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10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor January 31st, 2022 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Guangzhou soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Guangzhou and where to stay!

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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A city full of amazing architecture and iconic skyscrapers, Guangzhou is definitely one of the best cities you must visit in China. Not only that but it is also blessed with a lot of historical relics that are centuries old. In short, Guangzhou is a city of modernity with a touch of history. Read more below to learn about the places to visit and things to do in Guangzhou, China.


List of Best Things to do in Guangzhou, China

1. Chimelong Safari Park

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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The Chimelong Safari Park is a good plan to spend a day in Guangzhou. It’s a very beautiful huge park and animals are almost in their natural habitat. In addition to the pandas, there are other cool animals at the park, such as Asian elephants, koalas, and orangutans. Fun for the whole day, you can eat in several spots. Just wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk a lot.

2. Canton Tower

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Once in Guangzhou, you should definitely go up to the Canton Tower. You first have to enter your passport details at a machine, then you can buy a ticket at the counter. You just have to wait a little longer because the tower is also very popular with locals. Entrance including the Bubble Train costs a bit expensive. But it is particularly worthwhile because from there you have a very special view of the city. Especially at night, the view with the many lights is magical.

Suggested Tour: Canton Tower

3. Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum


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This spacious facility from the 18th century is worth seeing for two reasons; First, it is the largest Lingnan architecture complex in Guangzhou. Second, it offers an insight into the Chinese craftsmanship of various materials. You will get acquainted with “folk crafts”, a lot of figurines, paintings, carvings on ivory, stone, porcelain, and this is all a thousand years ago and Soviet times, a bizarre mix, however, very organic for China.

4. Chimelong International Circus

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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The Guangzhou Circus is another wonder of China. It has a show that integrates the classic, medieval, contemporary and futuristic circus. Every time there are new and very spectacular acts that will leave you with your mouth open. It is a magical place where art, animals, and magic come together, all synchronized, it really is a place where you have to go.

5. Baiyun Mountain

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Baiyun Mountain has a lot to offer. From the square, there is a path going up to the highest point of the mountain, on the summit, the view of which is really worthwhile. There isn’t much nature in Guangzhou, but Baiyun Mountain is nature, beautifully laid out over a wide area, a lot of different greenery, and a great view from above. There is a lot to learn about culture as you ascend. There are also several restaurants and toilets on the way up.

6. Chimelong Paradise

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The Chimelong amusement park itself includes an amusement area – Paradise, a safari park, and a circus. The ticket for each zone is sold separately, but there are also combined tickets for visiting just one or two zones of your choice at once. On Paradise – you need a whole day. It’s an obligatory stop in Canton if you’re traveling with children.

Suggested Tour: Chimelong Paradise Guangzhou

7. Shamian Island

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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An interesting place for walking. Shamian is an island with its own charm and spirit of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are almost no buildings of Chinese architecture here, but only mansions with stucco molding and French windows. Also, walking around the island, you can find English and French Catholic churches, a well-groomed park, interesting sculptures, and, of course, crowds of Chinese tourists.

8. Huacheng Square

This is the very center of the city. It is beautiful both during the day and in the dark. There is a park with lakes and flowers, an underground shopping center with shops and a food court, skyscrapers, main attractions, and access to the embankment overlooking the tower. In general, it is definitely impossible not to pass by.

9. Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King


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This was one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 1980s, which took place during the construction of the huge China Hotel. It is the most important site in the city and should not be overlooked during your visit. Upon entering you will first visit the section dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Also exhibited here is an amazing collection of ceramic cushions, donated to the museum by a Hong Kong collector. Definitely worth a visit to learn more about China.

10. Pearl River (Zhujiang)

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]
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It is a river flowing in the center of Guangzhou. It would be nice to enjoy the night view while walking along this river. In addition, there is also a pier where River Cruise is anchored for each river. A lot of locals also come out for a walk between 7 and 10 in the evening.

Suggested Tour: Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou (Dashatou Wharf)

Where to Stay in Guangzhou, China

Budget Hotel

Guangzhou Tangtang Youth Hostel

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

Located in Guangzhou, Guangzhou Tangtang Youth Hostel offers accommodation with private balconies. At the hostel, every room comes with a wardrobe. All units at Guangzhou Tangtang Youth Hostel include air conditioning and a desk. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a shared lounge for guests.

Price: Starts at $8 per night for a 4-Bed Male Dormitory Room, taxes and charges included, and it offers a free cancellation. 

Luxury Hotel

Conrad Guangzhou

10 Best Things To Do in Guangzhou, China [with Suggested Tours]

Offering a spa center and hot tub, Conrad Guangzhou provides lush guestrooms and suites in the Tian He District of Guangzhou. This luxury hotel offers a flat-screen TV and Blu-ray player in each unit. All guestrooms are furnished with parquet of hard floors and carpets. There is a private bathroom fitted with a bathtub and a shower in every unit at this property. Spa facilities with a lounge are there to help guests relax. Guests can also head to the fitness center for a workout.

Price: Starts at $205 per night for a Two Queen Deluxe Room, add $34 for taxes and charges, $65 for breakfast, and offers a free cancellation.


These are the possible things you can do in Guangzhou. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Guangzhou.

Fun Facts About Guangzhou, China

  • Guangzhou is the third-largest city in China.
  • There are a lot of historic relics in Guangzhou.
  • If you like Cantonese food, Guanzhou is the place you should go to. The city is well-known for Cantonese cuisine.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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