Lifestyle in Guangzhou

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Guangzhou at night - Lifestyle in Guangzhou
As the main political and commercial hub in the Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou’s urban and industrial growth has exploded. Commercial development and capitalist energy pervade the city, as it tries to contain its burgeoning population.
 
A city of shopping centres and skyscrapers which still upholds ancient traditions, Guangzhou is also a major cultural and historical centre, claiming temples and relics that date back more than 2,000 years.
 
Guangzhou's expansion has, however, come at a cost. Population growth and traffic congestion are significant concerns, the air quality has deteriorated and the environment has suffered.
 
The city does, however, maintain its fair share of green spaces, with scenic spots for afternoon picnics. Afterwards, residents can go to a nightclub, eat at a Cantonese restaurant or attend a world-class performance at the Guangzhou Opera House.
 

Shopping in Guangzhou

 
Known for its growing industries, Guangzhou residents have ready access to countless products, including inexpensive clothing and electronics. The city has some of the best supermarkets in China, and a vibrant wholesale clothing sector.
 
Two of the best known wholesale markets are located close to the Guangzhou Railway Station in the city’s Yuexiu District. Tianma Market and Baima Garment Market sell international and domestic clothing brands, some of which may be cheap counterfeits.
 
Jade sculptures, jewellery and accessories, and brightly-patterned Cantonese embroidery are common local items. Jade is particularly popular and is used in home, office and personal decoration.
 
Two popular shopping areas are Beijing Road, a bustling pedestrian road of more than 300 stores, and the Global International Shoes Trade Center, which offers an endless variety of shoes at much better prices than in the West.
 
The Tianxiong Textile Village is another well-known consumer attraction. A market that features an abundance of knitting, chemical fibres, cotton weaving, linen, leather and silk, it has more than 700 vendors.

Nightlife in Guangzhou

 
Some of the city’s best-known party districts include the Binjiang Lu Bar Street on the banks of the Pearl River and Huanshi Lu Street in the city centre. There are bars and clubs all over the city, however, where expatriates can enjoy a night out. Residents also have access to live music, dance venues, international DJs, karaoke and French riverside pubs.

The city is arguably the region’s culinary capital and boasts a variety of signature restaurants, some of which are internationally recognised. Patrons are able to indulge in a variety of Cantonese, Chinese and foreign cuisines.
 

Outdoor activities and sport in Guangzhou

 
Expats in Guangzhou are able to take part in a range of outdoor activities within easy reach of the city. Rock climbing and hiking in places such as the Yingxi Fenglin is popular. This scenic area contains dense forests, iconic rock formations, caverns, grasslands and rivers. Paragliding at Lufeng in southeast Guangdon is another popular example.
 
The Guangzhou Zoo houses more than 2,000 local and foreign animals, and is a popular outdoor getaway for families. Expats with older children can also put on their battle fatigues and try their hand at paintball.
 
Sports enthusiasts also have a variety of options in the city. There are a number of golf courses and country clubs, which offer members and non-members access to their impressive facilities.
 
The city is also home to the Guangzhou Sport University, which trains athletes and referees, and offers students a range of options in sports sciences, research and sports management, making sport a part of the city’s identity.
 
The largest stadium in Guangzhou is the Tianhe Sports Center which provides facilities for baseball, tennis, swimming, ping pong and go-karting. City residents often make use of the stadium's offerings, which allow them to exercise, play sports and take classes.

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