04 May, 2009

Guangzhou, the Flower City


Guangzhou is the capital of Guangong Province, located in the southern part of the People’s Republic of China. The city is a port on the Pearl River, and it is located 120 km northwest of Hong Kong. The city, also called The Flower City or Five Rams City has almost 10 million people and it is the third most populous are in China. The city has a rich history, and went through the Han Dynasty, met the Arab and Persian pirates, the Northern Song Dynasty and the Portuguese who arrived in the city by sea.

Guangzhou is part of the Pearl River Delta. It has a humid subtropical climate, with high temperatures and high humidity in the summer and dray and sunny winters. The climate is influenced by the monsoon.

If you want to visit this city, you shouldn’t miss the Olympic Stadium, the CITIC Plaza, the TV & Sightseeing Tower, the Pearl River Tower and the West Tower. All these are a proof of modern technology and leave you with your mouth open.

The city’s population has increased during the last years, a not so unusual thing about cities in China. Guangzhou is a sub-provincial city that has under direct jurisdiction ten districts. It is the economic center of the Pearl River Delta, bringing great profit to the country. Every year, in April and October, the China Import and Export Fair is being held. The city has 3 industrial areas related to economic and technological development and trading. It also has a science city.

It has a rich culture and tradition related to cuisine, opera and music. It also has many parks and gardens (Baiyun Mountain, Yuexiu Park, Luhu Park) and many universities and institutes (the Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, Jinan University, South china Agricultural University). There are many other tourist attractions like the Chen Clan Academy and The Museum of Folk Handcraft.


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