As the Capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou is the largest city in South China and one of its most prosperous. The urban and cosmopolitan image is only one facet of this Cantonese city famous for its business and foreign trade. A closer look will reveal a rich culture and history that lies beneath the infinite skyline of modern buildings and skyscrapers in this mega city of the Pearl River Delta.
Amongst the towering financial buildings and shiny high rises, Guangzhou is interspersed with museums, extensive flower parks, street markets and of course the famous Pearl River. Expect to be amazed by this modern city that still retains pockets of its character from an earlier period of China.
Low fares airline Jetstar will begin flying Singapore-Guangzhou from 22 December 2011* (subject to regulatory approval). Here are five recommendations from Jetstar on how to have a good time in Guangzhou:
1. Take a walk at Yuexiu Park, where the Statue of the Five Rams and Zhenhai Tower reside. The statue, built in 1959, is the emblem of Guangzhou city. The 93 hectares park also houses the 28-meter high Zhenhai Tower, which sits atop Yuexiu hill. First built in 1380 to protect the city from pirates, the tower was destroyed five times over the past 600 years and is now home to the Guangzhou City Museum, which showcases relics and documents covering over 2000 years of Guangzhou’s history. After visiting the still waters and hills of Yuexiu park and walking down its shady, tree-lined paths, you can also cross the street to the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King – home to the remains of Zhao Mo, the ruler of Nanyue who died in 111BC. His Jade burial suit and other fine treasures are also on display at the museum. For the more adventurous, his tomb itself is also open for exploration.
2. Indulge in Cantonese cuisine at its gastronomic best. As the city that boasts the largest number of restaurants per capita in China, Guangzhou is well known for its mouth watering Cantonese cuisine. Whether you are eating Guangzhou’s famous Roast Suckling Pig, exquisite Dim Sum or humble Wanton noodles, it will be hard to leave this food paradise hungry.
3. Stand at the top of Canton tower, the tallest structure in China. The top of this 600-metre tower has a rooftop observation carousel where passenger cars circle an elliptical track. It promises a spectacular and breathtaking view of Guangzhou’s glittery city skyline at 450 metres high. For a more invigorating visit, you can also physically climb up the tower to the open-air skywalk, which found at the waist of the structure – 180 metres above ground.
4. Take a night cruise down the Pearl River. When night falls, the Pearl River immediately takes on a life of its own. The busy Guangzhou nightlife is just beyond the riverbanks, and the waters capture and reflect the magnificent lights of Guangzhou city at night. The Pearl River is dotted with shiny bridges that stand over its peaceful but shimmering waters. The Pearl River night cruise provides a beautiful and unparalleled view of Guangzhou city from its famous waters.
5. Shop in Guangzhou. Guangzhou is a shoppers’ paradise and with many shopping options from street markets to high-end malls, there is no doubt that shopping in Guangzhou entails good deals and great bargains. Street markets such as Qingping market, Flower Street and Jade Street are great places to find good bargains, exotic foods, herbs, snacks as well as arts and crafts. As the capital of Guangdong, Guangzhou also has many shopping centres to choose from. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is found in one of the oldest parts of the city and its buildings retain elements of Chinese architecture and olden day charm. Walking down its streets, without having to buy anything, is certainly an experience in itself!
With Jetstar’s new direct daily flights from Singapore to Guangzhou* starting 22 December 2011 it is easier than ever to visit this city at all day, every day, low fares. Jetstar will fly you from Singapore direct to Guangzhou* from $148 one-way Economy Starter^, so start booking your next Guangzhou holiday at Jetstar.com
*Flights subject to regulatory approval and will be operated by Jetstar Asia (3K)
^Economy Starter fares-carry on baggage only. For an additional $15-$65, per passenger, you can choose between 15kg-40kg checked baggage. Seats are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or days. Conditions apply.