Guangzhou, the third most populous city in the People’s Republic of China is also the starting point of the Silk Road. Its name was Panyu when it was founded in 224 B.C. In 758, the city was pillaged by the Arabs and in 1841 went under patronage by the British. In World War II, the Japanese seized the city.
There are historical buildings and areas where you can feel the past in the city, and also very modern buildings. In addition to its modernity, the Opera House fascinates with its highly aesthetic character. The building, which was opened in 2010 and designed by Zaha Hadid, stands in all its glory on the banks of the Zhujiang River. The interior decoration of the building is also as pretentious as the outside. If you have time, watching a concert in the auditorium of the opera hall with its 1800 seats will be a great experience for you.
Canton Tower is the right choice for a bird’s-eye view of the city. This building, which is actually a television tower, is the third tallest structure in the world with a length of 600 meters. There is an observation floor at a height of 488 meters and a glass-floor section. If you feel brave enough, you can try walking here.
The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Tomb is a must-see, but not really a grave. Yat-Sen’s grave is in Nanjing. He is the founder of the Republic of China. You can get information about him and his actions.
Another interesting area of Guangzhou is Shamian Island. It’s interesting because you will feel yourself in Europe from the moment you set foot on this island. In the 19th century, the island was divided into two parts and one part was given to the British and the other to the French. Nowadays, there are the brides and grooms that you will come across most because this is a popular wedding photo venue. The streets of this island are also full of interesting sculptures. You can take pictures with them.
Of course, there are also great historical buildings that you can visit. Dafo Temple is a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century. Guangxiao Temple is the oldest here, so old that the people here say, “Guangxiao was here before Guangzhao.” Another historic venue is the Chen Clan Academy. This is a complex of 19 buildings. Previously used for accommodation and as a secondary school, the building now serves as a museum of folk arts. The building is a complete historical monument with its reliefs, carvings, and sculptures and it was taken under protection by the state.
Beijing Road is the place to go for shopping. This is a lively place with individual shops and shopping malls. Xiguan Antique Street can be a good option if you want to see more original but second-hand products and buy them. Tianhe is another shopping district. When you come to Tianhe, don’t forget to visit the Guangdong Museum, one of the best examples of modern architecture. Here you can see a large collection from prehistoric fossils to modern paintings.