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Henk Beerten (Holland) – Deputy Mayor

“I only had 12 hours in Guangzhou and this cycle tour allowed me to see much of the city’s beauty and diversity”

Ben Allgood (UK) - landscape architect

“It was the best thing we've done in Guangzhou, without a doubt”

Will (UK) - journalist

“The tour is taken at a nice, leisurely pace and is reassuringly professional. A rare opportunity to see authentic Canton”

Lindsey Blumell (Canada) - Broadcast Journalist

“After living in Guangzhou for two years, I finally feel like I have insight into this city and its rich culture. I recommend this leisurely cycling experience to anyone!”

Christine Zheng (China) - PR manager

“The guides were really professional and I was very impressed with their knowledge on the different sites, and on Chinese culture in general”

Serena (France) - logistics specialist

“Perfect way to feel the spirit of Guangzhou, learn about the history and meet local people”

Clemens Rill (Austria) - salesman

“I feel like I've seen the real Guangzhou”

Ashley (USA) - English teacher

“I probably wouldn't have been able to see most of the things if I had tried to tour around GZ by myself”

Patrick (Canada)

“The joy and enthusiasm of the guides made a good tour an exceptional one!”

David Markus (Australia) - Engineering Consultant

“Was really impressed how safe and green Guangzhou lanes are from Cycle Canton's perspective”

Harrie van Nugteren (Holland) – Education advisor

“A journey through the heart of Guangzhou. I did not expect such variety in views along this route”

Kristie - resident expat

“Throughout the tour, our guides led us to places that were truly Guangzhou-neighborhood markets, green paths, temples and exiting vantage points of the city”

Rudy (Indonesia) - businessman

“If you would like to know more about Guangzhou then you must take this Canton Cycle. Very enjoyable and relax activity.”

Helene (Canada) - consular officer

“Lots of information and a great experience overall. Highly recommended”

Lucia (Holland) - student

“The best thing about the tour was that we could stop wherever we wanted to. We could take pictures, enjoy the places and ask everything about Guangzhou and local culture”

Jeffrey (Australia)

“The tour guides were super accommodating with everyone on the tour, especially for a novice bike rider like me”

Lim (Singapore)

“Very good tour covering old heritage and modern Guangzhou”

Cycle Canton News


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dec

Guangzhou’s Zero Stress Pre-Conference Tour

On Sunday, Cycle Canton organized a tour for a number of guests fresh off their planes from several different countries, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria to name ...
6
dec

A ride for the young and young at heart

We hosted 2 nine year-old riders on today’s ride, along with their parents, 2 guests from London, and 2 from Germany.Everyone exercised their rusty or newly acqui...
15
nov

Olá Guangzhou!

On Saturday, Cycle Canton welcomed our first guests from Macau and Portugal! This group of young professionals proved very ready for adventure: an internet search for w...
19
oct

On recumbent bikes through Guangzhou

Attention all Cycle Canton guests: the bar has now been raised! On October 18, Cycle Canton hosted two avid cyclists who brought their very own recumbent bicycles from th...
22
sep

Perfect way to pre-train and explore a new city

Last week Cycle Canton hosted four riders from Florida (on business), Singapore (competing in a badminton tournament), and from Germany (studying Mandarin in Guangzhou)...
12
sep

Cycle Canton's new bikes!

We were joking about Guangzhou's rain and said it was never going to rain that day as we saw nothing but blue sky when setting off. Fifteen minutes later it was pouring...
2
sep

Expat family bike tour

Do you live in Guangzhou with children? Always wanted to join a tour but wondered what to do with the kids? You no longer need to worry about that: recently a Dutch ex...
26
aug

Bike touring the world

Cycle Canton was honored to host Ross and Zoe this month. Ross was escaping New Zealand's winter by bike touring the world and had just finished a 3-week bike tour in Mon...
16
aug

Old friends, new bikes

On a sunny day in July a group of friends of Cycle Canton joined for an enjoyable tour. Besides Cycle Canton's yellow bikes, a slick fixed gear bike, a traditional Chin...
5
aug

From your desk to the spa…by bike!

Highlights included finding two famous cafes/art-galleries in Dongshankou, stopping to recall modern Chinese history from the site of the old Guangzhou weapon factory...
29
jul

Ride down memory lane

Guangzhou is known for its scorching hot summers and this day we experienced one of them. With lots of water and sun screen our guests from Australia and Ireland took i...
16
jul

Lychees and coconut juice

Last month Cycle Canton hosted a small tour for Dutch expats Michael and Jeroen. After passing fruit sellers, hairdressers and elderly playing mahjong in the urban vill...
8
jul

Laughs on a hot ride

This Sunday Cycle Canton hosted four visitors from New Zealand, Austria and Holland for a hot and sunny ride through Guangzhou. Our Kiwis were on a stopover to a Europe...
24
jun

Ideal activity for a weekend trip away from Hong Kong

Before the tour had even started our Australian guests this month had already finished their first beer. It was the start of a great afternoon where the locals enjoyed ...
17
jun

CityWeekend website praises Guangzhou's people and Cycle Canton

In its 10 reasons to love Guangzhou, China's expat website CityWeekend praised the people in Guangzhou. Not only are the people of Southern China more friend...
16
jun

Fasten your seat belts: flight attendants join Cycle Canton

Cycle Canton had the pleasure to host ten Dutch flight attendants who received training before starting work for Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines. Fol...
10
jun

Charity tour for youth with disabilities

Last month Cycle Canton hosted a special tour for charity with the Guangzhou English Training Center for the Handicapped (GETCH). GETCH is a Guangzhou-based non-profit ...
29
may

After rain come lychees and fashion

On the day it finally stopped raining for three weeks straight, Cycle Canton hosted a beautiful tour under a blue sky for two Dutch families. The families, visiting the...
20
may

Making friends with the locals

Although Guangzhou is experiencing the rainy spring season, Cycle Canton continues offering guided cycle tours. We believe the rain cools you down nicely now that Guang...
12
may

Tomb Sweeping Day ride

Cycle Canton had a tour on the Qingming Festival (Clear and Bright Festival), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. It is when Chinese venerate their ancestors and tend the ...
6
may

New Cycle Canton poster and leaflet

Coming to your favorite Guangzhou hangouts soon: the all new Cycle Canton poster and leaflet. Contact us if you would like to help us distribute a bunch at your office,...
1
may

Cannot stop playing jianzi

Playing jianzi at People's Park is a standard part of a Cycle Canton tour. Dozens of locals, young and old, play this traditional Chinese hacky-sack with a shuttlecoc...
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This is not a standard tour!

This weekend Cycle Canton hosted a small group of three guests for a sunny ride through town. The urban villages were full of people playing mahjong on the street and i...
20
apr

Canton Fair visitors

With the 115th Canton Trade Fair in full swing, Guangzhou is full of foreign visitors interested in getting a true taste for the city. As a result Cycle Canton is hosti...
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TripAdvisor: Cycle Canton #1 activity in Guangzhou!

TripAdvisor, the world's leading travel website providing directory information and reviews of travel-related content, has ranked Cycle Canton as Guangzhou's #1 activ...
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Dutch expat association promotes Cycle Canton

The Dutch Association of Expats in Guangzhou posted Cycle Canton on its website and highly recommends joining a tour of the 'real Guangzhou':  http://www.nvgu...
26
mar

Kings of Jianzi explore Guangzhou in transition

Our guests this month were highly skilled football players, so the Cycle Canton tour was stopped for over an hour to play jianzi together in People’s Park, cajoled by...
26
mar

Regular visitors with Cycle Canton

Cycle Canton could be your standard pick when having friends from back home over. This Dutch family joined a tour with Cycle Canton for the third time this month, and w...
26
mar

Cycling in Spring

On a ride earlier this month, while taking in the spectacular Donghaochong greenway project, we were interviewed by a group of school children doing a school project. T...
25
mar

Locals enjoying Cycle Canton

This Sunday a group of six of which four locals joined a tour with Cycle Canton. Taking them deep into Guangzhou's urban villages they explored many sights they had not...
16
mar

International students from Hong Kong

Every now and then Cycle Canton hosts visitors from Hong Kong. Last month it was three students at Hong Kong University who joined a tour to experience the true Canton....
16
mar

A date with Cycle Canton?

Cycle Canton not only hosts expats, tourists, locals, corporate events and birthday parties, but now also organized a date with a foreign expat inviting a local girl fo...
12
mar

A ride to remember

Cycle Canton hosted a beautiful ride in December. A mix of visitors and local expats joined and new friendships were made. After prayers at the Chenghuang temple we rod...
11
mar

Birthday party with Cycle Canton

Yes, Cycle Canton also caters to birthday parties! In November Nanette celebrated her birthday with 18 foreign expat friends on a customized Cycle Canton tour. After mi...
11
mar

Surprises at People's Park

During a great ride in November our group was caught by surprise in People's Park, where a group of artists was rehearsing a play in full uniform. With them surprised b...
15
oct

US Consulate magazine features Cycle Canton item

Following a tour with Cycle Canton, the latest US Consulate magazine Pearl Jam features a one-page item summarizing their day. An excerpt: "We’ve been to places&...
8
oct

City Weekend joins Tour de Guangzhou

If you're hot and happening you're on City Weekend. So City Weekend author Will joined a tour recently and shared his experiences riding with us. Now go read their rave...
5
oct

A perfect day

We were in for a treat last Saturday. Beautiful weather, sports and art in People's Park, a fountain show amidst skyscrapers and a great group of people! ...
11
sep

US Consulate Guangzhou joins Cycle Canton

This Sunday US Consulate staff took a Cycle Canton ride. A group of fifteen cycled through alleyways, greenways, parks and boulevards, visiting some of Guangzhou's uniq...
19
aug

That's PRD Magazine joins Cycle Canton

Reporter Simon Smith joined a Cycle Canton ride and published an article in That's PRD Magazine, Guangzhou's most well-known expat magazine. The full article c...
2
aug

Cycle Canton hosts Dutch Deputy Mayor

Cycle Canton hosted a special guest in Guangzhou this weekend. The Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, Holland, was in Guangzhou for only 12 hours, but decided to join a Cycle Ca...
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Dutch cycle Canton

This weekend a group of Dutch expats from Hong Kong visited Guangzhou and booked a ride with Cycle Canton. They loved cycling around Guangzhou, taking in many sights ...
19
jun

Lindsey, Patrick and Simon cycle Canton

Several days ago, Cycle Canton showed around Lindsey (Can), Patrick (UK) and Simon (UK). Being expats in Guangzhou for years, they visited several beautiful places they had never been to before!
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Cycle Canton in the 90s

Not so long ago, cycling was still the main mode of transportation in Guangzhou. The most-wanted in China in the 50s were a watch, sewing machine and a bicycle. For video footage of cycling in Guangzhou in the 90s, fast-forward to 2:08!
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Bike shopping in Guangzhou

Not only is Guangzhou a great place for cycling, with countless interesting sights and interactions, it is also a great place to shop for bikes. If you want to return home with a brand new race bike, folding bike, mountain bike, BMX, fixed gear, or...
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What to see?

  • Wind your way through traditional hutong neighbourhoods
  • Experience sacred rituals at a Taoist temple
  • Explore hidden wet markets
  • Ride through spectacular urban greenways
  • Mingle with locals in Guangzhou's 100-year-old park
  • Gaze at world-class architecture in the new city center
  • Marvel at the ever-changing skyline from the Pearl River

Discover Guangzhou's hidden gems

The 4-hour tour winds through old and lively urban villages where you mingle with locals, to the ultramodern architecture in the new city. The route through downtown Guangzhou, from Taojin to Pearl River New Town, is very safe and convenient as it is almost entirely free from cars and mainly follows quaint alleyways, greenways, parks, outdoor markets and riverside boulevards. Go off-the-beaten track with us and discover Guangzhou’s history, culture and lifestyle. You will be surprised by the beauty and fascinating inside stories of this 2,000 year-old city.

Pearl River Urban villages Cheng Huang Temple People's Park Canton Tower Wet Market Ersha island Greenway Happy Monk restaurant New city center Huacheng Plaza

Haizhu & Zengcheng Tours

Haizhu tour: Across the River: this tour takes you from Shamian island to the Sun-yat Sen University, through Haizhu district. We explore artifacts at Shamian island and the 'Canton Bund', board the Pearl River Ferry and criss-cross through alleyways in old urban villages, wedding dress markets, former opium dens, ancestral halls and thousand year-old temples, the hauntingly beautiful campus of Guangzhou’s oldest and most envied university, and much more. Cycle Canton organizes this tour on special occasions and for groups over 10 people only.

Zengcheng tour: Into the Great Wide Open: This tour takes you through the fields, rivers and mountains of Zengcheng district. We ride through rice fields, banana plantations, bamboo forests and olive gardens. We visit an ancient village and finish with a swim in the clean Zeng river. Cycle Canton organizes this tour on special occasions only and in larger groups.

Safety first!

Safety is our number one concern! The route has been carefully mapped out as 80% of the route follows small streets, greenways, parks and alleys. We keep traffic at bay and provide bike helmets. Emergency kits for you and your bike are with us at all time. The tour is done at a leisurely pace and is open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Child seats at the front and back for kids under 15kgs, two child bikes and child helmets are available. Kindly let us know if you need one.

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About Cycle Canton

By cycling around the city we found Guangzhou to be a fascinating city with most highlights hidden away from sight. We caught the soul of the city and learned about its history and future. As Cycle Canton guides we share our passion for Guangzhou with visitors, expats and locals alike. We hosted over 1,500 guests since 2013 and have a 100% clean safety record. We are consistently ranked TripAdvisor’s Best Activity in Guangzhou and have featured in numerous local media!

Our tours only last for four hours so we cannot cover all highlights of this spectacular city. We developed the Cycle Canton Map of Guangzhou where we share our favourite places to explore, eat and drink in the city. Click here to find the map and more details of our recommendations.

Tours take place on any day of the week with a minimum of two participants (two single participants accepted) and a reservation is required. Bike, helmet, guide, water and snacks are provided by Cycle Canton. We meet at cafe/restaurant Happy Monk on Jianshe 5 Ma Road (see address below) at 1.20pm and finish on Huajiu Road in Zhujiang New Town around 5.30pm. We cater to large groups as well. More information can be found in the FAQ below. Please fill in the form below for inquiries or to make your booking!

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Directions
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Directions
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Address

Happy Monk Restaurant / Bar,
29 Jianshe 5 lu, Yuexiu District

越秀区 建设五马路29号

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Contact us

Phone: (+86) 15626406926
E-mail: info@cyclecanton.com

Frequently Asked Questions


Pearl River <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="IMG_9251" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/IMG_9251.JPG" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">The Pearl River system is China's third longest river with a length of 2,400 km. It originates in Yunnan Province, flowing through Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong provinces before ending in the South China Sea beyond Hong Kong and Macau. The Pearl River is named after the pearl-colored shells that lie at the bottom of the river in the section that flows through Guangzhou. The river has played and still plays a crucial role in the trade between China and the rest of the world. When the British closed-off the Pearl river harbor it sparked the first Opium War in 1839.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">In more recent history Chairman Mao Zedong swam in the Pearl River in 1956. Since 2006 Guangzhou's Mayor swims across the river every year in an attempt to prove the water quality of Guangzhou's river ain't that bad!</span></p> Urban villages <p normal"=""><img alt="IMG_1878" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/23 feb - 3 HK girls/IMG_1878.JPG" style="width:700px;height:466px;margin:0px;" /></p> <p normal"=""><span style="font-size: 14px;">Guangzhou is a very modern city but for many visitors the older parts of the city represent the essence of Guangzhou. Unlike other first-tier cities in China Guangzhou has retained much of its traditional downtown buildings. Dense urban villages have remained where shops, businesses and small industries line the streets with residential quarters crowded inside the blocks just behind. Places within these buzzing urban villages are interconnected by narrow alleyways and these are the paths we follow on the tour. We pass craft stores, calligraphy studios, peanut sellers, butchers, shoe repairmen, shops selling nothing but faucets and hair dressers who put up shop on the street to name a few. We see children chasing cats, elderly playing mahjong on the street and get a true sense of the traditional Cantonese lifestyle.</span></p> Cheng Huang Temple <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="_MG_0166" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/_MG_0166.jpg" style="font-size: 14px; margin: 0px;" /> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div><span style="font-size: large;">The Cheng Huang ("City God") temple, completed in 1370, was built to "make the public fear. They will behave themselves if they fear." according to the Emperor who called for the construction. An American sailor, visiting Guangzhou in 1883, described it as "the temple of horrors", as the eighteen original statues showed gods torturing devils. Che Zhirong, the head Taoist priest of the temple says: "The function of Cheng Huang is to reward good deeds and to punish wrong-doings. In the ancient time, horrific statues were used to awe and warn the public. But in the modern time, we should show the beauty of gods to guide the public towards goodness." The temple lost importance in the past decades, but made a comeback a few years ago when the Guangzhou government restored the temple as part of the city's beautification in the run-up to the Asian Games held in Guangzhou. The temple underwent a tremendous reconstruction. Today you'll see wall paintings, made with real gold, depicting the Creation story and another with a Goddess saving Guangzhou from floods by stopping the heavenly waters. You'll see people visiting the temple for practical reasons, like praying for a child, a sick relative or an upcoming business deal. </span> </div> </div> People's Park <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="IMG_9205" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/IMG_9205.JPG" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">Guangzhou's oldest park, measuring an area of 48,400 square meters, was built in 1918 and designed by a Chinese graduate from Cornell University (NY). The park was suggested by the founder and first president of the Republic of China Sun-Yat Sen, who gave many speeches in this very park, a.o. to advocate his democracy theory. Guangzhou's government has always resided in People's Park since 581 AD. The impressive Mayor's office, located at the edge of the park, has been retained in its current form since 1934.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">The park hosts a variety of pavillions, giant trees, plants and flowers and a mix of Chinese and Western architecture. Above all it is a great place to check out the local scenes with a hive of activity where mainly the elderly come to meet friends, sing, dance, do Tai Chi, play cards, badminton and jianzi.</span></p> Canton Tower <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="T13A8160" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/T13A8160.JPG" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /> </div> <div><br /> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">The Canton Tower is China tallest building at 600 meters and the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. Designed by Dutch architects and engineered by ARUP, the Canton Tower opened in 2010. The tower hosts TV and radio transmission facilities, observation decks, several restaurants, exhibition spaces, conference rooms, shops, and a 4D cinemas. The rooftop at 488 meter is the highest and largest outdoor observation deck in the world. </span> </div> Wet Market <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/IMG_6897.jpg" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /></p> <p>Fresh ingredients are a vital component of Cantonese cuisine. A visit to the wet market therefore is part of daily Cantonese life. The wet market we visit boosts animals that we would usually only see in zoos or on TV.</p> Ersha island <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="_MG_0216" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/_MG_0216.jpg" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /> </div> <div><br /> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">Ersha island is a quiet island in the middle of the Pearl River and it is where Guangzhou's most affluent live and play. Despite its proximity to the new CBD in Zhujiang New Town and older city center to the West, Ersha Island has remained a serene, green area with several cultural highlights. It hosts the 1,500-seat Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangdong Museum of Modern Art and many sport grounds. </span></p> Greenway <p style="text-align: left; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><img alt="T13A7739" src="http://www.cyclecanton.com/admin/editor/uploads/files/T13A7739.JPG" style="text-align: center; margin: 0px;" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><br /> </p> <p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><span style="font-size: large;">As part of Guangzhou's greenways project, the Donghaochong canal was one of the most eye-catching projects. Of the 3 ancient creeks that bring water from the Baiyun Mountains to Guangzhou since the Song Dynasty, only the Donghaochong was never buried. Until recently, it was a polluted ditch running mostly under an elevated expressway and uncontrolled urban development had encroached on the banks of the canal, spilling sewage sometimes into adjacent residential and commercial properties.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"><span style="font-size: large;">Starting in 2009, the Guangzhou government dredged and cleaned the canal. It built water treatment plants that pump out clean water children now swim in. Over 7 hectares of land along the Donghaochong were cleared and turned into a greenway. Ten new bridges across the canal were built, 5.4 km of new pedestrian walkways, 1.3 km of new bike paths, and 3.2 km of new road works make up the first phase of development. In the surrounding area over 329,000 m2 of new commercial real estate were developed. The Donghaochong canal museum, housed in two historic villas, opened to provide more information on the place and its history.</span></p> Happy Monk restaurant <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="T13A7700" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/T13A7700.JPG" style="width:;height:;margin:0px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><br /> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">Conveniently tucked away on Jianshe 5 malu, a stone's throw away from Taojin metro station and the Garden Hotel, The Happy Monk is a lively and welcoming European-style bar/restaurant. Cool wooden and copper interiors with large sliding doors opening out onto an outdoor terrace, this is the perfect place to start your Cycle Canton tour. Grab some food and a drink before we set off for our ride.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">Directions to Happy Monk:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">29 Jianshe 5 lu, Yuexiu District</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;">越秀区 建设五马路29号</span> </div> New city center <img alt="IMG_1317" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/7 dec13 simpson-ben/IMG_1317.JPG" style="width:700px;height:500px;margin:0px;" /> <div> <p normal"=""><br /> </p> <p normal"="">Zhujiang Xincheng or Pearl River New Town is Guangzhou’s newly developing city center. Before the Guangzhou government set its eyes on redeveloping this area 10 years ago it still consisted of farmlands. The new skyscrapers with luxurious apartment buildings, offices and some of Guangzhou’s most eye-catching architecture define Guangzhou’s future. Some of these buildings include the Opera House, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library, International Finance Center and the Canton Tower. This is where Cycle Canton’s tour, telling Guangzhou’s story ‘from old to new’ comes to an end.</p> </div> Huacheng Plaza <div><br /> </div> <p><img alt="IMG_2467" src="admin/editor/uploads/files/14.03.23/IMG_2467.JPG" style="width:700px;height:500px;margin:0px;" /></p> <p><br /> </p> <p normal"="">The heart of Guangzhou’s new city center is Huacheng Plaza, meaning plaza of the ‘flower city’. The gigantic square and park is lined with Guangzhou’s most impressive architectural buildings. Mostly designed by world-famous architects we see the Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou Library, Guangdong Museum, the twin towers of the International Finance Center, the stadium for the Asian Games' ceremonies, Children's Palace and China’s tallest structure: the Canton Tower. Underneath the plaza are large shopping malls with TVs the size of football pitches. On weekends the plaza attracts thousands of visitors who kite with their kids, drink a fresh coconut juice or simply take in the scenery.</p>