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Located in south China, Guangdong is the southern gate of the Chinese mainland, bordering Hong Kong, Macao and is geographically close to ASEAN countries. The province boasts abundant travel resources and is extremely popular with travelers.

The region has seven national famous historical cities, including Guangzhou, Foshan, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Zhaoqing, Leizhou and Zhongshan. Each of these cities has its own unique characteristics. Either the ancient architecture or modern scenery, natural beauty or folklore, these destinations will leave visitors surprised and amazed during their travel.

In addition to the famous Danxia Mountain, there are many other impressive scenic and historic attractions located throughout the area.

Let's take a look at the top 10 attractions in Guangdong.

  CCTV Nanhai Movie and TV Town 南海影视城

CCTV Nanhai Movie and TV Town, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

CCTV Nanhai Movie and TV Town [travel.syd.com.cn] 

Nanhai Movie and TV Town, which is often referred to as "the Hollywood of China", is one of the four films and television shooting bases operating directly under CCTV. It was the filming site of many famous TV series, including Romance of the Three Kingdoms. As a filming base, it combines different styles' architectures, including a solemn palace, Chinese folk houses as well as foreign buildings. In addition, the area boasts fresh air and blue sky as it is an unpolluted area in the Pearl River Delta.

Admission:70 yuan

Best time to visit:October to March

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  Shenzhen Window of the World 深圳世界之窗

Shenzhen Window of the World, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Shenzhen Window of the World [nipic.com] 

Located in Huaqiao Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen Window of the World is one of the most famous scenic spots of all of Shenzhen. Covering an area of 480,000 square meters, the park houses replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages and famous scenic sites.

The park consists of eight parts, including World Plaza, Oriental Zone, Oceania Region, European Region, Africa Region, Modern Technology and Recreational Region, World Sculpture Garden, and International Street. It has 130 scenic spots in total, which hold all the worlds' historical monuments including the Egyptian pyramids, the Grand Canyon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Toure Pendente and the Taj Mahal. The masterpieces are built at ratios of 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15.

Admission:160 yuan

Best time to visit:October to March

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  Luofu Mountain National Scenic Area 罗浮山

Luofu Mountain National Scenic Area [gd.bookinge.com]

Located in Boluo County of Huizhou City, Luofu Mountain is one of the ten sacred mountains of Taoism in China. Covering an area of 260 square kilometers, the scenic area boasts 432 peaks, over 980 waterfalls, fountains and 18 caves. The mountain, called "the First Mountain in south of the Five Ridges", features numerous attractions, famous Chinese tradition medicine culture and pleasant weather throughout the year.

Admission:60 yuan

Best time to visit:all year around

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  Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort 长隆旅游度假区

Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort [freeyou.cn] 

Located in the Panyu District of Guangzhou City, Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort owns nine sub-companies, including the popular Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park, Chimelong Water Park, Chimelong International Circus, Guangzhou Crocopark, and Chimelong Golf Center. The equipment in these parks is superb, and gives visitors a worthwhile experience.

Admission:200 yuan (Chimelong Paradise)

                      200 yuan (Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park)

                      180 yuan - 250 yuan (Chimelong Water Park)

                       90 yuan (Guangzhou Crocopark)

Best time to visit:Summer

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  Chen Clan Academy 陈家祠堂

Chen Clan Academy, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Chen Clan Academy [nipic.com] 

Located on Zhongshan 7th Road in Guangzhou City, Chen Clan Academy is a well-preserved folk house from the Qing Dynasty. Construction began in the 14th year of Guangxu Reign (1888) and finished in the 20th year of Guangxi Reign (1894). Covering an area of 6400 square meters, it consists of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards. It is famous for exquisite wood carvings and stone engravings, as well as its interior decorations. It is an immovable cultural relic under the protection of the State Council.

Admission:10 yuan

Best time to visit:September to December

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  Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence 孙中山故居

Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence [tupian.hudong.com] 

Located in Cuiheng Village of Zhongshan City, Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence is now a museum. The museum shows the life story of Sun Yat-sen against the backdrop of traditional folk houses in Cuiheng Village. Covering an area of 500 square meters, the former residence is a two-storey building with a combination of Chinese and Western motifs. It is the only immovable cultural relics under the protection of State Council in Zhongshan City.

Admission:free

Best time to visit:Spring and Autumn

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  Kaiping Diaolou (Watchtower Houses in Kaiping) 开平碉楼

Kaiping Diaolou (Watchtower Houses in Kaiping), one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Kaiping Diaolou [nipic.com] 

Kaiping Diaolou are fortified multi-storey towers mainly located in Kaiping City, Guangdong Province. They feature a unique architectural style, which combine an elegant Western style with the earthy countryside of southern China. The number of Diaolou was originally more than 3,000. Now there are 1,800 units scattered over 15 counties. They were first built in the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and were booming in early 1920s with the development of overseas Chinese. Diaolou served as the filming site of the famous movie "Let the Bullets Fly." Due to abundant numbers and varied architecture styles, it is referred to as the Museum of Watchtower Houses.

Admission:180 yuan/person

Best time to visit:April to September

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  Guangxiao Temple 光孝寺

Guangxiao Temple, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Guangxiao Temple [nipic.com] 

Located on Guangxiao Road in Guangzhou, Guangxiao Temple (Temple of Bright Filial Piety) occupies an important place in Chinese Buddhism. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581), Zen Master Zhiyao, an Indian monk, traveled to Guangzhou via Tibet. He lectured on the site of the temple and planted a bodhi tree that he had brought with him. The temple has a magnificent and imposing appearance. The Mahavira Hall is its main structure. Inside are three newly repaired statues of Buddha. The central Buddha is Sakyamuni, with Manjusri on the left and Samantabhadra on the right. Many temples in southern China imitate the architectural style of Guangxiao Temple.

Admission:5 yuan (free for Buddhists)

Best time to visit:all year around

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  Seven Star Crags 七星岩

Seven Star Crags, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Seven Star Crags [shz.tuniu.com] 

Located in Zhaoqing City, Seven Star Crags consists of seven limestone hillocks, namely, Langfeng Rock, Jade Screen Rock, Stone Chamber Rock, Heavenly Pillar Rock, Toad Rock, Immortal Palm Rock and Apo Rock. Standing in a lake 600 hectares in area, their layout resembles the constellation Big Dipper.

In late 1997, local authorities installed 560 road lamps with 1,000-watt bulbs, 250 colored floodlights and 3,000 meters of neon tubing around the six islets and seven crags, and along the eight-kilometer-long embankment in the Seven Star Crags scenic area, making the night at the Seven Star Crags even more gorgeous.

Admission:60 yuan

Best time to visit:July to September

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  Danxia Mountain 丹霞山

Danxia Mountain, one of the 'Top 10 attractions in Guangdong, China' by China.org.cn

Danxia Mountain [nipic.com] 

Located in Renhua County of Shaoguan City, Danxia Mountain is called the "Red Stone Park of China". It has been listed as a world natural heritage as Danxia Mountain surpasses more than 1200 places in the world found to have the Danxia landform. It has developed many scenic areas, including Zhanglao Peak scenic area, Xianglong Lake scenic area, Yangyuan Mountain scenic area and Jingjiang River scenic area, providing numerous travel and entertainment options for tourists.

Admission:100 yuan

Best time to visit:April to October