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Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, is nicknamed the City of Goat. As a city of historic and cultural significance, it is the largest industrial and commercial city and the largest important and export port in South China. It enjoys a humid climate all year around, and flowers blossom in all four seasons, hence its another nickname "the City of Flowers". There are over 150 historical sites and places of interests in the city, plus various modern entertainment facilities. Here, the China Guangdong Export Commodities Fairs is held twice every year.

Population: Guangzhou city's permanent population reached 10.25 million inhabitants in 2009, accounting for 10.7 percent of the province's total population.

Climate: Guangzhou enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate. There is neither intense heat in summer nor severe cold in winter. It enjoys plenty rainfall and evergreen in four seasons. The average temperature is 22.8℃, the average relative humidity is about 68%, and the annual rainfall at the urban area is over 1,600 mm.

 

Temple of Chen Family

Located in downtown Guangzhou, Temple of Chen Family, or Chen Clan Academy, was built between 1890 and 1894 during the late Qing dynasty, and is the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. Originally, it was built for the Chen clans for their juniors' accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations. Later it was changed to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College, and then middle schools afterward. The temple is now the site of the Museum of Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts. The scenes depict stories from Chinese literature and folklore and include real and mythical animals.

Temple of Chen Family consists of two main courtyards. The front one was used for study of the Confucian classics while the back one housed a temple to the ancestors of the Chen clan. In 1986, it was designated as an important cultural relic by the State Council.



Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall

The Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall is an octagon-shaped building located in the original site of Sun Yat-sen's Presidential Office on the south slope of Yuexiu Hill. It was built in 1931 with the funds raised by the Guangzhou people and overseas Chinese in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's bourgeois democratic revolution.

Dr. Sun Yatsen, the founder of Guomintang which over threw the Qing monarchy, made Guangzhou his headquarters during the 1920's. In 1931, the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall was built in Guangzhou. Constructed in traditional Chinese style with an octagonal shape, the hall remains an important meeting place. A bronze statue of Dr. Sun was placed in front of the hall in 1956 after the Communists came to power. The building today in many ways symbolizes the city, and has become a key venue for the city's large-scale meetings and performances.
 



Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

Situated on Liurong Road, downtown Guangzhou, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is an ancient Buddhist temple originally built in 537 in the Liang Dynasty. With a history of more than 1,460 years, it has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad.

Inside the temple, you will find three large Buddist icons; Sakyamuni in the middle, Amitabha to the left, and Maitreya on the right. They are the largest ancient brass structures in Guangdong Province. An octagonal building, the Flower Pagoda is standing in the temple grounds.

During the Northern Song dynasty, a great writer - Su Shi, on a visit to this temple was attracted by the six banyan trees surrounding it and wrote the inscription "Liu Rong" (Six Banyan Trees). Burning joss sticks is a big event when visiting the temple.



Shamian Island

Shamian Island is one of the famous tourist attractions in Guangzhou as well as the historical and cultural preserve site, which well preserved numerous colonial European-style architectures of the late 19th century.

It is a sandbank island located in the Liwan District of Guangzhou city. The territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qing Dynasty government in the 19th century. With quiet pedestrian avenues flanked by trees and lined by historical buildings in various states of upkeep, it is an ideal place to spend the leisure time. The island now is the location of several hotels, a youth hostel, restaurants and tourist shops selling curios and souvenirs.



Canton Tower

Stood in Zhuhai District, Guangzhou, Canton Tower, formally known as Guangzhou TV astronomical and Sightseeing Tower, is a grand structure with a total height of 600 meters. To rebroadcast for the 2010 Asian Games, this project was partially completed in September, 2009, when it replaced the CN TV Tower of Canada and became the tallest completed tower in the world. In 2011, this record was broke by the Tokyo Sky Tree. But it still remains the title of the tallest building in China. It is also the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the world

The main load carrying elements of the tower's structural lattice are its steel columns which taper as they climb and twist up the building. Infilled with concrete, these are 1.8m in diameter at the bottom reducing to 800mm at the top. Horizontal rings of steel attached inside the columns keep these in the right position and help balance the forces created by the fact that they effectively slope. Diagonal members then give the structure added rigidity.