Guangzhou is a busy city, and there is little downtime. Here are four recommendations for a top quality massage in Guangzhou. It’s easy to let inner city pressure get the best of you in Guangzhou, unless you know where to find a quality massage, that is. Don’t settle for just any back-alley massage parlor; let a muscle relaxation professional work you over and you won’t regret the extra investment. Here are four recommendations for a top quality massage in Guangzhou.
1. Spelland Spa (Dongshan location) 水玲珑会馆
Water is the theme at Spelland Spa, with hydrotherapy pools to soothe your cares away at every turn. Spelland also boasts a women’s only therapy area, and foreign personnel to serve foreign guests. For just 68 RMB, you can enjoy back scraping, milk/honey/salt baths, back treatment, foot massage, and cupping. For 298 RMB, you can also get a Hong Kong, Japanese, or Thai massage. Spelland Spa also has a mini movie theater, an internet café, a soccer bar, pool table, ping-pong table, and reading area to keep you entertained. Also try the buffet for 40 RMB per person.
Add: Spelland Spa, 78 Caiyuan Dong Lu (near Dongshan People’s Hospital), Zhongshan Er Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 3762 0288; 3762 0988
Opening hours: 24 hours
2. South America Grand Hotel Fitness Club (Binjiang Xi Lu location) 广州南美大酒店
Inside the South America Grand Hotel you’ll find a high-quality fitness club with all the amenities of a proper health spa: bath house, sauna, and dining options. Try the Thai massage for 350 RMB, which also includes sauna access—a steal considering sauna use is normally 200 RMB by itself. If you remember to pay before 18:00 you can enjoy a 20% discount (though there is still a 10% service fee). Enjoy barbequed oysters, duck, steak, and sushi at the buffet. There’s also a free gym, ping-pong tables, and Go tables, though you’ll have to pay for internet use, mahjong, and massages.
Add: South America Grand Hotel Fitness Club, inside South America Grand Hotel (near Renminqiao), 16 Haiming Jie, Binjiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 3434 5540; 2837 7777
Opening hours: 24 hours
3. Fu Yuan Tang 扶元堂
Fu Yuan Tang is a trusted name in Chinese massage arts, with locations all over China. Get a therapeutic foot massage for 109 RMB, or a traditional Chinese body massage for 129 RMB, which lasts about an hour. Fu Yuan Tang is also nice because the staff won’t try to push any promotions or membership cards on you, unlike a lot of other chains.
Add: Fu Yuan Tang, 1-3F, Fuxing Trade Center, 161 Huangpu Da Dao Xi, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (near Huacheng Square)
Tel: 020 8751 4988
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
4. Guchun Thai Massage Center 古淳泰式按摩中心
Guchun Thai Massage Center offers just what it advertises: using imported Thai massage oils and medicines. The massage area on the second floor is somewhat open, with only bamboo curtains separating you from the other patrons, so if you absolutely must have a room to yourself then this isn’t the place for you. Besides genuine Thai massages, you can also get a Chinese traditional massage from a blind masseuse. Thai massages last about an hour and cost 118 RMB. Availability of Thai masseuses is limited, so be sure to call ahead to book one if you’re looking for the full Thai experience.
Add: Guchun Thai Massage Center, 68 Nan’an Lu, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8120 6639; 6275 6313
Opening hours: 12:00-01:00