Guangzhou, located at the north of the Pearl River delta, is an important trading center as well as a busy port and the capital city of the province of Guandong . The city has an area of over 16,000 square kilometers and a population of 6.7 million.
Guangzhou boasts rich tourist resources with a great number of famous scenic spots and historic sites. In 1996, on the basis of former "Eight Sites of Guangzhou", were chosen. They are the Temple Commanding the Whole of Guangdong (the Academy of the Chen Clan), Yunshan Embroidery (Baiyun Hill Scenic Region), Suishi Xinglou (the five-goat Stone Statue and the Five-Storey Tower), Light of 1911 (huanghuagang Cemetery of 72 Martyrs), Lianhua (Lotus) Scenery (the Lotus Mountain), the Grand World Scenery Park, the Dancing Golden Snake (the Flying Dragon World Amusement City), Orient Amusement Park, Xiguan Commercial Arcade (the Shangxiajiulu Commercial Streets and the Flower Pagoda pedestrian Streets),and the Flower Pagoda in the Six-Banyan Temple. The Spaceflight Wonders, Panyu Wildlife Zoo and Guangzhou Ocean Museum, which have been set up in recent years, have made Guangzhou more attractive.
The climate of Guangzhou is sub-tropical. The average year-round temperature is 22C. August is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 28C. January is the coldest month, with an average of 13C. The rainy season falls between April and August. Average annual rainfall is 1,720 mm.