neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, is the capital of Guangdong Province, and the largest
city in South China as well. The city has eight districts and four counties, with a
population of 6,290,000 people. Guangzhou has been listed in China's 24 historic and
cultural cities. It has long been one of China's ports of foreign trade and friendly
exchanges. The past decade has seen great economic achievements in the city thanks to the
policy of reform and opening to the outside world which was first carried out in
Guangdong. Now the city has become a well-known industrial city.
Rapid progress has also been made in the tourism industry. Many hotels, restaurants and
night markets have been opened in the city. A continuous stream of visitors including
overseas Chinese, compatriots from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and foreign travelers come
to the city every year.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Located on Dongfeng Road, it was built between 1929-1931, with the fund from overseas
Chinese and the local people to the memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who led the overthrow of
the last dynasty in 1911 and founded the first republic ever in China in 1912. It houses
an assembly hall with a seating capacity of 4,700 people.
The Memorial Hall of Chen Family
Located on Zhongshan Qilu, also known as the Chen's Academy of Learning, it was built
between 1890-1894, to serve as the ancestor temple of the Chens in 72 counties in
Guangdong, as well as a learning academy for their descendants. It was well furnished with
a strong local architectural style.
Also called Flower Pagoda 1000-Buddha Pagoda, it was first built in 537. It was named
Liurong/six-banyan because the famous song writer Su Dongpo wrote the two characters here.
It is 57.6 meters high, nine stories on the outside and 17 stories inside. A climb on the
pagoda can give a full view of the city.
The earliest temple in Guangzhou, it got its current name in 1151. Many famous monks from
India and China have carried on Buddhist activities there.
Located on Guangta Road, also known as Huaisheng Mosque or popularly known as Light Tower,
it was said to be built by two Arabian missionaries in 627 in memory of Mohammed. It was
called Light Tower because it is smooth and was once used as a beacon for the boats on the
Located on Dahei Road, 920,000 square meters in area. It is the largest park in Guangzhou,
including seven hills, three artificial lakes, Conquering the Sea Tower, the Monument to
Sun Yat-sen, the Statue of Five Rams, the Seaman's Pavilion, the Jinyin Children's
Amusement Ground and a swimming ground.
The Orchid Garden
Located on the west of Liuhu Lake, it is a small park featuring orchids. The garden grows
more than 10,000 pots of orchids in over 100 varieties. With trees and flowers and winding
paths, the park presents a scene as beautiful as a painting.
The Guangzhou Import and Export Commodities Fare
A biannual event, which, usually referred to as the Guangzhou Spring Trade Fair (April
15-30), and the Guangzhou Autumn Trade Fair(October 15-30), brings thousands of traders
from around the world. It is so far the biggest and the oldest international trade fair in
the mainland of China.