as the ugly stepsister to Shanghai and Beijing, Guangzhou is hitting its stride. The Zaha Hadid–designed, daringly asymmetrical Guangzhou
Opera House (pictured above) opened recently and it’s garnered a lot of notice among
architecture circles for its glass-and-granite frame and spider web-like
interiors. Other notable new buildings include the Guangdong Museum, the
Guangzhou New Library, and the Canton Tower. Meanwhile, five luxury hotels are
opening this year, including the Four Seasons and W Guangzhou.
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