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)
  • Country China
  • Population (2018) 14,904,400
  • Time Zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
  • Area Code (0)20
  • Website english.gz.gov.cn

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!

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What to See in Guangzhou

  •  Guangzhou Wholesale Markets
  •  Guangzhou Zoo
  •  Huaisheng Mosque
  •  Lingnan Impression Park
  •  Lotus Hill
  •  Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
  •  Nansha Tin Hau Palace
  •  Nanyue Garden
  •  Qingping Market
  •  Sacred Heart Cathedral
  •  Shamian Island
  •  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: 30Guangzhou Travel Guide 2C (86Guangzhou Travel Guide 2F) – 40Guangzhou Travel Guide 2C (104Guangzhou Travel Guide 2F)
  • 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.

Photo by xiquinhosilva via Flickr

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.

Photo by Gavin Anderson via Flickr

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.

Photo by Mathias Apitz (München) via Flickr

Photo by Mathias Apitz (München) via Flickr

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

By Plane

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Over 110 routes and over 100 cities are covered in this airport with two main terminals.

Domestic Airlines

  • 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

International Flights

  • Aeroflot
  • Air France
  • Air France
  • Air France Cargo
  • Air Philippine
  • All Nippon
  • and Air Macao
  • and Saudia
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Batavia
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Finn Air
  • Garuda
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hong Kong Express
  • Japanese Airlines
  • Kenya Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Korea Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Northwest
  • Orient-Thai
  • Russia Far-east
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Tiger
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines

By Train

Guangzhou has four railway stations including Guangzhou Railway Station, East Railway Station, North Railway Station, and South Railway Station.

Guangzhou Railway Station

This station is one of the most important railway hubs of China because the rail lines to Shenzhen, Beijing, and Sanshui meet here. Major destinations to/from these destinations:
  • Beijing
  • Changchun
  • Changsha
  • Chengdu
  • Chongqing
  • Dalian
  • Datong
  • Dongguan
  • Foshan
  • Gongcheng
  • Guilin
  • Haikou
  • Hangzhou
  • Harbin
  • Huaihua
  • Huangshan
  • Huizhou
  • Jinan
  • Kunming
  • Lanzhou
  • Leiyang
  • Lhasa
  • Luoyang
  • Meizhou
  • Nanchang
  • Nanjing
  • Sanya
  • Shanghai
  • Shaoguan
  • Shenyang
  • Shenzhen
  • Shijiazhuang
  • Suzhou
  • Taiyuan
  • Tianjin
  • Urumqi
  • Wenzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Xi’an
  • Xining
  • Yangzhou
  • Yingde
  • Yiwu
  • Yongding
  • Zhangjiajie
  • Zhengzhou

Guangzhou East Railway Station

This station provides bullet train service to Shenzhen and ordinary trains to these destinations:

  • Changsha
  • Chaoshan
  • Chengdu
  • Datong
  • Dongguan
  • Harbin
  • Hefei
  • Huizhou
  • Jinan
  • Meizhou
  • Nanchang
  • Qingdao
  • Shanghai
  • Shaoguan
  • Shenyang
  • Taiyuan
  • Tianjin
  • Xiamen
  • Yongding
  • Zhengzhou

Guangzhou North Railway Station

Guangzhou North Railway Station provides train services to these destinations

  • Hangzhou
  • Humen
  • Wuhan
  • Luoyang
  • Shaoguan 
  • Xi’an
  • Yingde
  • Zhengzhou

Guangzhou South Railway Station

This station helps you to reach these destinations:

  • Beihai
  • Beijing
  • Changsha
  • Chaoshan
  • Chengdu
  • Chongqing
  • Foshan
  • Fuzhou
  • Gongcheng
  • Guilin
  • Guiyang
  • Guzhen
  • Hangzhou
  • Hefei
  • Hong Kong
  • Huaihua
  • Huangshan
  • Huizhou
  • Humen
  • Jinan
  • Lanzhou
  • Leiyang
  • Lijiang
  • Luoyang
  • Macau
  • Nanchang
  • Nanjing
  • Nanning
  • Qingdao
  • Sanjiang
  • Shanghai
  • Shaoguan
  • Shenzhen
  • Shijiazhuang
  • Wuhan
  • Xiamen
  • Xi’an
  • Yangshuo
  • Yingde
  • Yiwu
  • Zhengzhou
  • Zhongshan
  • Zhuhai

By Long-Distance Buses

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

Metro

Metro is very convenient and modern in Guangzhou.

LineRoute
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

City bus

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.

Taxi

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.

Water Bus

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

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.

Photo by Nicole Bratt via Flickr

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.

Wonton Noodle

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. 

Photo by Alpha via Flickr

Photo by Alpha via Flickr

Seafood

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.

Snacks

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

Shangxiajiu Street

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

Photo by Daniel McDermott via Flickr

Photo by Mathias Apitz (München) via Flickr

Tianhe Teemall

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.

China Plaza

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.

FloorShops
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 5 furniture
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

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

Photo by Lee via Flickr

Photo by jo.sau via Flickr

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

Clothing

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.

Electronics

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.

Copperware

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.

Herbal Tea

Wanglaoji is a famous herbal tea in Guangzhou with cooling effects on the body. The tea is popular during hot and humid months.

Prosciutto

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

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”.

Enamelware

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.

Embroidery

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 lantern

Traditional lanterns are very popular in Guangzhou with a beautiful and fantastic design. It’s said that the lantern can advocate evil sprit.

Jade Sculpture

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.

Language

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,
Phone  (8620) 83879005
Fax  (8620) 83879006
 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
Phone  8620 28292000
Fax  8620 28292001
 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
Fax  (8620)85501450
 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
Phone  8620 38396225
Fax  8620 85506370
 Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou, China
Address  Garden Tower, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, China
Phone  86-20-8334-3009
Fax  86-20-8333-8972
 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
Phone  8620-38770763, 38770766
Fax  8620-38770769
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
Phone  86-20-866-0253
Fax  86-20-866-66420
Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou
Address  Suite 1802, Citic Plaza 233 Tian He North Road 510613 Guangzhou China
Phone  86-20-3811-3188
Fax  86-20-3811-3199
 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
Fax  8620 81219995
 Singapore Consulate-General in Guangzhou
Address  Unit 2418, CITIC Plaza Office Tower 233 Tianhe North Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510613, China
Phone  86-20-3891 2345
Fax  86-20-3891 2933
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
Phone  86-20-3887-0555
Fax  86-20-3887-0923
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
Phone  86-20 8385-8988
Fax  86-20 8388-9567 / 8388-9959
 Consulate General of United States in Guangzhou, China
Address  No. 1 Shamian Street South Guangzhou 510133 China
Phone  8620-8121-8000
Fax  8620-8121-9001
 Consulate General of Vietnam in Guangzhou, China
Address  Hotel Landmark B building north 2nd floor, Qiaoguang road (Haizhu square), Guangzhou, China
Phone  8620-83305916
Fax  8620-83305915

Exchanging Money

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.

Branch 1
Address International Arrivals, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Phone +86 203 606 7613
Opening hours Daily 06:00 – 23:30
Branch 2
Address International Departures, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Phone +86 203 606 7689
Opening hours Daily 08:00 – 21:30

Banks

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

United Money is a Guangzhou based currency company with 33 branches in China and five sub-branches in Guangzhou.

Xingsheng Road
Address 138 Xingsheng Rd, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Phone +86 203 802 9982
Opening hours Daily 11:00 – 22:00
Airport Road
 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
Liwan Qu
 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

Geoswift is a Hong Kong-based exchanging company with one branch.

Guangzhou 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 Service

Transforex is a local exchanging service in China with one branch in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou Branch
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)

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