If you're one of the volunteers living in the Guangdong Province, we've got excellent news — Guangzhou is THE place to be ... here's why!
About half of ILP's schools are near China's 3rd largest city of Guangzhou — aka, where your dreams can come true. You also will be able to ride through gorgeous mountains, see acrobat shows, and visit beautiful sites in this city. This city is also where you can fulfill your dream of riding elephants in China.
Ready for all your China dreams to come true? Come talk to an ILP representative about living in China for a semester!
If you're in one of the Zhongshan schools, this city is just a bus ride away. If not, don't worry — it's just a train ride away if you're teaching English somewhere else in China!
Pst: before you book your train ticket, make sure you know all about trains in China.
Here are a few fun things you dont want to miss during your trip to Guangzhou.
Visiting the Canton Tower is more than seeing this spectacular skyscraper. It is right next to one of the newest and largest shopping malls in Guangzhou. You can also go out on the strip next to the tower to find many street vendors and watch a beautiful lighted water show! Plus, you can even take a daredevil free fall drop — get the details right here.
If you want to take a ride to the top and look out the observation deck the cost is CNY 150 (about $25 USD). Once at the top you are able to view the whole city of Guangzhou!
How to get there? Take the Subway Line 3 and get off at Canton Tower Station.
This is China's 3rd largest zoo (next to Beijing and Shanghai). Some previous ILP volunteers have said they enjoyed this zoo more than the Shanghai Zoo. This is your chance to get pictures with exotic animals- elephants, monkeys, camels!
Wondering if you should head to Guangzhou or the Shanghai Wild Animal Park? This blog post gives you all you need to know.
How to get there? Take the Subway Line 5 and get off at Zoo Station. Get out from Exit B to the south gate of the zoo.
Chimelong Amusement Parks
Do Roller Coasters, safari rides, or acrobat shows sounds exciting to you? Head here with your ILP group because this is the park to visit! You'll also be able to get pictures of some animals too, if you're lucky.
We have way more details about prices, what parks to visit and other details in our Chimelong Amusement Park guide.
How to get there? Take the Subway Line 3 and get off at Hanxi Changlong Station
Bike Guangzhou Mountain
Are you dying to get out and see the beautiful scenery?! Then renting bikes and taking the bike path around this beautiful mountain is for you! (It is paved most of the way too!) It sounds treacherous when you hear the words "bike a mountain" but even a beginner could take these paths or you can rent an automatic bike. Make sure to bring snacks and lots of water!
How to get there? Take the Subway Line 3 and get off at Meihuayuan Station.
Last but not least, FOOD! Guangzhou is known for its delicious Dim Sum. You won't want to leave the city without trying a least one. I promise it is a must have experience in China!
Think you want to explore Guangzhou or other amazing cities like this in China with International Language Programs? Click below to learn even more about what a semester in China is like: