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Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province in southern China. In the era of tea clippers, Guangzhou was known in the West as "Canton". The food and the language of the area are still known as "Cantonese" and it is perfectly acceptable to use either the western or Chinese terms interchangeably. The city is famous for foreign trade and business doings, and holds China's largest trade fair, the Canton Fair. However, in between the seemingly endless skyscrapers, shopping malls and building sites there is a lot of culture and history.

The Canton Fair is held twice a year (spring and fall) in the Pazhou Complex. Through most of Mao's era from the first Canton Fair in 1957 until the "reform and opening up" under Deng Xiaoping began in 1978, the Canton Fair was almost the only way Chinese and foreign business people could meet and make deals. Now, it is still much the largest trade fair in China.

The Dragon Boat Festival is on fifth day of fifth lunar month, usually in May or June. This festival commemorates the sacrifice of Qu Yuan, a famous poet who drowned himself in the river by way of making a statement against government corruption during the Warring States Period. The highlights are dragon boat racing along the Pearl River, and eating rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Huadu Square is a park-cum-recreation square located in the north part the city and near the government office buildings of Huadu District. The square incorporates, among other attractions, an outdoor theater, large fountain, outdoor dance area and statues. There is a large grass area that is similar to a Western style meadow and a subtropical forest and ornamental flower beds. For those travelling with family, Chimelong Paradise would be a good destination. The theme park has many thrill rides and shows which are perfect for the whole family.

Qingping Market is world famous for its wild animal trades. It is located North from Shamian Island. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.

White Cut Chicken is one of the most popular Cantonese cuisine. It is lightly flavored to allow one to taste the true chicken meat. Cantonese barbecue is famous around the world where many have seen the image of roasted ducks and chicken hanging in front of a store. Siu mei is a staple item in Cantonese restaurants. Eating fresh seafood the Cantonese way is a good way to explore Cantonese culture. From picking live fish or lobsters in front of your eyes to eating the sea creatures with their heads attached, this is a great adventure for any visitors.

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