What is the best way to see Guangzhou in one day?

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If you’re short on time and have to squeeze your sightseeing into 24 hours, the best way to see Guangzhou in one day is by starting off on Shamian Island, where you can take a pleasant morning stroll along beautiful tree-lined streets, see well over 100 European-style buildings and browse eclectic boutique shops. Afterward, head to one of the city’s lively markets or pedestrian streets: two recommended options are Shangxiajiu Street, a popular pedestrian shopping area packed with street food stalls and dim sum restaurants, and Haizhu Wholesale Market, where you can pick up packaged snacks, clothing, fashion accessories and other souvenir knickknacks.

Take a short break in your hotel, then make your way to Bingsheng, a wildly popular Cantonese restaurant with a tome-like menu – the pork dumplings, “black” barbecue pork, tofu dishes, and roast goose are reliably delicious. Finally, wrap up your whirlwind day in Guangzhou by getting a bird’s-eye view of the city either from the observation deck of the Canton Tower, the world’s tallest TV tower, or over cocktails at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou’s 99th-floor Tian Bar.

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