DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING ARCHITECTURE

Guangzhou

DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING ARCHITECTURE

• Marvel at one of China’s most acclaimed new landmarks
• Visit Zaha Hadid’s opera house, renowned for bold design and impeccable acoustics
• Taste Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and artisanal teas



If you’ve visited Guangzhou before—say, 10 or 15 years ago—you’ll now hardly recognize its fast-evolving skyline, which has been utterly transformed in the last decade. Among the many new additions to the cityscape, the most dramatic is just a quick walk from the Conrad: the Guangzhou Opera House, designed by the late, great Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and constructed between 2005 and 2010. In the heart of the CBD, Hadid’s monumental granite-and-glass edifice draws inspiration from the nearby Pearl River, with organic contours resembling giant rocks worn smooth by the current. Inside is a 1,804-seat auditorium with a boldly aerodynamic design and sensational acoustics. Ticket holders can explore the building before and during performances; otherwise, the opera house is open to the public only on weekends, via hourly group tours. You’ll find numerous art and sculpture installations scattered throughout, as well as a collection of boutiques on the lower level, and a charming wooden sculpture of a laughing Buddha. For a delicious respite, stop into Water Drop, a vegetarian restaurant and teahouse with an impressive social mission: the servers here are mostly deaf and mute. The kitchen specializes in Buddhist temple cuisine, with vegetarian renditions of classic dishes (roast mock duck; crisp-edged, juice-filled mushroom buns) as well as exquisite Chinese teas, served in delicate, traditional gongfu cups.








The opera house is only a short walk from Conrad Guangzhou. Exit the hotel and cross Xiancun Road 冼村路, then turn right onto the pathway, passing the Guangzhou Library and Huacheng Square. You’ll see the opera house’s dramatic façade up ahead.

GUANGZHOU OPERA HOUSE: 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Tianhe district; +86-020-3839-2888; gzdjy.org 广州大剧院: 天河区珠江西路一号

WATER DROP: 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu (lower level, west entrance), Tianhe district; +86-020-8783-6505; no website 清水坊:天河区珠江西路一号 (大剧院首层西侧)






DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING ARCHITECTURE

DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING ARCHITECTURE

Guangzhou

DISCOVER GROUNDBREAKING ARCHITECTURE

• Marvel at one of China’s most acclaimed new landmarks
• Visit Zaha Hadid’s opera house, renowned for bold design and impeccable acoustics
• Taste Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and artisanal teas



If you’ve visited Guangzhou before—say, 10 or 15 years ago—you’ll now hardly recognize its fast-evolving skyline, which has been utterly transformed in the last decade. Among the many new additions to the cityscape, the most dramatic is just a quick walk from the Conrad: the Guangzhou Opera House, designed by the late, great Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and constructed between 2005 and 2010. In the heart of the CBD, Hadid’s monumental granite-and-glass edifice draws inspiration from the nearby Pearl River, with organic contours resembling giant rocks worn smooth by the current. Inside is a 1,804-seat auditorium with a boldly aerodynamic design and sensational acoustics. Ticket holders can explore the building before and during performances; otherwise, the opera house is open to the public only on weekends, via hourly group tours. You’ll find numerous art and sculpture installations scattered throughout, as well as a collection of boutiques on the lower level, and a charming wooden sculpture of a laughing Buddha. For a delicious respite, stop into Water Drop, a vegetarian restaurant and teahouse with an impressive social mission: the servers here are mostly deaf and mute. The kitchen specializes in Buddhist temple cuisine, with vegetarian renditions of classic dishes (roast mock duck; crisp-edged, juice-filled mushroom buns) as well as exquisite Chinese teas, served in delicate, traditional gongfu cups.








The opera house is only a short walk from Conrad Guangzhou. Exit the hotel and cross Xiancun Road 冼村路, then turn right onto the pathway, passing the Guangzhou Library and Huacheng Square. You’ll see the opera house’s dramatic façade up ahead.

GUANGZHOU OPERA HOUSE: 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Tianhe district; +86-020-3839-2888; gzdjy.org 广州大剧院: 天河区珠江西路一号

WATER DROP: 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu (lower level, west entrance), Tianhe district; +86-020-8783-6505; no website 清水坊:天河区珠江西路一号 (大剧院首层西侧)