Sprawling to the west of the Pearl River Delta, Zhongshan is a lively city named after the founding father of the Republic of China. His legacy can be explored at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, while a luxury hot spring resort and China’s first golf club make the city a popular recreational destination.
Things to do in Zhongshan
Stroll along the boulevard of Sunwen Lu, which is lined with historic markets and old shopfronts that create a unique atmosphere at night. Here you’ll find the seven-storey Fufeng Pagoda, which is one of the oldest and most famous of its kind in Zhongshan and boasts magnificent city views.
Interested in the cultural history of Zhongshan? Visit the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall where artefacts dating back to the Neolithic period are on display. This striking octagonal building was designed in honour of the first president of the Republic of China, with his statue fronting the memorial hall.
Test your skills at China’s first modern-day golfing establishment, the Chung Shan Hot Spring Golf Club, which was designed by professional golfers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Soak up the scenery along the walking Palmer course or jump aboard a golf cart as you tackle the 18 holes of the newer Nicklaus course.
The golf club forms part of the Zhongshan Hot Spring Resort, which features an open-air spa area and tranquil gardens. Enjoy a soak in mineral-rich pools surrounded by cascading waterfalls or kick back in one of the shade pavilions or sun loungers.
Getting around Zhongshan
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport lies two hours’ drive north of Zhongshan. There are regular ferries available to Hong Kong, while buses are the main way of getting around Zhongshan.