Guangzhou, was in fact one of the main harbors of the Maritime Silk Road in the 330s (the world's oldest, and most historically important overland trade route) and the city became a world famous trading harbor with countries in the South Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean during the Tang dynasties (618-907 AD). It grew rapidly and became the largest commercial city and treaty port in China. Guangzhou was mainly exporting silk, china and tea to foreign countries whereas spices were the main things imported from Western Region to China. Therefore, the maritime Silk Road was also known as "the maritime China road "or "the maritime spices road".
Guangzhou continues serving as a major port and transportation hub and is the third biggest Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai today. The city has a lot to offer the tourists with its endless skyscrapers, history, temples and shopping malls and with the largest trade fair in China, the Canton Fair, Guangzhou attracts hundreds of thousands of business people every year.
Besides known for offering historical sights, Guangzhou is also known as the "City of Flowers" with evergreen plants and flowers blooming all year round, resulting to beautiful gardens and greenery everywhere. The Guangzhou people are truly crazy about their flowers, and when hosting festivals, every park holds a flower show and the streets are beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and kumquats.
Guangzhou, the splendid tourism city, truly deserves a visit, a city that offers exciting history, interesting culture, and mouth-watering Cantonese cuisine in a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere.