Chinese City Fact: Guangzhou

Guangzhou, formerly know as Canton, is a metropolis of more than 10 million permanent inhabitants situated on the Pearl River about 75 miles from Hong Kong. It has long been an extremely important transportation and trading hub and has a rich history including it’s key role during the Opium Wars in the 1800’s. The population speaks an approximate split of 50% Cantonese and 50% Mandarin (and other dialects).

Guangzhou west towerphoto © 2010 llee_wu | more info (via: Wylio)

In recent years, a number of high-profile construction projects have been completed including the high-speed rail link connecting Guangzhou to Wuhan (and the rest of China), the Guanzhou IFC (formerly known as the Guangzhou West Tower 432m tall), the Guangzhou Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid. Perhaps most striking of all is the Canton TV Tower completed in September 2010. This now stands as the world’s second tallest free standing structure at 610m and for those of you not afraid of heights, has an observation wheel on it’s top deck.

IMG_1872-ephoto © 2010 Hasan Basri AKIRMAK | more info (via: Wylio)

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