City Guide, Guangzhou
Guangzhou, known as Canton, is a modern, vigorous metropolis.
It is the third largest city in China and is the political, economic, sci-tech,
educational and cultural hub of southern China. The city is located in south-central
Guangdong Province, north of the Pearl River Delta. It lies close to the South China
Sea,Hong Kong and Macau. Pearl River (Zhujiang), the third longest river in China
runs through Guangzhou and is navigable to the South China Sea. These geographical
features bestow the name "South Gate of China" upon Guangzhou.
Guangzhou is one of the twenty-four famous historical and cultural cities in
China. Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si) located at Guangxiao Lu, is the
oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the Lingnan Area. The Bright Filial Piety
Temple plays an important role in Chinese Buddhism history because many famous Buddhist
monks came here to preach religious doctrines, bringing glory to this temple.
Yuexiu Park, the largest park in Guangzhou, gets its name from Yuexiu Mountain,
which is located in the park. Yuexiu Park is famous for its beautiful scenery and
its large number of historical relics such as the Five-Ram Sculpture, Zhenhai Tower,
the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall, and the Square Cannon Site.
With a double identity as the cultural and economic hub of South China, the City
of Guangzhou is one of the first cities listed as Historical Towns with Renown Culture
in China owing to its unique Lingnan culture of more than 2200 years. In recent
years, there is an increasing attention to the city's culture identity along with
its economic bloom. The city witnesses a face lift-up in the culture field as the
municipal government vows to establish a modern city culture in preservation of
the town's highly respected culture convention.
Food and drink
Guangzhou delicacies are the main representatives of Yue Cai (Cantonese Cuisine),
which includes Guangzhou dishes, Chaozhou dishes and Dongjiang dishes and enjoys
great popularity all over the country. Guangzhou cuisine uses a wide range of ingredients
from the sky, the earth, and the water. They also use seasonings sparingly. Compared
with other Chinese cuisines, Guangzhou dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order
to keep from masking the original taste of the food.
With the fame of the shoppers' heaven with ton of quality goods at affordable
prices, Guangzhou is prosperous with various kinds of commercial streets. Shangxiajiu
Road, Beijing Road and Shifu Road commercial area, full of time-honored brands and
modern shopping malls, is the most traditional and popular among the locals.