Guangzhou Travel Guide
Guangzhou, capital of China's Guangdong province, is the city that most Westerners once referred to as Canton – and many still do. It is famous above all for its cooking – think Cantonese cuisine, often interchangeable with Chinese cuisine or Chinese cooking, particularly in the West. Typically, Cantonese cuisine is centered on pork, beef, chicken, duck, snake, snail, and pretty much any meat, other than lamb and goat which are the domain of the north, and involves stir frying, steaming, braising, shallow frying, deep frying and double steaming, with dried and preserved ingredients for flavoring. Roast goose, wonton noodles, siu mei platters, stir-fried vegetables, Cantonese baoyu and red-bean soup are among the specialties. In any event, the city itself is a familiar mainland Chinese metropolis, at once busy, polluted and unbearably hot during the summer, but with a surprising ethnic diversity that includes a large Hui (Muslim) population. It has several good examples of colonial architecture, mostly found on the city's Shamian Island. Besides which, there's a thriving underground arts scene here, together with a few good museums, parks and markets. But for the most part, Guangzhou, one of the largest cities in south China, is rapidly emerging as the undisputed industrial powerhouse of the region.
Guangzhou is situated on the Pearl River in the Guangdong province in south China, some 75 miles (120 km) north-northwest of Hong Kong or the same distance north-northeast of Macau.
Guangzhou has 10 districts, divided by the Pearl River, with the Yuexiu, Liwan and Tianhe districts forming the inner core or city center.
In Guangzhou, the night scene is largely centered in the Yanjiang Lu area and farther northeast in Huanshi Dong Lu, where most of the popular bars and clubs are located. The Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street area in the Liwan district near the city center also has a lively nightlife.
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