Guangzhou Travel Guide
" Everything you need to know before traveling to Guangzhou"
Guangzhou, aka canton and formerly known as Kwangchow, is the capital of Guangdong province in the south of China. Guangzhou is the third-largest city of China and it’s one of the first hubs of import and export in the country.
This city is heaven for many groups of people. The first individuals that usually put Guangzhou in their bucket list are the businessmen. Guangzhou is one of the main trade centers in the world and many international exhibitions like the Canton Fair is held twice each year.
The second one is the shopaholics’ group. Guangzhou is a paradise for shopping lovers since there are many high-end and middle-range shopping malls offering a huge variety of domestic and international brand stores.
The third group is dedicated to history lovers. Guangzhou has many historical relics such as the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Guangxiao Temple, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Huaisheng Mosque, etc. which should not be missed by any visitor!
One of the main elements of Guangzhou is Cantonese Cuisine, which is one of the main regional cuisines in China with fantastic taste. Trying dim sum, dumplings, steamed shaomai, etc. are among the highlights of this cuisine.
Local Name /ˈɡwɑːŋdʒoʊ/; (广州)
Population (2018) 14,904,400
Time Zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Area Code (0)20
Why Visiting Guangzhou?
Guangzhou, known as the canton, is one of the ancient and modern cities of China and its third-largest metropolis. Attractions in this city are fantastic; from historical sites like Chen Ancestral Shrine to modern and beautiful constructions such as Canton Tower; Guangzhou has always something new to offer. Besides the attractions, the local cuisine of the city known as Yu Cuisine is one of the 8 regional cuisines in China featuring sweet tastes.
As for shopping, Guangzhou is one of the best cities you can find in China. Shopaholics can have an enjoyable time in this metropolis. Besides the high-end brands, Guangzhou is one of the main hubs of China in terms of selling electronics.
In addition to attractions and the beauty of Guangzhou, it should be mentioned that the city is very convenient for tourists since there are great transportation networks and different kinds of accommodation depending on your budget and your taste!
What to See in Guangzhou
- Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street
- Shawan Ancient Town
- South China Botanical Garden
- South Sea God Temple
- Sunflowers Garden
- Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
- Yuyin Garden
- Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
- Canton Tower
- Yuexiu Park
Best Time to Visit Guangzhou
The weather in Guangzhou is usually warm and humid. Autumn, especially late September – early December is the best time to visit this city.
Spring (February - March)
- Temperature: 14.5°C (58°F ) – 25.5°C (78°F)
- Features: The weather is mild in the spring; however, sudden rains happens and the temperature rises gradually.
- Recommendation: The spring Canton Fair is held from April to May annually.
What to wear?
Sweater and light clothes are great for the spring
Summer (April - September)
- Temperature: 30C (86F) – 40C (104F)
- Features: Hot with occasional typhoons and frequent afternoon thunderstorms
- Recommendation: Water Sports in Guangzhou is recommended in summer. Also, Chimelong Water Park is a great attraction for this season
What to wear?
Light clothes like shorts, shirts, and skirts are suitable for the summer
Autumn (October - November)
- Temperature: 24°C (75°F) – 20°C (68°F)
- Features: Autumn is the best time for visiting Guangzhou with a cool and sunny weather.
- Recommendation: Yuexiu Park, White Cloud Mountain or the Pearl River are at their best in autumn
What to wear?
Light clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts as well as thin coats and sweaters
Winter (December - January)
- Temperature: 15 °C (59°F) – 14°C (57°F)
- Features: The weather of Guangzhou in winter is cold with little snow
- Recommendation: Drink more water and decrease long outdoor activities
What to wear?
Sweaters and thick jackets are great for winter
How Long To Stay?
Full 3 days is a great choice for enjoying and make the most of it in Guangzhou. You can send two days for visiting downtown attractions and one more day in nearby towns. Also, if you have more time, you can explore less popular attractions as well and you definitely won’t feel bored!
Things to do in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is among the top places you have to visit on a trip to China. This massive metropolis lies in the southern areas of China and has a mixture of modern and old parts. The city is, and always has been, one of the most important places for trade and industry holding a lot of old and new attractions. It has become a very modern city while retaining its old heritage.
In her old times when Guangzhou was still known as Canton, the city used to be on the silk road, thus making it one of the important export cities of China. This feature of the city can still be seen today. Although we do not bring it on our list of top things to do, visiting the Canton Fair is also among the top activities of this city. Just like the Canton Fair, there are many other fun activities for travelers to Guangzhou, ten of which are listed below:
Have Some Fun at Chimelong Resort
Chimelong Resort is a very large complex with several theme parks for having some fun. Besides the fun activities you can do inside this complex, there are also great hotels and aquariums nearby, making this place the number one activity to try during summer vacation. There are five areas in this family-friendly resort, which are:
- Chimelong Paradise: It is a very large amusement park with so many fun games, world-class rides, and facilities that can be compared to Disneyland.
- Chimelong Waterpark: The perfect spot in the resort for getting away from the hot sun of summer. There are again some world-class rides as well as many pools and water slides in this area.
- Chimelong Safari Park: Ride around in this park to see the animals and even visit the famous Pandas of China.
- Chimelong Birds Park: If you like birds, then you will love this part of the complex as you can see some very rare Chinese birds in this place.
- Chimelong Circus: If you are looking for a great show with your family, do not miss this circus while at the Resort.
Ascend Canton Tower
Ever since it was built, the Canton Tower became a very famous landmark of the Modern Guangzhou. Since it is the tallest structure of the city, it is the best spot to have a bird’s-eye view of Guangzhou. The tower is almost 600 meters tall with a glass floor observatory at the height of 450 meters. The best time to visit is at night when you can see the city lights below you as you walk around the glass floor.
However, the view is one of the best parts, but it is not just that. There are also restaurants and coffee shops where you can sit and have something while you enjoy the view.
Walk Around in Shamian Island
Shamian Island used to be an important port of Song to Qing Dynasties. Nowadays, tourists mostly visit this part of Guangzhou because of the 19th and 20th century buildings. There are more than 150 buildings with European architecture that is mixed with a little bit of Chinese architecture. Besides the buildings and statues that you can visit and see, it is a great spot for some walking around in peace and quiet. We also recommend a night-time visit to see another beautiful aspect of the neighborhoods.
Visit the Chen Clan Academy
The Chen Clan Academy or the Ancestral Hall is what remains of an influential family of the late 18th century. There are 6 courtyards in the Academy that are connected in a symmetrical pattern, as well as 19 buildings with 9 halls. This element of the Qing Dynasty history is now a museum that houses several beautiful items and artifacts. However, the best part of this visit is actually seeing the building itself. The construction of the complex uses a very traditional style of Guangzhou architecture.
Marvel at the Sacred Heart Cathedral
The Sacred Heart Cathedral, considered as the biggest of its kind in Guangzhou, is a building made of stone that was constructed in the 19th century. It took 25 years to complete to finish this place of worship for the Catholics of the city. While 25 years may sound too much, but it will definitely sound reasonable as you see the structure. If the amazing architecture of the Sacred Heart Cathedral does not impress you, enter the granite stone halls of this structure to see the beautiful glass windows and artworks inside.
Stroll in the Yuexiu Park
With an area of about 860,000 square meters, Yuexiu Park is the largest park in Guangzhou and a very popular attraction. Part of its fame is because of the Five Rams Sculpture that has even become a symbol of the city. Besides that, it is a very beautiful and peaceful part of this modern metropolis with its vibrant trees and lakes. Be sure to stroll around the Yuexiu Park and take your camera to take some pictures as this is perhaps the most picturesque part of Guangzhou.
Hiking up the Baiyun Mountain
If you want to see more of the natural landscape of Guangzhou you can go hiking in the Baiyun Mountain, also known as White Cloud Mountain. It has 30 peaks the highest of which is about 382 meters above sea level. The mountain offers 7 scenic areas filled with trees, gardens, and parks. If you have the time and are up for the challenge, you can go hiking around the area, if not, there are also cable cars that can take you to all the best areas.
Make a Visit to the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
One of the must-see museums of Guangzhou and maybe even the world is the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. This tomb is about 2000 years old and was discovered in 1983. Since this is the final resting place of the second king of Nanyue, there are thousands of relics and artifacts in addition to everyday objects, made out of jade. The museum was opened only a few years later after the discovery of this site and became a popular tourist attraction very quickly. Put this visit among the top things you will do in Guangzhou as it houses ancient items that you do not see every day.
Visit the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
If you want to go to a place with traditional architecture, a beautiful yard, and a garden, which is very important in terms of history, you must visit the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. This building is constructed to commemorate the great Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-Sen. Not only a prominent political figure of the country, but he was also a philosopher and a doctor. The Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is near the southern end of Yuexiu Park and has a bronze statue of this great man in front who lived from 1866 to 1925.
Cruise on Pearl River
If you have been to all the best parts of Guangzhou, now it is time to go on a cruise on Pearl River to get yet another view of the city. The River passes from the middle of the city, giving with a beautiful scene of the city, this time from aboard a boat. The best time for a cruise is at nighttime and after a day of touring around this modern and traditional city. We recommend the night-time cruise since the nights of Guangzhou are especially beautiful with all the neon lights of the city.
Looking for More?
Being one of the largest and most important cities in China, Guangzhou will always have its fair share of fun activities. They may not be the top things and activities to do in Guangzhou, but they are always worth a visit. If you have more time on your travels or you are not new in town, be sure to consider these places and activities as well as our top 10 recommendations.
Some of the best places in the city which are good for all ages and groups are the performances of Guangzhou Opera House and exploring the Zhujiang New Town for shopping. If you are a fan of art and fashion, be sure to check the Redtory. After that, if you still have not tried the local Cantonese Food, make sure to try the Dim Sum with some tea for breakfast.
Do you want more historical places? Then check out the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Guangdong Museum, and Huacheng Square. And at last, if the beautiful gardens of Guangzhou were to your liking, you must see the South China Botanical Garden, Baomo Garden, Yuyin Garden, Yuntai Garden, and the Xiaogang Park as well.
Again, there is always more to discover in this large city in southern China. If you have seen something else that you want to recommend to other travelers, be sure to leave a comment.
Where to Stay in Guangzhou
Tianhe Commercial Area (天河商业区)
This area is located near many skyscrapers and shopping malls in Guangzhou. It’s said that Tianhe is one of the main shopping districts of China. Here is the best choice for first-time travelers and there are a variety of hotels; from 3-star to luxury and 5-star accommodation. As a general fact, it’s one of the most expensive districts in Guangzhou.
Shangxiajiu Commercial Area （上下九商业区）
Shangxiajiu Commercial Area is one of the most prosperous districts in Guangzhou. Some of the main attractions of Guangzhou such as Hualin Temple, Temple of Chen Family, Wenta Pagoda, Liwan Museum, Shamian Island, etc. are located in this area.
Beijing Road Commercial Area（北京路商业区）
Beijing Road Commercial Area is located in Yuexiu District known as one of the busiest commercial areas of Guangzhou. The main attractions in this area are Six Banyan Tree Temple, Nanyue Palace Museum, etc.
Baiyun District Area（白云区）
Baiyun District Area is located near the airport. If you have an early morning flight, this area is the best for last night stay. The distance between this area to downtown is 40 minutes by taxi.
Pazhou Exhibition Area (广州琶洲国际会展中心)
Businessmen who are willing to take place in Canton Fair or similar exhibitions in the Pazhou International Exhibition Center can stay in this area. At the time of Canton Fair, the hotels in this area are somehow pricy, but it’s the best choice for you.
How to Get to Guangzhou
Guangzhou is one of the main commercial cities in China and because of that, the transportation systems in this city are highly developed and convenient
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Over 110 routes and over 100 cities are covered in this airport with two main terminals.
- Air China
- China Airlines
- China Eastern
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern
- China Southern Airlines
- Chongqing Airlines
- Hainan Airlines
- Hebei Airlines
- Shandong Airlines
- Shandong Airlines and Shanghai Airlines
- Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines
- Shenzhen Airlines
- Sichuan Airlines
- Sichuan Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
- Air France
- Air France
- Air France Cargo
- Air Philippine
- All Nippon
- and Air Macao
- and Saudia
- Asiana Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Finn Air
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hong Kong Express
- Japanese Airlines
- Kenya Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Korea Airlines
- Korean Air
- Lufthansa Cargo
- Malaysia Airlines
- Russia Far-east
- Singapore Airlines
- Thai Airways
- Vietnam Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
Guangzhou has four railway stations including Guangzhou Railway Station, East Railway Station, North Railway Station, and South Railway Station.
Guangzhou Railway Station
Guangzhou East Railway Station
This station provides bullet train service to Shenzhen and ordinary trains to these destinations:
Guangzhou North Railway Station
Guangzhou North Railway Station provides train services to these destinations
Guangzhou South Railway Station
This station helps you to reach these destinations:
- Hong Kong
There are 6 main coach stations in Guangzhou including Provincial Bus Station, Guangzhou Passenger Transport Station, Tianhe Bus Station, Fangcun Bus Station, Yuexiu South Bus Station, and Guangyuan Bus Station.
Provincial Bus Station
Address: No.147, Huanshi Xi Lu, Yuexiu District
Provincial Bus Station is one of the main coach hubs of south China to many destinations including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou, Hunan, Henan, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Jiangsu, etc.
Guangzhou Passenger Transport Station
Address: No.158, Huanshi Xi Lu, Liwan District
This station offers coach services to over 100 routes with more than 2300 buses in different destinations including Hainan, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Hubei, Guizhou, etc.
Tianhe Bus Station
Address: No.633, Yanling Lu, Tianhe District
Pearl River Delta areas, the west and the north of Guangdong as well as Fujian, Zhejiang, and Macau, etc. are among the main destinations you can travel from Tianhe Bus Station.
Fangcun Bus Station
Address: No.51, Huadi Avenue
The main destinations from Fanhcun Bus Station are in the west and south of the Pearl River Delta, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, Hubei, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shanghai, and Guizhou with over 1250 buses.
Yuexiu South Bus Station
Address: No.2, Dongyuanheng Road
More than 25 routes reach the Yuexiu South Bus Station operating to many destinations including Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, etc.
Guangyuan Bus Station
Address: No. 283, Guangyuan Zhong Lu, Baiyun District
Mainly offered services to Shenzhen and Dongguan, Guangyuan Bus Station is a small coach station in Guangzhou. It also provides buses to the west and the north of Guangdong Province.
Get Around In Guangzhou
|Line 1||East Railway Station – Xilang|
|Line 2||Jiahewanggang – South Railway Station|
|Line 3||Panyu Square – West Tiyu Road – Tianhe Coach Terminal|
|Line 4||Huangcun – Nansha Passenger Port|
|Line 5||Jiao Kou – Wen Chong|
|Line 6||Xunfenggang – Xiangxue|
|Line 7||Guangzhou South Railway Station – Higher Education Mega Center South|
|Line 8||Fenghuang Xincun – Wanshengwei|
|Line 9||Fei’eling – Gaozeng|
|Line 13||Yuzhu – Xinsha|
|Line 14||Jiahewanggang – Dongfeng|
|Guangzhou-Foshan Line||Lijiao – Xincheng Dong|
|Line 21||Zhenlong West – Zengcheng Square|
|Guangzhou Metro – Automated People Mover System (APM)||Linhe West – Canton Tower|
There are different city bus services in Guangzhou including daytime lines, night lines, BRT lines, airport shuttle buses, and tourist routes. The city buses are very convenient in Guangzhou.
There are over 3,000 taxis in Guangzhou operating by different companies like Baiyun, Guangjun Taxi Groups, and Guangzhou Transportation Group with more reputation. Taxis in Guangzhou have blue, yellow, and crimson colors.
The water bus is one of the main transportation systems in Guangzhou since 2013. There are 16 piers along the pearl river for people who like to enjoy this kind of transportation system. There are two types of water buses; the first one is like a yacht with three decks among which, two ordinary decks and one sightseeing.
Flight to Guangzhou (CAN)
Guangzhou Food & Drink
Guangzhou is the capital city of the Guangdong province which was formerly called Canton. Since Chinese cuisine is quite regional, you must try the food of the former Canton province, aka the Cantonese food. This type of Chinese food is known to be mostly sweet and savory with various dishes including rice, seafood, meat, and local vegetables. Although you can find whatever you like to eat, it is best to try the local dishes first. The 5 most recommended food of this province are listed below as well as several other items:
Dim Sum and Yum Cha are perhaps better brought together in this list since having some Yum Cha and Dim Sum is part of this province’s culture. But Dim Sum of Canton has so many varieties, that makes it difficult to say “you have to try Dim Sum with Yum Cha”. The Yum Cha is a kind of Chinese tea that is traditionally used in the morning while having some tasty Dim Sum for breakfast.
The Dim Sum is a unique experience when you try it with tea but has many other types as well. You can have one of these varieties for breakfast or lunch as a Canton original and traditional food.
White Cut Chicken
In China and especially Canton, the dishes are usually cooked in a way to bring out the original and true taste of the food. The White Cut Chicken is one such local dish that uses minimal secondary ingredients besides the small boiled chicken. The size and the timing are key here, and once the chicken is ready, it is sliced, and then you can add other ingredients to your liking. The original White Cut Chicken tastes light and fresh, but it is possible to see some restaurants use some kind of special ingredient to make it tastier for visitors.
Roasted Whole Suckling Pig
A very old cuisine used mostly for banquets is the Roasted Whole Suckling Pig or Kao Ru Zhu. The technique is ancient, which needs a lot of skill and must result in a dish that you will not soon forget. This mouthwatering piglet is first marinated in several ingredients and then roasted as a whole. There are two ways of preparing the Roasted Suckling Pig. It can be cooked over a low fire and with only a bit of oil, or on a big and hot fire with lots of oil that is continuously poured over the meat.
Sweet and Sour Pork
Although it did not originate in Guangzhou, the Sweet and Sour Pork of this province is something different from the rest of China. It dates back to the 18th century with some local modifications. If you already had a taste, be sure to give the Guangzhou’s crispy Sweet and Sour Pork a try.
Wanton Noddle is one of the very ancient dishes of Guangzhou that dates back before the Common Era. It is a rather simple mixture of shrimps in a fish broth with noodles and dumplings. You usually see Bak Choi right next to your bowl, but it is possible to serve other vegetables such as leafy greens. Some people make it a little spicy, but it mostly has a light flavor.
On a more general note, it is a very good idea to try the fish and seafood of this province since it is near the city. You can find some of the best seafood dishes with fresh fish and ingredients such as the Shrimp Dumplings. It is also recommended to look for dishes with the Shaomai fish in them; our recommendation is the Steamed Shaomai of Guangzhou.
As you walk and explore the city streets keep an eye out for the snack stalls. There are so many things that can be bought as snacks or desserts in the restaurants, but you might need a bit of refreshing as you go shopping or sightseeing. Two of the snacks that you must try in Guangzhou are the Double-Skin Milk and the popular Rice Rolls. The Double-Skin Milk is soft, sweet, and very nutritious, it is especially great when you are about to go for a long walk. As for the Rice Rolls, they are like thin and soft noodles that can be filled with various kinds of meat. You can see them in the street stalls or even some traditional places as an entire meal which costs very little.
Shopping in Guangzhou
The best shopping districts in Guangzhou
Beijing Road Shopping Area
Beijing Road Shopping Area is the most popular shopping district among foreigners offering different international brands. The area is mostly dedicated to clothes, souvenirs, and jewelry. However, as the area is popular among tourists, the prices are relatively high. Besides shopping, make sure to try snacks and refreshments in this area.
Address: Yuexiu District, 6 kilometers west of Zhujiang New City
In Shangxiajiu, you can enjoy a good retail shopping as well as trying fantastic street snacks and Cantonese food. The street is best for buying goods from local brands. Also, there are many clothing shops, especially Japanese and Korean. The prices are lower than the Beijing road as fewer tourists know this area and local brands are working here.
Address: 10 kilometers west of Zhujiang New Town in the Huangsha Residential District
If you are looking for a middle price mall, then never forget to visit Tianhe Teemall. Unfortunately, this mall is usually crowded, but you can see a wide selection of middle-range to luxury products at reasonable prices. Lacoste, Zara, H&M, and Versace are some of the most famous brand stores working in this mall. Also, if you are a book lover, make sure to visit Guangzhou Book Center, the largest book store in Guangzhou in this mall.
Address: Tianhe District, 2 kilometers north of Zhujiang New City, and 3 kilometers south of Guangzhou East.
Zhujiang New Town
If you are looking for high-end and luxury shopping, Zhujiang New Town can help you to find have enjoyable luxury shopping as well as experiencing beautiful sightseeing. It’s said that this area is the richest area of Guangzhou with some of the world’s tallest towers and malls. Some of these malls are:
- CTF Finance Center Tower/mall
- The IFC Tower
- Mall of the World
One of the most beautiful moments to visit this area is the evening as the lights of many skyscrapers such as the Canton Tower is spectacular.
Middle-level shopaholics can experience enjoyable times in China Plaza. This shopping center offers different kinds of cell phones, branded clothing, and international products. Electronic lovers should visit the 4th floor as there are numerous electronics shops with great prices. However, bargaining helps you to buy your desired product at an unbelievably reasonable price.
Address: 6 kilometers west of Zhujiang and about 1,300 meters east of Beijing Road.
|Basement floor||Many famous internationally branded goods|
|Floor 1||domestic branded goods|
|Floor 2||supermarket and video games|
|Floor 3||fashionable clothing and accessories|
|Floor 4||mobile phones, digital products, and accessories|
|Floor 6||Culture City with food, snacks, and clothing and accessories|
|Floor 7||Food Palace with cooking styles of Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, European, and American food|
|Floor 8||cinema and health club|
Taikoo is the best place for high-end and luxury shopping. This shopping center is the most expensive one in Guangzhou offering famous brands for products such as fashion, jewelry, and watches. Besides shopping, you can have your meal in world-class international restaurants and food courts.
Address: about 2 kilometers southeast of Guangdong East Station and about 3 kilometers north of Zhujiang
Pazhou Complex Shopping Circle
It’s one of the most popular and professional shopping centers in Guangzhou. Here, many fairs and exhibitions such as Canton Fair, China International Furniture Fair, etc. are held here.
Address: Xingang Rd.(E) of Haizhu District
Tianhe District CBD Shopping Circle
It’s the No. 1 shopping district in Guangzhou and many famous malls including Tee Mall, Grandview Mall, Grandbuy Mall, Onelink Mall, and Tai Koo Hui are located here. Besides, brand stores like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Adidas, etc. are working here.
Address: Tiyu W Rd, Tianhe Center, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
Gangding Computer & Digital Product Shopping Circle
Gangding Computer & Digital Product Shopping Circle is the best place if you are into buying digital and electronic products; from computers and laptops to cellphones, digital cameras, etc. EGO Digital Plaza, Buynow Computer Mall, and Pacific Digital Square are three main malls in this area for digital and electronic lovers.
Address: Tianhe lu, Tianhe District
World Trade Center and Taojin & Huale Road Shopping Circle
World Trade Center and Taojin & Huale Road Shopping Circle are ideal for both businessmen and other tourists offering fantastic first-class hotels and malls including Garden Hotel, Best Western Baiyun Hotel, La Perle Shopping Mall, and Guangzhou Friendship Store.
Address: Huanshi East Road, Yuexiu District
What to buy in Guangzhou
The clothing industry is developing in Guangzhou more and more. The clothes market in this city is always up to date and fashion lovers will love the shopping atmosphere of the city.
The electronic industry and shops are highly developed in Guangzhou. You can find audio-visual products, communication equipment, household appliances, lighting products, etc. easily at reasonable prices.
In the past, copperware used for cooking and serving foods but nowadays, it has replaced by cheaper products. Guangzhou is famous for its copperware products. There are two types of these goods; purple copper, which is pure and soft as well as yellow copper, which is combined with other metals to be more resilient.
Wanglaoji is a famous herbal tea in Guangzhou with cooling effects on the body. The tea is popular during hot and humid months.
When it comes to Prosciutto, the first thing that comes to your mind is the Italian version. However, local Cantonese prosciutto is something that you don’t want to miss!
Chinese medicine is popular worldwide and it has proved to be efficient for many major illnesses. One of these remedies is red ginseng and you can find the best quality of it in Guangzhou as “superfood”.
Fantastic patterns as well as vibrant colors make this souvenir from Guangzhou as one of the best gifts you can buy for your loved ones. These products had made in the Ming Dynasty for the first time with three colors; however, 5 colors have been added to this procedure.
Cantonese embroidery, aka Pearl River Delta embroidery, is one of the popular artworks around China, which had made for the first time in the Song dynasty era. These artworks are designed by birds, flowers, trees, and rivers.
Traditional lanterns are very popular in Guangzhou with a beautiful and fantastic design. It’s said that the lantern can advocate evil sprit.
Jade products have a very long history in China and now, these goods are sold in bracelets, rings, and earrings forms as jewelry and as paperweights, figurines, vases, etc. as a decorative item.
Guangzhou Travel Tips
Avoid Traveling to Guangzhou during Canton Fair
Canton fair takes place two times around the year: April 15 to May 5 and October 15 to November 4. During this time, the city is highly crowded and the transportation system is highly under the stress. At this time, it’s possible not to find a bus that you can get on!
Buying SIM cards is Easy
Buying SIM cards is very easy in Guangzhou. If you have a short trip, rely on the Wi-Fi as this service is free in the airport, rail stations, most hotels, and restaurants.
The language in Guangzhou is somehow different from other parts of China. Locals speak Cantonese not Mandarin; however, as the immigrants from other cities of China are increasing, you can find more people speaking Mandarin in shops and public places.
Fake Products are Common in Guangzhou
Fakes are everywhere, especially in Guangzhou. Fake clothes, jewelry, electronics, etc. can be found in the city and you may be scammed. Let’s make it clear! Western products in China are expensive, so don’t trust on half-priced iPhone, cheap Versace products, etc.
Don’t take unlicensed taxis
Unlicensed taxis, especially in airport and train stations, target tourists and they can be even dangerous.
Bargaining always works!
Bargaining is a must in shopping all over China including Guangzhou. Bargaining helps you to buy your desired goods at very reasonable prices.
Be aware of scamming and pickpockets
The crime rate in Guangzhou is relatively high in comparison with other cities like Guilin. Therefore, avoid carrying too much money as well as your valuable goods. Also be aware of pickpocketing, especially in crowded streets and shopping centers.
Be Careful When Crossing the Street
Like crimes, the accident rate in Guangzhou is relatively high; therefore, be careful when crossing streets.
Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Guangzhou
|Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||12/F, Development Centre, No. 3 Linjiang Road, Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou,510623 Guangdong, People’s Republic of China|
|Phone||+86 20 38140111 (non-visa enquiries) / +86 20 38140250 (visa enquiries)|
|Fax||+86 20 38140112 (non-visa enquiries)|
|Consulate General of Austria in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||China Hotel Office Tower, Room 602, Liu Hua Road, Guangzhou 510015, China|
|Phone||(+8620) 8666 6401|
|Fax||(+8620) 8666 5312|
|Consulate-general of Belgium in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Room 1601-02A, Citic Plaza, 233 Tianhe Bei Lu, 510613 Guangzhou (China)|
|Phone||+86 20 38772351 / 38772356|
|Fax||+86 20 38772353|
|British Consulate-General in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||2nd Floor Guangdong International Building 339 Huanshi Dong Lu Guangzhou 510098 China|
|Phone||(+86) (20) 8314 3000 General|
|Fax||(+86) (20) 8331 2799|
|General Consulate General of the Kingdom of Cambodia|
|Address||Room 811, The Garden Hotel, Huan Shi, Rd. 510064 E. Guangzhou, China,|
|The Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Suite 801, China Hotel Office Tower, 122 Liu Hua Lu, Guangzhou 510015 China|
|Phone||86 (20) 8666-0569|
|Fax||86 (20) 8667 2401|
|Royal Danish Consulate General in China|
|Address||China Hotel Office Tower, Suite 1578, Liu Hua Lu 510 015, Guangzhou, China|
|Phone||+86 (20) 86660795|
|Fax||+86 (20) 86670315|
|Ecuadorian Consulate in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||No.10 Huaxia Lu, Office 908, R&F Building, Zhujiang New City Guangzhou, 510623, China|
|Phone||(+86 20) 38927650|
|Fax||(+86 20) 38927550|
|Consulate General of Finland in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||3309B-12 Citic Plaza 233 Tianhe Bei Road 510613 Guangzhou China|
|Phone||+86 20 38770188|
|Fax||+86 20 38770288|
|Consulate General of France in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Guangdong International Hotel (GITIC) Main Tower – 8th floor – Room 803, 339 Huan Shi Dong Lu Guangzhou 510098 China|
|Consular Office of Germany in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||19th floor, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huanshi Dong Road, Guangzhou, 510098, China|
|Phone||(0086 20) 83306533|
|Fax||(0086 20) 833170 33|
|Consulate General of Greece in Guangzhou|
|Address||Room 2105, Skyfame Tower, No.8 Linezhong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China|
|Phone||(8620) 85501114, 85501124|
|Consulate General of Indonesia in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Dong Fang Hotel, West Building 2/F Rooms 1201 – 1223, 120 Liu Hua Road Guangdong, Guangzhou, 510016, China|
|Phone||(8620) 86018772 / 86018790|
|Fax||(8620) 86019773 / 86018722|
|General Consulate of Italy in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Unit 1403, International Finance Place (IFP) – No.8 Huaxia Road, Pearl River New, Guangzhou, China|
|Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Garden Tower, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, China|
|Consulate General of Malaysia in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Units 1912, 1913, 1915-1918 Citic Plaza Office Tower, 233 Tian He Bei Road, Guangzhou, 510610, China|
|Dutch Consulate in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Unit 905, Main Tower, Guangdong Int’l Hotel, No. 339, Huanshi Donglu, Guangzhou 510098, China|
|Phone||020 8330 2067|
|Fax||020 8330 3601|
|New Zealand Consulate-General in Guangzhou|
|Address||C1055, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Lu, 510015 Guangzhou China|
|Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou|
|Address||Suite 1802, Citic Plaza 233 Tian He North Road 510613 Guangzhou China|
|Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Room No. 705-06, Grand Tower No. 228, Tianhe Road, Guangzhou, China, 510620|
|Phone||86 20 85505679-80|
|Fax||86 20 85505682|
|Consulate General of the Philippines in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Rm. 709-711, 7th Floor Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi Dong Lu Guangzhou, China|
|Phone||(8620) 833-11461 / (8620) 8188-6968|
|Fax||(8620) 833-30573 / (8620) 8186-2041|
|Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou China|
|Address||63 Shamian Main Street, 510130 Guangzhou 510130 China|
|Phone||8620 81219993 / 8620 81219994|
|Singapore Consulate-General in Guangzhou|
|Address||Unit 2418, CITIC Plaza Office Tower 233 Tianhe North Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510613, China|
|Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Guangzhou|
|Address||18F, West Tower, Guangzhou International Commercial Center, Tiyu Road East, 510620 Tianhe District Guangzhou China|
|Consulate-General of Sweden, Guangzho|
|Address||1002B-1003 Citic Plaza Tianhe Bei Rd. 233 Guangzhou 510613 China|
|Phone||8620 3891 2383|
|Fax||8620 3891 2100|
|Consulate of Thailand in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Garden Hotel, M07 368 Huanshi Dong Lu Guangzhou China|
|Fax||86-20 8388-9567 / 8388-9959|
|Consulate General of United States in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||No. 1 Shamian Street South Guangzhou 510133 China|
|Consulate General of Vietnam in Guangzhou, China|
|Address||Hotel Landmark B building north 2nd floor, Qiaoguang road (Haizhu square), Guangzhou, China|
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
Like other cities in China, the exchange service is available in the airport, but the rate may not be as desirable as you want!
International Currency Exchange
International Currency Exchange is a famous global chain for money exchanging, established in London. It has two branches at the airport.
|Address||International Arrivals, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 606 7613|
|Opening hours||Daily 06:00 – 23:30|
|Address||International Departures, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 606 7689|
|Opening hours||Daily 08:00 – 21:30|
There are many banks in Guangzhou offering exchange services for tourists. Some of the most famous banks are:
|Bank of China near People’s Park|
|Address||6 Zhongshan 6th Rd, ZhongShan Liu Lu, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 404 5221|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00*|
|Shanghai Pudong Development Bank near People’s Park|
|Address||Yuexiu Real Estate Building, 28 Jixiang Road, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 208 334 9080|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00*|
|Bank of China near Pearl River Park|
|Address||Jinsui Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 95566 (Hotline)|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00*|
|Ping An Bank near Pearl River Park|
|Address||Hai’an Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 8062321|
|Opening hours||Monday to Saturday 09: 00 – 19: 00|
|Bank of China near Canton Tower|
|Address||205-209 Yiyuan Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 414 5137|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09: 00 – 17:00|
|Citic Bank near Canton Tower|
|Address||211 Yiyuan Rd, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 95558 (Hotline)|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09: 00 – 17:00|
|China Merchants Bank near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street|
|Address||287 Kangwang S Rd, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 20 8123 4827|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00|
|Bank of China near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street|
|Address||14 Dade Rd, ChangDi Lu GouWu XiuXian Jie, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 95566 (Hotline)|
|Opening hours||Monday to Friday 09: 00 – 17:00|
United Money is a Guangzhou based currency company with 33 branches in China and five sub-branches in Guangzhou.
|Address||138 Xingsheng Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 802 9982|
|Opening hours||Daily 11:00 – 22:00|
|Address||Shop 139 1/F Jianfa Plaza, 111 Airport Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 208 375 4166|
|Opening hours||Daily 09:00 – 18:00|
|Address||133 Huanshi W Rd, SanYuanLi, Liwan Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 208 148 3523|
|Opening hours||Daily 09:00 – 18:00|
|Zhongtai International Plaza|
|Address||Zhongtai International Plaza, No. 161 Linhe West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 821 9662|
|Opening hours||Daily 09:00 – 20:00|
|Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport|
|Address||Departure Hall, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 203 606 7817|
|Opening hours||Daily 06:30 – 23:00|
Geoswift is a Hong Kong-based exchanging company with one branch.
|Address||Room 106, No 68, TaoJin Rd, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 208 348 8500|
|Opening hours||Daily 10:00 – 18:00|
Transforex is a local exchanging service in China with one branch in Guangzhou.
|Address||59 Guangyuan West Rd Side Rd, SanYuanLi, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Phone||+86 208 550 1179|
|Opening hours||Daily 09:00 – 18:00 (opening hours might differ, so it is best to call the branch before visiting)|