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Local Area Attractions

Located among the city’s finest shops, sights and hotels in the Tianhe district, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou provides the ideal entryway for the exploration and discovery of one of China’s most fascinating cities. Near the soaring Canton Tower and overlooking the expansive Pearl River, the view from the hotel is as enticing as it is spectacular, calling forth new visitors to seek out a closer look.

Famed for its iconic Cantonese cuisine, active commercial centers and rich cultural heritage, the vibrant city of Guangzhou features no shortage of exciting attractions and seasonal events. Peer into China’s past at the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library and Guangzhou Opera House. Or, participate in one of the city’s many professional and social events, including the China Import and Export Fair in the Tianhe district, or the Annual hotel Christmas Tree Lighting, held each December at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou.

Guangzhou Museum of Art in Ersha Island

An art museum on tranquil Ersha Island featuring an extensive collection of two– and three-dimensional works.

Distance: 2 kilometers/10 minutes

Guangzhou Opera House

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and reportedly costing in excess of 1 billion yuan, the Guangzhou Opera House is located on the bank of the Pearl River adjacent to the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower – Canton Tower, beside the New Guangdong Museum and a only a brief stroll across the promenade from The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou.

Characterized by sweeping, organic curves reminiscent of a gently-rolling seascape, many claim that the Opera House’s interior is even more impressive, featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and a perfect marriage of avant-garde design to individual comfort. Learn more about Guangzhou Opera House.

Distance: Walking distance

The National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

The National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall features a world-class performance hall and an exhibition center commemorating the “Father of Modern China”.

Distance: 7 kilometers/20 minutes

The New Guangdong Museum

The new Guangdong Museum, located only steps away from The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou’s lobby, offers insight into the history and culture of Guangdong province to an estimated 5,000 visitors every day. Featuring an extensive collection of historical treasures—some being displayed for the first time in public—the museum promises an afternoon of enlightenment, free of charge. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Distance: Walking distance

Warner Theatre

A seven-screen cinema showing Chinese and Western feature films.

Distance: Less than 1 kilometer/2 minutes

Xiangjiang Safari Park

Xiangjiang Safari Park, the impressive home of white tigers, performing polar bears, South American sea lions and 10,000 other animals from across the world.

Distance: 12 kilometers/35 minutes

Xinhai Concert Hall

A sophisticated concert hall on Ersha Island that regularly hosts international orchestras, bands and ballet troupes.

Distance: 3 kilometers/10 minutes

Yuexiu Park

An expansive city-center park with museums, monuments and extensive greenery.

Distance: 20 kilometers/25 minutes

Bai Yun Mountain

One of Guangzhou’s enduring historical landmarks and a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

Distance: 10 kilometers/30minutes

Canton Tower

The Canton TV & Sightseeing Tower, Guangzhou’s skyscraping landmark just across the Pearl River from The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, was conceived in 2004 by Dutch architecture firm Information Based Architecture’s partners Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. The design is heavily-informed by gender aesthetics, being described by the duo as “[having] the identity of a female; smooth, curved, slender, gracious and incorporating diversity of spaces and floor-plan sizes, in short a sexy tower” in contrast to the masculine properties of most skyscrapers (“angular, simplistic, heavy and based on repetition”).

The finished tower reaches 610 meters high and includes two circular, rotating restaurants as well as a private dining room 407 meters above the city.

Distance: 1 kilometer/5 minutes

Guangzhou Library

One of the four public works on the Square (the others being the New Guangdong Museum, the Guangzhou Opera House and the Guangzhou “2nd Children’s Center”), the library boasts a total capacity for 4 billion books and is home to more than 6,000 seats for visitors. Including a variety of public service offices and designed to evoke the fluttering pages of an open book, the library is a perfect venue for scholarship and contemplation. Learn more about Guangzhou Library. Operation Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday Closed; Public Holidays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Haixinsha Island

The site of the 2010 Asian Games’ illustrious opening ceremony, Haixinsha Island opened as a public attraction in January 2011. Having wowed an estimated 34,000 spectators with dancers seemingly walking upon water and massive LED displays unfurling like sails (in a tribute to Guangzhou’s enduring maritime culture), Haixinsha is now open for both day– and night tours and is connected to the riverbank by an underground tunnel.

Distance: Less than 1 kilometer/2 minutes

Pearl River Night Cruise

A traditional pastime for visitors to Guangzhou, a night cruise of the Pearl River offers cooling breezes and a first-hand experience of the city’s brightly-illuminated waterfront.

Distance: 4 kilometers/10 minutes

Shamian Island

Shamian Island was constructed in the 19th Century by Sir Harry Parkes to serve as an enclave for foreign diplomats and merchants in Canton. Today, it remains a popular destination for weekend outings due to its unique European architecture and extensive greenery.

Distance: 9 kilometers/25 minutes

Xi Guan Heritage Street

Xi Guan, a historical district of Guangzhou dating back centuries, is preserved in the form of the “Xi Guan Heritage Street”. Of particular interest are the elaborate residences and crowded shopping arcades—both characteristic of what has become known as the “Xi Guan” style. 

Distance: 7 kilometers/20 minutes

Changshou Road

A famous concentration of jade merchants.

Distance: 10 kilometers/30 minutes

Daxin Road and Wende Road

Two commercial areas specializing in arts, crafts and cultural products.

Distance: 8 kilometers/25 minutes

Grandview Mall and Tee Mall

Two of the city’s largest and diverse shopping malls, both located just south of the Tianhe Stadium.

Distance: 2 kilometers/5 minutes

La Perle and the Friendship Stores

Two upscale shopping malls featuring international- and local luxury brands.

Distance: 4 kilometers/15 minutes

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

A shopping hotspot sprinkled with a mixture of Chinese and Western architecture.

Distance: 6 kilometers/20 minutes

Yi De Road

A teeming concentration of wholesalers of every imaginable product. Must be seen to be believed.

Distance: 8 kilometers/25 minutes

Zhujiang New Town Friendship Store

Another branch of the Friendship Store, just across Hua Cheng Square from The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou.

Distance: Walking distance