When the East Railway Station opened in 1990, it streamlined transport in Guangzhou. It’s an important stop between Guangzhou and its neighbor, Hong Kong, and all passengers (including Chinese) are subject to passport control. It also connects to Shanghai and Beijing. Accommodation near Tianhe Mall / East Railway Station caters to railway passengers and business travelers.
This district is better known for office towers than outright sightseeing attractions, which is why there are more business travelers than tourists here. Most of the towers huddle on the north bank of the Pearl River. These include Teem Tower, Skyfame Tower, the Development Center Building and Motorola Guangzhou. These are joined by business parks like Victoria Plaza, Zhongtai International Plaza and Metro Plaza. This is part of Guangzhou’s shiny new skyline, constantly reminding visitors that the city is much more than a Hong-Kong shopping diversion.
The hotels in Tianhe Mall / East Railway Station are further north around Gangding and Linhe Xi subway stations. Most of these are mid-range three- and four-star hotels, with a few five-star giants mixed in. Aside from business travelers, the area caters to visitors of the Italian, Cuban and Korean consulates.
It isn’t all strict business in this district, as Tianhe Mall and a few other shopping centers sit in the midst of the hotels. The real bargains are in neighboring districts, while the up-market department stores in this area target business executives and their clients with top, high-quality brands.