Guangzhou, located at the north of the Pearl River
delta, is an important trading center as well as a busy port and the capital city of the
province of Guandong. The city has an area of over 16,000 square kilometers and a
population of 6.7 million.
The climate of Guangzhou is
sub-tropical. The average year-round temperature is 22C. August is the hottest month, with
an average temperature of 28C. January is the coldest month, with an average of 13C. The
rainy season falls between April and August. Average annual rainfall is 1,720 mm.
Like Athens of Greece and Rome of
Italy, Guangzhou also has a history of more than 2,800 years.
There are a lot of interesting
legends concerning its past. One of the beautiful stories which gives the city its name
Goat Town says that five gods riding on five goats brought the first grain to the city.
So, it is also known as the City of Five Goats. Besides tales and stories, here and there
stand monuments of the city's democratic and revolutionary past.
The monument to the Anti
British struggle at San Yuan Li is in remembrance of the 1841 uprising against a British
invading force. The Huang Hua Gang Park keeps alive the spirit of the 72 martyrs killed in
an 1911 uprising against the Manchu dynasty. The National Peasant Movement Institute is
the former cadre-training school founded and run by Mao Zedong and Zhou En Lai in
1925-1926. The Guangzhou Memorial Garden is in memory of those who lost their lives during
the Communist Uprising in 1927.
also one of the most important centers of foreign commerce in South China. The Chinese
Export Commodities Fair has been held twice a year in the city since 1957. It is also a
cultural center. There are several universities, the Zhongshan University, the South China
University of Technology, the Ji-nan University and so on.
There are also higher
educational establishments. The city is renowned for its arts and crafts, namely the Guang
Dong embroidery, ivory-carving and ceramics.
Guangzhou is a beautiful city
with an ever-green scenery and flowers blooming all the year round. The city boasts many
tourist attractions, among which highlights are White Cloud Hill Scenic Spot. Yuexiu Park,
Guangzhou Zoo, Six Banyan Temple and Flowery Pagoda, Dr. Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, etc. In
the Suburbs, there are such scenic spot on Conghua Hot Springs, Xiqiao Hill Scenic spot,
Seven Star Crags, and Foshan City. Lots of tourists to Guangzhou like to cover one or two
of them for out-of-city pleasure.
"Eating in Guangzhou"
has become a popular saying both at home and abroad. Guangzhou ranks first in the number
of restaurants and tea-houses in the country. Cantonese cuisine is good in color,
fragrance, taste and presentation.
In addition, the delicate Cantonese pastry is also
well-known for its wide range of varieties, delicious flavor and beautiful color.
Cantonese cuisine is among the most famous four in the country.
As for hotel accommodations,
there are Garden Hotel, China Hotel, White Swan Hotel, Dongfang Hotel, Nanhu Hotel, the
Overseas Mansion, the Overseas Chinese Mansion, the Overseas Hotel and others.