Guangzhou is a big, big city, but here are a few pointers on what to see.
GUANGZHOU is the capital of Guangdong Province in Southern China is a city of 12.78 million people (according to the 2010 census). So you can well imagine how vast this city is. It will take at least one week to explore this place and if you have barely 24 hours on your schedule, here are a few places of interest that you can tackle.
First, there’s the Canton Tower located smack in the city centre and it is the highest structure around measuring at a height of 600m (it’s the third highest tower in the world).
You’ll get a fantastic view of the city and its worth spending some time up here to get fantastic panoramic snapshots.
Ticket prices fall into three categories. The price for a visit to the first section (Floor 32, 162.8m high) is 50 Yuan (RM27) per person. The prices for the second (Floor 66, 339.6m in height) and third (Floor 84, 433,2m high) sections are respectively 100 Yuan (RM54) per person and 150 Yuan (RM80) per person. The tower also has restaurants and shopping outlets.
But if you are looking for cheap souvenirs in a hurry, the place to be is Yide Lu wholesale market in Haizu Square. Items such as fridge magnets can be purchased as low as 5 Yuan (RM2.67) and makes sure you bargain like crazy.
A must-use Cantonese phrase for price haggling is – phang dee la! (cheaper please). Besides the great bargains in Yide Lu you have chance to indulge in good street food. In short, you will never starve or be deprived of cheap souvenirs.
Another shopping area that is frequented by Malaysians is Beijing Rtreet which is a pedestrian street. It is located in the downtown area near Yuexiu district and is famous for its pedestrian malls offering garments, luggage and branded goods.
Guangzhou is known throughout the world for its Cantonese cuisine. Recommended eateries in this city are: Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant in Dishifu Lu, Nan Yuan Restaurant in Qianjin Lu and Bei
Yuan Restaurant in Xioabei Lu. These are fine dining establishments and the dim sum dishes there are worth trying out.
The clock is ticking, so one place that comes highly recommended for visitors to end their day is the Chimelong International Circus, which is about an hour’s journey from downtown Guangzhou.
Tickets are priced at 250 Yuan (RM132) and the show starts from 7.30 - 9.30pm. This is a non-stop performance featuring acts that include those from Eastern Europe and Russia and has light shows, acrobatics and animal acts.
You fly into Guangzhou through its Baiyun International Airport which is only 28km from the city centre. You can find out more about this city by surfing its official website http://english.gz.gov.cn.