As one of the first Chinese cities that was opened to the outside world, Guangzhou is definitely a pioneer in introducing fresh overseas trends in the field of entertainment. And it is easy to find a place to relax in such a big city.
If you'd like to improve your health, there are golf courses, tennis courts and bowling clubs. If you just want to relax, the Karaoke parlors and pubs are good choices. Or you can take a boat on the Zhujiang (Pearl River) to enjoy the charming night scenery of Guangzhou.
Yue Ju (Cantonese Opera) is an opera style popular in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macau and wherever overseas Chinese are found in Southeast Asia. It is sung and read in Guangzhou dialect. The vocals rise and fall in ever changing cadences, and the melodies are harmonious and graceful. You can have a listen when you are in Guangzhou.
Zhujiang Yeyou (The Pearl River Night Cruise)
The night scene viewed on the Zhujiang (the Pearl River) is so enchanting that you must have a look. The best way is by boat. The trip will start from the Xidi Dock and end at the Guangzhou Bridge. There are more than thirty attractive areas along the bank.
The schedules are 18:00 - 20:00, 20:00 - 21:30 and 20:30 - 22:30. It costs about CNY38 (or CNY48 including CNY10 for dinner) for tourist boat and about CNY68 (CNY98 including dinner expenditure) for deluxe boat. (The ticket fare is just for your reference.)
Address: Da Shatou Dock, Yanjiang Lu, Guangzhou
Transportation: you can take bus 182, 184, 188, 125, 36, 44 543 to get to the dock.
Three famous bar streets: Binjiang Lu, Huanshi Lu and Bai'e Tan, are the best known in Guangzhou. Binjiang Lu Bar Street is by the bank of the Zhujiang (Pearl River), and has lovely scenery. Huanshi Lu Bar Street is located in the city center of Guangzhou. However, the Bai'e Tan Bar Street, located at Changdi Lu on the bank of Bai'e Tan (White Goose Pond), is the most exotic.
Location: B03, Bai'e Tan Bar Street, Fangcun, Guangzhou
The French pub downstairs is divided into compartments with wooden barriers and wooden winding stairs. Saddles, whips, western historical paintings, and antique wine bottles decorate every corner of the pub. A small western restaurant upstairs is a good place to enjoy the enticing Zhujiang (the Pearl River).
Location: at the north gate of Yuexiu Park, Huanshi Zhong Lu
There is a big outdoor garden in the Golf Club. The environment is tranquil and charming.
Location: Floor 1, Guangdong International Electronic Mansion, No. 403, Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou
Location: Aiqun Mansion, No.83, Changdi Lu, Guangzhou
Location: at the south gate of the Guangdong Arts Gallery, No.38, Yanyu Lu, Ersha Island
Location: Floor 1, Huihua Business Building, No.80, Xianlie Zhong Lu
China Plaza Theater
Location: Floor 8, Zhonghua Square, No.33, Zhongshan San Lu, Guangzhou
It is the first five-star cinema in Guangzhou and it ranks as one of the Top Ten box office cinemas in China.
Location: No.186, Beijing Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
It is easy to find in the commercial center of Beijing Lu.