Are you fretting about where to spend your hard-earned weekend? How about involving yourself in the hustle and bustle in Guangzhou? Take Metro Line 3 or APM line and get off at the Canton Tower or Zhujiang New Town Station, the destination is right around the metro station.
Canton Tower (Photo: Zhang Youqiong)
Canton Tower is located across the river from Zhujiang New Town, Huacheng Square and Haixinsha Island. It is currently the highest tower in China and the third highest tower in the world. The total height is 600 meters, including the main tower and the antenna mast at a height of 450 meters and 150 meters respectively.
It is subdivided into 5 functional zones with various amusement facilities, including outdoor observatory decks, a Ferris wheel, 2 sightseeing halls, a Skywalk (the highest and longest open-air staircase in the world), 4D and 3D cinemas, Chinese and Western cuisines, convention and exhibition facilities, shopping malls as well as a showroom featuring scientific and technological knowledge.
Huacheng Square (Photo: Zhang Guanjun)
As the largest city square in Guangzhou, Huacheng Square is home to the new section of Guangzhou Library, Guangzhou Opera House, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Finance Center and Guangzhou International Finance Center.
Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park (Photo: Wu Weihong)
Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park
Located at the intersection of the city's new central axis and the Pearl River, Haixinsha Island enjoys an important location. It served as the main venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games 2010 as well as many major events, such as the Haixinsha Light and Music Show.
Guangdong Museum (Photo: Chou Minye)
If you are looking to learn more about the city and the province, visiting a museum is a nice way to get you started. Guangdong Museum is an influential center for collection, research, exhibition and education in the province and even in the country. The building was designed as a rectangular container, with the exterior space design inspired by a carved bone ball which is one of Guangdong's traditional handicrafts.
Guangzhou Opera House (Photo: Wang Liangyu)
Guangzhou Opera House
Architectural masterpiece Guangzhou Opera House is one of the landmarks on the new central axis of the city. It is rated by Phoenix Satellite Television as one of the top three contemporary opera houses. Designed by architectural designer Zaha Hadid, the building was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, and praised as mankind's greatest building, the best public building in the world, the most magnificent theatre, the most beautiful concert hall and billed among the top 10 opera houses in the world.
Guangzhou Library (Photo: Fu Chaojun)
Covering an area of 21,000 square meters and with a total construction area of 98,000 square meters, Guangzhou Library is one of the largest city libraries in the world. Together with the neighboring Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House and Guangzhou No.2 Children's Palace, it forms a cultural community which serves as the city's cultural window.
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