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Guangzhou, for­merly Can­ton, has al­ways as­sumed a piv­otal po­si­tion in China as a strate­gic trade port and cul­tural cen­tre.

Since 1978, when China opened its doors to the out­side world, the city has flour­ished eco­nom­i­cally and, lo­cated near Hong Kong, it has be­come an im­por­tant stop for for­eign vis­i­tors and is the ideal base for China South­ern Air­lines’ oper­a­tions.

City walls have acted as bar­ri­ers to in­va­sion since 214 BC and its his­tory stretches back 2210 years. Many cul­tural sites re­flect the de­vel­op­ment of Guangzhou over that pe­riod of time.

Sites of in­ter­est in­clude Sun Yat-sen Me­mo­rial Hall, Chen Fam­ily An­ces­tral Tem­ple and the Tem­ple of Six Banyan Trees.

The an­cient and re­cent his­tory of Guangzhou may be ex­plored at Nanyue King’s Mu­seum, Guangx­iao Tem­ple, Baiyun Moun­tain, Zhen­hai Tower and Dr Sun Yat-sen Me­mo­rial Hall.

Al­ter­na­tively, vis­i­tors can ad­mire China’s trans­for­ma­tion into a mod­ern na­tion at the Can­ton Tower, Pazhou In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter, Guang­dong Sci­ence Cen­ter and Chime­l­ong Tourism Re­sorts.

Guangzhou is a bas­tion of Can­tonese cui­sine, one of the eight ma­jor re­gional cuisines of China. One of the best ways to en­joy the city’s an­cient cui­sine her­itage is by try­ing the tra­di­tional snacks that can be found on street cor­ners and in al­leys. Shahe rice noo­dles, won­ton noo­dles, shrimp dumplings, steamed pork dumplings and sam­pan por­ridge are among Guangzhou’s most pop­u­lar street fare of­fer­ings.

There is no short­age of al­ter­na­tives when look­ing for dine-out op­tions. Guangzhou has 30,000 restau­rants from which to choose.

The city is a ma­jor trans­porta­tion hub, of­fer­ing air, land and wa­ter-based con­nec­tions to many do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions.

Guangzhou Baiyun In­ter­na­tional Air­port is about 28 kilo­me­tres from the down­town area of the city.

Opened in 2004, it oc­cu­pies an area of 15 square kilo­me­tres and serves more than 110 air routes from Guangzhou to at least 100 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional cities. It has an av­er­age an­nual pas­sen­ger flow vol­ume of about 25 mil­lion.

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