Updated: Mar 15
As a gateway to South China, Guangzhou enjoys a rich history and is a hub of Cantonese culture! Originally founded in 214 BC, Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong (Canton), the third biggest city (after Beijing and Shanghai) in China. Founded in 214 BC, Guangzhou is the capital of the richest province in China (Guangdong), and is the third biggest city in the country after Beijing and Shanghai.
Mandarin is the predominant language of the city, although Cantonese is spoken by the authentic locals. Being one of the top three largest cities in the country, English is spoken by more people than in the rest of China, and is gaining in popularity thanks to the increase in English training centers and foreign teachers arriving in the city.
The city is the birthplace of what Westerners know as Chinese food – as is evidenced by Guangzhou being home to the largest number of restaurants per capita in all of China.
With sister cities including Los Angles (USA), Birmingham and Bristol (UK), and Sydney and Auckland (Australia), Guangzhou is one of the most accessible cities for Westerners and is home to a great number of nightclubs, pubs, tea houses, cafes, restaurants and bars, all of which are sure to make your stay here an enriching experience.
Attractions in the city include a one-thousand year old lake garden, the Pearl River Night Cruise (where you can see the beautifully illuminated Guangzhou skyline and a light show), and a four-hour guided bicycle tour of the most picturesque parts of the city with everything provided.
A Great Place for Football/Soccer Fans
For the football/soccer fans out there, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao is the local football/soccer team and is currently coached by World Cup-winning Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro. The 18,000 seat Guangzhou International Sports Arena will also be one of the venues for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, making the city a great place to be in the coming years!