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Pearl River Delta Travel Guide

Guangzhou

Guangzhou (also known as Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province, is both a modern boomtown and an ancient port city. This metropolis of more than 13 million people has all the expected accoutrements of a competitive, modern Chinese city: skyscrapers, heavy traffic, efficient metro, and serious crowds. Guangzhou is an old city with a long history. Exploring its riverfront, parks, temples,

and markets, one is constantly reminded of the impact its irrepressible culture, language, and cuisine has made on the world.

In the early 20th century Guangzhou was a hotbed of revolutionary zeal, first as the birthplace of the movement to overthrow the last dynasty (culminating in the 1911 Revolution), and then as a battleground between Nationalists and Communists in the years leading to the 1949 Communist Revolution. Following the open-door policy of Deng Xiaoping in 1979, the port city was able to resume its role as a commercial gateway to China.

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