Located in south China, Guangdong is the southern gate of the Chinese mainland, bordering Hong Kong, Macao and is geographically close to ASEAN countries. The province boasts abundant travel resources and is extremely popular with travelers.
The region has seven national famous historical cities, including Guangzhou, Foshan, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Zhaoqing, Leizhou and Zhongshan. Each of these cities has its own unique characteristics. Either the ancient architecture or modern scenery, natural beauty or folklore, these destinations will leave visitors surprised and amazed during their travel.
In addition to the famous Danxia Mountain, there are many other impressive scenic and historic attractions located throughout the area.
Danxia Mountain 丹霞山
Located in Renhua County of Shaoguan City, Danxia Mountain is called the “Red Stone Park of China”. It has been listed as a world natural heritage as Danxia Mountain surpasses more than 1200 places in the world found to have the Danxia landform. It has developed many scenic areas, including Zhanglao Peak scenic area, Xianglong Lake scenic area, Yangyuan Mountain scenic area and Jingjiang River scenic area, providing numerous travel and entertainment options for tourists, , it features many scenic areas which include Xianglong Lake Scenic area, Zhanglao Peak scenic area, and Jingjiang River scenic area. Yangyuan Mountain scenic area. This UNESCO World Heritage Site also boasts more than 680 stone peaks, stone bridges, stone fortresses, pillars, walls, and stones that shape like animals, birds, and even human bodies.
Admission: 100 yuan
Opening hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
Best time to visit: April to October
Seven Star Crags 七星岩
Located in Zhaoqing City, Seven Star Crags consists of seven limestone hillocks, namely, Langfeng Rock, Jade Screen Rock, Stone Chamber Rock, Heavenly Pillar Rock, Toad Rock, Immortal Palm Rock and Apo Rock. Standing in a lake 600 hectares in area, their layout resembles the constellation Big Dipper.
Aside from the stunning natural rock formations, the other main attractions are concealed grottoes and caves among the limestone hills. Different legends have been told about the origin of this scenic area. Some say that the seven peaks are Nu Wa’s seven miraculous stones from the sky. Others say that they represent seven fairies who came to the earth who refused to go back to heaven.
In late 1997, local authorities installed 560 road lamps with 1,000-watt bulbs, 250 colored floodlights and 3,000 meters of neon tubing around the six islets and seven crags, and along the eight-kilometer-long embankment in the Seven Star Crags scenic area, making the night at the Seven Star Crags even more gorgeous.
Address: Star Lake, Zhaoqing, China
Admission: 78 yuan/person
Opening Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm
Recommended Time for a Visit:Half day
Best time to visit: July to September
Guangxiao Temple 光孝寺
Located on Guangxiao Road in Guangzhou, Guangxiao Temple (Temple of Bright Filial Piety) occupies an important place in Chinese Buddhism. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581), Zen Master Zhiyao, an Indian monk, traveled to Guangzhou via Tibet. He lectured on the site of the temple and planted a bodhi tree that he had brought with him. The temple has a magnificent and imposing appearance. The Mahavira Hall is its main structure. Inside are three newly repaired statues of Buddha. The central Buddha is Sakyamuni, with Manjusri on the left and Samantabhadra on the right. Many temples in southern China imitate the architectural style of Guangxiao Temple.
Address: No. 109 Guangxiao Road, Guangzhou
Admission: 5 yuan
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 5pm
Recommended Time for a Visit:30minutes-1hours
Best time to visit: all year around
Kaiping Diaolou (Watchtower Houses in Kaiping) 开平碉楼
Kaiping Diaolou are fortified multi-storey towers mainly located in Kaiping City, Guangdong Province. They feature a unique architectural style, which combine an elegant Western style with the earthy countryside of southern China. The number of Diaolou was originally more than 3,000. Now there are 1,800 units scattered over 15 counties. They were first built in the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and were booming in early 1920s with the development of overseas Chinese. Diaolou served as the filming site of the famous movie “Let the Bullets Fly.” Due to abundant numbers and varied architecture styles, it is referred to as the Museum of Watchtower Houses. Many diaolou clusters are scattered there, including Chikanzhen Yinglong Lou, Jinjiangli Diaolou Cluster, the Cluster in Zilicun and Fangshi Denglou.
Admission: 180 yuan/person (including 6 attractions: Zilicun, Majianglong and Jinjiangli Diaolou Clusters, Liyuan Garden, Chikan Movie ad Television City, The South Diaolou valid within in 2 days)
Best time to visit: April to September
Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence 孙中山故居纪念馆
Located in Cuiheng Village of Zhongshan City, Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence is now a museum. He is the founder of the Republic of China, the great forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution, and a great contributor to Chinese modern history. The museum shows the life story of Sun Yat-sen against the backdrop of traditional folk houses in Cuiheng Village. Covering an area of 500 square meters, the former residence is a two-storey building with a combination of Chinese and Western motifs. It is the only immovable cultural relics under the protection of State Council in Zhongshan City.According to Sun Yat-sen’s wife, Mrs Soong, the museum features furnishings that the couple have used which include books, photos, and even kitchen utensils. There are also several articles exhibited inside the museum that recreates the life of the couple.
Opening hours: 09:00am~5:00pm
Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn