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Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is a modern, vigorous metropolis. It is the 3rd largest city in China and is the political, economic, sci-tech, educational and cultural hub of southern China. It is located in south-central Guangdong Province, north of the Pearl River Delta. It lies close to Hong Kong and Macau. Guangzhou was a major terminus of the maritime silk road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub. For the three consecutive years 2013–2015, Forbes ranked Guangzhou as the best commercial city on the Chinese mainland.
Guangzhou is the home of many outstanding universities and colleges. Of particular note are the many outstanding medical schools. These internationally recognized institutions are the leaders of a medical services sector employing thousands of professionals. Guangzhou has become a center for international business and trade. The medical community serves the national and expat community in all health-care matters with over a thousand hospitals, clinics and medical centers. The local climate is sub-tropical. The average year-round temperature is 22℃ (71.6℉). Pleasant weather, abundant rain and sunlight provide ideal conditions for year-round outdoor activities. Another alias of this city is the “City of Flowers” with evergreen plants and flowers blooming all year round.
Many historic sites including the Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum, and the Bright Filial Piety Temple tell us the ancient history of the city. Baiyunshan Scenic Area and Yuexiu Park showcase the natural scenery of the city. Shanmian Island retains some of its former grandeur with its exotic mansions. The Guangzhou Museum of Art is one of the best in China and is definitely worth a visit. Additional highlights are the city’s markets and vast bazaars. The city has a massive number of malls and retail stores that provide easy access to top-notch products from all over the world. Visitors will enjoy strolling on the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street and Beijing Road Business Street. The city is a true shoppers’ paradise. The city also has a worldwide reputation for delicious food. It has more restaurants and teahouses than any other city in China. Cantonese cuisine (Yuecai), one of the eight famous cuisines of China, is redolent with color, fragrance, taste and presentation. Yuecai is an absolute “must do” when dining there. Try the famous Cantonese pastries well known for their wide range of varieties, delicate flavors and different hues.
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