It is likely that even if you want to avoid big cities, you will end up having to visit Guangzhou sometime. It contains the nearest airport called ‘Baiyun’ to Zhaoqing and many consulates; it also contains selections of western goods, such as foreign language books, western supermarkets and the nearest library with an adequate collection of English books, newspapers, magazines and academic journals. Today Guangzhou is still constantly under construction making new lines for the subway. To find out more try the websites dedicated to the needs of ex-pats in Guangzhou;
Shenzhen is the face of the new, modern, dynamic China that is being shown to the world. Brash, glitzy and never quiet, Shenzhen owes its prosperity to its location, as it is adjacent to the Kowloon peninsula of Hong Kong. Shenzhen has Guangdong’s other large airport and is the more convenient entry point into Hong Kong.
To reach Hong Kong the simplest way is to get a bus from downtown it leaves early in the morning and terminates either Kowloon or Hong Kong Island (usually takes approx 4 hours depending on traffic). Prices can be from 180rmb return or 100rmb one way. http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/index.jsp
To reach the tiny former Portuguese colony take a bus to Zhuhai (approx. 3 hours) from the central bus station in Zhaoqing. Like in Shenzhen, the traveller can then walk through customs out of mainland China and into the Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region). Macau is small enough to be explored on foot and is known as one of Asia’s most peaceful and clean cities. It’s also infamous as a gambling hotspot.
Hainan is China’s tropical island and is known for its beaches and year-round warm weather. They are plenty of activities like swimming, scuba diving, etc. Some hotels have their own area space of beach. Just be careful what you buy there they will charge a coconut for 36rmb. Often foreign teachers at Zhaoqing University are taken there by the INTERNATIONAL OFFICE for a mid-term break.
Guilin & Yangshuo
Long renowned as one of China’s most beautiful places, Guilin and nearby Yangshuo are in Guangxi province, the province immediately to the west of Guangdong. Often foreign teachers at Zhaoqing University are taken there by the INTERNATIONAL OFFICE for a mid-term break or they are taken to Hainan Island.
More info: http://wikitravel.org/en/Yangshuo
Chime Long Theme park, Panyu
Is a family entertainment park with roller coaster rides, water shoots, live shows, and a zoo. Open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 19:30pm. Prices vary depending on what you want to do and what you want to see. For more information have a look at their website.
Bruce Lee Paradise Museum
If you are a Bruce Lee fan then you’ll love this place, it’s the biggest Bruce Lee museum in the world with a 18.8 metres statue of the legend. In Bruce Lee Paradise, there are mountains, lakes and lush vegetation everywhere and plenty of footpaths. Not too far away from the museum there is a Bruce Lee Ancestral House. The places are located in Ju’nan between Foshan and Shunde district. For more info have a look at the website.
Additional Info about Yip Man a Master of Wing Chun who taught Bruce Lee the art.
Foshan Ancestral Temple
A famous Daoist temple in southern China, was built in Northern Song Dynasty, renovated once, and with more than 600 years history till now.
It was built for worshiping Beidi, the leader of all gods in Foshan, thus it was called ancestral temple. Check out the website: