China is set to become the top destination for business travellers in the next few years. New business hotels including Accor and InterContinental are expanding their presence in China to provide travellers additional options. One of the key business destinations in China is Guangdong province, home of Guangzhou—a key manufacturing city.
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Be sure to include some sightseeing and relaxation in your travel plans. Here are must-see options for your next business trip to Guangdong, China.
Take time to enjoy a Pearl River cruise along the third-longest river in China. The Pearl River flows through eight provinces and empties into the South China Sea. The river cruise leaves from Tianzi Wharf, a short walk from Haizhu Square. The cruise offers a unique view of the scenery including the 10 bridge of the city.
Find the world’s biggest furniture market a 45 minute drive from Guangzhou airport. The furniture market is over 10 miles long and have over 3400 furniture business from China and around the world. While some are designed for commercial buyers, many are available for individuals.
Zhuhai, known as the city of a hundred islands, boasts over 30 individual hot springs as well as saunas, spas and swimming pools. The Imperial hot springs are great place to relax once your business meetings are over. If you’re too relaxed after your hot springs and massage, there are three hotels on the property – some with private hot tubs.
No trip to Hong Kong is complete with a trip up Victoria Peak on the tram. At 552 metres, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong and a great vantage point to see the city. Signs of Hong Kong’s past as a British colony can still be seen around the island (including in the name of Victoria Peak). The Peninsula Hotel still serves afternoon tea in the lobby every day.
For a view of traditional Hong Kong, walk to the bird market on Yuen Po Street and see the song birds in their wooden cages.
Once you’re done with the duty free shopping, take the 30 minute cab ride to the historic centre. You’ll find a UNESCO World Heritage Site including the ruins from a fire in 1835. A short taxi ride away is A-Ma Temple. Built in 1488, the Taoist temple is dedicated to Mazu, a sea goddess.
After leaving the temple, skip the ice cream vendors for now and head to the Macau Tower. Take the elevator up 61 stories and enjoy the observation deck before deciding whether to bungee jump. After you take the plunge, you’ve earned that ice cream.
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