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Escorted Tour - Guangzhou Overview

While most of the city's history has been erased, Guangzhou still holds an endless certain fascination for anybody wishing to see the inner workings of the modern economy. If you enjoyed Manufactured Landscapes, then the commercial frenzy of the city will keep you enthralled for days if not weeks. Few visitors manage to see beyond the superficial veneer of five-star hotels, shopping malls, and propaganda sightseeing, but those who do are rewarded with rare insights to equal those of Dickens when he was writing and researching Oliver Twist and Little Dorrit. Guangzhou is the ideal starting point for those who wish to glimpse the dragon's underbelly, the result of combining Western capitalism and Eastern exploitation.

Renowned Guangzhou Tourist Attractions
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Dr. Sun Yatsen, the founder of Guomintang which over threw the Qing monarchy, made Guangzhou his headquarters during the 1920's. In 1931, the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall was built in Guangzhou. Constructed in traditional Chinese style with an octagonal shape, the hall remains an important meeting place. A bronze statue of Dr. Sun was placed in front of the hall in 1956 after the Communists came to power. The building today in many ways symbolizes the city, and has become a key venue for the city's large-scale meetings and performances.

Temple of Chen Family

Temple of Chen Family was built between 1890 and 1894 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing dynasty, and is the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. Chen Family Temple used to provide lodgings for candidates of the Chen family who came to Guangdong to prepare for imperial examinations in Guangzhou. The complex consists of two main courtyards. The front one was used for study of the Confucian classics while the back one housed a temple to the ancestors of the Chen clan. In 1986, it was designated as an important cultural relic by the State Council. The temple is now the site of the Museum of Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts. The scenes depict stories from Chinese literature and folklore and include real and mythical animals. The whole complex now houses a museum of Chinese handicraft, and is remarkably well-preserved.

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

Situated on Liurong Road, this world famous ancient Buddhist temple named Temple of the Six Banyan Trees was built in 537 in the Liang Dynasty. More than 1460 years ago in the Liang dynasty, Emperor Liangwu ordered the master priest, Tanyu to build Baozhuangyan Temple to store the Buddhist bones brought from Kampuchea. It has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad. Burning joss sticks is a big event when visiting the temple. Inside you will find three large Buddhist icons; Sakyamuni in the middle, Amitabha to the left, and Maitreya on the right. These are the largest ancient brass structures in Guangdong Province. During the Northern Song dynasty, a great writer - Su Shi, on a visit to this temple was attracted by the six banyan trees surrounding it and wrote the inscription "Liu Rong" (Six Banyan Trees).

An interesting construction stands in the temple grounds. The Flower Pagoda is an octagonal building, reaching up seventeen-storey. The sculpture in the wooden eaves and the ceiling here is exquisite and there are hundreds of small posing Buddha's peering out at visitors as they make the climb up the steep staircase.

Recommended Tours:

Guangzhou Classic Day Tour
Take in some of Guangzhou's best historical, cultural and scenic highlights. Check out wonderful carvings and traditional architecture at the Chen Clan Academy, the pride and joy of all those in Guangdong surnamed Chen. Soak in the atmosphere of Lizhiwan, a tree-lined canal flanked by shops and traditional restaurants and admire churches and colonial-era buildings in the heart of Guangzhou's former European concession-Shamian Island. Get back to nature at Yuexiu Park and feast your eyes on the ancient Indian relics housed in the Six Banyan Temple.

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