Few visitors expect a slice of old war Europe when they visit Guangzhou but that's exactly what you'll find at Shamian Island. Formerly known as Shameen Island or Shamin Island, from its Cantonese pronunciation, Shamian Island is a sandbank island located smack bang in the middle of the Peal River... more »
Guangzhou sure packs a mean punch when it comes to temples and The Temple of Six Banyan Tree is another one of the city's heavy hitters. Originally built in 537 during the Southern dynasties, the temple was tragically burnt down then thankfully rebuilt in the Northern Song Dynasty. Never the... more »
Bulldozers clearing ground to build a hotel got a big surprise in 1983 when they uncovered the intact tomb of Emperor Wen Di located 20 metres underground. One of the great Chinese archaeological discoveries of the '80s, the emperor's tomb contained not only the skeleton of the king but also... more »
Tourist attractions without tourists may be hard to come by in China but at Lan Pu (Orchid Garden), you're unlikely to share your time with more than a handful of other people. Located a short walk from the Yuexiu station, the garden specialises in (you guessed it) orchids, but is... more »
With a history dating back more than 1,700 years, some people say Bright Filial Piety Temple was established even before its home city of Guangzhou. Whether the chicken or the egg came first nobody is quite sure but what everyone agrees on is that Bright Filial Piety Temple is one... more »
A heaving metropolis, Hong Kong is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Asia, but even the most hardcore city-lovers will need a change of pace after a few days of frenetic train rides and overcrowded streets.
Leave the high-rises and glitzy shopping malls behind you and follow your adventurous spirit out into the region's best destinations. [...]
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou offers all the hustle, bustle, culture and commerce of other major Asian metropolises minus the massive tourist crowds.
But that could change as more travellers are lured to the modern port city by affordable flights and a 72-hour visa-free transit policy.
Just a two-hour train ride from Hong Kong, Guangzhou is an easy weekend getaway or, in my case, a two-day stopover on my trip from Los Angeles to Malaysia.
Often touted as the birthplace of di [...]