Nansha is the southernmost district of Guangzhou, part of the Guangdong Free Trade Zone, and the geographic center of the Pearl River Delta.
For those without a private car, Nansha is accessible by express bus, the Guangzhou Metro, a ferry from Hong Kong, and by taxi. Nansha is about 100km from the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (90min by private transport, 150min by metro), 45km from the Shenzhen Airport (40 min by private car), and 65km (along the Pearl River, 1hr by infrequent direct ferry, 2-2.5hours by Airport Express Train to Kowloon, free K2 shuttle bus to the China Ferry Terminal, and ferry to Nansha).
Express buses from Guangzhou's Tianhe bus terminus (天河公交场总站, not to be confused with Tianhe Coach Station), behind OneLink Walk Mall (万菱国际中心) and (Exit A of Shipaiqiao 石牌桥 metro station or half a block from Exit A of Tianhe Sports Center 体育中心 Metro, Line 1) , leave every half hour at the top and bottom of the hour and take about an hour to arrive at the Jiaomen (蕉门） metro and bus station. They depart back to Guangzhou on the same schedule. Tickets cost 10RMB and it is possible to swipe your Guangzhou Yang Cheng Tong Metro Card.
From Shenzhen, it is possible to take a bus from Luohu bus station (深圳罗湖汽车客运站, on the Hong Kong border, adjacent to Hong Kong's Lo Wu East Rail Line Station), from Futian Coach Station (福田汽车站)], or from Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint (深圳湾口岸). This route takes an 80-90 min from Luohu and drops you off at the Nansha bus station (南沙客运站) on Yingdong Avenue. A one-way ticket costs 50RMB. On the return trip from Nansha the bus makes a roadside stop in front of the Shenzhen Bay Immigration Checkpoint Building, but does not stop at Futian Station (however it will stop at a local bus stop while passing through Futian District).
From Dongguan (Humen), take a bus from Humen Bus Station 东莞虎门中心区客运站. This route takes 25-40 minutes (depending on traffic across the Humen Bridge) and drops you off at the Nansha Coach Station (南沙客运站）on Yingdong Avenue. A one-way ticket costs 15RMB. Frequency is every 40-60 minutes until approximately 7pm. Humen has bus services to many cities in Guangdong.
Guangzhou Metro's line 4 southern terminus is Jinzhou (金州站) station, although it will extended to the Nansha Ferry Port (南沙客运港) by the end of 2016. It takes just over an hour to travel between Jinzhou station and destinations in Tian He district at a cost of about 10RMB.
From Hong Kong, there are 4 daily ferries from the China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon to Nansha Ferry Port (南沙客运港) at the following times 8:00, 11:00, 13:30, 16:30. The cost is 220HKD for Standard ticket and 260HKD for First Class. Note: There is a free Airport Express Shuttle (K2) from lower level of the the China Ferry Terminal to/from the Kowloon Airport Express Train Station if you're arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport. Sailing time 90 minutes.
Taxis to/from Guangzhou or Shenzhen cost around 300-400RMB one-way, or about 280RMB using Didi or Uber.
Nansha has about 50 bus routes. The most useful route is the #18 / #19 that are loop routes around the peninsula clockwise and counterclockwise, respectively. They begin/end at the Nansha Bay Bus Terminus in front of Pazhou Park and Ying Dong Middle School (also, Nansha College Preparatory Academy and ULink College). Going counterclockwise they connect Nansha Ferry Terminal, Humen Ferry Terminal, Jinzhou Town, Wanda Plaza, Jinzhou Metro Station, back to Jinzhou Town, Old Nansha town, and the Nansha Bay Terminus.
Many of the major roads in Nansha have bike paths adjacent to them. Unfortunately many of them are beautiful and tree lined, yet bumpy and slick as they're paved with bricks. Biking is quite popular in Nansha and many people come from other parts of Guangzhou or Humen to bike on the weekends as the roads are wide, yet not too busy.
Both Uber and Didi Kuai Che taxi hailing apps work well in Nansha. However, they usually call you to confirm your location so it's good to either know a little Chinese or have a Chinese speaker help you.
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