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Guangzhou can also be called Canton. It is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million people. The city was founded in 214 BC. It is so old that to believe it, looking at its panorama today, is completely impossible. Nevertheless, Guangzhou for two thousand years remained the center of trade, cultural exchange and at the same time various revolutions and reforms, which makes it an important part of China and a must-see place in this country.
The main airport of Guangzhou is relatively few years old, it opened in 2004, replacing an older and less functional airport of the same name. At the same time, the new building is five times larger than the previous one, due to which it immediately solved all the problems with congestion, huge lines and constant complaints of passengers.
Baiyun new airport is open around the clock. Travelers note that this is one of the most comfortable airports in China. It is clean and comfortable. The Internet can work poorly due to the abundance of people, but there is a large selection of places to eat and you can relax in the massage chair for free.
The easiest way to get to the city center is via the Guangzhou 3 metro line. The station at the airport is called “South Airport". A trip to the city takes about 42 minutes and a one-way ticket costs $ 1. Trains run every 7 minutes from 6:10 to 23:00. It is better to study the route in advance so as not to get confused in the Chinese navigation.
It happened so that Guangzhou is isolated from "typical China" by a chain of mountains. And it was always somehow connected with the outside world through trade. Actually, this largely shaped its unique way of life, its liberty mood, its special cuisine and, on the whole, turned Guangzhou into a center for the emergence of changes, from where they spread further throughout the country. Today, in Guangzhou, dozens of historical sights are collected that will tell the tourist the story of “another China”.
This Catholic Cathedral in the heart of Guangzhou was built in 1888. It is one of only a few cathedrals in the world that are built entirely of granite. The architecture of the building is very different from the main panorama of the city. Also, masses are still held here in the mornings on weekends. Moreover, this is probably the only church in the world where the service is carried out simultaneously in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and English.
Huacheng City Square is a place where a number of city attractions are concentrated right away. Around the square you can find the Guangdong Museum, the new library, the International Financial Center and the Canton Tower. Try to walk around museums and libraries before sunset, and return to the square in the evening to admire its colorful lights.
They say that locals can eat absolutely everything that has four legs, except for the table. That is why Cantonese cuisine is considered one of the most adventurous in China. But at the same time, one of the most popular local dishes is the most ordinary chicken. It is lightly seasoned to give a taste of the meat itself. On New Year's Eve in Guangzhou, usually cook a whole chicken, including the head and legs.
An important part of the local culture is dim sum. The classic picture here looks like this: people wake up, come to one of the establishments, read the newspaper, eat dim sum and drink tea.
As elsewhere in China, small barbecue skewers are popular in Guangzhou. Here they are called Shao Wei. Usually it is pork or duck, but it may be something exotic.