A tour of the south­ern Chi­nese city

Va­le­rian Ho takes in spec­tac­u­lar views, lo­cal art and gou gourmet cook­ing in the buzzing Chi­nese city

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1 JIANG BY CHEF FEI No jour­ney should start on an empty stom­ach, so be­gin your tour of Guang­dong’s provin­cial cap­i­tal by head­ing to the Man­darin Ori­en­tal ho­tel for lunch in one of its out­stand­ing restau­rants.

For lo­cal flavour, Jiang by Chef Fei serves Can­tonese cui­sine di­rected by Chef Fei, voted Best Chef in China in 2015 by Life­style Mag­a­zine. The restau­rant has a con­tem­po­rary de­sign with a palette of grey, brown and cream, while wooden floors, pat­terned car­pets and ex­quis­ite Ori­en­tal art­works add so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

Sig­na­ture dishes on the cur­rent menu in­clude Xisha Is­land cray­fish with gar­lic sauce, wok-fried Bos­ton lob­ster with Szechuan pep­per, and whole Alaskan crab. 389 Tianhe Road, Tianhe dis­trict; tel +86 20 3808 8888; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/guangzhou 2 CANTON TOWER Take a ten-minute taxi ride to the 600-me­tre-tall Canton Tower – the third tallest in the world – for sprawl­ing views of the city and Zhu­jiang (Pearl) River. There is an out­door ob­ser­va­tion deck at 488 me­tres, or hop into one of the crys­tal cab­ins of the Bub­ble Tram for a 360-de­gree ride around the top of the tower.

If you overindulged at lunch then you can burn off the calo­ries with the Sky Walk – the world’s long­est spi­ral stair­case – which stretches from lev­els 32 to 64 and of­fers strik­ing ar­chi­tec­tural views. You can learn more about the build­ing and how it re­sists hur­ri­canes and earth­quakes in the Science and Tech­nol­ogy Marvel Tour Hall on

lev­els 109 and 110. Adren­a­line junkies can try the heart-pump­ing Sky Drop, a “stand­ing” free-fall ex­pe­ri­ence. Tick­ets from RMB150 (£17); open 9.30am-10.30pm;

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GUANG­DONG MU­SEUM OF ART Cross the river via Guangzhou Av­enue – a ten­minute walk will bring you to Er-Sha Is­land. Walk west along the is­land’s south­ern river­bank to the Guang­dong Mu­seum of Art. The mu­seum’s col­lec­tion en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from oil paint­ings and sculp­tures to ce­ramic work and cal­lig­ra­phy, by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. Bring your pass­port as you will need to go through a se­cu­rity check. Open 9am-5pm (closed Mon); free en­try. 38 Yanyu Road, Er-Sha Is­land; gdmoa.org

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MEMO­RIAL MU­SEUM OF GENERALISSIMO SUN YAT-SEN’S MAN­SION Jump in a taxi for a ten-minute zip back across the river to learn about the “Fa­ther of the Na­tion”, Sun Yat-sen. The Memo­rial Mu­seum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen’s Man­sion, built in 1917, was once Sun’s house and of­fice. It was an im­por­tant mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity ow­ing to its close prox­im­ity to the river. In 1999, the city gov­ern­ment com­pleted a RMB15 mil­lion (£1.7 mil­lion) ren­o­va­tion of the build­ing and it re­opened as a mu­seum in 2006.

There are two build­ings – North and South – de­pict­ing the orig­i­nal set-up dur­ing Sun’s brief res­i­dence, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions about his life and the city’s his­tory. Open 9am–5.30pm (closed Mon); free en­try. 18 Dong­sha Street, Fanzhi Road, Haizhu dis­trict; dyshf.com

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BAR 5 If you have time re­main­ing to squeeze in a drink, cross back over the river once more and head to Yan­jiang Mid­dle Road, where you will find LN Ho­tel Five. The prop­erty re­cently joined Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World and boasts a fab­u­lous rooftop bar on the sev­enth floor called Bar 5.

Skilled bar­tenders prac­tise molec­u­lar mixol­ogy as well as of­fer­ing the clas­sics, while guests re­cline on plush so­fas, tak­ing in panoramic views of the brightly-lit sky­line and river. Try the sig­na­ture Bai­jiu rice wine cock­tail, al­though be care­ful not to have too many – the lo­cal spirit is known to con­tain up to 60 per cent al­co­hol. Open 5.30pm1.30am. 277 Yan­jiang Road, Yuexiu dis­trict; tel +86 20 8931 0505;

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