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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.