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Guangzhou at a Glance

Flashy, glitzy Guangzhou has always been a big commercial center. Traders and business people from both the East and the West have used Guangzhou to launch their projects. The result is a very busy city with thriving malls, shopping centers, traditional markets and street stalls. Many visitors pass through Guangzhou while traveling from mainland China to Hong Kong. Get caught up in the hustle and bustle and let the neon lights and commercial opportunities draw you in.

If you are tired of shopping, there are bits of an older China peeking beneath the city's commercial surface. Buddhist temples are oases of calm and fascinating places to explore. Museums, parks and gardens are another way to experience Guangzhou. Finally, it's important not to forget to eat. As the Canton region's biggest city, Guangzhou offers a rich assortment of the area's culinary traditions. Slurp soup purchased off of a street vendor's cart or sit down to a family meal. Delicate dumplings and ferocious spices are hallmarks of a dinner here.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to China need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining and a visa appropriate to the type of visit they are making. Travelers will need to visit the website of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to learn their exact requirements and to prepare the appropriate documents. The process is a bit complicated and the requirements must be met in full in order to enter and exit the country successfully. Once in China, all visitors must register with the state.  American citizens can find out more about the process through the U.S State Department's website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Liuhua Bus Station
      • Bus Guangdong Long-Distance Bus Station
      • Railroad Guangzhou East Train Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity China has earthquakes so be aware of earthquake safety when traveling. Summer in China can be blisteringly hot. The southern coast experiences typhoons during the summer as well. During intense heat, stay cool and drink enough water to reduce the risk of heat related illness.. 

      Safety Concerns Petty criminals and pickpockets target foreigners. Keep your money and valuables out of sight while on the street and consider putting little used valuables in a safe at your hotel, or in a money belt.

      Health Concerns Smog is a concern in China and many residents wear face masks when out in the streets. Check air-quality ratings before you go out and plan accordingly. Visitors to China should drink bottled water or boil or purify the local water. Only eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled and be sure to wash food using the purified water.