Guangzhou as the capital of Guangdong Province is located in southern China, north of the Pearl River Delta. The city also lies close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong, and Macau. Because of its convenient geographical position, Guangzhou has been called “China’s Southern Gateway”. Guangzhou is historically the start of the Maritime Silk Road and the southern China’s key transportation hub and trading port. The climate of Guangzhou is sub-tropical. The annual average temperature in Guangzhou is 22.8 degrees centigrade, and average relative humidity is about 68%. With year-round flowers and evergreen plants, Guangzhou has been affectionately called the “Flower City” since ancient times, also known as the “Five-Goat City (Wuyangcheng)” and the “City of Spike (Suicheng)”. With over a 2,200-year history, Guangzhou is rich in antiquity, unique customs and deep cultural deposits.
Food in Guangzhou is famous the world over. Among four basic culinary styles, Cantonese cuisine is a dominant one, the rest are Chao-Shan cuisine and Dongjiang cuisine. With different ingredients, fine preparation, a light flavor and rich in variation, it owns superior color, scent and taste as well as sound nutrition.
Guangzhou attracts more than 100 million visitors each year. There are many tourist attractions, including: Canton Tower, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Chime-Long Paradise, Chime-Long Waterpark, Guangdong Provincial Museum, Guangzhou Zoo, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Temple of Bright Filial Piety, Shamian or Shameen Island, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, etc.