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Old 01-24-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Is Guangzhou just poorly located? Too close to HK/Macau for people to see? It's a huge city with a ton of industry and everything else. Not one I hear much about that...at least not in the realm of Beijing/Shanghai/HK anyways.

ANything there worth seeing?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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Is Guangzhou just poorly located? Too close to HK/Macau for people to see? It's a huge city with a ton of industry and everything else. Not one I hear much about that...at least not in the realm of Beijing/Shanghai/HK anyways.

ANything there worth seeing?
It is not a tourist destination for the most part, though it is famous for food.
Guangzhou has the largest African community in China too. Some say there are 200,000 Africans.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Macao
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It is not a tourist destination for the most part, though it is famous for food.
Guangzhou has the largest African community in China too. Some say there are 200,000 Africans.
That's impressive. Any particular reason?
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Australia
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That's impressive. Any particular reason?
I read somewhere that a lot of African importers/exporters go there to do business.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I'm curious as to whether Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton to the West) was more prominent before the rise of Hong Kong? I mean the language 'Cantonese' is named after Canton, so it must've been prominent. As part of the PRD it still has a prominent economic position, but it has Shenzhen/Dongguan/Foshan and of course Hong Kong to compete with now, although they're one conterminous region as well. I believe there's more history than HK (that's not really hard) but not to the same level as Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi'an, Beijing.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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It's popular among American families adopting children from China. It is where the US consulate is located that finalizes the adoption. Nearly all Americans who adopt from China stop at Guangzhou for at least a few days. There are many businesses there that cater to this crowd. Although, since the adoptions have slowed down in the past 5 years, I'm sure they don't get as many visitors as they once did. When we were there, we took a train to Hong Kong. I believe it was about 4 hours away.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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I'm curious as to whether Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton to the West) was more prominent before the rise of Hong Kong? I mean the language 'Cantonese' is named after Canton, so it must've been prominent. As part of the PRD it still has a prominent economic position, but it has Shenzhen/Dongguan/Foshan and of course Hong Kong to compete with now, although they're one conterminous region as well. I believe there's more history than HK (that's not really hard) but not to the same level as Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi'an, Beijing.
Guangzhou has always been the capital city of Guangdong Province and was of course more prominent than any other city in the region.
Even today it is larger than Hong Kong in both population and area. People in China generally consider it the No.3 city of the country.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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Guangzhou has always been the capital city of Guangdong Province and was of course more prominent than any other city in the region.
Even today it is larger than Hong Kong in both population and area. People in China generally consider it the No.3 city of the country.
I guess there just isn't much to say about it. I have been there three times (my wife is from there), it's really just a typical Chinese city, run down/drab looking in many areas with lots of sections of nice/new buildings mixed in, but no real touristy things to see/do.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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I guess there just isn't much to say about it. I have been there three times (my wife is from there), it's really just a typical Chinese city, run down/drab looking in many areas with lots of sections of nice/new buildings mixed in, but no real touristy things to see/do.
People in China also say Cantonese girls are ugly (not always true of course).
The saying is places near Yangtze River produce beautiful ladies. But most overseas Chinese are from the deep south such as Guangdong.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: The Big O
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Is Guangzhou just poorly located? Too close to HK/Macau for people to see? It's a huge city with a ton of industry and everything else. Not one I hear much about that...at least not in the realm of Beijing/Shanghai/HK anyways.

ANything there worth seeing?
I have been to Guangzhou a few times. For visiting, it has somewhat popular nightly boat cruises along its main river. There are two large pedestrian shopping streets that are fun to stroll around. As someone else mentioned, it is a wonderful place for Cantonese food, which includes dim sum restaurants.

And yes, it is a huge city, but huge cities in China are kind of a dime a dozen. Chongqing is much larger than Guangzhou, but we also do not hear much about Chongqing or other larger cities, such as Shenyang and Tianjin.
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