The gleaming modern city of Dongguan is at the heart of China’s industrial boom, with massive manufacturing facilities for some of the biggest brands in the world. Its skyline is full of imposing skyscrapers and modern architecture, with eye-catching hotels and neon-drenched nightclubs. If you need an escape from the modern world, head to one of the riverfront areas and sit under a colorful pagoda while enjoying the more historic side of the city. Things to see
The modern, indoor Dongguan Stadium hosts mostly football matches, but the versatile space is also used for a wide range of sports and entertainment. Chang’an Park is a peaceful area of parkland where you’ll often find people doing Tai Chi or relaxing under a tree. It’s full of traditional Chinese buildings, as is the rest of the Chang’an area which is one of the oldest parts of the city. Chang’an Square is also worth a visit, especially for those who enjoy arts and culture, with festivals and performances happening in this colorful area. Those who enjoy being outdoors should visit the grand Lotus Mountain, with well-worn trails cut through the thick greenery, it’s suitable for those without much experience if they take a guide, and it’s worth taking a slower pace to appreciate the colorful, fragrant flowers along your walk. The Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center is a popular spot for business travelers, with one of the largest trade exhibitions of furniture in the country. Over several floors you’ll find many new products and innovations in the industry, with displays to inspire your creativity. Hotels in
Many luxury hotels in Dongguan are convenient placed for the city center, and the skyline is full of modern, high-rise hotel buildings. Inside you’ll find plenty of extra features including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, multiple restaurants, bars, and well-equipped business centers. In your guestroom you’ll find amenities such as air conditioning, safes, complimentary newspapers, minibars, and bathrobes. There are also plenty of budget hotels in various areas of the city, with comfortable accommodation, free WiFi, room service, and free parking. Where to stay
Dongguan is made up of 32 separate districts, each of which has its own personality and the Nancheng District is arguably at the center of it all, with many government buildings, cultural centers, and major corporations inhabiting high-rise buildings. Houjie has a more traditional feel, with small colorful stores lining the streets, market stalls selling tempting food, and cyclists zipping around the streets. Humen on the eastern side of the city is a hub for manufacturing, especially textiles, and you’ll find lots of wholesale clothing stores and factories in the area. How to get to Dongguan
Both Guangzhou Airport and Shenzhen Airport are about an hour from Dongguan, with most visitors taking a shuttle bus or taxi from the terminal. You can only drive in China with a Chinese driving license, and although some expats arrange to take their test while living abroad, it’s usually much more convenient for business travelers and tourists to hire a driver for their airport transfer and trips. Dongguan Station has trains arriving from Hong Kong and across China, with shuttle buses to take you around the city. There are also plenty of bus services across China to the Dongguan Main Bus Station in Nancheng, with plenty of local buses to get you to your destination.