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- Unforgetable experience! Marvernous local architecture art. The decorations are beautiful. Definitely worth visiting! Travelling in Guangzhou is not so difficult except for some language problems until recently the GZ government has had an interpretation hotline(+8620960169), which can provide great service for public affairs and government services. I used several times taking taxi and asking for directions, the interpreters are quite professional.Written February 26, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is a place to come if you like porcelain, history, and archaeology, which I do. The artifacts were beautifully displayed and meaningful. There were much-appreciated English captions on all the artifacts, although I wish some had included deeper explanations: for example, how did the dew-collecting cup work, and how did they figure out what it was?
My children, 11 and 13, were less enthused, since they would rather play with their phones than learn something, but I think it was good for them. They most liked the interactive digital screens, the jewelry and the swords.Written December 30, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This museum has a lot of info about Guangdong Province and is well placed near several metro stops. It is closed on Mondays. Parts were under renovation so there were a couple exhibits closed when I went. Overall, it’s a great museum, though there isn’t much in the gift shop.Written December 23, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This museum is in Yuexiu Mountain area and provides a good break in the middle. I believe the entry price was 5 yuan which was well worth it. It goes through the history of the area including the 13 Factories and European influences and wars. The museum also offers great views of Guangzhou.Written July 12, 2020
- This museum is unreal. It’s shaped like a huge metal eye and visually stunning from the outside. We easily bought tickets using the trip.com app and they were inexpensive and easy to use given our limited language ability. They are still in the process of building out the exhibits but they are great ones for young children and school age kids. They have a lot of interactive exhibits including one where you get into an automobile and they (slowly) flip the car over in a simulated roll-over. Mid-day on a Saturday in September the crowds were pretty out of control. If you want to eat a meal the restaurant is crowded and doesn’t have much variety. Also, although it is in the same building, you have to exit the museum and be stamped for re-entry to go there, so we found it to be a bit of a hassle. I would definitely recommend eating before you go or bringing your own food.Written August 17, 2019
- Large sprawling museum, housing contemporary art including paintings, sculptures, and relics. No entrance fee.Written July 4, 2020
- SWMBO wasn’t keen on another visit (Reviewed April 2019) to this wonderful museum but the attraction of the numerous small shops in the neighbourhood was too much for her to resist.
This time we took the #66 bus to the bus’s terminus in FengYuan Road, came out of the terminus and turned left, at which point SWMBO became lost. We crossed the road and walked to the intersection with BaoYun Road. We turned right and walked until we came to its junction with Longin Road and turned left, after a few metres we saw signs to the museum. SWMBO now recognized the small shops and was again content.
After a few minor diversions for retail therapy we crossed into Enning Road which is actually a continuation of Longin Road, and were soon at the museum. I still needed my passport and SWMBO her ID card to get into the site.
We strolled past the ponds and pavilions which unlike last year are now open and down the escalator into the museum. SWMBO found a comfy bench to peruse her social media while I wandered around the museum. No discernable changes from last year, but still tremendously interesting and informative with most of the captions in both Chinese and English.
After an hour I joined SWMBO to eat an orange before we ventured outside to explore the now open pavilions. All are very nice examples of contemporary Chinese craftsmanship and design. On the second floor there are a couple of ‘twee’ shops selling artifacts, where I thought the prices were telephone numbers! By the way, we could have drunk orange tea at ¥98 each, which didn’t impress SWMBO because on Monday we’d bought orange tea from the tea market for just a fraction on this price.
As we strolled out, we looked at a painted diorama of the site. SWMBO commented it looked a very old view, I peered more closely and observed a couple of people on what appeared to be roller skates!
There noted the banana trees growing which we’d missed on the way in. Then we strolled past more ‘twee’ shops and a cafes and eventually crossed the bridge and turned left and walked along a narrow lane to Enning Road. Then we retraced our steps to the bus terminus.
On the way we stopped to admire some of the wonderful old buildings. See if you can spot Guangzhou’s very own Manneken Pis, in fact there’s four of them in Longin Road and you have to look up to see them from the east side of the road.Written January 15, 2020
- The Pearl River InPub International Beer museum of sorts is located along the Pearl River and was a nice box to check. You really cannot miss seeing this place as the facade is quite colourful. Inside you will find interesting information on beer. A nice place for an outing.Written March 18, 2019
- We had some keen visitors in town, who wanted to see some sights around the city and this was one of them we came to see.Written November 25, 2019
- From the story told in this museum to the design and layout the curators have created a really beautiful and interesting space.
Just go and see for yourself!Written May 26, 2019
- While we have been to several wax museums all around the world, this was quite a nice experience too. Lots of famous celebrities, and local Chinese celebs too. Some of them look super realistic. Its a nice place to spend a couple of hours and the kids will surely enjoy being here. Ticket prices are not too bad either.Written March 11, 2019
- This museum is easy to find, and worthwhile to tour. The displays and their corresponding explanations are educational as well as a delight to the eye and mind. The friendly and knowledgeable staff offer a comfortable and culturally accurate tour of the varied artistic and utilitarian pieces of various dynasties. You will leave this museum feeling informed and engaged to 5,000 + years of Chinese culture. Be sure to ask Museum Director, Matthew, for a great cup of his coffee!Written March 3, 2020
- One of my friends took me to see this Memorial Hall. I must say. I was quite impressed by it. Lots of interesting statues and the place is nicely maintained. We ended up having a wonderful time learning about some local history, while exploring. Glad to be out with a local, made the visit so much more interesting.Written March 18, 2019
- The Liwan Museum was a nice place to explore. Typically Chinese with lots of antiques are on display. The Museum is located near the Lychee Bay Park in Guangzhou's Liwan district.Written March 18, 2019
- Friday morning dawned with a cloudy sky but at least they were white, not the usual dark grey of the rainy season. Yesterday we’d been at HunagSha Aquatic Products Market (TA Reviewed), so today we decided to be a little more adventurous and head for HuangPu village. At least if it rains there’s always museums and temples and, more importantly for SWMBO, small shops to shelter in.
We took the local bus to the metro station at FeiXiang Park and caught a line 2 train going south to ChangGang where we transferred to line 8 to its terminus at WanShengWei. On the metro, like all public transport everybody wears a face mask but now overcrowding isn’t enforced and social distancing isn’t in evidence. Mind you, foreigners still get the occasional side-ways glance due to the imported virus scare.
At WanShengWei we emerged into the sunlight from entrance A. Follow the signs for the GuangZhou Subway Museum (TA reviewed) then keep right and walk along the main road (Xingang East) for about 100 metres to the WanShengWei bus stop. Both the No. 229 and No. 3 buses go the village. The ride is about 6 minutes and costs the usual 2 yuan.
Tip: get yourself a travel card and top it up with 100 yuan and that should be sufficient for a week’s travel on the metro, buses and even the tram.
We availed ourselves of the brand-new toilet block at the village’s bus station. Then we strolled up the main street past the market and lots of little shops and restaurants. A couple were shuttered, including the small WuHan restaurant which wasn’t surprising!
Then at the T junction it was the big decision, left to the village or right to the old port. Since the weather look settled, we plumbed for the port. It’s about 100 metres to the port, or what’s left of it. The old customs offices are now a museum but be aware it closed between 12 and 2 for lunch, and since it was now 12:30 I was disappointed. From previous visits I can heartily recommend the museum if you’re a history buff. A little disappointed we strolled around the area. There’s not much to see, but I like to sit an imagine the scene of 250 years ago of the sailing ships moored, cargoes being unloaded and loaded and the bustle of the only ‘foreign’ port in China.
Eventually we found ourselves back at the T junction and strolled into the village. There weren’t too many people about even for a Friday. We strolled past the village pond that fronts the local junior high school and noticed that the Liáng Family Temple was open, it’s now a museum about the villages history and even though we’ve darkened its doors before we reckoned it was worth another visit.
The girl on the door was keen to check our ‘health app’ on our phones was up to date and then we were in. It hasn’t changed much since the last visit and upstairs was closed, consequently 30 minutes later we emerged and admired the paintings on the reverse of the main doors. Then we strolled back to the bus station, stopping only to buy fresh lychees.
I was anticipating another ride on the tram from WeShengWei to the GuangZhou tower but SWMBO suggested we take the No. 229 bus all the way to SunYat-Sen Memorial Hall, then take Metro line to FeiXiang park and then the local bus back home. Wow, what a ride and great value ride for 2 yuan! How does any driver remember the way through all the side streets? It took a good hour but well worth it.
When we arrived at FeiXiang the rain was pouring down but SWMBO was all prepared with umbrellas and luckily there was a local bus waiting with doors open, so we didn’t get wet. We stopped a few metres from our apartment and popped in to get a take-away, and by the time we emerged the rain had stopped. Home safe and dry! Of course, we’ll visit HuangPu again.Written June 7, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Guangzhou
- These are the best places for kid-friendly museums in Guangzhou:
- Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
- Guangdong Museum
- Guangdong Science Center
- These are the best places for budget-friendly museums in Guangzhou:
- Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
- Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum
- Guangdong Museum
- Guangzhou Museum
- Guangdong Science Center