Guangzhou for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Guangzhou is at the heart of China’s Pearl River Delta. A historic center of power and culture and a modern source of economic growth, this fast, friendly, and food-obsessed city is home to everything from LED-encrusted skyscrapers to dense, traditional villages.
Sha Mian Nan Jie, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Shamian Island was a former port where Europeans used to live during the Qing dynasty. The island is filled with colonial mansions and old buildings with tree lined avenues and a park that offers respite from the crazy busy streets of Guangzhou....
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...
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...
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...
Binjiang E Rd, BinJiang Lu, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
One of my favorite things about Guangzhou is the electric night skyline. Along the banks of the Pearl River, the newest of the city's several impressive downtown districts glitters with hundreds of thousands of LED lights in multiple colors....
Haizhu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Part shop, part gallery, part library, Jian HAUS offers a large number of fair-trade arts, crafts and other creative works. Many of them are made by traditional craftsman, art students and artists from China's numerous minority group. The shop—the...
161 Qianjin Rd, JiangNan DaDao, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510220
Chinese porcelain is globally recognized, and Guangzhou is home to some of the most colorful enamel styles (described locally as Cantonese colorful pottery). While picking up some rare, original pieces may break the bank, you can make and decorate...
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...
Jiangnan E Rd, JiangNan DaDao, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Getting to Loft 345 is half the fun. Once you've arrived at the address, follow the coolest-looking people on the street down a narrow side alley, up some heavily graffitied cement stairs, down a dorm-like hallway, and into a glassed-in,...
China, Guangzhou Shi, Haizhu Qu, 琶洲街新港东路石基村黄埔古港 邮政编码: 510330
It's hard to imagine a fresher farm-to-table experience, and here it is within the confines of one of the world's largest cities. Just outside the Huangpu Village, on-farm restaurants offer fresh-made meals, served up at tables inside their...
Ying Bin Lu, Panyu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 511430
Chimelong Circus claims that to be the largest circus in the world—and with a 7,000-person seating capacity, they are probably right. Circus performers come from all over the world, putting on extravagant shows that feature everything from...
2 Zhujiang E Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510620
The Guangdong Museum is, first and foremost, a gorgeous building. One of the many unusual structures that lines the new Zhujiang New Town Plaza, the Guangdong Musuem is an easy one to enter on your own time and own terms. Browse exhibits on...
Gui Lin Ren Mi Fen （ Wen Chang Nan Lu ）, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510140
The Guangdong area's farmland doesn't really support growing tea. It's too wet and hot here. What they do specialize in is herbal, medicinal tea. You'll see a lot of tiny shops selling tea in containers like this, or they'll have 5-6 big metal...