Huacheng Square (花城广场), located in Zhujiang New Town's CBD, is now a renowned sightseeing and shopping destination. Walking in the square one can appreciate the green surrounds and a magnificent view of the Canton Tower across the Pearl River. Surrounding the square is the Guangzhou No.2 Children's Palace, the Guangzhou Opera House, Library and the Guangdong Museum. The area also boasts three city landmarks, the East Tower, West Tower and the Canton Tower, as well as five star hotels and office buildings housing several of the Fortune 500.
Underneath Huacheng Square is a 150,000 square-meter underground shopping mall, the “Mall of the World” (花城汇), run by Hong Kong group Lan Kwai Fong. The three-leveled underground network also contains a large parking lot and grants access to Metro lines 3 and 5.
Scenes in the Huacheng Square
Landmarks in the Huacheng Square
Guangzhou Opera House [More]
The opera house includes a 36,400-square-meter Grand Theater, a 7,400-square-meter multifunctional theater and other auxiliary facilities. Designed by renowned British architect Zaha Hadid, it looks like a twin boulder with two stones on a subdued massif.
Add: No.1 Zhujiang Xi Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou , China (广州市天河区珠江新城珠江西路1号)
Tips: RMB 30 for a 30-minute visit
Guangdong Museum [More]
Situated on the edge of the river in Zhujiang New Town, the new Guangdong Museum, which opened last week, has been a triumphant success. Thousands of visitors have already flocked to witness the impressive building, with its fascinating exhibitions.
The museum has on display over 166,000 items arranged across more than 20,000-square-meters of exhibition area. Like the previous Guangdong Museum, access is free to all three parts of the museum – Lingnan history, natural history and art. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm.
Tips: Tickets are free, but visitors are required to present their ID cards or passports to gain access to the museum. There is a limit on the amount of viewers each day.
The Canton Tower opened in October last year. With 37 floors at 610 meters, it stands as the highest tower in the world. It was used for the production and broadcasting of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.
Nicknamed “slim waist,” it covers a ground area of 84,000 square meters, whilst its great height is the result of a 454-meter-long body and a 156-meter-long aerial.
Tight security has been set-up on the tower with an extraordinary fire fighting system comprising two large water tanks located on the 84th floor which hold 1,200 tons of water. Four high-speed elevators carry visitors up to the viewing platforms at a speed of 10 meters per second.
Tips: a spider walk has been opened; prices vary according to which floor visitors wish to gain access to.
Haixinsha Asian Games Park
Haixinsha Asian Games Park hosted the prestigious opening and closing ceremonies of the Guangzhou Asian Games. It was officially opened to visitors on January 1, 2011.
Free of charge
(By Jessie Huang and Daniel Epstein)