7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Guangdong

Jul 22, 2021

Known for its coastline, Buddhist temples, a vibrant metropolis, and family-friendly cities, China is truly a world unto itself. Every corner of this land is somehow captivating; however, there are so many amazing places to see in China that one could spend a lifetime exploring the country.

The name of the game here is creativity; Chinese cuisine has led the world in both its diverse dishes and adventurous flavor combinations. Most visitors to China explore Guangdong province, one of China's more developed provinces, where China's two most famous cities, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, are located. From there, it's easy to see the magnificent Great Wall, visit historic sites, and get to the luscious vineyards of the region.

One of the greatest cities in the world, China has an endless list of top attractions to see. Enjoy the best of China with our list of the top places to visit in Guangdong.

Guangzhou Museum

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This beautiful building designed by Zhu Houbei and completed in 2001 in Guangzhou (Canton) features over one million artefacts, including numerous items from China's Ming and Qing dynasties. Highlights include the Northern Qi and Han tombs with beautifully carved wooden furniture, an extensive collection of ceramics from the 10th century to the early 20th, and rare Buddhist and Taoist carvings, as well as books, paintings and calligraphy from China's age of enlightenment, the Tang Dynasty. Guangzhou Museum also has a large collection of Chinese bronzes, jade, painted scrolls and silk paintings. Among the finest works is the superb "Queen Mother of the West" scroll dating from AD 1330.

Guangzhou Opera House

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Located on the Guoxing Road (Gao Xing Lu) in the Yuexiu District, the Guangzhou Opera House is currently China's largest opera house. Built in 2011, the Guangzhou Opera House is a jewel box made of glass, ceramic and stone with green spaces to enjoy when watching a performance. The Guoxing Tower which contains China's tallest clock tower is also located in the park.

Shenzhen

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Shenzhen is a city of 13 million in Guangdong Province and has the world's largest urban port. This pretty city grew into a metropolis, and the hilly landscape of the eastern area is an extension of Shanghai, surrounded by green suburbs and bordering Hong Kong. In recent years, the government has also moved to include newer districts in the fast-growing urbanisation. Travelers in Shenzhen will enjoy the ethnic offerings, but the city also offers many sites in the nearby nearby riverside areas such as Xixi, Foshan, and Hong Kong. This vibrant city in China has everything from nightlife to shopping opportunities.

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Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

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Located on Guangdong province's east coast, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is a large and ornate shrine built in memory of the great revolutionary leader, who was instrumental in founding the modern Chinese state and in the success of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Guangzhou (Canton) consists of a white stucco construction, known as the Forbidden City, where Sun lived while exiled in Guangzhou. The complex contains several monuments built in honor of Sun, including a huge portrait of him. In addition, there are images of Sun's life and times, some of which date back to the Qing Dynasty. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

Mount Nanling

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Nanling or Mount Nanling () is a mountain in the Luoxiao Shan National Nature Reserve, in Guangdong Province, China. Mount Nanling is regarded as the origin of all Chinese living in present-day Guangdong Province. It's the highest point in Guangdong, at more than 3,300 meters (10,850 ft), and the tallest natural mountain in mainland China, so it makes a great day trip from Guangzhou or Hong Kong.

Beihai National Park

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China's largest national park covers some 5,500 square kilometers and features a series of emerald-green lakes linked by walking trails through dense forest, peppered with the park's most popular attraction, the world-famous black swan. With the largest lake, Youmei Lake, at over 20 square kilometers, Beihai National Park attracts nearly a million visitors every year who come for a day or several to enjoy its lakes, islands, hiking, and water sports. The park is famous for its nature reserves, such as New Normal Lake (Nongyu Baoqiao) and Youmei Lake (Yumei He).

Pearl of the South

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Pearl of the South (Guangdong Guang Zhu) is a town that originally earned its name because it lay on the estuary of the Pearl River. Its main attraction is the 9,000 ton Bao'an Pagoda, the largest in the south of China, located on the banks of the river in a lovely location by the sea. The structure dates to the 12th century and consists of a square base and an octagonal wooden superstructure overhang by approximately 7 meters. The city is also known for its shopping areas, most notably Dongmen Street, which is filled with shops selling clothes, cameras, electronics, electrical appliances and toys. To find these and other typical street markets, it's best to visit the night markets, where everything is cheaper and more varied.