Immerse in Culture
Designed by the late Pritzker Prize-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the stunning Guangzhou Opera House, anchoring the city’s Zhujiang New Town district along the river, is the crowning glory of the city’s modern cultural and architectural development. Inspired by the idea of pebbles washed by the Pearl River, the building contains a 1,800-seat theatre, 400-seat multifunction hall and numerous rehearsal rooms. The opera house is easy to access from Fraser Suites Guangzhou via the metro or via a quick 10 to 15-minute car ride so if you’re fortunate enough to be in town during scheduled opera performances, book a ticket. It’s an experience not to be missed.
Beyond The Area around Fraser Suites Guangzhou
Located in a charming 1920s-era red brick building in Guangzhou’s historic Dongshankou neighborhood, Kui Yan Gallery regularly hosts exhibitions from both emerging local Cantonese artists as well as foreign artists. With the closure of the city’s trendy art district Redtory in late 2019, Kui Yuan has become one of the leading places to view contemporary art in the city. At its ground-floor picture-perfect patio, take a well-deserved break and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a slice of cake.
Located on a modest corner of Miaoqian West Street is Guangzhou’s first “speakeasy”-inspired cocktail bar – Hope & Sesame. One may be forgiven for assuming that you’ve walked into a grandmother’s old, memorabilia-packed sitting room; the unassuming space belies the innovation and creativity of the cocktails crafted by this bar’s team of mixologists. No wonder Hope & Sesame is consistently named among Asia’s 50 Best Bars as well as among the World’s Top 500 Bars.