Guangzhou has grown and evolved for more than 2,200 years. As an important port in South China, it is the starting point of the ancient Marine Silk Road and a renowned international metropolis. Being the capital and largest city of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou is one of the five National Central Cities in China. As the southern gateway of China, it exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, culture, science and technology as well as education in South China. In addition, it also serves as an important transportation hub and the largest international trading port in China with the longest history. In 2010, the 16th Asian Games was successfully held here.
Situated on the Pearl River, about 120 km northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km north of Macau, Guangzhou is well located. Due to a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon, it is a beautiful city with an ever-green scenery and flowers blooming all the year round. Therefore it is lauded as a flower city. The city boasts many tourist attractions such as Baiyun Mountain, Pear River, Canton Tower, Yuexiu Hill, Flower City Square, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Lianhua (Lotus)Mountain, Dr. Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, Huangpu Military Academy, Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Baomo Garden, Guangdong Museum of Art, Liuxihe National Forest Park, Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street and Beijing Road Pedestrian Street.
As the most developed city in China, Guangzhou hosts Canton Fair in Spring and Autumn every year attracting guests from around the world. What's more, it also amasses delicious foods at home and abroad. As for sports, Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. is the top football club in Asia, which attracts attention from Asia and other regions for its performance in AFC Champions League. Actually it has won the AFC Champions League in 2013 and 2015.
As a city full of passion and energy, Guangzhou features distinguished talents, profound culture, advantageous location and long history of opening to the outside world. Ancient traces and fashion elements integrate together in Guangzhou; Chinese culture and western civilization confront and coordinate with each other here. Boasting a large amount of foreigners and overseas Chinese, it has develop a special and diversified culture as being inclusive, incorporative and diversified.