The Pazhou Exhibition Center Area is part of an island formed by the Pearl River. This area claims a few historical sites that may be of interest to tourists, but lately it has been garnering more attention from real-estate investors and developers. Most of the people booking hotels in Pazhou Exhibition Center Area are business travelers.
Pazhou Island covers 15 square kilometers, and many predict that this will become the central business district of Guangzhou in the near future. As it is, a high level of development is ongoing. At the center of this is the international convention center, which hosts several expos throughout the year.
The most famous exhibition held here is the Canton Fair, which has taken place twice yearly since the 1950s. It’s a major event with hundreds of companies representing more than 35 countries. Accommodation in Pazhou Exhibition Center Area books up well in advance of the Canton Fair, so it’s a good idea to book as early as possible.
For tourists who venture here, the main on-site attraction is Whampoa Military Academy. It was established by Dr Sun Yat-sen in the 1920s and played a critical role in China’s political upheaval in the early to mid-20th century.