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Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

China Daily | Updated: 2013-02-08 10:35

Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

Luhu Park [Photo by Xu Jingxi/]


Going green

There's nothing better than a walk or cycle along an idyllic lake. A large Lingnan-style garden expo is being held during Spring Festival around Gualu Lake in Zengcheng, a city about an hour's drive from downtown Guangzhou. The expo features flowers and lanterns, as well as traditional landscaping.

Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

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Getting there: Take the Guangzhou-Zengcheng shuttle bus at Tianhe Coach Station (every 20 minutes) to Zengcheng. After the one-hour bus trip, take a taxi to the lake, which is close to the Zengcheng government's office building.

Flower power

Visiting flower fairs has a time-honored place in Cantonese-speaking areas during Spring Festival. This year, Liwan district has moved its regular street fair next to its lakes and canals. From Feb 7 to March 13, visitors can walk along the banks to see and buy flowers and other gifts. There will also be a parade by a flotilla of flower boats three times a day.

Where: Lychee Bay and Liwan Lake Park.                                                                                  

Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

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Drinking it in

On the southern bank of the Pearl River, opposite Zhujiang New Town, is the Zhujiang InBev International Beer Museum. Its glitzy appearance makes it look like a beer barrel guarded by two colorful glass buildings. There is a European-style pub that provides free beer down the stairs on the first floor. Grab yourself a bottle.

Where: 118 Modiesha, Xingang Road East, Haizhu district.           

Art and fashion

Guangzhou Opera House is hosting an exhibition on the long-standing links between art and fashion brand Chanel. The event is based around five themes: Breathe, Move, Love, Dream and Invent. Among the pieces on display are about 30 previously unseen drawings by Pablo Picasso, from a private collection.

Where: Guangzhou Opera House, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe district.

Village people

Xiaozhou Village was built at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and stands on the city's southern outskirts. It is a place characterized by classic Cantonese community landscapes and modern art, and has borne witness to all the city has been through. Landscapes include canals, well-kept buildings, bridges and country roads. Cafes and shops provide a respite.

Getting there: Take the subway's Line 2 to Nanzhou and transfer to the No 35 or No 86 bus. Get off at Xiaozhoucunkou stop.

- Qiu Quanlin

Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

Spring Festival travel guide: Guangzhou

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