The weather has been sweltering in Guangzhou these days, and swimming is a refreshing and ideal way to stay fit in summer. Here are some recommended swimming pools in Guangzhou, let's head to a pool to forget about the heat for a while!
Guangdong Olympic Centre Stadium (广东奥林匹克体育中心游泳馆)
(Photo: Nanfang Daily)
This is the main venue for the swimming and diving events of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, which has hosted many international competitions. Disinfected with ozone and infrared light, the pool water is clean, transparent and odorless. Moreover, the water is at a constant temperature, so you can also enjoy swimming in winter there.
Opening hours: 7:00-8:30; 15:30-20:00
Add.: No. 36 Daguan Nan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区大观南路36号)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 4 or 21, get off at Huangcun Station and use Exit A
Tianhe Natatorium (天河体育中心游泳馆)
(Photo: Tianhe Natatorium)
Situated in the Tianhe Stadium, it is the largest indoor public swimming pool in downtown Guangzhou, with an area of 23,000 square meters. With good water quality as well as competition pools of the international standard, training pools and diving pools, it has hosted many world-class competitions.
Opening hours: 7:00-9:00; 14:30-16:30; 18:00-21:00
Add.: Tianhe Stadium, No. 299 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区天河路299号天河体育中心)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 1, get off at Tianhe Sports Center Station and use Exit D1
Xijiao Swimming Plaza (西郊游泳场)
(Photo: Xijiao Swimming Plaza)
Built in 1930, Xijiao Swimming Plaza is the first swimming pool with an imitation beach. It has always been a good place for the residents to enjoy physical fitness and leisure life. The pool area is about 9,000 square meters with about 6,000 square meters of the beach area. It offers five functional areas including a competition pool, a constant temperature pool, and a children's pool.
Open-air pool: 7:00-17:45
Indoor pool: 7:00-18:45
Fitness pool & beach pool: 7:00-21:30
Competition pool: 7:00-10:00; 15:00-17:30
Children's Pool: 15:00-21:15 from Monday to Friday, 9:30-21:15 from Saturday to Sunday
Add.:No.3 Yuenan Street, Huangsha Avenue, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区黄沙大道粤南大街3号)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 5, get off at the Zhongshanba Station and use Exit A
Haijiao Honglou Swimming Pool (海角红楼游泳场)
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Haijiao Honglou Swimming Pool is the earliest natural swimming pool in Guangzhou. It has a coastline of 1,000 meters and three pools: a deep pool, a shallow pool and a children's pool. In addition, there are also two football pitches and an archery hall at the venue.
Opening hours: 9:30-11:15; 15:00-17:15; 19:00-21:15
Add.: No.9 Honglou Road, Qiaozhong Street, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区桥中街红楼路9号)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 5 or 6, get off at the Tanwei Station and use Exit I
Kuangquan Swimming Pool (矿泉游泳场)
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This swimming pool uses natural mineral water, which is rich in various minerals, and the water temperature is also maintained at about 26-32 degrees Celsius all year round. In summer it feels cool to swim, while in winter it feels as comfortable as soaking in a hot spring.
Opening hours: 16:00-21:00
Add.: No. 497 Sanyuanli Avenue, Baiyun District, Guangzhou (广州市白云区三元里大道497号)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 2, get off at the Sanyuanli Station and use Exit C2
Yuexiu Swimming Pool (越秀游泳场)
(Photo: Guangzhou Aquatic Sports Management Center)
This outdoor pool is surrounded by the views of Yuexiu Park, providing pools of different depths to suit various people. It has hosted many international swimming and diving events. China's national diving team used to train here to adapt to the outdoor competition venue for the Rio Olympics, athletes such as Chen Xiaoxia, Yang Jinghui, Chen Aisen and many other Olympic champions have trained or competed in this pool. Therefore, it is also known as the "cradle of champions" by locals.
Opening hours: 9:00-11:00; 15:30-17:30; 19:00-21:00 (closed on Wednesday morning)
Add.: Inside Yuexiu Park, No.988, Jiefang Bei Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区解放北路988号越秀公园内)
Transportation: Take Guangzhou Metro Line 2, get off at the Yuexiu Park Station, and then use Exit B1
Gold Coast Water Park (珠江游泳场)
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Zhujiang Swimming Pool, also called Gold Coast Water Park (黄金海岸水上乐园), is located on the bank of the Pearl River. Members of the public can enjoy the river view while playing in the water, and you can also see the Canton Tower and the Pearl River cruise, etc. It boasts a variety of water rides, such as slides and drifting, as well as standard swimming pools.
Opening hours: 10:00-20:00 from Monday to Friday, 10:00-22:00 from Saturday to Sunday
Add.: No. 29 Bingjiang Dong Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou (广州市海珠区滨江东路29号)
Transportation: Take Bus No. 11, 24, 266, 229 or 131A, and get off at the Zhujiang Swimming Pool Station (珠江泳场站)
Typhoon Chaba will affect Guangdong till July 4, so please be aware of the weather forecast before going out, and please be careful when swimming. In addition, the opening hours of the swimming pools will be adjusted at different periods, so please pay attention to their official WeChat official accounts or websites.
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