Guangzhou Nightlife

Guangzhou is a big and bustling city, and there is no shortage of nightlife options for tourists, from karaoke bars and cosy pubs to cinemas, Cantonese opera venues and trendy nightclubs. Guangzhou was one of the first Chinese cities to really embrace foreigners and it has become something of a pioneer in the entertainment category.

Local cinemas make for a good start to the evening; visitors should try the China Plaza Theatre in Zhonghua Square or the Yonghan Cinema in Yuexiu. The Guangdong Yueju Opera Theater, on East Dongfeng Road, is a good place for visitors to experience some authentic Cantonese opera. Another classic choice is to take a dinner cruise along the Pearl River to float romantically past over 30 of the city's landmark attractions on the riverbanks in the night lights.

There are many bars and pubs to be found on Bai'e Tan, Huanshi Lu, and Binjiang Lu - the city's 'bar streets'. Popular venues include Amigo, a French bar on Bai'e Tan, and the Yuexiu Park golf club. Other trendy, late-night spots are the Velvet Club on Huanshi Dong Road and the Bio Fashion Club on Yanjiang Zhong Road.

Travellers will find arts and entertainment listings in the free English 'That's PRD' guide, which is published every month.

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