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Guangzhou, China

Locals will tell you Guangzhou has two passions: economics and eating. They are correct – but there is plenty more to discover in China’s third largest city, too. The capital of southern Guangdong province, Guangzhou has been an important trading port since the Tang dynasty (AD618-907), and bears traces of its international past, when it was known to the world as Canton. Hub of the prosperous Pearl River Delta and China’s manufacturing and industrial heartlands, Guangzhou developed along the banks of the broad Pearl River – from the genteel Concession-era enclave of Shamian Island in the west, to the well-planned plazas and iconic architecture of Zhujiang New Town in the east, the centrepiece of Guangzhou’s current urban renaissance. With a warm subtropical climate and flower-edged streets, Guangzhou has a laidback character and locals love nothing more than to gather for yum cha – a tradition that originated in the city. Join them for a leisurely repast while sipping tea and watching one of China’s most intriguing cities go about its daily business.

What to do

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What to do in Guangzhou - Pearl river  

Pearl River

What to do in Guangzhou - Guangzhou metro  

Guangzhou’s metro system

Road trips
What to do in Guangzhou - Guangzhou dimsum  

Cantonese cuisine

What to do in Guangzhou - Chimelong Park  

Chimelong Park

What to do in Guangzhou - Canton Tower  

Canton Tower

What to do in Guangzhou - Guangdong Museum  

Guangdong Museum


Where to stay

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Where to eat

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Where to eat in Guangzhou - Bei Yuan Restaurant

Bei Yuan Restaurant

Dating back to 1928 and housed in a traditional Chinese garden residence, Bei Yuan is a delightfully evocative choice for a classic Cantonese meal or dim sum repast. A series of lively communal and private dining rooms are set along traditional wood-beamed corridors, overlooking a lantern-strung Chinese garden, goldfish pond and wing-tipped rooflines. Equally as enchanting are the little bamboo steamers filled with meticulously crafted crystal shrimp dumplings, steamed buns and other classic Cantonese snacks.

Insider Tip: Bei Yuan also serves Chiuchow (Chaozhou) cuisine in a separate dining room. The distinctive regional style from eastern Guangdong province is loved for its lightly braised meats and poultry dishes. 202 Xiaobei Rd, Yuexiu District, Tel: 02 83 563 365

Where to eat in Guangzhou - Bing Sheng

Bing Sheng

A local favourite, Bing Sheng restaurant is spread over four levels – but you still may have to queue for a table at mealtimes. Red lanterns, grey-brick walls and a tinkling Chinese pipa soundtrack set a classic tone, although the encyclopedic menu spans both traditional and nouvelle dishes, all with handy pictures and English translations. House specialities include seafood sashimi (locals love the icy shrimps) and silken tofu dishes, but the traditional BBQ pork, salty roast chicken and steamed fish are also excellent.

Insider Tip: Bing Sheng offers a supper menu until 3am, making it a great place for late-night noodles, dumplings and congee. 2 Xichun Rd, Zhujiang New Town, Tel: 02 38 035 888


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