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Explore Guangzhou through the latest trendy pastime
Update: 2023-08-14     Source: GDToday

"City Walk", a way to explore urban culture and lifestyle, is trending on Chinese social media this summer. Young people usually embark on a delightful stroll through the city streets, visiting iconic spots and savoring local culture.

Guangzhou recently released the "YOUNG Guangzhou Top 10 Culture and Tourism Routes". Let's follow the routes to have a city walk in the city and discover hidden gems and unique local vibes here.

"Y" - Yummy: Culinary Delights of Guangzhou

Must-Try Authentic Cantonese Restaurants

Lychee Bay Scenic Area - Panxi Restaurant - Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street - Hui Shi Jia (Binjiang) - Jiangnanxi Cultural and Commercial Zone - Tianzi Wharf Riverside Tea House - China Hotel


Many streets in Guangzhou offer a plethora of gastronomic delights, such as Tong sui (Cantonese dessert soup), and beef offal. Indulging in authentic local snacks and exploring Qilou buildings (arcade houses) around the Lychee Bay and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, enjoying dim sum during the Pearl River Cruise, or discovering recreated ancient Cantonese recipes will be the ideal relaxation.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

SPA Irresistible Star-rated Culinary Delights

Jade River (White Swan Hotel) - Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine (igc) - Grandview Mall - Jiang By Chef Fei - Guangdong Museum of Art - Restaurant Rêver


This route is dotted with some Michelin restaurants that offer delicately hand-crafted dim sum creations and signature Cantonese dishes. After a good meal, you can also visit some exhibitions at the Guangdong Museum of Art.

A dish presented Jiang by Chef Fei (Photo: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Guangzhou)

"O" - Open: Openness of Guangzhou

Adventuring Amidst Hidden Gems

Huangpu Ancient Port (Guangzhou) - Nanhai Temple - Guangzhou Maritime Museum - Lotus Pagoda - Zhenhai Tower - Guangxiao Temple - Liurong Temple - King's Tomb of The Nanyue King Museum - Huaisheng Mosque - Mansion of the Canton Customs - Thirteen Hongs Museum


As a millennium-old commercial capital, Guangzhou has been an important trade hub in South China and the origin of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, and these places and old architectures witness history here. A stroll around these destinations will provide you with a good opportunity to have a face-to-face interaction with the city's past.

Lianhua Pagoda (Photo provided to GDToday)

Guangzhou Maritime Museum (Photo: Guangzhou Maritime Museum)

Embracing the Warmth of the Sea and Blossoms

Huangpu Changzhou Island Yacht Terminal - Nansha Yacht Club - Nansha Tin Hau Palace - Moniang Homestay - Nansha Urban Planning Exhibition Center - Nansha IFC 'Library in Sky' - Nansha Huigu Super Dike - Nansha Nanbeitai Village


Nansha District is Guangzhou's only access point to the sea. Here is home to the Nansha Tianhou Palace, which was built in honor of the sea goddess Mazu.

(Photo: Nansha Tianhou Palace Tourist Attraction)

(Photo: Nansha Library)

"U" - Unique: Unique Charm of Guangzhou

Embracing Cantonese Romance in Intangible Cultural Heritage

Guangdong Folk Art Museum (Chen Clan Academy) - Shamian Historical and Cultural Blocks - Yongqing Fang - Pantangwuyue - Guangzhou Cultural & Art Centre - Shawan Ancient Town

广东民间工艺博物馆(陈家祠)——沙面历史文化街区——永庆坊非遗街区——泮塘五约—— 广州市文化馆——沙湾古镇

Located in Liwan District, the Pantangwuyue historical community has a history of over 900 years. It is a living museum that retains the complete rural layout of the Qing Dynasty's architecture.

(Photo provided to GDToday)

Additionally, at Yongqing Fang nearby, you can see many passers-by in traditional Chinese costumes, comics exhibitions in the Xiguan Mansions, coffee shops, and bazaars. There is also an intangible cultural heritage block displaying Cantonese porcelain, Cantonese embroidery, enamel, olive carving, and lion dance.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

Embracing the Longing Life in Serene Places

Habitat Creek Villa - Langtou Ancient Village - Maling Botanic Garden - Zhudong Village - TAO SENCE Nature Park Resort - 23°8'N Forest Camp - Nanping Jingxiu Town - Jing House - Dengshan Village - Skov River Resort - Guangzhou Dongfangcun Senye Resort


Whether it's a refreshing trip to the Habitat Creek Villa, a hot spring bath at Skov River Resort, or a slow-paced life in Langtou Ancient Village, Nanping Jingxiu Town, and Dengshan Village, you will enjoy a pleasant getaway and embrace nature in Guangzhou.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

"N" - Night: Nightlife of Guangzhou

Trendy Nightlife that Never Sleeps

1978 Movie Town - Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture & Art Zone - Canton Tower - Dongshankou - Taigucang Wharf - Xifang Courtyard Cultural and Creative Industry Park - Chimelong International Circus


In the evening, the Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture & Art Zone is a popular place for young people to enjoy the night view of the Pearl River. Here you can lean against the railings by the river, grab a cold beer, and chat with friends long into the night.

(Photo: Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture & Art Zone)

Furthermore, for those who like pop music and look forward to nice live performances, the Art Books Livehouse at the Taigucang Wharf is worth a visit. It is one of the most iconic and popular livehouse venues in Guangzhou.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

Unleash the Night with Wild Shopping Spree

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street - Tianhe Teemall - Fashion Tianhe Commercial Square - Parc Central - Grandview Mall - Taikoo Hui - K11 Art Mall


Located in the Guangzhou Tianhe CBD, which is hailed as the "top business district in South China", the about 2.8-kilometer-long Tianhe Road is dotted with many landmark shopping malls. Here you can embrace top fashion, international brands, entertainment, cuisines from all around the world and more.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

"G" - Graceful: Gracefulness of Guangzhou

Classic Cantonese Livehouse

Cantonese Opera Art Museum - Yongqing Fang - Guangzhou Cantonese Opera House - Hung Sin-nui Arts Centre


Locals enjoy watching the performances of the folk Cantonese opera associations under the century-old banyan tree in Lychee Bay Park of the Xiguan Yongqing Fang tourist area. These associations have been staging daily free concerts here for more than 10 years.

The Cantonese Opera Art Museum is located one kilometer from the Lychee Bay Stage. Costumes and relics of Cantonese opera are displayed here. In addition, visitors can enjoy Cantonese opera performances in the museum as well. 

(Photo: Nanfang Daily)

Artful Exploration of Charming Guangzhou

Guangzhou Opera House - JC Animation Museum - Zhongyuan Tower - Flower City Literature Academy - Zhongshuge Bookstore (Yong Qing Fang) - Parc Pearl River - Another Art Museum


The Guangzhou Opera House stages performances from all over the world, the JC Animation Museum features manuscripts of classic animation works and together with the artistic Zhongshuge Bookstore as well as the music-themed Parc Pearl River, these venues will provide you with immersive artistic experiences.

(Photo: Guangzhou Municipal Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau)

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