Guangzhou is China’s third largest city and, at almost 2,000 years old, one of China’s oldest cities too. In Guangzhou, you’ll find a wonderful mix of ancient temples, architecture, Chinese culture and history side by side with a rapidly forward-moving Chinese metropolis. History buffs will love Guangzhou and its museums, temples, cathedrals and pagodas and tourists, who love the modern world, will enjoy its fast-paced lifestyle. With so many places to see in Guangzhou make sure, no matter what you like, that you visit these five must see places. They’re the best of what Guangzhou has to offer.
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees – One must see place in Guangzhou is Guangzhou’s most famous temple, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees was built in 537 and is located right in the center of the city. This beautiful temple used to have banyan trees, but they died out many years ago. However, it’s still a stunning place to visit particularly to admire the cultural relics it houses. You’ll enjoy the Laughing Buddha close to the entrance to the temple, a wonderful welcome indeed, and the tall Hua Pagoda is one of the most interesting examples of its type. You’ll find the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees on Liurong Road.
White Cloud Mountain – Get out of Guangzhou and travel to see White Cloud Mountain. One of the most famous beautiful natural places in the area, White Cloud Mountain has six main areas – Bright Pearl Building Park, the San Tailing Summit Park, the Bird Spring Valley Park, the San Tailing Park, the Luhu Park and the Fei’eling Park. Here, you’ll find gorgeous gardens full of exotic flowers and trees, peaks, ponds, lakes and stunning views. There’s also a cable car you can take to the top of one of the highest peaks, where the views are stunning. White Cloud Mountain is less than half an hour outside Guangzhou. You can take a local bus or sign up for a tour.
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family – Also called the Chen Clan Academy, the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is a place to make offerings to ancestors (typical in Chinese cultures all over the world), and a place to study. The temple consists of nine traditional Chinese hall, courtyards, and nineteen buildings all connected by intriguing corridors. You’ll see traditional Chinese architecture, beatifully painted doors, stone gazebos, intricate wood carvings, and in the Folk Museum, displays of pottery, stone, wood carvings, folk handicrafts, sculptures and carvings. The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is at 7 Zhongshan Road.
Evening Cruise on Pearl River – Another must do in Guangzhou is a cruise on the Pearl River. The night cruise starts from the White Goose Pool and ends at the Guangzhou Bridge and is a wonderful way to see the city, without being in the thick of the traffic. While on the boat, you’ll see Guangzhou city in all its brightly-lit glory, as well as see typical Chinese river culture as evidenced on the river banks. A guide will tell you all about the history of Guangzhou as you sail along, and many of the river boat tours include an evening meal.
Spend Time at a Traditional Tea House – Guangzhou is known for its tea houses, with more tea houses per square mile than many other cities in China. At a traditional Chinese tea house, you’ll not only experience a traditional tea serving ceremony, you can also relax and watch the Chinese go about their daily business. Tea houses in Guangzhou are packed, particularly in the morning, which means they’re a wonderful place to what life is really like for someone from Guangzhou. They serve delicious snacks too.
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
White Cloud Mountain
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
Evening Cruise on the Pearl River
Traditional Tea Houses in Guangzhou