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From Grayscale to Color: Guangzhou’s Must-See Art Zones HOT

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Beijing's 798 Art District may be the national standard for factory complexes turned art zones, but it's hardly the only one. Guangzhou has several “creative parks” that have also made the transition from industrial gray to vibrant technicolor, so pick a ...... Read More>>

Tea Time in Canton: Best Spots in Guangzhou for Tea and Snacks HOT

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From grand avenue mansions to tiny holes-in-the-wall, Guangzhou teahouses are where you want to go to get that old China feel without that new China smell. Unlike other cities, most Guangzhou teahouses offer full meals in addition to the usual tea and ...... Read More>>

Sexual Harassment is on the Rise in Guangzhou’s Metro HOT


It was 18:00 on September 2 and Miss Hu had just gotten off work. She followed her usual routine of taking the Line 5 metro from Wuyangcun towards Zhujiang New Town. As she stood in the carriage—perhaps thinking about her evening dinner or recapping the ...... Read More>>

Weiwu, Why Not? Touring Hakka “Earth Houses” in Meizhou HOT

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When you hear the phrase "Hakka architecture", probably one of the first things that comes to mind are those donut-shaped tulou (土楼) earth houses in Fujian's Yongding county that are famous for being mistakenly identified as missile silos by an ...... Read More>>

Rest and Relaxation Nearby: Guangzhou’s Best Hot Springs HOT

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Although the region surrounding Guangzhou certainly has no shortage of lovely natural springs, a majority of these sites remain undeveloped to this day, much to the chagrin of Guangzhou's relaxation-seeking residents. Currently, two nearby cities—Conghua ...... Read More>>

Metro Explorations: Top 5 Sights of Guangzhou’s Metro Line 3 HOT

The Metro's Line 3 is an adventurous little underground route transporting passengers from north to south through the immense sprawl of Guangzhou. Recently extended all the way to the airport, Line 3 stops at popular Guangzhou sites like Changlong Resort, ...... Read More>>

Nangang Yao Minority Town: Last Bastion of Yao Culture HOT

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Itching to escape Guangzhou, if only for a weekend? Longing to go back in time and experience life in an ancient minority village in China? Then Nangang Yao Minority Town (Nangang Qiannian Yaozhai) is the place for you! Many people are under the false ...... Read More>>

Foodies Rejoice! 2012 Restaurant Week Makes its Guangzhou Debut this September HOT

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Great news for all of you PRD gourmands out there—2012 Restaurant Week is finally making its Guangzhou debut on September 3-9! For those of you who don't know, restaurant week is an international multi-city event that seeks to give people the opportunity ...... Read More>>

Metro Explorations: Top 5 Sights Along Guangzhou’s Metro Line 2 HOT

Take a self-guided tour through some of Guangzhou's most famous sights with the Metro Line 2 as your guide. Follow the blue line through the city and discover history, shopping, parks and eats. Relax in Yuexiu Park and check out the Sculpture of the Five ...... Read More>>

Julong Village: Guangzhou’s Best-Kept Ancient Village HOT

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Of the villages surrounding Guangzhou, quite a few are predominantly home to a single ethnic group or surname, with their dominant cultural themes reflected in the architecture and overall layout of the area. Among these, Julong Village (聚龙村) is likely ...... Read More>>

Metro Explorations: Top 8 Sights Along Guangzhou’s Metro Line 1 HOT

Guangzhou's very first metro line, Line 1, has 14 stops in total that are your doorway to Guangzhou's diverse sights and neighborhoods. Whether you plan on going to Huangsha Station to admire the European architecture or to Changshou Lu Station to walk ...... Read More>>

Nature’s Ride: Top 4 Rafting Spots around Guangzhou HOT

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As Guangzhou's daily scorchers get more and more frequent, so does the desire to escape the city and get a breath of fresh air. Rafting is an exciting way to relieve stress, feel the cool (clean) breeze and get that adrenaline pumping. So grab your oars, ...... Read More>>

Frugal Finds: Cheap and Free Things to do in Guangzhou HOT


Despite its comparatively large expat community, the majority of activities that Guangzhou offers which cater to us are still overpriced and, unfortunately, often of questionable quality. However, once you become settled in and develop a wide-enough social ...... Read More>>

Music to Your Ears: Musical Instrument Shops in Guangzhou HOT

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Once you have your visa sorted and have got your head around all the differences of a life in China, it's important to keep up with your hobbies and interests to really settle in. While plenty of expats ease into a life of drinking and going out to ...... Read More>>

The Meat of the Matter: Best Burgers in Guangzhou HOT

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Summer brings school vacations, family trips, and large get-togethers with friends. In many places, it means firing up the BBQ and packing those picnic baskets. Time to put a hamburger on the grill. ... Read More>>

Good Fit on Waist and Wallet: Best Tailors in Guangzhou HOT

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Due to the heterogeneous nature of laowai body builds, buying clothing can be somewhat difficult for expats in China. One of the solutions is to go to an upscale shopping centre and find some of the foreign-name brands, and swallow the extra cost. However, ...... Read More>>

International Dining in TaiKoo Hui Shopping Centre HOT

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As the epitome of luxury and contemporary lifestyle, TaiKooHui opened in September 2011 to Guangzhou's international and increasingly modern demands with great applaud. Though the restaurants were slow to open compared to the likes of Tiffany and Miu Miu ...... Read More>>

Guangzhou’s Beautiful Neighbour: Foshan City HOT

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Foshan, Guangzhou's next-door neighbour, is a city often overlooked by visitors to the region. But this industrial city, important also for kung fu and ceramics, is developing rapidly and has some top-quality sights for a nice day out of Guangzhou. ... Read More>>

Beat the Heat this Summer – Places to Cool Down in Guangzhou HOT

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May and June mark the beginning of Guangzhou’s hottest, wettest season – and the time of year when newly arrived foreigners realise it’s hard getting used to the subtropical climate. With daily highs hovering in the 30s throughout the humid summer, even ...... Read More>>

Guangzhou Sculpture Park: More than Just Sculptures HOT

One of the city's more under-appreciated tourist attractions, Guangzhou Sculpture Park (雕塑公园) is a definite must for any long-term resident or those just passing through. The vast array of sculptures is just one of the many selling points of the park, ...... Read More>>

Guangzhou Adventures: A Visit to Yakushi Pearl Factory HOT

Many of Guangzhou's residents have heard of the jade, pearl, and jewellery markets in town; multi-level malls crammed with flashy, gem-stacked stalls. For a slightly more mellow experience, however, a visit to the Yakushi Pearl Factory will make for an ...... Read More>>

Home Away from Home - Guangzhou’s Expat-Friendly Neighbourhoods HOT

Not sure where to make your home in Guangzhou? Here are a few of the neighbourhoods Guangzhou expatriates seem to favour, according to location, general prices, transportation, schools and attractions. ... Read More>>

The Road Not Taken: Haizhu’s Hidden Treasures (Part 2) HOT

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Shopping, sight-seeing, studying—in this article we're checking out Guangzhou's Haizhu District again. Not as popular with foreigners as Tianhe or Yuexiu Districts, Haizhu offers some less-explored areas of the city. In Haizhu's Hidden Treasure's Part I, ...... Read More>>

Haizhu District: Guangzhou’s New Gem (Part 1) HOT

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Of Guangzhou's ten districts, Haizhu District remains one of the least explored by expats—despite hosting the Canton Fair. ... Read More>>

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