Yuexiu Park sits at the heart of Guangzhou where you can start your visit with a stroll through the gardens, past locals practicing tai chi and old men fishing the lakes. Pay a visit to the Guangzhou City Museum, located within the red Xhenhai Tower, for a look at the history of the city dating back more than 2,000 years. Swing by the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall at the base of Yuexiu Hill for a more in-depth look at Guangzhou’s role in China’s major revolutions.
Many of China’s religious traditions have roots in Guangzhou. In the morning, head to the trio of temples located just south of the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. The towering pagoda at the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Liurong Temple) is one of Guangzhou’s most recognizable landmarks. Nearby sits the Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), Guangzhou’s oldest Buddhist temple and the place where Huineng, one of the most important figures in Zen Buddhism, studied as a novice monk.