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China’s Southern Gateway
GUANGZHOU IS THE RICHEST AND MOST VIBRANT REGION ON THE SOUTH CHINA COAST.
In the capital Guangdong especially, life never stops 24/7. What makes Guangzhou and Guangdong so dynamic is their proximity to Hong Kong, one of the Far East’s leading commercial and financial capitals. The China Sea and its ports ensure that Guangzhou is one of China’s leading centers for politics, economics and culture.
Beyond its identity as a financial and commercial capital, Guangzhou is also a leading center of tourism. Built in 1959 and one the city’s icons, the Five Ram Sculpture in Yuexiu Park is a must-see work of art exhibiting traditional Chinese influences. And the magnificent natural landscapes in Guangzhou’s Pearl River and White Cloud Mountain districts are of head-turning beauty.
NIGHT ON THE PEARL RIVER
The region’s development as a port city has naturally brought in its wake a dense structure of industry and population. Lively and fast-paced by day, life at night gives way to a diffrent atmosphere. The light shows that illuminate both banks of the Pearl River, the generous offerings of the China Sea and the mysterious spices of exotic Asian cuisine all await their customers.
Large and small, restaurants, entertainment centers and dance clubs by the hundreds line up along the riverbanks together with shops selling local products and gift items. My advice is to lose yourself in the back streets here. A tourboat cruise on the river, which will also afford you a good opportunity to take in the city’s skyline, is another must-see activity.