Visitors to Guangzhou will find that the region south of the Zhujiang River (or Pearl River) is less commercialized than the districts on the opposite bank. This is a quiet area best known for its connection to doctor and revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen, whose university was relocated here. Most accommodation south of Zhujiang River serves university students and their families.
Few 20th-century icons from China have managed to inspire both Communists and Nationalists in the way that Sun Yat-Sen has. He founded the Kuomintang (KMT) party, which is now exiled in Taiwan, but he’s also revered by mainland Chinese. In many ways, it was his death that led to the eventual breakdown between the Communist and Nationalist parties.
Aside from its connection to Sun Yat-Sen, the region south of Zhujian River is also popular for Gold Coast Water Park. It boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a shopping mall and sports facilities. Over the weekend, hotels south of Zhujiang River fill up with families visiting the park.
Access to the entire district is by metro. The Blue line (Line 2) crosses the river and enters the 2nd Worker’s Cultural Palace (which, despite its name, is a metro station), followed by stations at Jaingnanxi, the Sun Yat-Sen university and Lujiang.