Rising just across the Pearl River from Guangzhou’s CBD, the twisting, rainbow-colored Canton Tower is Guangzhou’s most recognizable landmark. Opened to the public in 2010, the 1,954-foot (596-meter) observation tower was—for a brief period—the tallest on the planet, until Japan’s Tokyo Skytree knocked it from the top spot in 2011. Kids and adults alike will get an ear-popping, vertigo-inducing thrill from ascending to the rooftop viewing deck, nearly 500 meters up, which is open daily until 10:30 p.m. (last tickets sold at 10 p.m.). Back on earth, hop on the tram for a short ride east along the riverfront to what’s formally called the Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture & Art Zone, but colloquially known as simply the Party Pier. Once the headquarters of locally beloved Zhujiang beer, the brewery site has since been transformed into an entertainment hub, with dozens of bars and nightspots—from tiki dens to throbbing dance clubs—catering to diverse crowds of varying ages. (Restaurants are planned in a further development phase.) Our action plan: Walk to the far end of the complex, and next to the Zhujiang Beer Museum you’ll see a giant, illuminated barrel cask marking the entrance to the JZ Club, which, despite its campy emblem, hosts a seriously impressive lineup of jazz players nightly (swing, fusion, Latin, bebop, etc.). The venue’s size means tables aren’t hard to score, and the Art Deco–ish decor and supper-club sensibility make for a sophisticated setting. Afterward, head to The Clock, a brightly lit bar specializing in craft brews. Grab an outdoor table overlooking the Pearl River or sit inside closer to the stage, where live bands (local and international) keep the joint jumping. When you’re ready to roll home, there’s a convenient taxi stand right nearby, with cabs ready to whisk you back to the Conrad.