A useful guide to Guangzhou – what you need to know

In southern edge of China, lying alongside the Pearl River, slightly over a hundred kilometres from Hong Kong is a place that is an eclectic mix of china’s past, present and even future. This unique city features some of the country’s most ancient temples, a park that has lasted millennia, and an imperial tomb, alongside futuristic architecture and an auto-pilot metro. Within the Guangdou province of South China, lays China’s third biggest city, and the capital of the richest province of the country. The city of Guanghou is the rebellious visionary of all of China’s cities, and her people stand out from the rest of their fellow countrymen for their unique way of life and liberal ideas.

If you’re planning on making a visit to experience the wonders of Guangzhou, there are various accommodation option at your disposable, from luxury hotels to more budget friendly choices. To truly feel at home in Guangzhou, one should consider something along the lines of the Citadines LiZhiWan Guangzhou, of the many incarnations of the concept of serviced apartment Guangzhou is notable for. One of the true staples of the city, is its food, for Guangzhou is the birthplace for the legendary Chinese concept of Dim Sum, which involves eating bite-sized portions of food, in restaurants whose menus contain items exceeding hundred.

Guangzhou has no shortage of sites to see, and within her wealth of historic landmarks, one that is truly special is the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, which was built in 1931 as a tribute to the founder of the Republic of China, on the site of his Presidential office. The city’s Yuexiu Park is the largest urban park in all of China, and much like the city it is located in, has nuances of the ancient and the modern, with structures dating back to more than five thousand years, as well as up-to-date modern day miniatures of Guangzhou.

So if you intend on visiting a wondrous locale where past and future dwell in harmonious solitude, take a visit to China’s city of Guangzhou.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

Bright Filial Piety Temple – The temple with the longest history in Goat City

Temple Guangxiao also known as Bright Filial Piety Temple is a place not to be missed. This key National Cultural Preservation Site was once the residence of Zhao Jiande, the Nanyue King in the Western Han Dynasty and during the period of the Three Kingdoms, was used to deliver lectures by the Lord Yu Fan and was later converted into a Buddhist Temple.

A stay in a Service Apartment in Guangzhou such as Ascott IFC Guangzhou would be an ideal option to visit Bright Filial Piety Temple and have a great time while listening to the soothing sounds of monks and nuns chanting.

Located on the northern end of the Guangxiao Road, the Temple has a long history of more than 1700 years and occupies the largest scale in Lingnan area. Interesting stories behind this temple is ideal to be heard from a villager himself. Breathtaking architecture and the three fine statues of Lord Buddha inside the temple are symbols of true Buddhist Chinese Culture.

The main buildings include Mahavira Hall, Sixth Ancestor Hall, Samgharama Hall, Heavenly King Hall, the East and West Iron Towers, and the Mahakaruna Dharani Sutra Pillar. Mahavira Hall is considered to be the most magnificent in South Asia and the East and West Iron Towers are the oldest Iron Towers in China. The Sixth Ancestor Hall was built in memory of Hui Neng, the most influential monk in the history of Chinese Buddhism- Sixth master of the Zen Sect of Buddhism. He had his hair cut and was initiated into monkhood there.

Bright Filial Piety Temple is a much valued symbol of Chinese Buddhism and is very popular among both Chinese and Foreigners. Thereby, this is a must visit for anyone who is interested in admiring the beauty of true Chinese Buddhist Culture and Values.


Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.