Tourist Information

About Guangzhou

Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province in southern China, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. It is the third largest city in China after Shanghai and Beijing, with a population of more than 10 million. Guangzhou was known in the West as "Canton". Local people speak Cantonese in stead of standard Mandarin (or Putonghua), which is also widely spoken due to the large migrants from other provinces. Guangzhou is one of the earliest cities carrying out the policy of reform and opening up in China, making it famous for foreign trade and business now. It is also famous for food, embroidery, local opera. The biggest event in Guangzhou this year is the 16th Asian Games, which will be held from November 12 to 27.

Attractions

* Chen Ancestral Temple

Also called Chen Clan Academy. It was built in late 19th century with the donations of members of the Chen family, a big family living in 72 different counties in Guangdong province. It used to provide accommodation for the family members who came to Guangzhou for imperial examinations. Now it is used for Guangdong Folk Craftwork exhibition.




*  Pearl River Cruise

Pearl River in Guangzhou is the third longest river in China. The evening cruise on the Pearl River is an efficient way of touring Guangzhou, since many famous sights are distributed along the river. The beauty of the Pearl River at night often reminds one that of Hong Kong's Victoria Park.



*  Canton Tower

Also called Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower. Being the tallest TV tower (600 meters or 1,967 ft) in Asia, this newly built construction becomes a landmark of Guangzhou. With an open-air viewing platform on top, it offers tourists a fantastic bird view of Guangzhou City.

 

*  Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

With its majestic appearance and the infused rich Chinese national color, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is one of the symbolic constructions in Guangzhou. It is built to commemorate the contributions of Sun Zhongshan (also known as Sun Yat-sen), the great predecessor of Chinese revolution for democracy. Those who are interested in architectures should not miss this spot.



Climate

Guangzhou Average Climate by Month

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (C) 17.78 18.33 21.11 25 28.89 31.11 32.22 32.22 31.11 28.33 23.89 20
Low (C) 9.44 11.11 14.44 18.89 22.22 24.44 25 25 23.33 20 15.56 11.11
Precip(mm) 1.7 2.6 3.4 7.2 0 0 9 8.7 6.8 3.1 1.7 .9
High (F) 64 65 70 77 84 88 90 90 88 83 75 68
Low (F) 49 52 58 66 72 76 77 77 74 68 60 52


Food

Perhaps the most famous thing in Guangzhou is Cantonese cuisine, one of the eight styles of Chinese cuisine. There is a Cantonese saying: "Any animal, whose back faces sky, can be eaten." The philosophy of Cantonese cuisine is that fresh is best. Hot spice like chilli is rarely used in Cantonese dishes, unlike, for instance, Sichuan cuisine. Breakfast in Guangzhou is much richer than elsewhere, with varieties of dumplings and porridge for choice. Another unique Cantonese specialty is slow cooked soup, which is usually served before the main dishes.