Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center: More than Just Campuses

Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center: More than Just Campuses

The Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center is home to over 200,000 students and can easily be described as a city within a city. Located on Xiaoguwei Island in Panyu District, this mega conglomerate of university campuses is spread over 179,000 kilometers, with Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and many others all represented here. But besides being a temporary home for a large portion of Guangdong’s student population, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center also boasts a number of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and attractions that are worth checking out.

1) Lingnan Impression Park View In Map
Lingnan Impression Park is a scenic spot dedicated to showcasing Lingnan architecture and culture. Visitors can meander in and out of traditional alleyways, learn about the area’s history and culture, visit temples or indulge in traditional drinks and snacks. You can also observe craftsmen producing arts and crafts, or slip into traditional robes and get your photo taken. While it’s a little touristy, the park is a great place for first-time visitors to learn and appreciate south China’s unique cultural heritage.

Add: Lingnan Impression Park, Waihuan Xilu, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guangzhou
地址:广州市番禺区大学城外环西路(近新造渡口), 岭南印象园
Tel: 020 3934 3030; 3934 0555
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00
Price: 60 RMB
Getting there: take bus 310, 380a, 380b, 381, 382, 1 (大学城线), 3 (大学城线), 4 (大学城线), 52 (番禺), or 50 (夜) to Guangmei Shenghuo Qu Station (广美生活区站)

2) Iron Age SpaceView In Map
If you’re into Guangzhou’s underground rock scene or like seeing live bands, then Iron Age Space is worth checking out. An art space and live music venue combined into one, this venue is the largest and most professional venue for live performances in the Higher Education Mega Center. Since its customer base is mostly students, drink prices are quite low and the entrance fee often tends to be waived for ladies. Whether you want to enjoy a gig, play pool or foosball or just mingle with the city’s youth over a cheap beer, this is a solid place to hang out.

Add: Iron Age Space, 2F, Xinjue Qingnian Gongguan, T8 Dongmen Square, Dongyi Lu, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guangzhou
地址:广州市番禺区大学城东一路东门广场T8栋新觉青年公馆2楼, 黑铁时代空间
Tel: 020 2868 3060
Opening hours: 20:00-02:00
Getting there: take bus 380a, or 380b to Suishicun Station (穗石村站)  

3) Yunshan Shuixie Coffee HouseView In Map
If you suddenly find yourself in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center and are in need of some caffeine reinforcement, worry not: there are plenty of cafes serving decent coffee and snacks. One such venue is Yunshan Shuixie Coffee House, hidden within Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The café serves freshly ground coffee starting at a very reasonable price of 13 RMB per cup. Popular items on their menu include the tiramisu and mousse cakes.

Add: Yunshan Shuixie Coffee House, B1 Youkang Supermarket (near Guangwai Living Quarters), Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guangzhou
地址: 广州市番禺区大学城广东外语外贸大学又康超市B1楼(近广外生活区), 云山水榭咖啡屋
Tel: 020 3932 8547
Opening hours: 11:30-22:30 (Mon-Thu), Sun; 11:30-23:30 (Fri-Sat)
Getting there: take bus 332, 381, 382, 1 (大学城)线, 3 (大学城线), 3 (空调线), or 65 (夜)to Guangwai Station (广外站)

4) More More CafeView In Map
More More Café has several branches across Guangzhou and is quite popular with the artsy crowd thanks to its quirky Mediterranean décor. This particular branch is quite small and doesn’t have much seating. Highlights on the menu include Bali ice coffee, fruit salads and chicken wings. The only downside about this place is that portions tend to be very small so don’t expect to leave with a full stomach.

Add: More More Cafe, 6 Beigangcun Qingyun Paifang, Panyu District, Guangzhou
地址:广州市番禺区贝岗村青云牌坊内一巷6号(近GOGO新天地), 遇见麽麽茶
Tel: 020 8472 3608
Opening hours: 12:00-23:30
Getting there: take bus 332 to Beisanhuan Nan Station (北三路南站)

5) Guangzhou University Business CenterView In Map
Guangzhou University Business Center is the number one shopping destination in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center. Stocked with cheap clothes, shoes, sports gear and snack shops, this is a great place for picking up a bargain or two. Prices are initially low, but true bargain hunters can even haggle down the prices if they’re savvy enough. If, after all that strenuous bargaining, you suddenly get the munchies, head to the first floor where you’ll find a large food court offering a wide choice of food.

Add: Guangzhou University Business Center, 230 Zhonghuan Xilu, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center,
地址:广州市番禺区大学城中环西路230号, 广州大学商业中心
Tel: 020 3936 6621
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Getting there: take bus 35, 310, 381, 382, 383, 801, b25, 1 (大学城线), 3 (大学城线), 4 (大学城线) or 52 (番禺)to Guangda Shenghuo Qu Station (广大生活区站) 

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Very useful article for people in GZ. I'm going back out to the Island today, and planning to check out 3 of the 5 places listed. One thing for those who don't know is you can rent a bike at the subway stations at Higher Education Mega center for a couple hours, or all day, which is the best way to get around the island and see everything. Bring a 1000 yuan or so for 2 people for the deposit on the bike, but it is worth it.

Apr 14, 2013 07:34 Report Abuse