Guangzhou is China's third largest city, with an appealing mix
of retail frenzy and capitalist energy tempered by ancient
traditions and intact historical districts. Capital of the
Guangdong Province in southern China, adjacent to Hong Kong and
Macau (75 miles north-west of Hong Kong), the city of Guangzhou was
formerly known in the West as Canton (the home of Cantonese
cuisine) and has a rich heritage in tea production. Today the city
skyline is dominated by massive skyscrapers which play host to vast
business and trade enterprises.
Guangzhou also has numerous shopping malls, as well as cultural
and historical attractions, for visitors to enjoy. Cantonese
cuisine and opera are highlights of the Guangzhou social scene, and
the city's history (dating back to 214 BC) can be discovered at
sites such as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. Some of
Guangzhou's best shopping areas include Shangxia Jiu Lu, Beijing Lu
and Renmin Nan Lu, while Teem Plaza and China Plaza are the most
popular department stores.
Travellers to Guangzhou will probably find the summer season a
bit hot and rainy but the winters, from December to March, are mild
and sunny - a wonderful time to explore this fascinating city.
There are a number of buses and taxis to transport tourists in the
city, and there are flights and trains from Guangzhou to other
major Chinese destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai.