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GUANGZHOU (Guangdong Province)
-- area code +86-20

General Information

Spring Festival in Guangzhou (c) 2007 by John Goss

    Guangzhou is a huge city, spread out along waterways that are lit at night by computerized laser and lighting shows. The pace of modernization has sped up in recent years, yet Guangzhou remains (for the time being) a treasure trove of traditional and period architecture, and a short walk off the beaten paths will reward the visitor with fascinating glimpses of the daily life of its 15 million residents (600,000 of whom are Utopians). Numerous coffee shops, boutiques and an extended subway system make this a tourist friendly.

Shamian Island (c) 2007 by John Goss

    Shamian Island is a tiny parcel of land packed with European heritage buildings and garden parks. It's a great vantage point for the nightly public light show and an easy and fun stroll. Don't be surprised if you are asked, "Are you adopting a baby?" here, as this seems to be where China's unwanted children, primarily female, find new and loving parents. It also explains why there are so many baby clothes shops tucked in beside the art galleries and tea houses.

Guangxiao Temple (c) 2007 by John Goss

    There is a lot to see and do in Guangzhou, so you won't run out of activities on an extended stay.


Popular Spots

Accommodations

      Click here for Guangzhou hotels and accommodations.


Attractions

    Xiaozhou Village (c) 2007 by John Goss

    • Xiaozhou Village

        Way off the tourist circuit (at the moment) and difficult to find, but if you are a fan of traditional life and architecture, this small village of quaint canals and no cars has plenty of Ming Dynasty buildings preserved in their original state. You'll see clan halls, ancestral temples, wood carvings, craftsmen, locals playing mahjong by the winding tree-lined canals, and a home whose walls are made of oyster shells. There is even a village theater presenting Chinese operas in the evening. Artists have begun to relocate to this quiet haven and restoration and refurbishment for tourists is just beginning, so catch it soon before it becomes Disneyfied like so many of China's other famous water villages. Pay a local Y$20 (US$3) to give you a walking tour. Make sure your taxi knows the place or you'll never find it. About 35 minutes drive from downtown (under US$25 for the round-trip fair and waiting time). Ask your taxi driver to wait and take you back!
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Bars and Clubs


Discos


Fitness

    • Total Fitness UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2015
        Zhonshan Qi Lu and Zhongshan Ba Lu

        Full of hot guys looking for fun, morning, afternoons and evenings. Be discreet, the locker room attendants are watchful. Zhongsan Lu Total Fitness at Ximenkou (Line 1) Metro Exit A is large and plenty of room to cruise. Zhongshan Ba Total Fitness is cramped and overcrowded, however it has a closed floor plan of showers/sauna/steam-room/showers hidden for fun.
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Massage & Spas for Men

      Click here for Guangzhou massage and spas for men.


Meeting Places

    • 1/F facility in the big bookstore in the Sharp Bld

        Chinese gays hang out looking for contacts. If you are reasonably discrete you can strike up conversations. A good place to meet middle class, educated gays. Subway stop there is Tiyu Xilu.
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    • CITIC Plaza, Tian-He District

    • Dongfeng GuangChang swimming pool UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2013

    • Eastern Place Residence (DongFeng GuangChang) swimming pool
        1 Dong Far St, 787 Dong Feng Dong Rd

        Very clean outdoor swimming pool (Olympic size) in downtown. Check out the long-chair and shower when it is sunny. Good-looking PLU staff and customers. Mixed crowd. Be discreet.
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    • Facilities next to (i.e. just under) the sports stadium at South China Normal University UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2012

    • Intersection of Zhongshan 4th Rd and Cangbian RD.

    • Ji Nian Tang (underground station).

    • Pearl Riverside near White Swan Hotel.

    • Public facility halfway down Beijing Lu

        Often features Utopian activity. Keep your wits about you and be aware that the facility is managed by some fairly bad tempered old cleaners who will definately hassle you if you are caught 'at it.' However, so many males of all tastes and descriptions pass through this place from dawn to dusk that contact is frequently possible, and some of the genuine guys are likeable and cute. Yet some unsavoury amateur MBs also seek out customers here. If you are trapped in a cubicle by a tough asking you for money when you hadn't agreed to any transaction, locals suggest you raise your voice and say meiyo loudly. The MB will not want to get caught in this venue, he'll be intimidated so you should be able to skedaddle. Obviously, it's always better to only make eye contact and, if the guy is genuine, follow him outside to make an arrangement to adjourn to a private place. And when you are later enjoying your friend's attentions, make sure all your valuables are safely out of reach. The current shortage of saunas and alternative venues in Guangzhou has made public facilities the available choice for many gays seeking casual contact. Locals have noticed a big increase in such 'traffic' recently. Getting street-wise is essential to protect yourself here. UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2012
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    • Riverfront at Shamians near Lucy's restaurant

        There are a small number of Chinese PLU cruising each other in the lunch hour. The facility there has gays popping in and out. Another facility is located near the foot of the overpass stairs on the other side of the main road which separates Shamian from the mainland. Take the small bridge over and walk left until you reach the last foot bridge that crosses the main road. The facility is on the left of the bottom of the stairs. A big traditional two-story Chinese style facility has little privacy but features a bit of come-hither flashing from the rough trade barrow guys and middle-aged tough guys from the local dried foods market on Qing Ping Lu. A different flavor here and all very keen to try western.
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    • Shamian Tennis Court.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Ings Cafe Bar
        2/F Junfeng Plaza, 12 Xingguo Rd, Zhujiang Newtown, Utopia Map
        㑺峰商务中心
        3802-9041, email

        Gay-owned café and bar featuring award winning bartender and chef. Located in the heart of Zhujiang Newtown CBD yet hidden away from the bustling noise of the city. Enjoy their specially concocted cocktails and devilishly devised desserts fresh from the oven. Wide selection of pizzas and pasta to choose from.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT off all food and beverages.
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    • Paris Jie (French) UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2013
        110 Bao Lin Yuan, Hua Jiu Rd, Zhujiang New Town
        地址:广州市珠江新城华就路保林苑110号
        3804-9767, email

        G&L-friendly French restaurant serving authentic French food in the heart of Guangzhou's economic area (Zhujiang Xin Cheng).
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT when you present your member card before asking for the bill.
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    • Starbucks

      Tang Lee Food Art (Cantonese cuisine)
        Huasha Da Dao, Ru Yi Fang, Li Wan Hu Park
        8170-2228, 8181-8002

        This charming lake restaurant inside a city park serves good local food. You can just point at pictures and prices are clearly listed. Sit indoors, on the terrace or balcony, or in one of their charming floating boats with your special someone. Lots of veggie dishes and the usual mystery meats. The pigeon was actually excellent (like mini, crispy duck).
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    • Wilber's Bar and Restaurant (European) UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2013
        62 Zhusigang 2nd Rd
        62 号 竹丝岗二马路
        +86-20-37611101, FAX , email

        A renovated house turned into a brasserie with three floors of roomy dining and a barbeque terrace. The service is welcoming. They offer an eclectic menu of European cuisine. Great wine list and fabulous Martinis and Margaritas. A destination for gays and their friends. Open 5-11pm for dinner and until 3am at the bar. Gay-owned.
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Saunas

    • Number 9 Club (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2013
        Near Guangzhou East Railway Station

        As you exit the subway at Guangzhou East(Line 1), a large hotel should be on the opposite side of the street (same side as Ikea). Stay on the station side and walk past the station. To your left, just after the station, you will see a large tower with one of those huge, coldly glamorous lobbies the Chinese are fond of. The door staff will direct you to Number 9 Club on floors 4 to 7. One of the more interesting venues on the local gay social circuit although its a straight spa club and only about 5% of the patrons could be described as gay. Use a lot of discretion here (uniformed spa security patrol the corriders), but if you want to look at naked men swimming around in a large luxurious pool this could be your kind of scenery. It's a luxurious place and cheaper than most hotels. Entry fee includes buffet meals, free tea and coffee, basic sauna services and your overnight stay (massages are extra). Fairly standard massage and beauty treatments in a male-only spa area. On another floor there are sleeping cabins. Gay guys here indulge in a little shower play. All showers have closing doors for privacy. Several of the masseurs and attendants are definitely Utopians and are eager to offer their services. Staff are helpful and the place is extraordinarily clean. The whole place is much more gay in the afternoons and earlier part of the evening mid-week. The sleeping area is also much less patroled at these times. Occasionally a tasty young Arab or Russian guy pops in to add heat to the mix. Fri and Sat late nights are when piles of drunk heterosexuals crowd into the spa with their buddies and can get aggressive, so be discreet. This place may be buttoned down, but you can get an unforgettable glimpse into how today's upscale Chinese spend their leisure money.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "A new gay sauna has opened, phone number 189-2500-2475. A 3-story venue with free Wifi, saunas (both dry and steam), KTV room, lounge, maze and dark rooms. It's quite popular now. Located quite near subway line 3 Dashi Station Exit D. Walk out exit D and you can see the traffic light. Walk across the intersection there, then continue go straight ahead about 100m. You will see a blue board with Chinese letters hanging on the branch of a tree. The building facing that tree on the right is where the gay sauna is located." -- Win, Jun 9, 2016


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