Guangzhou + Southeast China

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.

To get to this "wedding dress street," head south from Haizhu Circle on Jiangnan Road.

The silk and wool market is located next to Haiyin Bridge.

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai, the garden dates to the Song dynasty. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with arched bridges and flowering shrubs. Following Taoist philosophy, the garden was designed for contemplation.

Take in the view from Solitary Beauty Peak and marvel at the formations of the Reed Flute Cave. Spring and fall are best; avoid the heat of July and the crowds of the holiday seasons.

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with arched bridges and flowering shrubs.

Also called Yuying Garden, this is one of four major Qing dynasty gardens in the province.

The mall is reported to be the biggest in the world: aside from dozens of boutiques and a handful of department stores, the complex has rocket-ship, roller-coaster, and space-needle rides as well as a gargantuan Teletubbies World, where young kids frolic.

Windows of the World's re-creations of international landmarks have been built on a scale to please a pharaoh, with a nearly life-sized copy of the Eiffel Tower, a mini Mount Rushmore, pyramids that look exactly like the real ones at Giza, and a slavish replication of Manhattan, complete with a l

The 16th-century Garden for Lingering In lives up to its name: a covered walkway meanders through ginkgo groves, bursts of wisteria, and traditional pavilions surrounding a pond that has inspired some of China's most famous poets.

Stretching over an area twice the size of Manhattan, Mission Hills has 10 18-hole courses, each one designed by a leading golfing figure, from Ernie Els to Vijay Singh.

The I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum, an angular masterpiece of skylights and white polygons, is the city's newest draw. Completed in October 2007, it houses a collection of 30,000 Chinese artifacts, including 18th-century porcelain vases, silk tapestries, and Ming dynasty landscape paintings.

Take an afternoon to explore the maze of stalls and shops across from Shamian Island.