Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou plays host to a bi-annual trade fair that draws thousands of business visitors each year. China's third largest city is a modern, urban hub, but the history here is not lost. Explore a little to come across treats like the tomb of the Nanyue King, dating back over two thousand years.
It's not all business however, there's fun to be had too, especially in the famous Chimelong Water Park, the largest in the world. During the searing heat and humidity of summer, locals and visitors alike head to scenic Baiyun Mountain for some cooler air; here you'll find cable cars, a sculpture park, plenty of wildlife and Asia's largest aviary.
Following your flight into Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), head for Metro Line 3, which will connect you with the city center in approximately 40 minutes. You can also get into the city from the airport, via taxi or shuttle.
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Within the city, Yuexui Park is a popular place for recreation. Three lakes, seven hills and lots of statues and gardens make it the perfect place for a picnic lunch, and there is a museum and art gallery as well, featuring silks, textiles and artefacts such as the Cantonese clock.