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Touristic Information on Guangzhou

A Brief Introduction

Guangzhou is the capital and the sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the People's Republic of China. The city is also known by an older English-language name, Canton. It is a port on the Pearl River, navigable to the South China Sea, and is located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Hong Kong. As of the 2000 census, the city has a population of 6 million, and a metropolitan population of roughly 8.5 million (though some estimates are as high as 12.6 million)  making it the most populous city in the province and the third most populous metropolitan area in China.

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Climate in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is situated in a subtropical monsoon climate zone. The mean temperature of a year is from 21.4C to 21.9C. In general, the temperature in November is from 15.7C to 24.4C and the relative humidity is from 30% to 70%. The precipitation is lower and the weather is drier in November. Trousers, shirt and T shirt is suitable, but it is best for you with a coat.

Detailed information about the Average, Maximun and Minimum Temperatures and the rainfall in Guangzhou.

Average Data Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average High (F) 63/67 63/67 69/72 76/79 83/87 86/90
Average High (C) 17/19 17/19 20/22 24/26 28/30 30/32
Average Low (F) 48/52 50/54 56/60 64/68 71/75 74/78
Average Low (C) 9/11 10/12 14/16 18/20 22/24 23/25
Rain (in) 1.4/1.5 2.6/2.7 3.8/3.9 7.3/7.4 10.4/10.5 10.6/10.9
Rain (mm) 35/40 65/70 95/100 185/190 265/270 270/275
Average Data Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High (F) 89/93 89/92 87/91 82/86 75/78 67/71
Average High (C) 32/34 32/34 31/33 28/30 24/26 20/22
Average Low (F) 76/79 75/79 73/77 66/70 58/62 50/54
Average Low (C) 24/26 24/26 23/25 19/21 14/16 10/12
Rain (in) 9.6/9.7 9.1/9.2 6.7/6.8 2.5/2.6 1.5/1.6 1.1/1.2
Rain (mm) 245/250 230/235 170/175 65/70 40/45 25/30


Eating in Guangzhou

Cantonese (Yue) cuisine originates from Guangdong Province in Southern China, or more precisely, the area around Guangzhou (Canton). Of the various regional styles of Chinese cuisine, Cantonese is the most well-known outside of China. A "Chinese restaurant" in a Western country will serve mostly Cantonese food, or an adaptation thereof. The prominence of Cantonese cuisine outside China is likely due to the disproportionate early emigration from this region, as well as the relative accessibility of some Cantonese dishes to foreign palates.

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Transportation in Guangzhou

By plane:
Guangzhou, now the largest civil aviation center in south China, was also the first city in China to open international airlines. The city's Baiyun airport,the third larhest airport in China, is situated 12km from the center of town. There is a regular airport bus between the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) office next to the train station and the sirport for RMB3.

Just outside the entrance to the airport is a taxi ramp. Taxis leaving from there are metered. Don't go with the taxi touts unless you want to be ripped off. A taxi from the airport to Guangzhou should cost between RMB30 and RMB40 depending on the size of the taxi and where you are headed in townbut.

There are regular domestic flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, and Hong Kong. China Eastern and Air China both operate out of the airport and tickets to most destinations in China and some international ones can be booked through Ctrip. International flights are less convenient and tend to be very expensive compared to flights from Hong Kong. There are weekly or bi- weekly flights to Singapore, Malaysia, Osaka and Sydney from Guangzhou. The International Tax for flights is RMB110 and for domestic flights it is RMB15.

By train:
Guangzhou railroad station is the largest and busy one in the southeast part of China.There are over 100 trains leaving from guangzhou everyday.Daily passenger volume could be well over one hundred thousand people. Guangzhou Railroad Station connects with all the big and middle sized city in China.

There are two train stations in Guangzhou; the old one in the center of town and a newer one to the east of the city. Make sure you check which station your train departs from. Trains leave from both stations for Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Kunming, Chengdu and Xian. Tickets can be bought from CITS near the station or inside the station itself- this however is not a good option as the station is usually very busy and it's not a nice place to hang about. The ticket office is open from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm. Your best bet is to get tickets through a hotel- you'll have to pay for this service but it is a worthwhile luxury.

The express railroad between Guangzhou and Hong Kong has brought the economic prosperity in these areas. Everyday there are 23 Ultra High Speed trains leaving Guangzhou for Shenzhen bordering Hong Kong ( 92 miles for 1 hour), and 8 Direct UHST arriving Guangzhou from Kowloon in Hong Kong (111 miles for 2 hours ).

By bus:
Buses in Guangzhou generally run from 6 am to 10 pm. There are two major bus stations in Guangzhou. The Provincial bus station which is next to the bus station serves Guilin, Macau and Hong Kong. There are also buses from the Garden Hotel, the White Swan Hotel and the LiuHua Hotel to Hong Kong. The Liuhua bus station, which is opposite the railway station serves most Guangdong destinations, Hainan, sleeper buses to Guilin and Shenzhen. Times and costs vary according to the type of transport used.

There are too many bus routes to list all here, but a few of the important routes are:
No 31
Runs along Gongye Dadao Bei, east of Zhoutouzui Wharf, crosses Renmin Bridge and goes straight up Renmin Lu to Guangzhou train station at the north of the city.
No 30
Runs from Guangzhou train station eastwards along Huanshi Lu before turning down Nonglin Xia Lu to terminate in the far east of the city. This is a convenient bus to take if you want to go from the train station to the Baiyim or Garden hotels.
No 5
Starting from Guangzhou train station, this bus takes a similar route to No 31. but instead of crossing Renmin Bridge it carries on along Liu'ersan Lu, which runs by the northern side of the canal separating the city from Shamian Islnd. Get off there walk across the small bridge to the island.

By boat:
There are regular ferry services to Hong Kong from Guangzhou. The port, Panyu is approximately a forty minute taxi drive from the center of town. Most boats to Hong Kong take approximately 2 hours and tickets can be bought at the pier. The trip costs HK$189 economy class and HK$284 first class. The boats leave at 9.30 am and 4.00 pm.

City transport:
There is a brand new efficient subway system here with convenient links to Shamian Island and the railway station. The names of the stations are in English so it is fairly easy to use. Tickets cost either RMB5 or RMB6. Taxis here are also numerous.

Public mass transportation may not take you to your exact destination so the best option would be to hire a taxi, although be warned that roads may be quite congested during rush hour.

Taxis are available from the main hotels 24 hours a day. You can also catch a taxi outside the train stations or hail one on the street. Demand for taxis is great, particular ly during the peak hours from 8 to 9 am and during lunch and dinner hours. Taxis are equipped with meters and drivers use them unless you've negotiated a set fee in advance. The cost depends on what type of vehicle it is. Flagfall for each type of taxi is the same (Y7) but the charge per l km after flagfall differs depending on the size of the taxi. The cost per kilometre (after flag-fall) is displayed on a little sticker on the right rear window.Taxis can be hired for a single trip or chartered on a hourly or daily basis.

Taxi drivers in Guangzhou are fairly honest; the problem for visitors is few of them speak English. To avoid difficulties, ask the hotel staff to write your destination in Chinese or take a map that you can use to pinpoint your destination. Don't forget to get the name of your hotel written in Chinese for the return trip.

For those eager for some exercise, there's even rentable bikes.


Tourism in Guangzhou

Guangzhou, a famous cultural city with a history of over 2,210 years, is among the first 24 historic and cultural cities published by the State Council. Its long history has left Guangzhou with a number of scenic spots and historical sites, e.g. The Tomb Museum of the King of Southern Yue in Western Han Period, Chen Clan Temple, Six Banyan Temple, Zhenhai Tower, Guangxiao Temple, Sanyuan Temple, Memorial Mosque to the Prophet, Sacred Heart Church, The Taoist Temple of Five Immortals, and the Divine Temple of South Sea, each of which being a lively witness to the historic and cultural city of Guangzhou.

Discovered in Guangzhou, the traces of the shipyard in the Qin and Han period have shown that Guangzhou had reached quite a high standard in ship-building technology and capabilities as early as over 2000 years ago. In the history of ancient Lingnan(south of the Five Ridges, the area covering Guangdong and Guangxi), Guangzhou had been made the capital, one after another, by the three local feudal authorities of Nanyue (Southern Yue), Nanhan (Southern Han) and Nanming (Southern Ming).

Guangzhou is also an important cradle of modern civilization as well as the place of origin for the Chinese revolution in modern history. Such great historical events as opium destroying at Humen, the anti-British movement at Sanyuanli, the Huanghuagang uprising in the period of the 1911 Revolution, and the Guangzhou Uprising took place here in Guangzhou, thus there are such historic sites as Huanghuagang, Huangpu Military Academy, the Institute of the Peasant Movement in Guangzhou, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, etc.

Guangzhou enjoys favorable geographical location, with beautiful natural landscape and abundant tourism resources. Tourist attractions like Baiyun Mountain, Conghua hot spring, Furongzhang, Lotus Hill, the Water World at Jiulongtan and the Liuxi River National Forest Park, etc. have rich cultural connotation and distinctive local specialties. Guangzhou proper is dotted by numerous parks, such as Yuexiu Park, Liuhua Lake Park, Tianhe Park, Dongshan Lake Park, the Orchid Garden, Guangzhou Zoo and so on, and the recently-built Yuntai Garden, the Sculpture Park. Each park or garden has its own specialties, with nice and tranquil surroundings, shades of green trees, being really a good place to go for a walk and leisure.

Recent years have found Guangzhou's tourist attractions springing up rapidly one after another. A batch of large-scale attractions, with distinctive specialties and rich connotation have come into being, ranging from the several-years-ago's Dongfang Amusement Park, Grand World Scenic Park, the Flying Dragon World, the Feitu Fantasy Studio, to the present Xiangjiang Safari World, the Ocean World, Space Flight Spectacle, hence scenic spots can be said as varied as can be. The construction of scenic spots in Guangzhou has never been so brilliant. To date, Guangzhou boasts 123 historical sites protected by the state, and 40-odd tourist attractions.

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Sight-seeing in Guangzhou

Name Location Tel.
Scenic Spots over the Pearl River --- ---
Haizhu Square North of Haizhu Bridge ---
Guangzhou Ocean World Within Guangzhou Zoo, 120 Xianlie Zhong Road 87611250
Shamian Scenic Spot Shamian Island, North of White Goose Pool ---
Huangpu Military Academy Changzhou Island, Huangpu 82201082
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 259, Dongfeng Zhong Road 83552030
Tianhe Sports Center Tianhe Road ---
Guangzhou Grand World Scenic Park Dongpu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 82308888 8989, 8096
Space Flight Spectacle Daguan Road, Dongpu, Tianhe 82306028
Yuexiu Hill North of the city ---
Baiyun Mountain Baiyunshan Nan Road, Guangzhou 87714736
Huangcun Equestrian Club Dongpu Town, Tianhe District ---
Shaojiwo Shaojiwo Village, South of Baiyun District ---
Sunlight Reflection at Shimen Shijing Town, Northwest of the city ---
Luogang Luogang< Town, Baiyun District ---
Wangzi Mountain Forest Park Xinhua Town, Huadu City ---
Lingnan Country Orchard at Xinjiao Xinjiao Town, Haizhu District ---
Red Peach Park at Shima Shima Village, Xinshi Town, Baiyun District ---
Dansuikeng Scenic Spot Nangang Town, Huangpu 81137173
Guangzhou Jockey Club 668, Huangpu Avenue West 87539822
Tianhe Square Tianhe, Guangzhou ---
CITIC Plaza Tianhe Bei Road ---
Xiguan Ancient Mansions Xiguan, Liwan District ---

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Some Classical Sight-seeing

  1. Chen Clan Temple
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  2. Guangxiao Temple

  3. The Tomb Museum of the King of Southern Yue in Western Han Period

  4. Six Banyan Temple
  5. Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall
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  6. Baiyun Mountain
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  7. Pearl River Night Cruise
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Last modified: June 16, 2008.