City of Guangzhou (Guangdong)

The city of Guangzhou is included to the province Guangdong

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Guangzhou, a millennial city that shines on China

It is said that Guagnzhou, Canton in French, was founded by five goats descended from the sky with the Immortals, hence its nickname of "City of Five Buddies." The city counts today More than 12.7 million people, making it the third largest Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai, spread over 3,843 square meters. Also in Chinese megalopolis of Pearl River delta gathering 40 million inhabitants. Already two centuries before Jesus Christ, Guangzhou was at Established as the capital of Guangdong Province, it began hosting foreign communities from the sixth century with the silk trade, before the Europeans 16th century, today it is an incumbent city of the Chinese economy and was one of the first cities in the country to open © strangers.

Points of interests / things to see

The new television tower

The Tower of Tourism and Tourism of Canton is 600 meters high and has a hyperboloids structure, consisting of twisted tubes . It has been drawn by Dutch architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. Designed to resist natural disasters, it can withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake and a hurricane force of 12. It was erected on the occasion of the Asian Games of 2010, and its construction, begun in 2005, was completed only in 2009. Inside the tower is a museum, a shopping center, but also car parks, panormatic restaurants and gardens. You can also admire the city from a panoramic platform 450 meters high. At that time, it was the tallest tower in the world, defeating Toronto's CN Tower, which had held the record for 34 years. It remains to this day the highest tower of China. The Canton Tower has replaced the previous Television Tower dating back to the 1990s and is fast becoming the symbol of the city, the Guangzhou Eiffel Tower.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Canton

Located in Yuexiu District, this Neo-Gothic style cathedral was built between 1863 and 1888 according to the plans of L? On Vautrin, and on order of the Foreign Missions of Paris. Napoleon III himself participated in the financing of the operation. Two stones from the catacombs of Rome are notably encased. LÃ © on Vautrin designed the cathedral in such a way that the façade resembles that of the church of St. Clothilde in Paris, while the nave and the choir have been Developed according to the model of the Cathedral of Toul. Its 98 original stained glass windows were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and are gradually replaced by Filipino stained glass windows, English replacing Latin and French original works. The building is 66 meters long and 35 meters wide, and both towers are 58 meters high. The cathedral consists of three naves and fourteen side chapels. To this day, masses are still celebrated, in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and once a week in English.

The temple of Hualin

Rarely mentioned by tourist guides, the Hualin Temple is located in Guangzhou's jade and antiques market. This 1400-year-old black and azure temple was Under the Southern Dynasties. Outside, incense smoke greets visitors amid the trees and columns. A real haven of peace in the middle of the district. in particular, there is a magnificent statutory gallery of disciples surrounding a large statue of a laughing Buddha. The incense is diffused by dragon statuettes, and the offerings deposited on statues of monk. There are various statues and altars, including that of a warrior god, that of King Asoka Pagoda in the middle of the hall, and also that of Marco Polo, arrived in China in the thirteenth century. Monks are also present in the building. The nearest metro station is Changshou Lu: once out, simply head east on the street of the same name and turn south just before the junction with Kangwang Zhong Lu, in the alley filled with jade estals.

The Museum and Tomb of the King of the South Yue

This tomb was discovered by chance, on a construction site in the heart of Canton. This tomb is that of King Zhao Mo, the second king of the southern Yue from 137 to 122 BC. J-C. The discovery of this tomb definitively established the power of his dynasty compared to the Han, underestimated until then. The tomb was dug in the heart of a hill and consists of seven rooms, one of which sacrificial: when the king died, the wives, concubines and servants were buried with him for accompany him in the past. Today, it is possible to visit this tomb, 20 meters underground, as well as the museum that rises above. One can admire in the building the mummy of the king, a work of 2,300 plates of silk sewn together by silk threads, and various objects found in the tomb: the seals of the deceased, the objects traditional funeral in ivory, jade or gold, a reproduction of the sarcophagus and the funeral dress of the king, as well as the phoenix and the dragon become the emblem of the museum. > The museum is open every day from 9h to 17h30, and the entrance costs 12 yuan, or 1.20 euros.

-Yat Sen

Sun-Yat Sen is considered the father of modern China. A revolutionary and a statesman, he helped to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China, and to unify the country plagued by warlords. This memorial was eradicated between 1929 and 1931. Born in Guangdong Province, he naturally became a key figure in Guangzhou City. A bronze statue depicting Sun-Yat Sen in Western garb arose in front of the octagonal-shaped monument designed by Lu Yanzhi, and financed by the contributions of local and expatriate Chinese versed in memory of this emblematic character. A panoramic view of the monument is located outside. The monument is built according to the codes of traditional Chinese architecture and the hall of 71 wingspan, without any pillar. The monument can accommodate more than 3,000 people for conferences or various performances, and the walls are decorated with portraits and letters of Sun-Yat Sen. The memorial is open from 8h to 18h for parties including exhibitions, and from 6h to 22h for others. It is recommended to plan about 45 minutes for a visit.

The gardens of Chen Clan

Opposite the Academy of Clan Chen extends over 42.4 acres this large public park, laid out in 1999. Many tourists come to walk with family to escape space a moment in the bustle of the city nevertheless nearby. The peculiarity of this garden resides in the vegetable sculptures of shrubs in the shape of dragons and in its multiple colors due to the numerous flowers adorning the space. Nearby are the 19 buildings covering 13,200 square meters and making up the traditional Chinese academic complex of the Temple of the Ancestors of the Chen family, now used as a museum of handicrafts. .

The Shamian Island

Oval, this island is located north of the Pearl River and extends over a small area. This island once belonged to the British and French, and we still see the colonial mansions of the era, in the Victorian style. The Chinese were not allowed to go to this neighborhood. The alleyways and gardens of the island make it an ideal stopover to escape a moment to the sprawling atmosphere and bustle of Guangzhou. Antique shops also dot the island and its alleyways, and buildings and lanes have been redone for the 2010 Asian Games.

Yuexiu Park (Green Walk)

Yuexiu Park is Guangzhou's largest park, covering an area of ​​860,000 square meters. The park is made up of 3 artificial lakes and seven hills. In this park we find the famous statue of the five bulls, in homage to the goats who founded Guangzhou according to the legend. One can also admire a vestige of the wall of the Ming era, and cross during the walk of the local practice Taï Chi, playing music or dancing tango. The park is huge, it is possible to rent an electric car to make the tour faster.

Baiyun Shan, White Cloud Mount

The Baiyun Shan is a mountain in the heart of Guangzhou, and stands at 2216 meters. The climb is long and tedious, but a phone is available to take you to the top. The paths of Baiyun Shan are dotted with statues and porticoes of temples. At the top, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the city. It is recommended to avoid going there at the weekend, because the place is then invaded by tourists. One can also visit early in the morning to admire the sunrise over Gangzhou from the calligraphic garden.

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Go to Guangzhou and move there

Located at an air, sea and land crossroads, Guangzhou enjoys particularly easy access. The city has the world's 19th largest airport, 3rd in China and directly competing with Hong Kong, with more than 40 million travelers each year. To get to Guangzhou, the easiest way is to take a direct flight from Paris. The city is also easily accessible by plane from Hong Kong. From Beijing, it is possible to take the high-speed train and travel 2,300 kilometers at a speed of 300 km / h, and arrive in Guangzhou in 8 hours. Once on Instead, you can move using the five subway lines of Guangzhou, or the bus lines. However, it is rather advisable to move by taxi: very little expensive for a Westerner, they will allow you to avoid the crowded transports and to go directly to the place that you wish to visit , whatever. Remember, however, to write the address of the place in Chinese, and always have a business card of the hotel on you to facilitate your return in all circumstances. It is recommended to borrow yellow taxis, employing locals who know the city perfectly. The trip starts at 10 RMB. Do not borrow pirate taxis under any pretext. They are easy to recognize: no logo, no meter, and drivers challenge you, asking you if you need a trip.

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