Vacation Idea Guangzhou

Here is a fun vacation idea Guangzhou

Guangzhou or Canton , the capital of Guangdong Province, is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million. Founded in 214 BC, the city has been a springboard for trading, cultural exchanges, many revolutions and reforms, making it an unavoidable stopover to understand what shapes the modern China.

Mention you are traveling to Guangzhou to most northerners, you will almost expect a remark calling the place ‘cultureless’. Fair or not, its isolation from the rest of ‘typical China’ by mountainous topography and early exposure to the outside world has resulted in its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. It is no surprise that Guangzhou is a cradle of many reforms and revolutions that changed the fate of China forever. Today Guangzhou still unveils many republic-era sights that help travelers understand modern Chinese history.

Founded in 214 BC, this capital of the richest province is always a mix of new and old. It not only boasts some of the oldest temples in China, a millenarian-old park, an imperial tomb of a southern kingdom and complete preservation of colonial villas and church on Shamian, but it also serves as a showcase of futuristic architectures and autopilot metro on Zhujiang New Town.

Despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travelers usually come to Guangzhou to shop. Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys. You will be appalled to see the real prices of those China-made products and the profit your local shops earn by selling them.

Despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travelers usually come to Guangzhou to shop. Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys. You will be appalled to see the real prices of those China-made products and the profit your local shops earn by selling them.

As busy as it sounds, you can easily escape the crowd. Just head to surrounding villages, in which some of them date back to the Song Dynasty . Bird watching in Nansha Wetland, a 200-hectare stopover for migrant birds from as far as Seriba, can easily make you a peaceful day.

Food is the centerpiece of life and Guangzhou has the country’s largest number of restaurants per capita, which is the birthplace of what you call ‘Chinese food’ in the west. Here you can grab the authentic taste of sweet & sour pork, wonton soup and dim-sum. Few travelers can leave the city hungry.

Sound like a fun vacation idea ? Guangzhou

800px-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel.
800px-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel.

Zhujiang new town.
Zhujiang new town.

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Guangzhou-SunYatSen.

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Guangzhou-ShangXia9.

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Guangzhou-BarStreet.

Guangzhou yuntai.
Guangzhou yuntai.

Guangzhou Martyrs Memorial Garden.
Guangzhou Martyrs Memorial Garden.

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RuralGuangzhou.JPG

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FiveRams.JPG

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GuangzhouNewYear.JPG

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