Guangzhou has flowers all year around, a benefit from the subtropical marine monsoon climate, and thus is called the “Flower City.” Kapok flower is the flower of Guangzhou for its bright-red color and inspiring spirit. Bougainville and bauhinia are also favorites of Guanzghouers. The city is known for its flower markets during Spring Festival. A wide array of flowers and plants from home and abroad are available for purchase to decorate your home for the lunar New Year. Artistic shows are presented throughout the fair at each location for entertainment during your visit.
Guanzghouers like to receive red packets (or “li shi" in Cantonese or “Hong bao” in Mandarin) - red envelops filled with money - and offer well-wishes for the New Year to recipients, who might range from relatives to associates, even strangers, such as waiters or cleaners.
Dim sum is the heartbeat of Guangzhou cuisine. Its name translates literally as “to touch the heart”. As many as 150 of some 2,000 dishes are typically listed on a restaurant menu, such as steamed shrimp dumpling, shaomai, and pork pastry, to name a few. Dim sum consists of bite-sized delights consumed with tea for breakfast or lunch in what is called yum cha, which literally means “drinking tea”.
Guangzhou boasts sunny weather, warm temperatures and blue skies most of the year, including winter. Guangzhou government has paid great attention to environmental protection, improving air quality in the city to meet international air quality standards for nearly 310 days of 2016, according to a report by Guangzhou Environmental Protection Bureau.
Guangzhou is a top metropolis in Southern China with a mixture of modern architecture that represents state-of-the-art technology and ancient relics from a long history.
Guangzhou also boasts many entertainment venues. Guangzhou Zoo and Xiangjiang Safari Park are well known for a myriad of wildlife and fauna. Sunflower Garden in Panyu district and Vanilla World are wonderful spots for viewing flowers and plants, where you might be captivated by the sea of sunflowers and vanilla. If you want to experience exciting and challenging games, Chime-Long Paradise theme park, with its adrenaline-surging rides such as Diving Coaster, Super Bob, and the time honored Carousel for a more mellow experience, are available as well.