Lots of foreigners had always found traveling to China daunting because of the perception that the country is still stuck in the olden times of palaces, pagoda, and old houses. A lot has changed in China, which we have seen with our naked eyes. The sleeping dragon is opening its doors to the rest of the world. One of the cities we will be looking into is Guangzhou.
Guangzhou is known as a fashion city and the third-largest city in China. The best time to travel in this part of China is from September until March. Guangzhou has shown improvement in its facilities, locals’ relationship with tourists, transportation system as well as pollution. The city’s charm is attracting more and more visitors, even immigrants each year.
Here is a travel guide to Guangzhou 2019:
Beijing Road is one of the busiest streets in Guangzhou where people dine and shop. You can find all sorts of items to purchase, especially clothes and accessories, which are easily accessible and cheap. Most of the vendors in the area can speak a little bit of English, so haggling wouldn’t be an issue. Other than shopping, one of the must-try in the area is tasting authentic Chinese cuisines and street food. Dive into their street foods from Coconut egg, coconut pudding, Sausage skewer, and assorted tropical fruits. And a must-do is eating Dim Sum with your morning tea. For dim sum, order Xiao long bao, shrimp dim sum, and fried dim sum with chives
Trivia: In Guangzhou, filling someone’s cup of tea to the brim is considered rude. As a sign of respect, you should only fill ⅓ of the cup. The receiving party then taps the table to show they are thankful for the gesture.
Liwan Lake Park
An off-the-beaten-path destination that is only known to the locals. Through the joint efforts of the citizens of this place, Liwan Lake Park was created in 1954. Local residents often gather in the park, strolling, playing, or merely talking. Explore the park like the locals do, enjoying the serene and beautiful surroundings full of trees and lake right in the heart of the city proper.
If you are looking for the best photo shoot, then Xiaozhou Village is the place for you. The town is home to Chinese artists who sell their paintings by the side. The village is full of small alleyways with a surprise lurking in every corner, such as murals, small cafes, and stores selling assorted items. Young people are often seen wearing traditional clothes to tie up with the retro feel of the place. The 300-year buildings, together with a quintessential Chinese attire, make up for that perfect profile picture capturing the essence of the old China.
Pearl River Night Cruise
As the sun sets, the city bursts into light, making the night cruise one of the best tourist attractions in the city. The Pearl River is one of the longest rivers in China, and it can take up to 2 hours, depending on the route. Feel the wind against your face as you breathe in the air in the river. Be mesmerized at the changing of colors of the iconic Canton Tower. Don’t be surprised when people start yelling when they pass under the bridge.
Instead, just join in the fun.
Canton Tower / 州塔
The landmark of Guangzhou, also known as the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower and is the second-highest tower in the world. The tower is 450-meter-high and gives you a beautiful panoramic view of Guangzhou. You have never been to Guangzhou if you miss this iconic landmark.
There is so much to do in this vast city of Guangzhou. Ditch the usual tourist destinations and go where the locals go. Experience the beauty and charm of Guangzhou.