Guangzhou (also known as Canton or Kwangchow) is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai and is the capital of the Guangdong province in South China.Guangzhou is located on the Pearl River and is about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau. It is an important national transportation hub and trading port. The city with 12 million inhabitants has been founded in 214 BC. Guangzhou has been a springboard for trading, cultural exchanges, many revolutions and reforms, which shaped modern China.
There are more than 750 hostels (some are as big as a well established hotels), budget, cheap and luxury hotels in Guangzhou, most of them are situated at the Beijing Road in Haizhu Square Area, Shangshajiu Pedestrian Street Area, Tianhe District or Teemall or East Railway Station and the Pazhou Exhibition Center Area. The Teemall district has a lot of office towers and business parks (Victoria Plaza, Zhongtai International Plaza and Metro Plaza) and is more important for business travellers. Most of the hotels here are three and four star hotels, some are five star.
These are most of the five stars hotels in Guangzhou: The Garden Hotel Guangzhou, Fraser Suites Guangzhou, Guangzhou Baiyun Hotel, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, Asia International Hotel Guangdong, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, Langham Place Guangzhou, Marriott Guangzhou Tianhe, Oakwood Premier Guangzhou, Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou and Dong Fang Hotel Guangzhou.
The city has a vibrant nightlife on the streets and within its hotels, beautiful views of the Pearl River and traditional performances like the Cantonese opera and the circus. The best time to visit Guangzhou is between October and November. April and May are also good months. Guangzhou has a sub-tropical climate with humidity levels and temperatures (up to 40 Celcius) at their highest in the summer.
Must see or visit attractions:
Chen Clan Academy or Chan Clan Ancestral Hall
Shamian Island or Shameen Island
Guangdong Provincial Museum
Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
Sacred Heart Cathedral or Stone House
Temple of Bright Filial Piety
Guangzhou Peasant Movement Institute
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Dragon boat festival