Introduction to Guangzhou
The city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, is situated at the landward (northwestward) end of the Pearl River Estuary, the mouth of which estuary is flanked by the cities of Macau on the left/west and Hong Kong on the right/east. The city of Shenzhen, situated just north of Hong Kong, with its large, hypermodern international airport (Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX), about 110 kilometers southeast of Guangzhou), serves an alternative access point to Guangzhou, otherwise the main airport at Guangzhou is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), located about 35 kilometers north-northeast of the heart of Guangzhou.
Guangzhou is a beautiful, bustling port city that combines modern skyscrapers with rivers, canals and green parks in a way that is without parallel in China. There is little manufacturing here, though the city boasts a modern industrial park where high tech equipment is fabricated. Guangzhou thrives on its financial district, its real estate sector and its tourism. Much of the surrounding terrain is crisscrossed by waterways, since numerous upland rivers, including the Pearl River itself, empties into the estuary of the same name that leads to the South China Sea.
There are numerous tourist sites in and around Guangzhou, including a memorial to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the George Washington (and Thomas Jefferson) of China, recognized and respected by Chairman Mao himself. But the city of Guangzhou, with its greenery, its many waterways and its mild climate, is a great place to stroll about and to just relax after shopping and dining to one's heart's content. More About Guangzhou