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1 Day in Guangzhou for First Timers

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Guangzhou is a city with a long, rich history and modern outlook. With one day in Guangzhou, there is enough time to experience several of the top attractions in the city. From temples and museums to skyscrapers and parks, here's how to make the most of 24 hours in Guangzhou.


Make the most of your limited time in Guangzhou by taking a half-day or full-day guided sightseeing tour. Travel by bus, car, bike, on foot, or by public transit and visit top historical and cultural highlights, such as the Chen Clan Academy, the Nanyue King Mausoleum, Yuexiu Park, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall.

Those with an interest in China’s religious traditions may want to spend more time at some of the main temples, such as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, the Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), and the Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Guan).


Spend the afternoon experiencing a more modern side of the city. Start with Shamian Island, and stroll along the streets of European-style architecture, remnants of the foreign concessions made after the First Opium War. Afterward, head to the Zhujiang New Town area and Flower City Square, home to the 1,908-foot (600-meter) tall Canton Tower. Be sure to take in panoramic views from its observation deck. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring other modern landmarks, such as the Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library, or the Haixinsha Asian Games Park.


Get a different perspective on Guangzhou and enjoy illuminated skyline views on a nighttime sightseeing cruise along the Pearl River. If you opt for a cruise that does not include dinner, head to Beijing Pedestrian Street, a popular shopping and dining destination, for food and souvenir shopping. For a more authentic eating experience, sample local favorites, such as dim sum and roast duck, on a walking food tour. Then, get a taste of Guangzhou’s nightlife at Binjiang Lu or Bai-e-Tan bar streets. Alternatively, spend the evening watching a dazzling performance at Chimelong International Circus, one of the largest permanent circuses in the world.

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