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Guangzhou, located in the south part of China, at the mouth of the Pearl River delta, is an important trading center as well as a busy port and the capital city of the province of Guandong. Guangzhou has a humid climate, and flowers bloom there all year round; hence its name as the City of Flowers. China Export Commodities Fair is held in Guangzhou in the spring and autumn every year.
With a history of 2,200 years, Guangzhou is regarded as the the earliest among the international trade port cities in the world; built as Chuting by the Chu people on the middle reaches of the Yangtse River in the 9th century B.C.; established as Nanhai Prefecture in the Qin dynasty and became Nanyue Kingdom in the Western Han dynasty; the starting point of the Silk Road on the sea which links China with the Arabian and western countries in trading; the China's only foreign trade port at sea before the Qing dynasty.

10 Must Visit Places in Guangzhou

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Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall
Located on Dongfeng Rd. M. in downtown Guangzhou, the memorial hall, an octagonal structure 49 meters high, with a floor space of 3,700 square meters, was the office of the Provisional Government in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was built in 1931 with money raised by overseas Chinese and Guangzhou residents in honor of Dr.Sun, the pioneer of China's bourgeois democratic revolution.
Sun Yat-sen, born on November 12, 1866 at Cuiheng Village of Guangdong province, was a leading figure in China's revolution against the Qing government and the first President of the Republic. In August 1905, he formulated the Three Principles of the People - nationalism, democracy, and social well-being - which he believed were the guidelines for building a modern China, and as he had proposed, he truly contributed his whole life into the great task.

Chen Family Ancestral Temple
Ancestral Temple of The Chen Family is now the largest and best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong Province and now the site of the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. It was designated as an important cultural relic under the State protection by the state Council in 1986.
This ancestral temple was built between 1890 and 1894 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing dynasty.It was built with donations of the Chen family then spread in 72 counties in Guangdong province. The temple used to provide lodgings for candidates of the Chen family who came to Guangdong to prepare for imperial examinations in Guangzhou. Hence it was also called the Chen Clan Academy.
Occupying an area of 15,000 square meters, the temple, has a rectangular main building and comprises six courtyards, nine main halls, and nineteen buildings. With an architectural design of traditional Guangdong style, the temple is especially renowned for its beautiful decorations. In the temple, historical figures, legends, and scenes are represented in many art forms, including wood carving, brick carving, pottery carving, stone carving, lime carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, brass and cast iron, grotto, new year painting, and so on. These artistic and historical attributes make the temple an important attraction in Guangzhou.
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