The historic city of Guangzhou is one that has been known in the west as Canton, and is actually the third largest city in China today. The modern image of Chinese cities is certainly reflected here in Canton too, with the city centre filled with soaring new skyscrapers, and the city can also boast the second largest tower in the world too. Despite this, the city also has a wealth of historical buildings in a variety of styles that reflects the changes throughout its history, and is also well known for its distinctive style of Chinese food.
See The City From The Canton Tower
Soaring majestically above the Canton skyline, the CantonTower was recognized as the tallest tower in the world for a short period before the title was usurped by the Tokyo Skytree in 2011. However, the CantonTower still boasts the highest public viewing platform in the world, and this is certainly one of the best places from which to view the entire city.
The open space at the top of the tower is open air and is quite a large space too, but for the best view of the city visitors will need to use the clear cars that travel around the rim of the roof of the building to really get the best views of all. It is also a wise move to consider viewing the tower at night, as the architectural design of the building has incorporated a large number of bright light panels all the way up the tower, making it a spectacular sight from ground level too.
Visit Baiyun Mountain
Although Guangdong itself is a very developed area, BaiyunMountain is a scenic and attractive area that is less than ten miles to the north of the city, and has been noted for its exceptional beauty for many centuries. The attractive features of the mountain were noted as early as 225BC, and the emperors of several dynasties over the centuries have visited the site to enjoy its beauty and tranquility.
Today the BaiyunMountain still offers a wonderful view of Guangzhou, and can be accessed by cable car or by a bus service going almost to the peak itself. There have also been a series of sculpture parks and ornate gardens created in the area, and for those of a sporting persuasion a golf course is also available.
Enjoy Cantonese Cuisine
The popularity of Cantonese cuisine has quickly spread across the world, with many Chinese restaurants around the world serving food of Cantonese origin. The cuisine itself places a great emphasis on stir frying and steaming of food, and they will also use a wide range of meat beyond the standard cuts of pork, beef and chicken that would be used in western dishes. The use of sauces is what really helps to set Cantonese cuisine apart from the rest of China, and it is really worth trying those like Hoisin sauce, Black Bean sauce and Oyster sauce in the city which has helped to make them dishes known around the world.
Visit The Temple Of The Six Banyan Trees
One of the most interesting buildings in the whole of Guangzhou is the octagonal Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. There has been a temple on the site since the sixth century, but it has been rebuilt twice following fires, and the current temple dates from the fourteenth century. The temple is a BuddhistTemple, and is a great example of how the pagoda architecture can be used to build tall buildings, and the colorful exterior of the building has been restored to display the temple in its full glory.