventurous rides, alongside neighbouring water and safari parks.

Also known as Canton, Guangzhou is the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine, the most emblematic of Chinese cuisines around the world. When sampling the local food, expect delicate, fresh flavours and dishes such as dim sum, white-cut chicken and Cantonese roasted goose.


From $29 per night

This weekend

From $58 per night

Next weekend

From $58 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency CNY 10 = $1.48
Language Mandarin
Average weekend price $66 per night
Average weekday price $83 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Guangzhou reviews

What other travelers say about Guangzhou


Guangzhou is a great city to explore.

January 18, 2022

Guangzhou is a great city to explore. It has some wonderful architecture and great parks and markets within the city centre. There are plenty of great eating options, including some great vegan and vegetarian options. The city is easy to navigate using city bikes (Alipay/WeChat), metro or taxi.

Si Higg
Si Higg Chile

Perfect Concierge , Mr.

November 9, 2021

Perfect Concierge , Mr. Rainy Qiu. He has the answers for all your questions ! Excellent Man to greet arriving travelers and business people. Hotel and all staff, receptionists and especially Mr. Rainy will make you smile every time you see him/ them. This is the only Hotel in Guangzhou I will ever stay at, perfect location and people with a Starbucks downstairs !!! Do yourself a favor and don't stay anywhere else and make sure to greet Mr. Rainy, you will not regret ! Want a free upgrade ? Say hello to Mr. Rainy !!!

Jeffrey Philippines

Guangzhou is the biggest small city in China.

July 30, 2020

Guangzhou is the biggest small city in China. What I mean by that is while Guangzhou is incredibly large by population and economic significance, it has a feel of a much smaller city. You'll find many of the comfort amenities you'd find in Beijing or Shanghai, yet the people are much more casual and slow paced about doing things. You also don't see the wasteful pea-cocking of most other cities in China where they blast bright neon lights on all the buildings at night. It's much more muted at night, which is a good thing.

Eric China

Perfect place to go to.

January 29, 2020

Perfect place to go to. Business coz there's a lot of products to choose from and all in a very cheap price. Leisure coz it has a lot of scenic spots, a very nice zoo, waterpark, theme park in chimelong. And a fabulous circus show. Lots of shopping centers to choose from. A paradise for shopaholics like me. A lot of affordable restaurants that far exceeds my expectation.

ADRIANA Philippines

Fortunately, one night after dinner, I walked from the river...

January 24, 2020

Fortunately, one night after dinner, I walked from the river (& stadium), just across the river from the Canton Tower, up the plaza (north) for half a mile. The many new skyscrapers are very impressive, and some of the architecture is innovative. It was early January and the weather was pleasant. While in many American cities, walking around downtown at night can be unsafe, in Guangzhou, as in most Chinese cities, one does feel safe. There are lots of things to do, and I did few, so I may go again next winter. Guangzhou's subway system is already about as big as those in London, Paris, & NYC, but unlike them it is new. One of its newest lines has driver-less trains.

Daniel China

Guangzhou is a vibrant, interesting city with lots to do,...

January 21, 2020

Guangzhou is a vibrant, interesting city with lots to do, see, and eat. However, if you don't speak Chinese or if it's your first time, it may be daunting. Recommend travelling with someone who knows the language (also really helpful to have wechat pay or alipay!)

Kayla Japan

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