Guangzhou is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River. It is home to some of the world’s most striking modern buildings, including features avant-garde architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s the Guangzhou Opera House (known as the “double pebble”); the carved box-shaped Guangdong Museum and the iconic 600-metre-high Canton Tower. More traditional buildings include The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, a temple complex from 1894, which also houses the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum. The city also has a thriving culinary scene from fine dining to some of the world’s best street food. If you are here, you have to try the Cantonese dim sums.