Guangzhou for Couples
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.
China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Huangpu Qu, 港湾路368号
It’s rare to find a rooftop patio in Guangzhou, and 1920s Restaurant and Bar has a expansive one at its Taojin location. Head up to the top at night when the sun’s strong rays are gone for the day, and catch the cool breeze that is nonexistent on...
33 Qingbo Rd, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Located on the prestigious Ersha Island, Xing Hai Concert Hall (also called Xin Chai) is a top location for high class musical performances. This intimate venue does not have a bad seat in the house and ticket prices are reasonable, and arguably...
Huazhou Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Another find within the picturesque Xiaozhou Village, this clothing and accessories shop is tucked into at an old village house. Many of the items for sale are traditional to China’s minority group; you'll find clothes, wallets, shoes, jewelry,...
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...
Haizhu, Guangzhou, China
I've given up trying to count the number of Chinese cuisines, but I haven't given up trying to eat them all. Ami's Inn offers up Chongqing-style dishes in a hip setting along the Pearl River. Like many of the best dishes in China, the food here is...
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...
China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Panyu Qu, Daxuecheng Outer Ring W Rd, 新造镇
Lingnan is one of the backbones of modern Cantonese culture, and the Lingnan Impression Garden, a part-historical museum, part-theme park site located on the University City Island, brings that history to life. Visitors can see reconstructions of...
128 Yuancun 4th Cross Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Bring a camera and prepare to wander up and down alleyways of what was once one of the largest factories in Asia. Art galleries, major design studios, boutique and couture clothing shops, cafes and restaurants fill out shady tree-lined streets....
China, Guangdong, Guangzhou Shi, Haizhu Qu, 新港东路畔江花园外街1号
Tiny tea shops are scattered throughout the city, and all offer free tastings for potential buyers, but for an elegant tea-drinking experience, the Zizaitang Tea House can't be beat. It's a peaceful teahouse with traditional Chinese furniture and...
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...
135 Xingang W Rd, BinJiang Lu, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Sun Yat-sen University—also known as Zhongshan University—is one of the Top 10 universities in China, and the very best in Guangdong. It's also one of the most beautiful, I think! The university was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-Sen, an important...
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....
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