Staying in any one of IHG's eight Guangzhou hotels means having a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore this fascinating city. In this gateway to mainland China, prepare to be dazzled by the striking neons and soaring skyscrapers scattered across the skyline. The air is filled with chatter in the local dialect of Yueyu and the city itself has a buzz unlike any other thanks to its close proximity to Hong Kong. However, it's not all hustle and bustle. There are plenty of places where you can uncover a more traditional way of life; you just need to know where to look.
Wander the back lanes of Guangzhou and you will soon stumble across a number of fine residences, untouched temples and picturesque gardens. The Shamian Island is home to several elegant churches as well as impressive villas and mansions, and offers an ideal retreat if you prefer to get away from the crowds. The leafy Xīnhépǔ neighbourhood is another peaceful escape and is dotted with beautifully restored buildings that vie for attention.
Arts and culture can be found across the city, with the Guangzhou City Museum providing a good starting point from which to trace the history of the area. The museum is located within the red walls of the Zhenhai Tower, where you can also find the Guangzhou Art Gallery. By contrast, the Guangzhou Opera House is a futuristic performance venue. Or, if ancient landmarks strike your fancy, the city's Five Rams Statue or the 2,000 year old Mausoleum of the Nanyue King are both well worth a visit. So, too, are the many temples, especially the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees.
Consumer is king in Guangzhou and there are no shortage of retail venues to excite shoppers. From the pristine Grandview Shopping Mall to the pedestrianized street of the Beijing Ju, you will be spoilt for choice. Markets across the city offer everything you can imagine, with specialist markets held for electronics, tea, antiques and more. When you have finished spending you can be sure to get your fill of delicious food and drink. The city has the highest number of restaurants per capita in China serving a variety of flavours from across the globe.
You'll soon get carried along with the high energy of the city when you stay in one of IHG's quality hotels in Guangzhou. Offering convenient locations at competitive prices, be sure book your break with IHG today.