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Guangzhou Sights and Landmarks Guide, China

Witness Guangzhou in Full Bloom

Known as the Flower City, Guangzhou is the capital of the Chinese province of Guandong that has flourished into one of the most beautiful cities within the country. Formerly known to most Westerners as Canton, Guangzhou has come far from the ancient times and the 19th century when China was just starting to open up to the rest of the world. Guangzhou has always been one of the centers of trade in China, and port-town has grown to be jewel city that they are today.

Traveling to Guangzhou

The New Baiyun International Airport in Huadu District is the main gateway to Guangzhou from everywhere else in the world. Most flights from faraway places will have to go through one of the neighboring countries first before being able to fly to the city.

Also, Guangzhou is connected to Hong Kong by train, bus, and ferry. This is especially ideal if one of your destinations aside from Guangzhou happens to be Hong Kong. The travel in the express trains to Guangzhou East Railway Station is hassle-free and will take only two hours to cover the 182-km trip.

Going Around Guangzhou

With a map in hand and some prior research in mind, getting around Guangzhou shouldn't be too difficult for the uninitiated. Local transportation around Guangzhou is centered around Guangzhou Metro, its underground railway system, which was established pretty recently in 1999. The subway has four main lines and covers all major areas within Guangzhou.

The city also has bus and ferry services to take you around on topside. The airport is right there if you desire to leave for a different city or country. The ferry is definitely a treat as its high-speed catamarans and hydrofoils can cover distances quickly without any sort of traffic jams.

The Sites of Guangzhou

Guangzhou is a melting pot for different cultures and religions, and it is evident with its landmarks and tourist attractions. From the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, to the Shishi Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Huaisheng Mosque, it is noted that the diversity is evident.

Also, a closer look into this diversity can be found within the museums like the Guangdong Provincial Museum, the Museum of the Tomb of the King of Southern Yue in Western Han Dynasty, and the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King.

Another one of Guangzhou's wonders is the nearby Shamian Island, where things are a little different and a treat for tourists who are looking forward to seeing the different faces and the history of Guangzhou.

You can bathe more in the city's long and rich history with places like the Guangzhou Peasant Movement Institute where you can find out more about Guangzhou's revolutionary past.

Of course, a beautiful city can never be without its fun. The Chime-Long Paradise is an amusement park where you can let it all go and enjoy to your heart's content.

These are the sites of Guangzhou that you would definitely not want to miss.
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