The high-speed train at West Kowloon has made things so much easier to visit surrounding cities in the Greater Bay Area. Guangzhou is one of the bustling port cities near Hong Kong, with tons to offer from traditional to modern architecture. Without further ado, check out Your Guide to Guangzhou.
The Canton Tower is a hard one to miss, standing at 450 meters tall, right in the heart of Guangzhou’s CBD. Ascend up to the observatory to grasp the bird’s eye view of the futuristic city and watch as the tower lights up the Pearl River at night. You can also sit on the observation ride as the rotating glass balls take you around for a spin. You might be famished after so make sure you book a reservation at the world’s highest rotating restaurant at 424 meters that serves an international buffet.
Fans of modern architecture will drool over the Guangzhou Opera House, carefully crafted by famous architect Zaha Hadid. The contoured profile of the opera house sparks up conversations as you walk along the river, and make sure you watch some artistic performances while you’re there.
The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is an ancient, mythical architectural museum, that dates back to the Chen Clan from the late 1800s. The carvings of historical figures are a sight to see and you’ll spend hours pondering over each detail. It’s truly a monument you cannot miss.
It’s not all skyscrapers in Guangzhou, especially with the breathless Sacred Heart Cathedral. Even if you’re not Catholic, the colorful glass and exquisite gothic carvery will transport you to the classic Italian towns.
Stroll on the Liede Bridge to take in the breathtaking views of the city and the pearl river that takes over your eyes. It doesn’t cost a thing plus you get a viral-worthy Instagrammable selfie, win-win right?
‘Your Guide to Guangzhou’ is one of the newest series of Greater Bay Area content to expect. We will be covering the next GBA city next week so stay tuned.
Featured Image by Junbin Chen.