A Year in Guangzhou
Collected by Dwiveck Custodio, AFAR Local Expert
Panshi St, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Guangzhou's torrential growth has poured the city beyond its former borders, creating "islands" out of old villages that once lay far outside the city limits. Huangpu Village (or Huang Pu Cun) is one of the most unchanged in Guangzhou. Huangpu is...
Yuejiang W Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Oyster eating is deeply rooted in Guangzhou's food culture, and it is historically one of the most popular Guangzhou street foods. Lingnan cuisine—the predecessor to modern Cantonese culture—discovered the oyster over 1,000 years ago. (During the...
Huazhou Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
A centuries-old village, islanded by the various river streams and tributaries of the Pearl River that crisscross the region, Xiaozhou Village today is a magnet for arts and culture in Guangzhou. New shops, cafes, stone streets, and historic...
China, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Huangpu, 长洲岛
The Whampoa Military Academy, founded by the Kuomintang under Sun Yat-Sen in 1924, was an important piece of Chinese Military history. The site was destroyed in the 1930s by the Japanese, but rebuilt in the 60s. Today, it has been preserved as a...
Yuejiang W Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
One of the first nights I went out in Guangzhou, I met up with some friends at The Clock, a spot along the bar-dense Party Pier. The crowd was a lot like our table: Chinese white-collar workers, local Chinese students, European and American...
138 Xiaozhou E Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510006
A 320-acre botanical park in the midst of Xiaozhou Island, the Yingzhou Ecological Park has over 50,000 fruit trees and plants. Dozens of varieties of fruit from South China can be found here: dragon eyes (similar to lychee), starfruit, bananas,...
389 Tianhe Rd, TianHe ZhongXin, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510620
Inside the ultra-swank Taikoo Hui mall, the Fangsuo Commune is a modern take on the bookstore experience. Part cozy library, part book shop, part boutique, the 2,000-square-meter shop also hosts popular artists, writers and other public figures...
151 Longjin W Rd, ZhongShan QiBa Lu, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Ask anyone in China, and they'll tell you that Guangzhou is considered the home of dim sum. If you love dim sum like I do, you'll be eager to take your appetite on this cultural journey. Many of Guangzhou's dim sum restaurants have been in...
Liwan, Guangzhou, China, 510140
Nestled amongst shopping districts in Haizhu and Liwan districts, the Hualin Temple is peaceful refuge from the hectic surrounding city life. Visitors are welcome and you might get the chance to observe some of the monks’ daily rituals and...
Panyu, Guangzhou, China
Da Fu Mountain, or in Mandarin, Da Fu Shan, is a large park in Panyu District, on the outside of downtown Guangzhou. Still within the city limits of metropolis Guangzhou, it feels a world away with bike paths, hiking, picnic areas and paddle...
Jiangnan N Ave, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510240
Guangzhou is home to numerous streets where all the vendors focus on a particular type of good or industry, and locals know Jiangnan Avenue North as the “wedding street.” The area is full of shops and malls that sell wedding gowns, accessories and...
Tongfu Middle Rd, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510140
If you ever find yourself feeling unwell in China, eat your next few meals at a Buddhist restaurant like Fo World Sunshine. It's well-known in China that Buddhists eat only clean, simple food with no animal products. So it makes one of the safest...
Longjin E Rd, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510140
Ronghua Lou is the only restaurant in Guangzhou where you can still enjoy a Cantonese Opera performance with your meal. Opened in 1876, during the Qing Dynasty, it serves traditional Cantonese dim sum and other Cantonese cuisines. It's a local...
Liwan, Guangzhou, China, 510150
Liwan Museum is a window into the past of a wealthy residential district in historical Guangzhou. It celebrates Xiguan culture, which many Cantonese consider typical of Guangzhou. The museum is divided into two parts. The first is a traditional...
45 Huangyan Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
I'm a big fan of random museums. On Gulangyu Island, you can find the Antique Piano Museum. Due to its location, Xiamen was one of the first cities to have a heavily Western influence. It seems that the citizens of Xiamen went wild for pianos. If...
131 Fuchengmen Inner St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
It's easy to get temple fatigue in China. Many tourists make the mistake of trying to see as many temples as possible, as if checking them off an invisible checklist. If you want to add this temple to your list, it is a very famous one. It is...
Jl. Kayu Aya, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Sea Circus in not a circus, or by the sea. Don't hold it against them. It's still a really cool place. What is it? It describes itself as a restaurant, cocktail bar, and hangout den. If you want a cocktail at noon, or a coffee at night, there's no...
Serangan Island, Serangan, South Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia
This island is accessible by boat from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. A working turtle reserve park, they may ask you for a small donation to keep their work going. In exchange, you can feed a large turtle seaweed or handle a baby turtle. There are...
101 Fucheng Rd, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100142
One review said that this was the best Beijing duck restaurant in Beijing since it opened in 1855, but lost some of its prestige since the People's Republic of China was established. Back in America, I thought ten years was a long time for a...
Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 510006
Take a little day trip down to Panyu if you need a little relief from the crowds without having to leave Guangzhou. The Sunflower Garden will delight your eyes with more than just its record-breaking number of sunflowers. It's actually a theme...
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