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Things to do in Guangzhou + Southeast China

As one of China’s most populous cities, Guangzhou is absolutely teeming with great experiences. Those researching things to do in Guangzhou should be sure to take in its many religious sites include the gorgeous Our Lady of Lourdes cathedral on Shamian Island, the Huaisheng Mosque, built in the 7th century, and the city’s many Buddhist temples and their accompanying pagodas. There are also plenty of well-curated local museums including the Guangdong Museum, featuring relics and artifacts of Guangzhou’s history and the Redtory, which houses contemporary art alongside various shops and eateries.

More adventurous visitors should also be sure to hike to the top of Guangzhou’s many summits whether it be the observation deck of the Canton Tower, the world's tallest television tower, and a wonderful place for sightseeing or Baiyun Mountain, which offers unrivaled views of the city below.

And finally, those looking for things to do in Guangzhou should be sure to take advantage of this port city’s access to the Pearl River. Head to either the Dashatou or Xidi piers and board a Pearl River night cruise for a look at how Guangzhou transforms after dark. See why this city is becoming so popular and let yourself get swept away by its energy.

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