Interested in fishing tackle? There is a location in CAN that offers a wide variety of gear.
Take the subway (line 1) to Kengkou Station. This may require a transfer from another line depending on the hotel you are staying in.
After you exit the train, walk upstairs in the station and depart via the ‘B exit’. You will be on an elevated, covered walkway. Take the first set of stairs to the left down to the street level.
The tackle stores are all congregated in an arcade, the first building on your left
183 Yan Jian Zhong Lu, Haizhu Square. Guangzhou, China [Website]
This restaurant has great German cuisine. I’ve dined at the original with a nice view on the Pearl River many times and recommend it. It’s less than a 20 RMB cab ride from the A China Marriott. A second location was just added, but haven’t tried it yet. You can get both locations from the website
Here are some places of interest in Guangzhou you might want check out:
Cabs are cheap. But I recommend buying a Tong Card. It’s like the Octopus card. It will cost you 70rmb minimum. You’ll receive 50 rmb credit and the charged 20 rmb for the card. Most trips are about 3-4 rmb. You can purchase the card at any subway customer service booth. However to recharge go to the 7-11s in the subway station. Also, iPhone users download the app All Subways for 99 cents. It has all the subway maps in the world.
1. Baiyun Leather Market, go out side door of hotel cross the street turn right and then left and walk for about 15-20 mins. You’ll pass a park on your right side and go through a major overpass intersection. Keep walking until you see the pedestrian bridge that crosses the street you are walking on and cross over to the right. You’ll be obviously in the leather district by then. Leather goods, bags, purses, scarves, some jewelry.
2. Watch Market. Near the leather market. If you are facing the Guangzhou Train station(big Clock) turn left and walk to the nearest street you can turn right on. Look up the street and you’ll see a tall building that says watch/clock on it. There about 4 buildings, multiple floors full of watches. However, if you want to buy a Rolex copy and others you need to ask any of the vendors. Be prepared to be taken either upstairs or the next building over through an alley. The average prices is about 650 yuan for a good watch. Stick to this price no matter what they offer in the beginning. You should have no problem.
3. HighSun Plaza. Take #2 Blue line to Haizu Square then transfer to the #6 Purple line to Donhu. Get off and walk out exit B2. You’ll immediately see electronics. Walk in the first building you see. You should head in a direction through the first building you see. Keep walking through until you see a covered street. Walk though the very next building. It’s a long hallway of electronics. Exit that long hallway building and walk directly across the street and you’ll see a small open square and another 3 story building with more electronics. Bottom line is you’ll see everything from lasers, iPhone accessories, flashlights and much more. Even Musical instruments like guitars and Ukuleles. Remember where the metro is located. You’ll need to go back there eventually.
4. One Link International Plaza. Go back to the #6 purple line and retrace your path 3 stops back to Haizu Square. Get off and exit B2. When you go out of the exit walk straight. You’ll see McDonalds, clothes stores then flower shops and after crossing a big intersection you’ll see a tall building on the right corner labeled One Link Intl Plaza. It’s 8 floors of everything China sells. Anyone could spend easily 3 hours in this building. Items grow in size as you go up. Tip: If you go from the China Hotel it’s the #2 Blue line 3 stops to Haizu Square.
1. Safari Park/Crocodile Park/Circus. Pet baby tigers, feed giraffes, rhinos, big tigers. You even get to ride in a small open air train through a wild animal safari. Crocodile park has more crocs then you’ll ever see. Feed Hippos and pet strange animals. I have not been to the circus yet. http://www.chimelong.com/enpark/wildlife.aspx
2. Pearl River Cruise. Best taken at night. You can ride for as little as 40 rmb. But if you want dinner it’s a little over 100 rmb.
3. Famous Nanyue King Tomb. It’s right around the corner from the China Hotel. Go out door turn right past the starbucks. Take the first right at the corner and walk for about 5 mins. You’ll see the tomb. (See link for pics) The cost is very cheap. It’s one of the most famous discoveries in China. You will get to enter the actual tomb.
4. Chen Clan Academy. Take #2 blue line to Gongyuanquian the transfer to #1 yellow line to Chen Clan Academy. Small nominal fee to tour this famous residence of one of the wealthiest families that ever lived in Guangzhou. Inside are lots of cultural artifacts. Sometimes there are performers there.
5. Guangdong Provincial Museum. Tip: buy the special exhibit ticket and you won’t have to wait in a long line to enter. The exhibit was only like $2.50. This is a history museum. It’s very nice. See link for directions.
Most cheap pilots skip dinner and eat the free food at the happy hour. Every now and then the happy hour food is ok but I need better quality.
1. 1920 Restaurant. Take #2 blue line 3 stops to Haizu Square. Walk out B2 like going to One link Plaza. Except after walking up the stairs look left across the street and you’ll see a big construction fence. Head towards that fence and follow it to the river. (1 block) Turn right and you see the restaurant right on the corner. It’s German Food. Pretty good and a nice view of the river.
2. Most of the restaurants I’ve liked are a bit far away. Like Chanshou Lu Mall on the Changshoulu stop on the #1 yellow line. Upstairs are several restaurants. My favorite is a all you can eat and drink Japanese restaurant for less than $20us. But there are many others. Careful, not much english spoken there. There are pictures you can point to for ordering.
5-10min walk from Garden Hotel / Taojin Metro stop (Red line5)
Cross the street to right past Metro station, then left in front of 7-11, head down street about 1/4 mile on left side…excellent meal reasonable price 250-300rmb each included 3 beers or so..variety of hot and mild choices
Great free breakfast, small coffees better , fresh made vs big cup
Use the free 50Yuan metro card (from front desk) and get away from this boring hotel — go shopping, touring, restaurants in town….only 4-6 per ride…I used 3 days so far and still have 25yuan left with 2 days left on my layover
Gym, crappy, small, very few items, 3 tread, 1 arc trainer (ellip),1 bike, universal machine, rack of hand weights…did not get out and run due to injury…so someone else has to provide running routes
Nice pool, sauna & steam room, I think. ATM machine near front desk – China Construction – no ATM fee if you have BoA account
Executive lounge – nothing like China Hotel, this is mediocre, few finger foods, best to go into town or airport, I think beer and liquor free?? During happy hour 5:30-7:30pm..I won’t know until I check out.
Typical pilot stuff – Room beers are 35 -40yuan, so replace with airport bought beers / soda from town (5-10yuan) or airport (10-15yuan)
Strangely enough, Papa John’s will deliver to the China Garden Hotel until around 9PM local. Go to the concierge desk, ask for a menu. It’s around 100-ish yuan, so maybe $15-20 last time I was there. It was about a 95% accurate copy of a USA-made Papa John’s pizza, and a great alternative to the happy hour scooby snacks or the Hooker Heaven McDonald’s across the parking lot.
Q-City hotel, No.79 Panfulu
Pizza, Pasta, Salads and a few sandwiches on the menu. Approximately 15 different types of pizza. Small, medium and large. I had a chicken alfredo small and a Coke Zero and it was 54RMB ($8). Both inside and patio seating and a short walk from the China Hotel.
Depart out of the hotel along the Starbucks side and walk to the right. At the first intersection with street lights, bear to the right. About one block down on the right is the restaurant. Its set back as the second store front so keep your eyes out to the right.