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::''Canton redirects here. For other places with the same name, see [[Canton (disambiguation)]]''
  
'''Guangzhou''' (广州 ''Guǎngzhōu'' or just simply '''GZ''') is the capital of [[Guangdong|Guangdong Province]] in southern [[China]] and has a population of over 10 million (The official registered population is 7.3 million, with over 3 million unregistered residents). It is adjacent to [[Hong Kong]] and [[Macau]]. In the era of tea clippers, Guangzhou was known in the West as "Canton". The food and the language of the area are still known as "Cantonese."
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'''Guangzhou''' or '''Canton''' (广州) , the capital of [[Guangdong|Guangdong Province]], is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million. Founded in 214 BC, the city has been a springboard for trading, cultural exchanges, many revolutions and reforms, making it an unavoidable stopover to understand what shapes the modern China.  
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==Understand==
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[[Image:Guangzhou in China.png|right|noframe|240px|Location of Guangzhou in China]]
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Guangzhou's isolation from the rest of 'typical China' by mountainous topography and early exposure to the outside world has resulted in its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. It is no surprise that Guangzhou is a cradle of many reforms and revolutions that changed the fate of China forever. Today Guangzhou still unveils many republic-era sights that help travelers understand modern Chinese history.
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Founded in 214 BC, this capital of the richest province is always a mix of new and old. It not only boasts some of the oldest temples in China, a millenarian-old park, an imperial tomb of a southern kingdom and complete preservation of colonial villas and church on Shamian, but it also serves as a showcase of futuristic architectures and autopilot metro on Zhujiang New Town.
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Despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travelers usually come to Guangzhou to shop and eat. Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys. You will be appalled to see the real prices of those China-made products and the profit your local shops earn by selling them.  
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Food is the centerpiece of life and Guangzhou has the country's largest number of restaurants per capita, which is the birthplace of what you call 'Chinese food' (Cantonese food) in the west. Here you can grab the authentic taste of sweet & sour pork, wonton soup and dim-sum. Few travelers can leave the city hungry.  
  
The city is famous for foreign trade and business, and holds China's largest trade fair, the Canton Fair. However, in between the seemingly endless skyscrapers, shopping malls and building sites there is a lot of culture and history, and while Guangzhou is not usually high on the list of Asian tourist destinations, it is amazing how much the city actually has to offer.  
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As busy as it sounds, you can easily escape the crowd. Just head to surrounding villages, in which some of them date back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD). Bird watching in Nansha Wetland, a 200-hectare stopover for migrant birds from as far as Seriba, can easily make for a peaceful day.
  
==Districts==
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_map.png|thumb|350px|Layout of Guangzhou]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_west.png|thumb|170px|Western central Guangzhou in detail (Liwan)]][[Image:Guangzhou_east.png|thumb|170px|Eastern central Guangzhou in detail (Yuexiu and Tianhe)]]
 
  
There are ten districts in Guangzhou:
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===Districts===
*'''Liwan''' (荔湾 ''Lìwān'') - This is the old Guangzhou, and is combined with the old '''Fangcun''' (芳村 ''Fāngcūn'') area in the southwest. Tourist highlights include the colonial Shamian Island, Xiguan Old Houses, and Shangxiajiu shopping districts.
 
*'''Yuexiu''' (越秀 ''Yuèxiù'') - This is the political and cultural center and includes the old '''Dongshan''' (东山, Dōngshān) area. Highlights include Yuexiu Park, Beijing Lu Shopping District, and Huanghuagang Martyrs Memorial Park.
 
*'''Haizhu''' (海珠 ''Hǎizhū'') - Located south of the Pearl River, the district is becoming more business focused, particularly in real estate and trading. Locals refer to this part of Guangzhou as Henan, meaning south of the river. Highlights include the Canton Fair Pazhou Exhibition Center, Sun Yat-Sen University, and the Pearl River Promenade.
 
*'''Tianhe''' (天河 ''Tiānhé'') - This is the new city center. It is thriving with many new developments, including skyscrapers like the Citic Plaza and new construction within  Zhujiang New Town. Highlights include the Sports Center and many shopping centers.
 
*'''Baiyun''' (白云 ''Báiyún'') - This district has a big rural touch, but is slowly being taken over by new developments, including the new airport. Highlights include the Baiyun Mountain.
 
*'''Huangpu''' (黄埔 ''Huángpǔ'') - Not well known among foreign tourists, this district is to the east of the city center. Highlights include the former Huangpu Military Academy.
 
*'''Panyu''' (番禺 ''Pānyú'') - This is the new area and it focuses on technology and economic development. Highlights include the Lianhua Mountain, two wild animal theme parks and the new University City.
 
*'''Huadu''' (花都 ''Huādū'') - This is a developing industrial area. Highlights include Huadu Square.
 
*'''Nansha''' (南沙 ''Nánshā'') - This is an industrial area at the southern tip of the city. It offers little to tourists.
 
*'''Luogang''' (萝岗 ''Luógǎng'') - This is the eastern part of the city and is famous for its plum forest. It is not a popular tourist destination, but it does has some historical sites.
 
  
The urban part of the 10 districts are covered by this article, whereas Panyu, Huangpu, Nansha, Huadu, Nangang, and part of Tianhe and Baiyun are covered by '''[[Guangzhou Outer City]]'''.
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[[Image:Guangzhou_map.png|thumb|350px|Layout of Guangzhou]]
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[[Image:Guangzhou_west.png|thumb|170px|Western central Guangzhou in detail (Liwan and west Yuexiu)]][[Image:Guangzhou_east.png|thumb|170px|Eastern central Guangzhou in detail (east Yuexiu and Tianhe)]]
  
In addition to the 10 districts, two nearby cities have been drafted into Guangzhou's jurisdiction:
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Guangzhou is divided into ten districts. Among them, Yuexiu and Liwan, the cradle for the Cantonese culture, has been the city center since the imperial era. Tianhe, which was a farming village decades ago, has been constructed into a new business center with some biggest shopping malls and highest skyscrapers in the city.  
*'''[[Zengcheng]]''' (增城 ''Zēngchéng'') is famous for its lychee fruit, which are picked in June and July.
 
*'''[[Conghua]]''' (从化 ''Cónghuà'') is known for its hot springs and Tian (Heavenly) Lake Recreation area.
 
  
The main tourist areas and metropolitan areas are in the northern part of the city and they include Liwan, Yuexiu and Tianhe.
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For travelers, the most useful road is Zhongshan Road, a 9 KM long highway horizontally cutting through the downtown of Guangzhou. The highway is divided into 8 sections. From Zhongshan 6 Road (中山六路)to Zhongshan 8 Road (中山八路) it covers around 80% tourist attractions and all famous restaurants. This area is well connected by Metro Line 1 from Changshou Lu (長壽路), Chen Clan Academy (陈家祠), Ximenkou(西门口) to Gongyuanqian (公园前).
  
==Understand==
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'''City Center'''
[[Image:Guangzhou in China.png|right|noframe|240px|Location of Guangzhou in China]]
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*'''Yuexiu''' (越秀 ''Yuèxiù'') &mdash; The Zhongshan 6 Road area, which covers the original area of Yuexiu before its expansion in the 2005, has been the very core since 214 AD. Highlights include Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou Museum located at Zhanhai Tower, Orchid Garden, Mausoleum of Nanyue King, Guangxiao Temple, Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Huangsheng Mosque, Beijing Lu Shopping District, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Temple of Five Rams, Shishi Cathedral. It also has many popular wholesales market including Yide Road Market and Baima Market.
At first sight, Guangzhou appears to be less a city that's developing, and rather one that's about to explode. Every corner seems packed with high-rise buildings, overpasses, and people running marathons. It can be overwhelming, and the initial instinct of many travelers is to get out as soon as possible. However, those that overcome this urge and stay longer will discover a gentler and more personable side to the city.
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*'''Liwan''' (荔湾 ''Lìwān'') &mdash; On the north of the pearl river makes up the old Guangzhou area and home to the standard Cantonese accent (Xiguan Accent, literally West Gate Accent). Tourist highlights include the colonial Shamian Island, Xiguan Old Houses, Xiangxiajiu shopping Street, Liziwan Lake Park and Chen's Clan Academy.  
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*'''Tianhe''' (天河 ''Tiānhé'')  is the business district, thriving with many skyscrapers and shopping malls. The newly developed Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城) is a showcase of futuristic urban planning and avant-garde architecture. It is also home to the oldest messy urban village Shipai as well as most expat communities. The district serves as a transportation hub for trains to Hong Kong. Highlights include Guangdong Museum, Central Library,  Opera House and Shipai village.  
  
As a major entry point for overseas culture for many centuries, foreigners are not the anomaly here that they are in other Chinese cities. Consequently, travelers are afforded more personal space and freedom. In addition, tucked away in the back streets, the old Guangzhou of traditional neighborhoods still moves at an age-old pace, with families and friends often sitting outdoors enjoying tea and banter.
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'''Around the Center'''
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*'''Haizhu''' (海珠'Hǎizhū') &mdash; At the south of the Pearl River, the former industrial district has transformed into more residential and business today. It is home to the city's latest landmark Canton Tower and the South Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University, which is a well-preserved historic building complex of the 1920s. Traders come here often for the Canton Fair in Pazhou.
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*'''Panyu''' (番禺 ''Pānyú'') is an area getting more popular among local tourists. Its Lianhua Mountain boosts 100,000 blooming lotus flower and sits a huge Bodhisattva Guanyin statue. Various theme parks have attracted thousands of tourists. The area is covered by many historic villages and towns that give you a peek into the life of traditional Southern Chinese.
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*'''Baiyun''' (白云 ''Báiyún'') &mdash; This district is where the old airport is located. The Baiyun Mountain is a major attraction.  
  
Guangzhou also has the largest urban park in China, an island of refurbished colonial buildings and some world class galleries and exhibition spaces. In addition, possibly due to the distance from the country's political centers, the citizens of Guangzhou have developed a laid-back and play-hard approach to life.
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'''Outskirt'''
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*'''Huangpu''' (黄埔 ''Huángpǔ'') is home to Huangpu Military Academy.
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*'''[[Nansha]]''' (南沙 ''Nánshā'') is a newly developed area at the southern tip of the city. Rural as it may sound, it keeps the survival of the Nansha Wetland, a stopover for migrant birds. Many Chinese worshipers also like to visit the Palace of Heavenly Queen (天后宮). The High-Speed Railway Station (South Station) is built here.
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*'''Luogang''' (萝岗 ''Luógǎng'') is famous for its plum forest and Tianlu Lake Forest Park.
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*'''Huadu''' (花都 ''Huādū'') is where the New Baiyun International Airport is located.
  
Today, Guangzhou is recognized as one of China's most prosperous, liberal, and cosmopolitan cities. However, despite being an international trading hub, there is a lack of English signage and, outside of the business districts and tourist areas, very few locals converse well in English.
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'''County-Level Cities'''
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*'''[[Zengcheng]]''' (增城 ''Zēngchéng'') is famous for its lychee fruit, which are picked in June and July.  
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*'''[[Conghua]]''' (从化 ''Cónghuà'') is popular among tourists for its hot springs and Tianhe (Heavenly Lake) Recreation area.
  
 
===History===  
 
===History===  
Formerly known as '''Canton''' in the West, the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,500 years.
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Formerly known as '''Canton''' in the West, the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,200 years.
  
Although the actual origins of the city are lost in the midst of time, the most popular legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the area that is now Guangzhou on five rams and carrying sheaves of rice. The celestials bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials left, the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into an affluent and influential city. Due to this legend, Guangzhou has gained several popular nicknames: ''Yangcheng'' (City of Rams), ''Suicheng'' (Sheaves of Rice City) and ''Wuyangcheng'' (City of Five Rams). In addition, due to the abundance of flowers along the city's main thoroughfares, Guangzhou is often referred to as ''Huacheng'' (City of Flowers).
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[[Image:FiveRams.JPG|thumb|right|250px|The symbol of Guangzhou -- the five Rams]]A legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the area that is now Guangzhou on five rams carrying sheaves of rice. The celestials bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials left, the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into an affluent and influential city. Due to this legend, Guangzhou has gained several popular nicknames: ''Yangcheng'' (羊城; City of Rams), ''Suicheng'' (穗城; Sheaves of Rice City) and ''Wuyangcheng'' (五羊城; City of Five Rams). In addition, due to the abundance of flowers along the city's main thoroughfares, Guangzhou is often referred to as ''Huacheng'' (花城; City of Flowers).
  
According to historical records, the city was built in 214BC and was known as '''Panyu''' (番禺). The name Guangzhou actually referred to the prefecture in which Panyu was located. However, as the city grew, the name Guangzhou was adopted for the city itself.
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According to historical records, the city was built in 214BC and was known as '''Panyu''' (番禺). The name Guangzhou actually referred to the prefecture in which Panyu was located. As the city grew, the name Guangzhou was adopted for the city itself.
  
As a major sea port, Guangzhou's history is full of color. In 786 the city was sacked by the Persians and in 1711 the British East India Company established a trading post here. In 1842 the Treaty of Nanjing was signed, which designated the city as one of the five ports that allowed business transactions with foreign nations.
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As a major sea port, Guangzhou's history is full of color. In 786 the city was sacked by the Persians and in 1711 the British East India Company established a trading post here. In 1757, the government designated the city as the only port allowed business transactions with foreign nations. This continued until 1842, the signing of the Treaty of Nanking, when four other ports were added. Losing the exclusive privilege pushed Guangzhou to become more industrialized later.
  
Guangzhou was also part of the so called "Maritime Silk Road" that linked southern China with India, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. As a result of its links with the Middle East, a mosque was established in the city in 627, and a small Muslim community continues to live in Guangzhou to this day. Additionally, the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism was born in Guangzhou and taught the famous Platform Sutra in the city. As a result, Guangzhou has retained a strong connection with this school of Buddhism, and the monastery where the sixth patriarch studied is considered a local treasure.
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Guangzhou was also part of the so called "Maritime Silk Road" that linked southern China with India, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. As a result of its links with the Middle East, a mosque was established in the city in 627, and a small Muslim community continues to live in Guangzhou to this day. Additionally, the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism was born in Guangzhou and taught the famous Platform Sutra in the city. As a result, Guangzhou has retained a strong connection with this school of Buddhism, and the monastery where the sixth patriarch studied is considered a local treasure. The first Protestant missionary in China, Robert Morrison, entered Guangzhou in 1807.
  
===When to visit===
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===Climate===
In terms of climate, the best time to visit Guangzhou is in October and November. Alternatively, April and May are also good months. Guangzhou has a sub-tropical climate with humidity levels at their highest in the summer, so unless you enjoy Turkish steam baths, this is a season to avoid! Typhoon season is from June to September. Please note that the Canton Trade Fairs take place annually in 3rd and 4th weeks of April and October, so finding accommodation at these times can be difficult (See the warning section under [[#Sleep|Sleep]]).
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Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate, influenced by the East Asian Monsoon, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year, measuring 1.736mm on average. Extremes have ranged from 0°C (32°F) to 39°C (102°F). Winters are mild with the average temperature in January being 13.9°C (57°F). Cold weather is virtually unknown in Guanghzou since the cold air masses originating in [[Siberia]] don't make it this far south and are blocked by the mountains in the north. Small portions of them however, may manage to penetrate through the moountains and reach the city, pushing low temperatures down to 5°C (41°F), but very rarely below. Snowfall is extremely rare, with the last occurence being in 24th January 2016, 87 years after the previous one. Summers, like the rest of southern [[China]] are hot and very humid. The heat is sweltering, due to the fact that the average high temperature in July is 32°C (90°F) and the average humidity is 82%, making the atmosphere very unpleasant. Daytime highs may surpass 35°C (95°F) up on occasion. October and November are inarguably the best months to visit Guanghzou and most of rain falls between April and September.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
The '''New Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport''' (广州白云国际机场, {{IATA|CAN}}, {{ICAO|ZGGG}}, [http://www.baiyunairport.com/english/index.jsp]) is a major hub in Southern China, second only to [[Hong Kong]]. The airport is the base of China Southern Airlines [http://www.csair.com/en] and has not only an extensive range of domestic flights, but some international connections, including Air France to [[Paris]], China Southern to [[Los Angeles]] and [[Sydney]], Thai Airways and Air Asia to [[Bangkok]] and Singapore Airlines to [[Singapore]]. Other direct international destinations include [[Amsterdam]], [[Kuala Lumpur]], [[Penang]], [[Jakarta]], [[Manila]], [[Frankfurt]], [[Tokyo]], and [[Osaka]].
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'''Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport''' (广州白云国际机场, {{IATA|CAN}}, {{ICAO|ZGGG}}, [http://www.baiyunairport.com]) is a major hub in Southern China, second only to [[Hong Kong]]. The airport is the base for China Southern Airlines [http://www.csair.com/en] and has an extensive range of domestic flights including: [[Beijing]], [[Changchun]], [[Changsha]], [[Chengdu]], [[Chongqing]], [[Dalian]], [[Daxian]], [[Guiyang]], [[Guilin]], [[Hangzhou]], [[Harbin]], [[Haikou]], [[Hefei]], [[Hohhot]], [[Jinan]], [[Jiuzhaigou]], [[Kunming]], [[Luzhou]], [[Nanchang]], [[Nanjing]], [[Nanning]], [[Qingdao]], [[Sanya]], [[Shantou]], [[Shanghai]], [[Shenyang]], [[Shenzhen]], [[Shijiazhuang]], [[Taizhou]], [[Tianjin]], [[Urumqi]], [[Wanxian]], [[Wuhan]], [[Wuxi]], [[Xi'an]], [[Yibin]], [[Yichang]], [[Yiwu]], [[Yuncheng]], [[Zhengzhou]], and [[Zhuhai]]. Direct international routes include [[Amsterdam]], [[Auckland]], [[Bangkok]], [[Brisbane]], [[Busan]], [[Cairns]], [[Doha]], [[Dubai]], [[Frankfurt]], [[Fukuoka]], [[Hanoi]], [[Ho Chi Minh City]], [[Hong Kong]], [[Istanbul]], [[Jakarta]], [[Kathmandu]], [[Kuala Lumpur]], [[London]], [[Los Angeles]], [[Macau]], [[Manila]], [[Melbourne]], [[Moscow]], [[Mumbai]], [[Nairobi]], [[New York City]], [[Paris]], [[Perth]], [[San Francisco]], [[Seoul]], [[Singapore]], [[Sydney]], [[Taipei]], [[Tel-Aviv]], [[Tokyo]] and [[Vancouver]].
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Foreign nationals from 51 countries who transit through Guangzhou Airport when flying between two different countries (for example, London-Guangzhou-Auckland) qualify for a '''72-hour visa-free stopover'''. For the purpose of the policy, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are treated as international flights (for example, London-Guangzhou-Taipei would qualify). The name of the policy is a bit of a misnomer, as the 72 hour period actually begins at 00:01 after the day of arrival (for example, if you arrive in Guangzhou Airport at 09:00 on 1 January, you can stay until 23:59 on 4 January). During the 72 hour visa-free stopover, you are allowed to move freely within the whole of [[Guangdong]] Province, but you must fly into and fly out of Guangzhou Airport. For details, visit the [http://www.gdcrj.com/bszn/wgrcrj/wgrlhgl/mqzc/201308/t20130802_27060.htm FAQs webpage (in English)] of the official government website of the Guangdong Province Division of Exit & Entry Administration.
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If you are flying on China Southern Airlines and have a stopover in Guangzhou, you may qualify for complimentary hotel accommodation. For details, visit the [http://www.csair.com/cn/czadscale/2015/20150603/20160927.html?WT.inner_id=gzfs150603en China Southern website].
  
The airport is 28 km north from downtown Guangzhou, and should not be confused with the former Baiyun Airport which was closed in 2004. A metro line to the airport is under construction but won't be ready until 2010. In the meantime, taxi is the fastest option. See the airport fare table [http://www.baiyunairport.com/english/transport4.jsp] for approximate fare cost. A taxi ride to downtown should cost no more than ¥120, inclusive of a ¥15 toll fee. As of 2009, there is a ¥1 fuel surcharge that is not shown on the fare meter.  
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The food in the international transfer terminal is very expensive. You can pay US$10 plus for a cup of tea! It is recommended to bring everything you will need for your layover. There is a free hot water machine downstairs, next to one of the smoking lounges. If you bring a mug, and some tea bags, you will be good to go for hours.
  
Alternatively, 9 Airport Express bus lines are available to take you to major destinations in Guangzhou. Line 1 (¥16) departs every 15 minutes from 7 AM until the last flight and takes 45 minutes to reach the train station and Central Hotel. The ticket prices range from ¥10 to ¥36. Lines 1 to 6 are traveling within the metropolitan area, while lines 7-9 go to outer districts. There are also direct Airport Express buses to some cities in the vicinity, including [[Zhuhai]] and other cities in the [[Pearl River Delta]].
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The airport is 28 km (17 mi) north from central Guangzhou. The most convenient way into the city is by Metro Line 3. The lower level of the airport terminal leads to the Airport South Metro station. A journey to the East Railway Station, or to Tiyu Xilu Metro station (both ¥12) takes about 50 minutes. Trains run every seven minutes, with the first train leaving the airport at 6AM and the last train from and to the airport departing at 11PM.
  
Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Those are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles. They may cost more than taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportations.
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Taxis are also available and take about the same time as the Metro. A taxi ride to central Guangzhou will cost about ¥120, inclusive of a ¥15 toll fee. Taxi stations are available outside Arrival Hall Section A Gate 5 and Arrival Hall Section B Gate 6. If you arrive after midnight when the metro has stopped running, be prepared for a real long wait in line for taxis. Waiting times can start from 45 mins, not because of the lack of taxis, but because of the sheer number of arrivees. Also, do not be surprised that the queue is not really an orderly queue, which is quintessentially chinese. Some parts it's 2 people, some parts it's 4, and towards the front it can spread out to 8 in a row. People will attempt to out squeeze you to the back at every opportunity possible. You may find yourself 10 spaces behind the person who started right behind you.
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[[Image:RuralGuangzhou.JPG|thumb|350px|Seeing rural Guangzhou from an Airport Express bus.]] Airport Express buses operate just outside the arrival terminal, but are a distant second to the metro in reliability and comfort. If you have more than one piece of luggage or if a line has a stop at your hotel, this may be your top choice. Line 1 (¥16) departs every 10-15 minutes from 7AM until the last flight and takes 45 minutes to reach the Guangzhou Railway Station and Central Hotel. The ticket prices range from ¥10-55. Lines 1 to 6 are traveling within the metropolitan area, while lines 7-11 go to outer districts. There are also direct Airport Express buses to some cities in the [[Pearl River Delta|Pearl River Delta region]], such as [[Zhuhai]] and [[Foshan]]. However, there is no direct bus to Macau or Hong Kong.
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Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Sometimes, people will stand at the arrival area and ask if you need a taxi. These are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles, or charge you a fee, offer you a phony receipt, and then arrange a taxi that will still charge you. They usually cost a lot more than licensed taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportation.
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Flying to/from '''Hong Kong International Airport''' ({{IATA|HKG}}) is another option. From Hong Kong International Airport, you can take cross-boundary coach to Guangzhou and other cities in Guangdong. Service providers include China Travel Service, Trans-Island Chinalink and Eternal East. Fares range from HK$220-250 one way.
  
 
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| T816* || 6:35PM || 8:30PM
 
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| T802* || 7:24PM || 9:19PM
 
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| colspan=3 | '''Current as of Sep 2011'''<br>'''*''' denotes a stop-over in Dongguan (Changping station)
 
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Trains cover the 182 kilometers from [[Hong Kong]] in about two hours (including a stop at Dongguan). Through Trains to Guangzhou depart from Hong Kong at Hung Hom railway station in Kowloon and arrive in Guangzhou at the East station in Tian He district. Trains operating on this service are operated by China Rail and the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR). Since the merger of the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the MTR, Hung Hom station and Hong Kong ticket sales are controlled by the MTR [http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/B2C/UserPage/sysTimeTable_Eng.asp].
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Trains cover the 182 kilometers from [[Hong Kong]] in about two hours, including a stop at Dongguan. Through Trains to '''Guangzhou East Railway Station''' depart from Hong Kong at Hung Hom railway station in Kowloon and arrive in Guangzhou at the East station. Through train services are operated by Hong Kong MTR. [http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/frmIndex.asp?strLang=Eng]. The one-way journey price ranges from 190HKD-230HKD.  
  
It is cheaper to take the high speed train (200 km/h) from Shenzhen to Guangzhou. Shenzhen is right across the border from Hong Kong and thousands of people walk over the bridge between the two every day. China High Speed train tickets are numbered D8## and can be bought from ticket counters or machines.
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'''Note:''' Tickets purchased on it3.mtr.com.hk must be paid for by credit card and collected in Hong Kong by the card holder. If you intend to begin your journey from Guangzhou, most times of the year you can obtain tickets on the spot at Guangzhou East Railway station. However, at peak season, you will want to book ahead to have a reserved seat. Booking (and paying for) tickets through the MTR website will only RESERVE your seats if you are outside Hong Kong and intend to begin your journey in Guangzhou. You will need to pay again at Guangzhou East station and then seek a refund from MTR once you arrive in Hung Hom. To avoid this, MTR has an officially appointed ticketing agency on the China side for multilingual inquiry and booking.This company has been confirmed by MTR customer service and is: Norrway Trading Co. Ltd. (+86) 20 8765 9328, from within China 020 8765 9328 (no known website). Alternatively, [http://www.cits.net China International Travel Service] has non-real time inquiry and booking service in English. There are a number of other avenues (Chinese travel agents) for inquiring and booking GZ-HK MTR tickets, but they are in Chinese (e.g., www.020ztc.com), who have an office on the first floor of Guangzhou East station. Many of the better quality hotels in Guangzhou will also have an affiliated travel agents where you can book and pay for train tickets, so contact them as well. Reservation for Guangzhou-Kowloon trains usually opens 28 to 30 days before departure.
  
A project is underway to link the entire Pearl River Delta area with high speed (200+ km/hr) train network. The [[Zhuhai]]-Guangzhou section is due to open in 2008, and the journey will take just 56 minutes. [[Shenzhen]] is already connected. This is part of a nation-wide [[High-speed rail in China|high-speed]] network that is under construction. Eventually, this will allow a 12-hour Guangzhou-Beijing ride.
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It is cheaper to take the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train service (广深城际列车) from [[Shenzhen]] to Guangzhou East Railway Station. Some trips also stop at Guangzhou Railway Station. Shenzhen is right across the border from Hong Kong and thousands of people walk over the bridge between the two every day through Luohu (罗湖), or spelled as Lo Wu from the Hong Kong side of the border. Tickets can be bought at the Shenzhen Rail Station in Luohu. The one-way journey price starts from ¥80.
  
It is possible to book a train ticket from Guangzhou to [[Lhasa]], [[Tibet]]. The 4,980 km journey will take 58 hours. (¥869 and up.) The last stretch is on the new (2007) Qinghai-Tibet railway; for discussion see [[Overland to Tibet]].  
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A project is underway to link the entire Pearl River Delta area with high speed rail network. The Guangzhou–[[Zhuhai]] (near Macau), Guangzhou–[[Shenzhen]] High Speed Rail (a different railway, originating from Shenzhen North Station and terminating in Guangzhou South Station, than the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train mentioned above) have opened in 2011, and the journey takes just 57 minutes and 35 minutes respectively. A new long distance line from Guangzhou to Beijing travels through major cities such as [[Changsha]], [[Wuhan]], [[Zhengzhou]] and [[Shijiazhuang]]. It takes 7h59m to 9h38m for a journey to Beijing, over 2,000 km away. One way ticket is ¥865. There are also overnight soft sleeper bullet trains for ¥990 on most days of the week. Some high-speed trains also go to Luoyang and Xi'an. One way trip from Guangzhou South Station to Xi'an North is between 7h40m and 9h09m, price from ¥813.5. This is part of a nationwide [[High-speed rail in China|high-speed]] network. The above mentioned destination are also accessible by much slower non-high-speed sleeper train from Guangzhou Station in the center of the town.
  
Bear in mind there are two major train stations in Guangzhou. The Guangzhou East Station (火车东站) services routes to Hong Kong, and other popular tourist destinations. The Guangzhou Station (广州火车站) is one of the biggest in the country and services routes that go all the way to [[Harbin]]. Countless travelers have gone to the wrong station and missed their scheduled trips. So be sure to know which train station to go to, which is specified on the tickets. Metro line 1 ends at Guangzhou East Station, and line 2 has a stop at the main station.
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It is easy to go to [[Guilin]] and [[Yangshuo]] by bullet train before moving on to rest of China. It will take 2h31m to 3h8m  and costs ¥137.5. Guilin is also accessible by non-high-speed sleeper train from Guangzhou Station right in the center of the town, which takes about 11 hours.
  
Note that there is little English signage at the train stations, and staff may not speak it (except at the Guangzhou-Kowloon counter)- bring a phrasebook or a Chinese friend if you're planning on traveling deeper into China.
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It is possible to take a direct train from Guangzhou to [[Lhasa]] in [[Tibet]]. The 4,980 km journey takes 55 hours and runs every other day from Guangzhou Station (广州站). A sleeper costs ¥869 and up. For discussion see [[Overland to Tibet]].
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For reservation on all the train tickets except tickets to Hong Kong, Chinese Railway do have a online ticketing website and smart-phone app, but it's all in Chinese and only accepts Chinese debit or credit card. For English speaker with no access to a Chinese bank account, follow the tips on [http://www.seat61.com/China.htm#How%20to%20buy%20tickets seat61.com], which gives very thorough instruction on how to buy train tickets from major reputable online travel agencies.
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Bear in mind there are now three major train stations in Guangzhou. Countless travelers have gone to the wrong station and missed their scheduled trips, so be sure of your departing station, which is specified on the ticket.
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* '''Guangzhou Railway Station''' (广州站) is one of the biggest in the country and services non-high-speed routes that go all the way to [[Harbin]]. Metro lines 2 and 5 have a connection stop here.
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* '''Guangzhou East Railway Station''' (广州东站) services non-high-speed routes to Hong Kong and some other mainland cities. Metro line 1 ends here, and Metro line 3 from Airport South has a station here.
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* '''Guangzhou South Railway Station''' (广州南站) serves ONLY the high-speed rail network.
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Guangzhou also has several other stations such as the North Station and West Station. There are also different names for each of the stations. Be sure to use official names to avoid confusion.
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Although some signs are available in English, most of the staffs do not really understand and speak English, except at the Guangzhou-Kowloon ticket counter, in which staffs are generally able to communicate in simple English. Bring a phrasebook or a Chinese friend if you're planning on traveling deeper into China.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Coach services are available to bring passengers from Hong Kong International Airport to several locations in Guangzhou. Among the destinations are recognizable landmarks like Jinan University (暨南大学) on Huang Pu Da Dao (黄埔大道), Garden Hotel (花园酒店) and China Hotel (中国大酒店) (see hotel section). The trip takes about 3+ hours and costs 250 HKD. There are also cross border bus terminals throughout [[Hong Kong]]. One of the Stations is at Austin Road and Canton Road near Kowloon Park. A one way ticket costs about 100 HKD.
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Coach services are available to bring passengers from Hong Kong International Airport to several locations in Guangzhou. Among the destinations are recognizable landmarks like Jinan University (暨南大学) on Huangpu Avenue (黄埔大道), Garden Hotel (花园酒店) and China Hotel (中国大酒店) (see hotel section). The trip takes about 3+ hours and costs 250 HKD. There are also cross border bus terminals throughout [[Hong Kong]]. One of the Stations is at Austin Road and Canton Road near Kowloon Park. A one way ticket costs about 100 HKD.
  
Domestically, it is possible to hop on a bus from any corner of Guangdong province and get to Guangzhou. There are also many options from nearby provinces like [[Guangxi]], [[Hubei]] and [[Fujian]]. The main stations are the Provincial Station (省汽车站), Tianhe Dasha Station (天河大厦站), Liuhua Station (流花站) and Yuexiu Nan Station (越秀南站).
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Domestically, it is possible to hop on a bus from any corner of Guangdong province and get to Guangzhou. There are also many options from nearby provinces like [[Guangxi]], [[Hubei]] and [[Fujian]]. Here are some of the main stations in the city:
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* '''Provincial Station''' (省汽车客运站) (145-149 Huanshi West Road 环市西路145-149号) (Metro 2 & 5 Guangzhou Railway Station Exit F1, F2, H1, H2) The station serves mostly long distance lines outside the Guangdong Province.
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* '''Liuhua Station''' (流花站) (Metro 2 & 5 Guangzhou Railway Station Exit D4) Across from Provincial Station, it mostly serves nearby cities in the province.
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* '''Tianhe Station''' (天河客运站) (633 Yanling Road 燕岭路633号) (Metro 3) The station services Southern and central China, reaching as far as the Gansu Province. There are also many routes to cities in Guangdong.
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* '''Haizhu Station''' (海珠客运站) (182 Nanzhou Road 南洲路182号) (Metro 2 Nanzhou Station Exit A) The station is located in the southern part of Haizhu, servicing major cities in the province and other Southern China provinces, including Hainan.
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* '''Fangcun Station''' (芳村客运站) (51 Huadi Middle Avenue) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B) The station serves similar routes as the Haizhu Station.
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* '''Yuexiu Nan Station''' (越秀南汽车站) (越秀南东园横2号) Other than desintations in the province and other provinces, it also has lines to Macau and Hong Kong.
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* '''Guangzhou South''' (广州南汽车客运站) The station mainly services nearby cities. There is a bus to Lo Wu, a commonly used border crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China. The fare is ¥65 and it runs every hour.
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Please note that English and Chinese names of bus stations vary from one sign to another -- coach terminal, coach station, bus terminal, bus station, passenger terminal or passenger station. Be aware that the different names may be referring to the same station.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
There is a frequent ferry and hovercraft service from [[Hong Kong]], [[Macau]], and [[Haikou]] (Hainan Island) at the Zhoutouzui Ferry Pier (洲头咀码头). There are boats from other mainland cities, such as [[Xiamen]], [[Shanghai]], and [[Qingdao]] at the Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头).
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There used to be frequent ferry services from other cities in the Pearl River Delta, as well as some cities in Guangxi and along the coast, for example, Xiamen, Haikou or Shanghai. But nowadays, along the construction of extensive highway, water transportation no longer have its value as they used to. There is currently no ferry terminals in downtown. The two major ferry terminals are Lianhuashan Port Ferry Terminal (莲花山客运港) in Panyu District and Nansha Port Ferry Terminal (南沙客运港) in Nansha District.
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Lianhuashan Port Ferry Terminal (莲花山客运港) in Panyu has ferry service to two locations in Hong Kong: Kowloon (China Ferry Terminal or China HK City, both refer to the same terminal in Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier. '''Service to Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier is for transiting passenger at Hong Kong Intl Airport only''', as passenger will be transferred directly between Sky Pier and airport terminal, without clearing immigration in Hong Kong. Passenger taking this service need to have a flight reservation departing Hong Kong on the same day with the minimum connecting time of 120 minutes in Hong Kong. Traveling from downtown Guangzhou to Lianhuahan takes about an hour by car, complimentary shuttle buses are available to or from several locations in Panyu, including Panyu Square Station on Metro Line 3 and Shiqi Station on Metro Line 4. Alternatively, public buses are available from Shiqi Station on Metro Line 4.
  
New Nansha Pier (新南沙客运港) is now open with 6 lines daily traveling between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The trip takes 75 minutes (¥116-230). However, Nansha is very far from the city center, although there is a bus route available from White Swan Hotel, running three times a day. Location Nansha Port: 1.6km South from Humen Bridge, Nansha District, Guangzhou. Passengers can take buses at White Swan Hotel to the Dock, 3 runs per day.
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Nansha Port Ferry Terminal (南沙客运港) in Nansha has services to two locations in Hong Kong: Kowloon and Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier. The trip takes 75 minutes to Hong Kong. '''Note that Nansha is extremely far from the city center''', as traveling between downtown Guangzhou to Nansha is about 75 minutes.Free shuttle buses are available to or from several locations in Panyu, and at Garden Hotel (花园酒店) for passenger traveling to Hong Kong Intl Airport only. The port is 1.6km south of Humen Bridge in Nansha.
  
 
Schedule:
 
Schedule:
Nansha to Hongkong: 09:30   11:00   12:00   15:00   16:00   17:30
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*['''Lianhuashan - Kowloon (China Ferry Terminal or China HK City)''']http://www.cksp.com.hk/eng/ship_schedule/main.html
Hongkong to Nansha: 08:00   08:20   09:00   13:00   14:00   15:30
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Look for Guangzhou Lian Hua Shan at the 4th table.
Tickets: Economic ¥116.00, Business ¥170.00, VIP ¥230.00
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*['''Lianhuashan - Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier''']http://www.cksp.com.hk/eng/skypier/timetable/main.html
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Look for Guangzhou at the 6th table.
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*['''Nansha - Kowloon (China Ferry Terminal or China HK City)''']http://www.nskyg.com/schedule/nansha-hk.html
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Page is in Chinese but there is English on the schedule.
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*['''Nansha - Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier''']http://www.nskyg.com/schedule/nansha-hkia.html
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Page is in Chinese but there is English on the schedule.
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'''Service available every THURSDAY and SATURDAY only.'''
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
[[Image:YangChengTong.jpg|thumb|200px|Yang Cheng Tong card]]
 
  
Guangzhou has a fairly efficient and rapidly expanding public transportation system.
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Public transportation system is comprehensive in Guangzhou like most other big Chinese cities.  If you stay in Guangzhou for long time, purchase a multi-purpose '''Ling Nan Tong - Yang Cheng Tong''' (岭南通-羊城通) stored value card, which can be used to pay fares in metro, bus and ferries and used for many convenience stores, public phones and vending machines.
  
If you intend to stay in Guangzhou for an extensive period of time, it is highly advisable to purchase a multi-purpose '''Yang Cheng Tong''' (羊城通) stored value card, similar to the Octopus Card in [[Hong Kong]]. It can be used not only for public transportation (bus, subway, parking meters and some taxis), but also for public phones and designated shops, places of interests and certain vending machines. The card includes a ¥30 refundable deposit. While you can purchase the cards in many places, returning your card at the end of the trip is a hassle, since service locations are limited. The best place to do so is at the service center at the metro Gong Yuan Qian station. It may be worth it to simply keep it as a souvenir.  
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However, to return the card at the end of the trip, you need to go Gongyuanqian (Exit J) and Tiyu Xi Exit G, and East Railway Station. (Exit HJ). It may be worth simply keeping the card as a souvenir.  
  
Getting to other cities
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===On foot===
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Despite the sheer size of the city, walking is a great way of exploring the traditional Liwan and Yuexiu districts. The easy tour is to walk through Zhongshan 6 Road (中山六路, Zhongshan Liulu) which covers most tourist attractions including Liurong Temple, Guangxiao Temple, Huaisheng Mosque and many huge markets. It also has the two most popular pedestrian streets , Beijing Lu and Shang-xia-jiu for shopping mania.
  
PRD Guide [http://www.prdguide.com]
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To give you some sense of direction whenever you get lost, figure out the location of two major horizontal lines, which are Zhongshan Road and the Pearl River (Zhu Jiang) , you will easily tell every direction. This area is also well connected by Metro Line 1 and Trolleybus 104, 107, 109 and 78(Night Bus) which is the only trackless tram system in South China.
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===By bicycle===
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Bicycles are promoted as a low-carbon mode of transportation. Over 100 rental outlets are now available along many BRT lines and subway stations. The rental fee is by the hour and up to ¥30 a day. One popular bike route is along the Pearl River on the Haizhu District side. Other dedicated bike lanes are slowly appearing in the city center, including Tianhe District. Yangchengtong Card is accepted in many public rental outlets.
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New bikes are available in major hypermarkets from ¥500 for a reasonable cheap single-speed to around ¥2000-3000 for a 21-speed mountain bike. Giant and Merida are the two most common international brands. High-end bicycles are also available to affluent customers in this rich city.
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You will see brightly colored shared bikes almost anywhere nowadays. In order to rent these, you must create an account with their respective APPs, including passport number and WeChat/AliPay/Chinese bank card. The most popular in Guangzhou are Mobike, Ofo, Bluegogo, and Xiaoming. After paying a deposit between ¥50-200, each half hour is generally ¥0.5-¥1.
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Folding bikes are permitted on the subway (sometimes not on buses) and tax, but non-folders are not permitted on any form of public transport other than the cross-river ferries. Bicycles are not permitted to cross the river via the Zhujiang Tunnel or Zhujiang suspension bridge, but are permitted to go on the public ferries for ¥1 (see below).
  
 
===By subway===
 
===By subway===
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Metro_Map.png|thumb|400px|Guangzhou Metro]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Metro_Map.png|thumb|400px|Guangzhou Metro]]
Guangzhou's '''metro system''' [http://www.gzmtr.com/en/] opened in 1999.  The network covers much of the city center and is growing rapidly outward. The fare ranges from ¥2 to ¥12. Most of the signs and announcements are also in English. Tickets are bought from vending machines in the stations. Bills from ¥5 - ¥10 or coins from ¥0.5 - ¥1 are accepted at ticket vending machines. You can change smaller bills at the customer service counter. The ticket is a small plastic token, which you swipe over the blue reader at the gate to enter the platform, and at the exit where you insert the token into the slot like a vending machine. Multi-Pass and Yang-Cheng-Tong are also accepted and can be purchased at the customer service counter. Please note that most of these machines do not accept old or torn notes. You can exchange old or torn notes for coins at the customer service counter. Tell the officer at the counter where you want to go and he or she will return your note with the requisite fare in coins and the rest in notes.
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Opened in 1999, the ever-growing Guangzhou '''Metro system'''[http://www.gzmtr.com/en/] covers much of the city center. The fare ranges from ¥2 to ¥12. Most of the signs and announcements are in Chinese and English.  
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If you stay in Guangzhou for extended period, think of getting a Yang Cheng Tong transportation cards (see details above). Card holders can get 40% off on any rides since the 16th uses in every month.
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There are currently 8 lines in operation:-
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====Central Lines====
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'''Line 1''' is the most useful for tourists, horizontally cutting through the center of Guangzhou. Five major stations Huangsha, Changshuo Lu, Chen Clan's Academy, Ximenkou, Gongyuanqian cover up to 80% tourist sights.
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'''Line 2''' runs horizontally through Guangzhou South Station and Yuexiu Park.
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'''Line 3''' is a Y-shaped eastern Guangzhou. The 'main line' runs from Panyu Square to the Tianhe Intercity Coach Station, whilst the 'branch line' splits off at Tiyu Xilu and heads towards Airport South.
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'''Line 5''' runs east-west from Jiaokou (Liwan District) to Wenchong (Huangpu District) and follows the inner ring road through the city. Useful for reaching Guangzhou Railway Station, the Garden Hotel and Zhujiang New Town.
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'''Line 4''' serves Guangzhou's eastern outer suburbs and runs from Huangcun in Huangpu District down to Jinzhou in Nansha. This line is most useful for reaching the Olympic Sport Centre and the University Town.
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'''Line 8''' was formed out of the remnants of Line 2 following it's southward extension and runs east-west through Haizhu District from Fenghuang Xincun to Wanshengwei. Useful for reaching Sun Yat-sen University and Pazhou Exhibition Centre.
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'''Zhujiang New Town APM''' is an experimental autopilot metro system which takes you to the Canton Tower. You need a separate 2yuan ticket to get a ride.  
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'''Guangfo Line''' is China's first intercity railway, connecting downtown Foshan with Xilang, where you can transfer to Line 1. Central Foshan can be reached in approximately 45-60 minutes from central Guangzhou. Transfers from GZ metro lines and Yangchengtong cards are accepted.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
There is also a comprehensive public bus service that covers Guangzhou from end to end. By far, it is the cheapest way to move around. Bus fares are ¥1 for the older buses and ¥2 for the air-conditioned ones, although the older buses are slowly being retired. Information at bus stops is mostly written in Chinese, although the current stop's name is also written in English and stops close to subway stations are marked with the Guangzhou Metro logo, which is handy if you are lost. On-board announcements are made in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Exact fare or a Yangcheng card are needed when boarding. If travelling on a quiet bus it's advisable to signal to the driver that you wish to get off when approaching your stop by pressing the red buzzer next to the exit door or by saying 'xia yi zhan you xia'(pinyin:xià yī zhàn yǒu xià) meaning I'm
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Guangzhou bus network is comprehensive. Bus fares are ¥2 for adults and ¥1 for children, disables and senior citizens. However, information at bus stops is mostly written in Chinese characters. A current stop's name may be displayed in pinyin or English on a LED display panel as long as it is available. On-board announcements are made in Mandarin, Cantonese and mostly English as well.  
getting off at the next stop or'you xia'(pinyin:yǒu xià).
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Buses are only handy for traveling within one district or for reaching suburban districts that are not served by the subway. Heavy traffic can lead to a slow, uncomfortable journey although they can be handy for a cheap but slow sightseeing tour. Trolley bus lines (Routes 101-109) are handy for exploring Liwan and Yuexiu districts.  
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Most bus routes run from around 6am to 10 or 11pm, after which there are night buses with the prefix 'Ye’ (夜, night). Night route numbers are not related to the normal route numbers. The fare is usually ¥3 - ¥4. There are more than 100 night routes, but most of them stop running in between 12:00 to 1:30am, and some start again around 5am. In most cases, taking a taxi after midnight and before the sunrise is a better idea.
  
Buses are only handy for travelling within one district or for reaching suburban districts that are not served by the subway, and heavy traffic can lead to a slow, uncomfortable journey although they can be handy for a cheap but slow sightseeing tour. Trolleybus routes 101-109 are handy for exploring Liwan and Yuexiu districts. There is currently a bus rapid transit (BRT) line under development which will cut journey times between Tianhe Sport Centre and Huangpu District by up to 50% by using segregated lanes in the centre of the road and using flyovers and tunnels to cross major intersections.
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Guangzhou has over 30 commuter express bus lines (高峰快线) run mostly during peak hours from major bus and subway interchanges to congested areas and outlying districts. Fares are from ¥1-4. There are also four special lines for University Town (大学城专线). You can find these in most major stations in the city that would take you to University Town. Fares are from ¥2-4. There are also 2 tourist bus lines (旅游专线) passing through many scenic spots in the city. Other special lines are: Lines to some commercial districts, shuttle buses for many different residential complexes such as Favourview Palace and Star River, and even complementary shuttle buses for some shopping center. The driver of a shuttle bus may ask for your receipts.
  
There are also 3 tourist bus lines, passing through many scenic spots in the city.
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===By BRT===
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The Bus Rapid Transit system went into service in early 2010. It is essentially a long segregated bus lane (not an elevated busway like in Xiamen) running along the Tianhe Road and Zhongshan Avenue corridor towards the eastern suburbs. Some intersections are traversed by bridges and tunnels, which cuts journey times considerably, but other intersections have traffic lights and therefore traffic jams, and crowds can be as dense as in Metro stations but with fewer doors and a narrower standing area compared to Metro trains.
  
A handful of commuter express buses run mostly in peak hours from major bus/subway interchanges to outlying districts using the elevated roads and can be faster than taking a conventional bus. Fares are charged according to distance.
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All buses that use the BRT start with a B prefix (B1, B22 etc.), though some without the "B" stop nearby. When reading a bus route (in Chinese) you can see the BRT logo above each BRT station name, like the GZ Metro logo above bus stops that are near Metro stations. The B1 stops at every BRT station, but other B routes use any number of BRT stations (sometimes just one) and use normal roads the rest of the time.
  
===By taxi===
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If boarding a BRT bus at a normal (non BRT) bus stop, the normal fare of ¥2 applies, however you can transfer to other BRT routes for free, provided you transfer at a BRT stop. If boarding at a BRT stop, insert ¥2 (coins only) into the entry turnstile to enter the platform area; no payment is required when boarding the bus, and you can board at the rear.
This is the most popular way for foreigners to get around, and it is very affordable. The starting charge is ¥7 for the first 2.3 kilometers, or about 1.4 miles. After that is ¥2.6 for each kilometer. The cost may be slightly different, depending on the taxi operators. ¥1 fuel surcharge is now added. Although widely publicized, many of them actually do not accept Yang Cheng Tong as payment. The taxi hot line is 96900. This comes in handy if you forget your valuables in a taxi. Save your receipt because it contains the taxi's identification number.
 
  
'''Tip''': Business names and addresses on this guide are also in Chinese. Print them out and show them to the taxi drivers. Most drivers do not speak English; many are from the poorer northern provinces and do not even speak Cantonese.
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===By taxi and Uber===
While driving in Guangzhou is an option, drivers unfamiliar with the driving conditions in China's large and densely populated cities should be aware that the experience can be extremely daunting and potentially dangerous.  
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This is the most popular way for foreigners to get around, and it is very affordable. The starting charge is ¥10 for the first 2.6 kilometres, and after that ¥2.6 for each kilometre. No fuel surcharge is added, but a 50% surcharge is automatically added when the trip reaches 35 kilometres. A few of them also accepts Yang Cheng Tong as payment, but it is not preferred by the drivers. The taxi hotline is 96900. This comes in handy if you forget your valuables in a taxi. '''Save your receipt because it contains the taxi's identification number.'''
  
Car rental companies in Guangzhou:   
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Most taxi drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages, so have the name and address of your destination written in Chinese to show the driver. Many are from the poorer northern provinces and do not even speak Cantonese. If your destination is not well known, have a nearby landmark included in the address, e.g. "across from the Garden Hotel."
*'''Avis''' 9 Huali Lu + 86 20 3758-5080
 
*'''Hertz''' 89 Linhe Xi Lu + 86 20 8755-1608
 
See also [[Driving in China]].
 
  
===By motorcycle===
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Whilst the majority of taxis are the regular VWs and Hyundais found in almost all Chinese cities, there are an increasing number of 'London taxis' on the streets of Guangzhou (which comes as no surprise as the latest generation of London black cabs are built by Geely Motors in China). In Guangzhou they are known as "old-fashioned" cabs (老爷车,''lao ye che'') They are wheelchair accessible and can carry up to 6 passengers. Many people recommend using the yellow taxis as that company only employs local Guangzhou drivers who know the city well - other taxi companies usually hire migrant workers from other provinces who may not know where they are going.
Although a convenient way to navigate the city's back alleys and lanes, motorcycles are totally banned from the downtown area of the city, and riding a motorcycle into these prohibited areas can lead to fines and possible confiscation of the bike.
 
  
In addition to the downtown motorcycle ban, electric bicycles are banned from the city roads. [http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/16197396.htm]
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Beware of taxi driver as sometimes, in addition to going around the block one too many times, they will also try to pass counterfeit notes. Pay close attention as to what they pay when passing toll booths. Good drivers will show you the toll receipts. Only add the toll amount to what is displayed in the meter. A trip between the airport to the East Railway Station cost around ¥120-130.
  
===By bicycle===
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Most people find taxi drivers in Guangzhou to be honest. However, during the Canton Fair near the Pazhou Complex, it is common to see drivers violate rules, such as refusal of service and pre-negotiating a price rather than using the meter. It is also difficult to find a taxi available elsewhere in the city.
Due to the size of the city and poor facilities for cyclists, riding a bicycle is much less practical and much more dangerous than in other cities although millions of locals still cycle around. Generally it's safer to use the quiet backroads as main roads have little or no bicycle lanes and many intersections have no crossings for cyclists so you may find yourself having to frequently carry your bike across a footbridge or an underpass. There are very few rental shops and most are located on Shamian Island. However, you can buy a cheap bicycle from a major supermarket chain such as Trustmart, Carrefour or Tesco for about 200 yuan. A better option if you plan on staying a long time is to buy a lightweight folding bicycle as they can be carried on the metro free of charge.
 
  
Make sure you have a couple of high-grade locks as bike theft is rampant and the cheap locks available from bike-repair shops or those provided with the bike are of very low quality and can be easily broken. Many subway stations and busy areas have parking areas with a security guard who will watch your bike for around Y0.5-Y1 per day.
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Most taxi shift changes take place between 15:00-17:00. During this time, it is hard to find a taxi as many drivers stop working by displaying the "out of service (暂停服务)" sign before the end of the shift, unless you are going in their direction. Taxi can be also hard to come by during commuter peak hours of 19:30-09:00 and 17:00-19:00. Finding a taxi at night is usually not a problem.
  
Note that cyclists cannot use the two main crossings of the Zhujiang River (the Huangsha - Fancun tunnel and the Haizhu Suspension Bridge) so you must uses the cross-river ferry instead (see below).
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Uber has large presence in Guangzhou. The price is usually half of a taxi and can be safer. As in elsewhere, Uber is relatively scam-free. However, some drivers do take an unusually long route. Be sure to make sure the route is right by using the maps and GPS on your own phone. Most of the drivers don't speak English and cannot call a foreign phone number if your roam your phone in China, so keep an eye on both the map and the cars coming, or get a local sim card in China.
  
===By ferry===
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===By car===
The ferry is the cheapest way of crossing the Zhujiang River - it runs between the seafood market next to Shamian Island in Huangsha and the Bai-e-tan Bar Street (Changdi Lu) in Fancun and runs every 5 minutes from 5AM to midnight. The fare is 0.5yuan for a foot passenger or 1 yuan if you take a bicycle. The fare can be paid in cash (no change given) or using a transportation card - there are separate boarding gates for cyclists and pedestrians and you should pay at the boarding gate.
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While driving in Guangzhou is an option, drivers unfamiliar with the driving conditions in China's large cities should be aware of the risk and potential compensation incurred. Many car rental companies offers a driver as well.  
  
===On foot===
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See also [[Driving in China]].
Due to the sheer size of the city, walking is not an option if for example you want to travel between Shamian Island and Citic Plaza as they are about 25km apart but can be reached in 30min by subway! However, walking is a great way of exploring individual districts and treats such as markets, small shops and local restaurants can be found up every little alleyway. Walking along main roads can be more of a nightmare - construction work can result in some inconvenient pedestrian diversions, open manhole covers or sidewalks blocked by huge piles of cement can be common. Take caution when crossing the road, even on a green light as bicycles and often cars will routinely drive through a busy pedestrian crossing expecting everyone to move out of the way. Many major intersections must be crossed using complex underpasses and footbridges. Make sure you have a map it's all too easy to get lost in the rabbit-warren of small streets and alleys, although street signs are written in English.
 
  
===By getting on a bus without looking where it's going===
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===By motorcycle===
(see above for information about using the buses)
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Although a convenient way to navigate the city's back alleys and lanes, motorcycles are banned in the city center, and riding a motorcycle into these prohibited areas can lead to fines and possible confiscation of the bike. In addition to the central motorcycle ban, electric bicycles are banned from the city roads.
Whilst this is not a guarantee of a good day out, if you have seen all the major sights and still have time leftover, many small attractions are scattered around every corner of the city. Go to a busy bus stop, jump on a random bus and see where it takes you. For 2 yuan you might get a cheap sightseeing tour of the 'undiscovered Guangzhou', although you might end up in a boring residential area or the bus might terminate 2 blocks from where you got on! Make sure you remember the route number of the bus so you can get back! (Bus Routes Online Service on: [http://www.iguangzhou.org/en/bus/routes.aspx])
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===By ferry===
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The ferry is the cheapest way of crossing the Pearl River (Zhujiang). They were very popular in the 1980s and early 90s, carrying tens of thousands of passengers across the river each day. Nowadays its popularity declines greatly, mostly because of the construction of many bridges along the Pearl River and the availability of other public transportation. The river narrows while going through the city center (a bit wider than the Thames in central London). It is usually faster and more convenient to use the bridges or public transport(metro, bus) to cross the river than wait for the ferries. One ferry route that maintains its popularity operates between the Huangsha Pier by the seafood market next to Shamian Island and the pier on Bai-e-tan Bar Street (Changdi Road) in Fangcun. It departs every 10 minutes from 6AM to 10PM. The fare is ¥0.5 for a foot passenger or ¥1 if you bring a bicycle. The fare can be paid in cash (no change given) or by using Yangchengtong Card. There are separate boarding gates for cyclists and pedestrians, and you pay at the boarding gate.  
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
The primary language of Guangzhou is [[Cantonese phrasebook|Cantonese]], although standard [[Chinese phrasebook|Mandarin]], or ''Putonghua'', is also widely spoken due to the large influx of migrants. As the Guangzhou dialect of Cantonese is considered to be the prestige dialect, Guangzhou is a good place to start for those wanting to learn Cantonese in its "purest" form.
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Mandarin is the official language as is spoken by everyone other than some of the older generation. All true Guangzhou locals speak Cantonese, and if you visit areas such as Liwan and Yuexiu, this is the predominant language spoken on the street. Migrants from other parts of China will speak Mandarin. Local people take the preservation of their dialect so seriously that they even marched to the government office to protest against a plan to limit the use of Cantonese in TV and radio broadcasting.
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English is spoken by more people than in the rest of China (save for Beijing and Shanghai), but still not by the majority, so it is a good idea to carry your hotel's business card with you. ''Do not expect drivers to speak English'', some of them can't even speak Mandarin without a heavy accent. To save yourself the hassle and agony when asking for directions, have names of your destinations clearly written down in Chinese by the hotel staff before venturing out. That said, many educated younger people will have a basic knowledge of English and staff at hotels as well as bars and restaurants widely visited by foreigners generally speak an acceptable level of English. Staffs at Starbucks generally speak acceptable English and high school or college students can generally understand basic English as well, but not for speaking. If you find a Chinese people on the street who speaks English fluently, then you most likely run into either someone working at a foreign company, a highly educated student or a person who has studied abroad.
  
English is not common, but is still better understood here than most other Chinese cities, especially in restaurants and bars. It's a good idea to get your hotel's business card so taxi drivers can take you back if you get lost, and also to get hotel staff to write down the names of any tourist attractions you wish to visit in Chinese, so locals can point you in the right direction.
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Despite the fact that not the majority of people speak English, but the signs are often in Chinese and English, even though sometimes the English version doesn't really make any sense or obviously translated by google.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
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*<see name="Dafo Temple" alt="" address="No. 21 Huixin Xijie, Huifu Donglu, Yuexiu District (No. 22 Huixin Zhongjie)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of the five renowned Buddhist temples in Guangzhou. It was originally built by Liu Yan, King of the Southern Han Dynasty in the 8th century. Located for keen shoppers needing a break just off Beijing Lu.  Free entry.
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===Landmarks===
 
===Landmarks===
 
[[Image:Guangzhou-SunYatSen.jpg|thumb|200px|Sun Yat Sen Memorial]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou-SunYatSen.jpg|thumb|200px|Sun Yat Sen Memorial]]
 
[[Image:800px-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel.jpg|thumb|200px|Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, on Shamian Island]]
 
[[Image:800px-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel.jpg|thumb|200px|Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, on Shamian Island]]
  
*'''Guangxiao Temple''' (光孝寺 ''guāng-xiào-'') 109 Guangxiao Lu (光孝路) (''Metro 1 Xi Men Kou - Exit C'') – As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng, trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date only from the mid 19th century. Admission ¥4.  
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*'''Xiguan Residence''' (西关大屋 ''xī-guān--'') and Cantonese Arc (骑楼)  See the traditional Cantonese architectures from the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic Era.  These houses can be found in Haizhu South Road(海珠南路), Duobao Road (多宝路), Baohua Road (宝华路), Longjin West Road (龙津西路) and Shangxiajiu Road (上下九路). One of the most famous ones is located at 18 Baoyuan North Street (宝源北街18号). They were occupied by the upper class in the old days.  
*'''Liurong Temple''' (六榕寺 ''liù-róng-'') 87 Liurong Lu (六榕路) (''Metro 1 Gong Yuan Qian - Exit I'')– The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years. Admission ¥5, Flower Pagoda ¥10.
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*'''Chen Clan Academy''' (陈家祠 ''chén-jiā-'') [http://wikitravel.org/shared/Image:Gaungzhou-ChenJiaCi.jpg] Zhongshan 7th Road (中山七路) (''Metro 1 Chan Clan Academy - Exit D''). This is very well preserved architecture from the 19th century. It used to belong to a wealthy family by the name of Chen and now houses many articles including ivory sculptures and artistic statues. (Admission ¥10)  
*The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession on '''Shamian Island''' (沙面岛) have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is '''Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel''', located at 14 Shamian Street. Attractions on the island are all free. As an island, Shamian is not particularly spectacular, but what makes it special that for several hundred years this tiny spit of land was the only place in all of China that Europeans could establish settlements. The architecture reflects that era, and it has a very unique atmosphere. (''Metro 1 Huang Sha - Exit D'')
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*'''Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall''' (中山纪念堂 ''zhōng-shān-jì-niàn-táng'') (''Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall - Exit C'') located on Dongfeng Middle Road, is dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill. Open 8AM-6PM. Admission is free for the park and ¥10 to go inside the hall.
*Across the canal from Shamian is the '''Chinese Medicine Market'''. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs. The Starbucks on Shamian provides a great respite from the hustle and bustle of Guangzhou
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*'''Shamian Island''' (沙面岛) (''Metro 1 Huangsha Exit D'') The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is '''Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel,''' located at 14 Shamian Street. The architecture reflects the colonial era of 19th Century, and it has a unique atmosphere.  
*'''Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall''' (中山纪念堂 ''zhōng-shān-jì-niàn-táng''),(''Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C'') located on Dongfeng Zhong Lu, is dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill. Oopen 8AM-6PM. Admission is free for the park and ¥10 to go inside the hall.
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*'''Canton Tower''' (广州塔) (''Metro 3, APM Chigang Pagoda'') is the second tallest structure in China. In additions to the observation deck, the tower features various restaurants, a 4-D theater and other entertainment venues. Admission is ¥150.
*'''Chen Clan Academy''' (陈家祠 ''chén-jiā-cí'') [http://wikitravel.org/shared/Image:Gaungzhou-ChenJiaCi.jpg] Zhongshan 7 Lu (中山七路)(''Metro 1 Chen Jia Ci - Exit D''). This is very well preserved architecture from the 19th century. It used to belong to a wealthy family by the name of Chen and now houses many articles including ivory sculptures and artistic statues. (Admission ¥10)
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*'''Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral''' (石室圣心大教堂 ''shí-shì-shèng-xīn-jiào-táng'') 56 Yide Lu (一德路旧部前)(''Metro 2 Hai Zhu Guang Chang'').It is one of the oldest church structures in the city, and the largest of its kind of Southern China. It is currently in use for worship. Visiting hours are limited to Sun from 7AM-6PM. Free admission.  
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'''Religious Sights'''
*'''Huangpu Military Academy''' (黄埔军校旧址 ''huáng--jūn-xiào-jiù-zhǐ'') is on Changzhou Island. It was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen, along with the Chinese Communist Party at the time. Many famous Chinese war heroes were trained here. Admission ¥15.
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*'''Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Temple)''' (光孝寺 ''guāng-xiào-'') 109 Guangxiao Road (光孝路) (''Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C'') – As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng, trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date back to the mid-19th century. Admission is ¥10; free if you eat at the temple's vegetarian restaurant (菩提甘露坊). You can also apply your admission toward your meal.
*'''Wu Xian Guan Temple''' (五仙观 ''wǔ-xiān-guān'') Weifu Xi Lu (惠福西路). (''Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C'')Admission ¥5.  
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*'''Liurong Temple''' (六榕寺 ''liù-róng-sì'') 87 Liurong Road (六榕路) (''Metro 1 Gongyuanqian Exit I'')– The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years. Admission is ¥5; Flower Pagoda ¥10.
*'''Huaisheng Mosque''' (怀圣寺 ''huái-shèng-sì'') 56 Guangta Lu (光塔路) (''Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C''). This is one of the oldest Muslim mosques in China, built in 627. The mosque is not open to the public, but you can take a peek outside.  
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*'''Wu Xian Guan Temple''' (五仙观 ''wǔ-xiān-guān'') Huifu West Road (惠福西路). (''Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C'') Admission is ¥5.  
*'''Sanyuan Temple''' (三元宫 ''sān-yuán-gōng'') – ingyuan Lu (''Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C''). This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city.
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*'''Huaisheng Mosque''' (怀圣寺 ''huái-shèng-sì'') 56 Guangta Road (光塔路) (''Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C''). This is one of the oldest Muslim mosques in China, built in 627. The mosque is open to Muslims only and not open to the general public, but you can take a peek outside.
*'''Xiguan Residence''' (西关大屋 ''-guān-dà-wū'') (''Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu'')– See the traditional Cantonese architectures from ancient Guangzhou. This structure was occupied by the upper class.  
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*'''Shishi Sacré-cœur Catholic Cathedral''' (石室圣心大教堂 ''shí-shì-shèng-xīn-jiào-táng'') 56 Yide Road (一德路旧部前)(''Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit B1'').It is one of the oldest church structures in the city, and the largest of its kind of Southern China. It is currently in use for worship. Visiting hours are weekdays 8:30-11:30AM and 2:30-5:30PM; weekends 8:30AM-5PM. Free admission.  
*'''Hualin Temple''' (华林寺 ''huá-lín-'') (''Tour Bus No. 2; Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu'')
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*'''Sanyuan Temple''' (三元宫 ''sān-yuán-gōng'') Yingyuan Road (''Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Exit C''). This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city.
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*'''Hualin Temple''' (华林寺 ''huá-lín-'') (''Metro 1 Changshou Lu'') Free admission.
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*'''Yuanxuan Taoist Temple''' (圆玄道观) is located in the Huadu District. It includes three Taoist buildings in one complex: Sanqing Hall, Taihe Hall and Yuanchen Hall. Sanqing Hall is the most architecturally important of the three structures, while Yuanxuan Taoist Temple has carvings of divine beings. The central hall is covered by yellow glazed tiles and decorated with the bright images of Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing, the three authoritative deities in Taoism. The temple is located near Bi Village in southwest Xinhua Town. You can take the No. 9 bus from Huadu Downtown. Admission is ¥10.
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*'''Xiaozhou Village''' (小洲村) The village is a short taxi ride from University City. Some travelers describe this district as full of historical buildings, fruit orchards and canals and relate that, in recent years, this has become artists' haven. Others report that recent development has obliterated all traces of the village and that the district is a typical industrial suburb adjoining a huge field used as an outdoor latrine.
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*'''Memorial of the Huangpu Military Academy''' (黄埔军校旧址 ''huáng-pǔ-jūn-xiào-jiù-zhǐ'') is on Changzhou Island (''Metro 5, Yuzhu Exit D. take 431 bus to the Ferry to Changzhou Pier.''). The original Military Academy was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen, with support from the Chinese Communist Party and the Soviet Union. The mission of the Academy was to create an officer corps for the new Chinese Republic. Many famous Chinese war heroes were trained here. The original site was destroyed by the Japanese in 1938. Two exhibition halls on the Campus of the Academy cover the History of the Academy with English translations. Unfortunately the other exhibition halls, such as Heroes of the Academy, do not have English translations. The site is far from the city center. Free admission.
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*'''Huang Pu Gu Gang ''' (黄埔古港) Definitely a spot worth checking out. It is the old trading port of Guangzhou, and set amongst a multitude of old style buildings akin to the hutong district in Beijing. Its cheap and full of good places to eat, as well a plethora of lovely small coffee shops by the river side to enjoy a snack and a bit of food. To get there ride the metro to WanShengWei (end of line 8) and take either a motorbike, golf cart or bus (229) to Huang Pu Gu Gang.
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*'''Former Residence of Hong Xiuquan''' (洪秀全故居:Hóngxiùquán gùjū), +8602036861225, +8602086832232,Address:广州市花都区新华街道大布村官禄布(Guǎngzhōushì huādūqū xīnhuá jiēdào dàbùcūnguān lùbù), The former home of the quasi-Christian leader of the Taiping Rebellion that resulted in the death of about 20 million people during the late Qing dynasty. Shortly after failing the imperial examinations on multiple occasions, Hong Xiuquan became delusional and claimed to have received visions in his dreams that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ destined to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and establish the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in Nanjing as its captial.
  
 
===Museums and galleries===
 
===Museums and galleries===
*'''Guangzhou City Art Museum''' (广州美术馆) ''guǎng-zhōu-měi-shù-guǎn'' (''Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan'')– Located near the Zhehai Building in Yuexiu Park, this impressive gallery has more than 10,000 pieces of art work, including calligraphy, traditional Chinese paintings, sculptures and Tibetan Buddhist art (''Thangka'').  
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Note that most museums and libraries are closed on Monday.
*'''Guangdong Museum of Art''' (广东美术馆) ''guǎng-dōng-měi-shù-guǎn'', 8 Yanyu Lu, Er-sha Island, (''Tour Bus No.2'') [http://www.gdmoa.org/en_zhanting/]. Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun. The museum is on Er-Sha Island and focuses on contemporary Chinese art, with a particular emphasis on Guangdong artists. Admission ¥15. Under 18 is free with paying parents.  
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*'''Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum''' (南越王墓 ''nán-yuè-wáng-''), 867 Jiefang Bei Lu, (''Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan'') (解放北路867号) - Across from Yuexiu Park. This is a tomb of a king of ancient South China. 9AM-5:30PM. Admission is ¥12, 20 8666 0885)
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*''' Mausoleum of the Nanyue King''' (西汉南越王博物馆) [http://www.gznywmuseum.org], +86 20 3618-2920, 867 Jiefang North Road (解放北路878号), (''Metro 2 Yuexiu Park Exit E'') Discovered accidentally in 1983 during the construction of proposed shopping mall, this impressive mausoleum proves to be the most important historic discovery in South China, making it a must on any itinerary. Major display is the King's burial suit made of thousands of jade tiles. 9AM-5:30PM daily. Admission is ¥12.
*'''Guangzhou Sculpture Park''' (广州雕塑公园) ''guǎng-zhōu-diāo-sù-gōng-yuán'' –  Tongxin Lu at the foot of Baiyun Mountain. Free Admission. (''Tour Bus No. 1, 3'')
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*''' Guangzhou Museum''' (广州博物馆) [http://www.guangzhoumuseum.cn/en/main.asp], Zhenhai Tower in Yuexiu Park. Among the first museums in republic era of China, it is located in an ancient Zhenhai Tower overseeing the traditional Guangzhou regions. The museum vividly displays the history of South China. Admission: ¥10.  
*'''President Sun Yat-Sen Museum''' (孙中山大元帅府纪念馆) 18 Dongsha Jie, Fangzhi Lu (纺织路东沙街18号). +86 20 3428-1366. Admission is ¥6. Open 9AM-5PM Tue-Sun. Closed Mon.
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*'''Guangdong Museum''' (广东省博物馆新馆) (''Metro 3,5 Zhujiiang New Town Exit B1; APM Opera House Exit C'') Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun. The new museum is located in Zhujiang New Town, not to be confused with the old Guangdong Museum near Metro 1 Peasant Movement Institute Station. This is the biggest museum in the city. It covers Guangzhou's history, culture, science and nature. Arrive early as admission is limited to 5,000 per day. Personal ID is required to obtain free tickets at ticket office.
*'''Guangzhou Uprising Museum''' (广州起义旧址纪念馆) 200 Qiyi Lu (起义路200号)(''Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian Exit J''). The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building. Open 9AM—12PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Tues–Sun. Closed Mon.  
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*'''Guangdong Museum of Art''' (广东美术馆) [http://www.gdmoa.org] ''guǎng-dōng-měi-shù-guǎn'', 8 Yanyu Road (烟雨路8号) on Ersha Island (二沙島). It shows contemporary, and sometimes ultra controversy Chinese art. Personal ID is sometimes required. Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun.
*'''Guangdong Revolutions History Museum''' (广东革命历史博物馆) 2 Lingyuan Xi Lu [b8907[p (陵园西路2号大院之2), (''Located in the martyrs memorial park. Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan Exit D''). Sun Yat-Sen was sworn in here in 1921 as the president of Republic of China. The museum tells stories from the Opium War to the founding of the new China.  
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*'''Guangzhou Sculpture Park''' (广州雕塑公园) ''guǎng-zhōu-diāo-sù-gōng-yuán'' Tongxin Road at the foot of Baiyun Mountain. Free Admission.  
*'''Peasant Movement Institute''' (农民运动讲习所 ''nóng-jiǎng-suǒ'') 42 Zhongshan 4 Lu (中山四路42号),(''Metro 1, Nong Jiang Suo Exit C''). This is the original site of Communist training center founded by Mao Tse-tung in the 1920s. Now it is a museum covering the recent China revolutionary history. Open 9AM-4:30PM Tue-Sat.
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*'''The Memorial Museum Of Generalissimo Sun Yat-Sen's Mansion''' (孙中山大元帅府纪念馆) [http://www.dyshf.com/] 18 Dongsha St, Fangzhi Road (纺织路东沙街18号). +86 20 8901-2366. Open 9AM-4:30PM Tue-Sun. Free Admission.
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*'''Guangzhou Uprising Museum''' (广州起义旧址纪念馆) 200 Qiyi Road (起义路200号)(''Metro 1, 2 Gongyuanqian Exit J''). The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building. Open 9AM—12PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Tue–Fri; 10AM-4:30PM Sat-Sun. Free Admission.
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*'''Guangzhou Ocean'''(广州海洋馆)  Situated within Guangzhou Zoo, Guangzhou Ocean World covers an area of 13,000 square meters (about 139,931 square feet) and has more than 200 kinds of fish and many other rare ocean creatures. It is a high-tech exhibition hall serving sightseeing, entertainment, research and education purposes.
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*'''Guangdong Revolutions History Museum''' (广东革命历史博物馆) 2 Lingyuan West Road (陵园西路2号大院), (''Located in the martyrs memorial park. Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Exit D''). Sun Yat-Sen was sworn in here in 1921 as the president of Republic of China. The museum tells stories from the Opium War to the founding of the new China. Free Admission.
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*'''Peasant Movement Institute''' (农民运动讲习所 ''nóng-jiǎng-suǒ'') 42 Zhongshan 4th Road (中山四路42号),(''Metro 1, Peasant Movement Institute Exit C''). This is the original site of Communist training center founded by Mao Tse-tung in the 1920s. Now it is a museum covering recent China revolutionary history. Open 9AM-5PM Tue-Sun. Free admission.
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* '''Redtory''' (红砖厂) [http://www.redtory.com.cn] 128 Yuancun 4th Cross Road (员村四横路128号) Once a can food factory, this old can-packing factory is transformed into galleries for contemporary artists. There are also restaurants and shops, which blend in well with artistic surroundings. +86 20 8557-4346.
  
 
===Parks===
 
===Parks===
 
[[Image:Guangzhou yuntai.jpg|thumb|400px|Yuntai Garden]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou yuntai.jpg|thumb|400px|Yuntai Garden]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Martyrs_Memorial_Garden.jpg||thumb|200px|Communist monument in Martyrs' Memorial Garden]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Martyrs_Memorial_Garden.jpg||thumb|200px|Communist monument in Martyrs' Memorial Garden]]
* '''Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park''' (黄花岗公园), ''huáng-huā-gǎng-gōng-yuán'', [http://www.72martyrs.com.cn/e_index.htm] 79 Xianlie Zhonglu, ) (''Tour Bus No. 1''), +86 20 3758-8321. Open 6AM-8:30PM. Admission is free. This is a park that will set you in a poignant mood. The main attraction is the monument built to commemorate the 72 martyrs who died during the 1911 uprising.  
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Despite its reputation for business and busy trading, Guangzhou has many historic parks everywhere, ranging from a 1000-year-old lake garden, green mausoleum for martyrs to a vast wetland dedicating for migrant birds from Serbia and Mongolia.  
*'''Yuexiu Park''' (越秀公园) ''yuè-xiù-gōng-yuán'', (''Metro 2 Yue Xiu Park Station Exit B1'')[http://www.yuexiupark-gz.com/ecompany.htm] is the largest urban park in China and is a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes. It includes the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower (镇海楼) ''zhèn-hǎi-lóu'', now home to the City Museum with relics dating back to the 15th century and an up-to-date miniature of Guangzhou (separate admission). Also check out the Stone Statue of the Five Rams (五羊石像), the symbol of Guangzhou (For more details, see 'History' section of [[#Understand|Understand]]). Open 6AM-9PM. Free Admission.  
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*'''Yuntai Garden''' (云台花园)(''Tour Bus No. 1, 3'') ''yún-tái-huā-yuán'' is situated at the foot of Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain and is famous for its wide variety of rare flowers and trees. Every year there is a beautiful 3-D flower exhibit. During this period, admission is ¥20, but it is well worth it. Admission is ¥10.  
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*'''Yuexiu Park''' (越秀公园) ''yuè-xiù-gōng-yuán'', (''Metro 2 Yue Xiu Park Station Exit B1'')[http://www.yuexiupark-gz.com/ecompany.htm] is the largest urban park in China and is a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes. It includes the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower (镇海楼) ''zhèn-hǎi-lóu'', now home to the '''Guangzhou Museum''' [http://www.guangzhoumuseum.cn/en/main.asp]with relics on five floors dating back 5,000 years ago and an up-to-date miniature of modern Guangzhou. Admission is ¥10. Hours 9:00 - 11:30, 13:00 - 17:00. Also check out the '''Stone Statue of the Five Rams''' (五羊石像), the symbol of Guangzhou (See [[#Understand|Understand]]). Open 6AM-9PM. Free Admission.
*'''Huadu Square''' (花都广场) ''huā-dū-guǎng-chǎng'' is a park-cum-recreation square located in the north part the city and near the government office buildings of Huadu District (花都区). The square incorporates, among other attractions, an outdoor theater, large fountain, outdoor dance area and statues. There is a large grass area that is similar to a Western style meadow and a subtropical forest and ornamental flower beds.
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*'''Lingnan Impression'''(岭南印象园) (''Metro 4, Higher Education Mega Center South Exit B'') [http://www.lnyxy.com/] This is a place to see the city's past before the economic boom. The park is 15 minute walk from the subway station. Free shuttle is available on the weekend. Admission is ¥60.
*'''Xiangjiang Wild Animal Safari Park''' (香江野生动物世界) ''xiāng-jiāng--shēng-dòng--shì-jiè'' is in Panyu district. Admission is ¥150.
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*'''Baomo Garden''' (宝墨园) is located in Panyu District, rebuilt in the 1990s from a destroyed ancient garden. Hours 8:30AM-6:00PM; Admission is ¥45.
*'''Guangzhou Martyrs' Memorial Garden''' (广州起义烈士陵园) ''guǎng-zhōu-qǐ-yì-liè-shì-líng-yuán'') Zhongshan 2 Lu (中山二路),(''Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Station Exit D'') This park is dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927.  
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* '''Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park''' (黄花岗公园), ''huáng-huā-gǎng-gōng-yuán'', [http://www.72martyrs.com.cn/e_index.htm] 79 Xianlie Middle Road (先烈中路79号)  +86 20 3758-8321. Open 6AM-8:30PM. This is a park that will set you in a poignant mood. The main attraction is the monument built to commemorate the 72 martyrs who died during the 1911 uprising. Free admission.
*'''Grand World Scenic Park''' (广州世界大观) ''guǎng-zhōu-shì-jiè-dà-guān'', 888 Daguanyuan Nan Lu (天河东圃大观园南路888号), (''Bus 548, 224, 245''). Open 8:30AM-5:30PM.
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*'''Guangzhou Martyrs' Memorial Garden''' (广州起义烈士陵园) ''guǎng-zhōu-qǐ-yì-liè-shì-líng-yuán'') Zhongshan 2nd Road (中山二路),(''Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Station Exit D'') [http://www.gzlsly.com/English/] This park is dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927. Hours 6:00AM-10:00PM; Free admission.
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*'''Yuntai Garden''' (云台花园)(''Tour Bus No. 1, 3'') [http://www.baiyunshan.com.cn/publicfiles//business/htmlfiles/bysywb/ythy/201003/4921.html] ''yún-tái-huā-yuán'' is situated at the foot of Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain and is famous for its wide variety of rare flowers and trees. There are also seasonal exhibits (additional admission). Admission is ¥10.
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*'''Xiangjiang Wild Animal Safari Park''' (香江野生动物世界) [http://www.chimelong.com/enpark/wildlife.aspx]''xiāng-jiāng-yě-shēng-dòng--shì-jiè'' is in Panyu district. Hours 9:30-18:00; Admission is ¥180.
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*'''Green Walk'''(东濠涌)(''Metro 1, Peasant Movement Institute'') This is in Yuexiu District, under the Donghaoyong Elevated Road.
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*'''Taoist temple ''' Five fairy Taoist temple is located in Hui Fu Xi Lu of the center of Guangzhou. is the historical markers of that Guangzhou has been founded 2000 years.
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*'''Million Sunflower Garden'''(百万葵园) Sunflower Garden million theme park, located in Panyu, Guangzhou Wanqingsha town, covers an area of 260,000 square meters, planting one million sunflower, become the first in the country house, all imported seeds (mainly Japan) ornamental sunflower park.
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===Theme Parks===
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*'''Chimelong Paradise''' (长隆欢乐世界) The theme park has many thrill rides and shows. Hour: 9:30-18:00 (18:30 weekend); Admission is ¥200.
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*'''Chimelong Water Park''' (长隆水上世界) [http://www.chimelong.com/enpark/waterparty.shtml] This is a western style water park with great water rides. Hour: 9:30AM-10:00PM, April to Mid-October; Admission is ¥140 (fall) - ¥250 (summer).
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*'''Guangzhou CrocoPark''' (广州鳄鱼公园) You can see, play, touch, take pictures of crocodiles and even eat and buy stuff made of them! Guangzhou Metro Line 2, Huijiang Station.
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*'''Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park''' (广州香江野生动物世界) Day safaris and night safaris offered, mini jungle train, free ranging animals. Guangzhou Metro Line 3, Hanxi Changlong Station, take exit E, there are scheduled free shuttles to all the Chimelong parks.
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*'''Chimelong International Circus''' (长隆国际大马戏) The closest China gets to Cirque du Soleil, 250/adult, 125/child or senior. Hanxi Changlong, exit E, free shuttle.
  
 
===Mountains===
 
===Mountains===
*The '''Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Mountain)''' (白云山 ''bái-yún-shān''),(''Tour Bus No. 1, 3'') [http://www.baiyunshan.com.cn/English/] is a great place to relax and enjoy a day among lush, rolling hills. It also offers great views over the city. The road to the top is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way. It is a great place to see people enjoying nature and playing games, such as badminton, football (soccer) and even bungie jumping. There are many bus routes to and from different parts of the city, as well as taxis usually available near the park gate. Open 6AM-7PM. Park entrance ¥5. Cable car round trip is ¥40, tram from ¥20. Other attractions ¥5-¥10)
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*'''Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain)''' (白云山 ''bái-yún-shān'')[http://www.baiyunshan.com.cn/] is a great place to relax and enjoy a day among lush, rolling hills. It also offers great views over the city. The road to the top in most of the daytime is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way. It is a great place to see people enjoying nature and playing games, such as shuttlecock, badminton, football and even bungee jumping. There are many bus routes to and from different parts of the city, as well as taxis usually available near the park gate. Open 24 hours. Park entrance ¥5; Cable car round trip ¥40; tram from ¥20; other attractions ¥5-¥10; packages available from ¥25.
* '''Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain)''' (莲花山 ''lián-huā-shān'') features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed. From Guangzhou, take bus 308 or 302 and exchange bus at [[Panyu]] (番禺). The bus takes about two hours and costs ¥14. There is a ferry service from Guangzhou at Tianzi Pier (天字码头) at Beijing Lu Nan (北京路南) for ¥25. The boat leaves at 8:15AM and returns at 3:15PM. Admission is ¥30.
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* '''Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain)''' (莲花山 ''lián-huā-shān'') features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed. From Guangzhou, take Metro line 4 and exchange bus line 92 or 93 at Shiqi Station. There are ferry services from Guangzhou at Tianzi Pier (天字码头)(¥20) and Xidi Pier (西堤码头)(¥25). The boat leaves at 8:15AM and returns at 3:15PM. Admission is ¥50.
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
*'''Sun Yat-Sen University''' [http://www.zsu.edu.cn/] (中山大学 zhōng-shān--xué), (''Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen University Station - Exit A'')– This is the most famous university in Guangzhou and Southern China. It was founded by Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China. The school now has three campuses. The old campus is green and beautiful, and has many historical sites. The north gate has a great river view.  
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*Chinese medicine and acupuncture (中医和针灸) is taught at '''Guangzhou University of Traditional Medicine''' (广州中医药大学 guǎng-zhōu-zhōng-yī-dà-xué) [http://www.acupuncture.edu/guangzhou/] (''Metro 2 San Yuan Li - Exit B''). This is one of the main universities for traditional medicine in China and attracts many overseas students.
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For in-depth skills and knowledge on the Chinese language and culture, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou_University Guangzhou University], on the university island in Guangzhou, offers international students courses on the Chinese language (Mandarin), the Chinese culture, economy and law. An exchange semester in Guangzhou University's [http://www.asiaexchange.org/en/study-abroad-programs/study-in-china international study abroad program] is ideal for all students interested in China, international economy and international affairs in general. Most of the participants are students of business, technology, political science and tourism.
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Guangzhou University, in its present form, was founded in 2000, when Guangzhou Normal University, the South China Institute of Construction, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou Junior Teachers' College, and the Guangzhou Institute of Education were combined into one institution. Guangzhou University’s history, however, dates back to 1927 and the university was given the power to grant degrees in 1984. GU is a public university funded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government and recognized by the Ministry of Education in China as well as the International Association of Universities (IAO).
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Other private options:
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*'''Mandarin House Guangzhou School''' (广州美和汉语学校 Guǎngzhōu Měihé Hànyǔ School) [http://www.mandarinhouse.com/learn-chinese-guangzhou] offers intensive & business courses to HSK preparation to all levels.
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*'''Sun Yat-sen University''' (中山大学 Zhongsan Daxue) Founded by Republican China's (and Guangdong's own) revolutionary hero. Offers full-time Manadarin language program to foreigners at various levels. Attracts students from all around Asia and the world. Program is located in the beautiful and historic south campus in Haizhu District.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Tienhe.jpg|thumb|350px|Locals on the run outside the Grandview Plaza in Tianhe District. In the background is the 80-story CITIC Plaza.]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou_Tienhe.jpg|thumb|350px|Locals on the run outside the Grandview Plaza in Tianhe District. In the background is the 80-story CITIC Plaza.]]
 
===Street markets===
 
===Street markets===
If time and weather permits, walking is perhaps the best way to see the city as the back alleys, which are littered with antiquities, are not accessible by motorized vehicles. Most trades and goods categories are concentrated in a specific area or along one main street.
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If time and weather permit, walking is perhaps the best way to see the city as the back alleys, which are littered with antiquities, are not accessible by motorized vehicles. Most trades and goods categories are concentrated in a specific area or along one main street.
*'''Guangzhou wholesale marker directory''' [http://www.buy-in-gz.cn]. Find all kinds of professional wholesale markets in Guangzhou
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*'''Guangzhou wholesale market directory''' [http://www.buy-in-gz.cn]. Find all kinds of professional wholesale markets in Guangzhou
*'''Global International shoes Trade Centre''' [http://www.buy-in-gz.cn/shoes/Global.International.Trade.Centre.html](国际鞋城步云天地) Address:Zhan Xi Road 26# 广州市站西路26号步云天地
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*'''Qingping Market''' (清平市场) Qingping Road (清平路),(''Metro 1 Huangsha Exit D'') It is located North from Shamian Island. Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.
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*'''Global International Shoes Trade Centre''' [http://www.buy-in-gz.cn/shoes/Global.International.Trade.Centre.html](国际鞋城步云天地) Address: 26 Zhan Xi Road 广州市站西路26号步云天地
 
*'''Xiguan Antique Street''' (西关古玩城) near Liwan Park (荔湾湖公园).
 
*'''Xiguan Antique Street''' (西关古玩城) near Liwan Park (荔湾湖公园).
*'''Flower Street''' (花卉水族街) Baohua Lu (宝华路).
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*'''Flower Street''' (花卉水族街) Baohua Road (宝华路).
*'''Jade Street''' (玉器工艺街/玉器街) Changshou Lu (长寿路) and Wenchang Lu (文昌路), near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. (''Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu'')
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*'''Jade Street''' (玉器工艺街/玉器街) Changshou Road (长寿路) and Wenchang Road (文昌路), near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. (''Metro 1 Changshou Lu'')
*'''Ivory and Sea products''' (象牙雕刻海味街) Daxin Lu (大新路).
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*'''Ivory and Sea products''' (象牙雕刻海味街) Daxin Road (大新路).
*'''Toy Street''' (玩具街) and '''Dried goods and snacks Street''' (干果海味食品专业街) Yide Lu (一德路). (''Metro 2 Hai Zhu Guang Chang'')
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*'''Toy Street''' (玩具街) and '''Dried goods and snacks Street''' (干果海味食品专业街) Yide Road (一德路). (''Metro 2 Haizhu Square'')
*'''Bridal Street''' (婚纱专卖街) Jiangnan Bei Lu (江南大道北).
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*'''Bridal Street''' (婚纱专卖街) Jiangnan North Road (江南大道北) (''Metro 2 The 2nd Workers' Cultural Palace'').
*'''Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street''' Danan Lu (大南街) near Beijing Lu (北京路). (''Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian'')
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*'''Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street''' Danan Road (大南街) near Beijing Road (北京路). (''Metro 1, 2 Gongyuanqian'')
*'''Household Merchandise Street''' (日用百货街) Gaodi Jie (高第街). The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.
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*'''Household Merchandise Street''' (日用百货街) Gaodi Street(高第街). The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.
*'''Cultural Street''' (古玩字画街 / 文化商业街) Wende Lu (文德路),(''Metro 1 Long Jiang Suo''). This is a good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.
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*'''Cultural Street''' (古玩字画街 / 文化商业街) Wende Road(文德路),(''Metro 1 Peasant Movement Institute''). This is a good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.  
*'''Qingping Market''' (清平市场) Qingping Lu (清平路(,(''Metro 1 Huang Sha'') –It is located North from Shamian Island. Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods.  
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*'''Haiyin Shopping District''' (海印专业购物区) is located at the northwest side of the Haiyin Bridge (海印大桥), selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories and electronics.
*'''Haiyin Shopping District''' (海印专业购物区) is located at the northwest side of the Haiyin Bridge (海印大桥), selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories, and eletronics.
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===Art===
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*<buy name="ZhiYuan Yang (杨枝沅)" alt="" address="Jingyilan" directions="Metro 1, Gongyuanqian or Bus to Zhongshan 5th road. The building is between Beijing Road and Wende Road, facing Zhongshan 4th road. The building is about 6-7 stories tall with wholesale art on the first floor and restaurants on the top floor. As of 2017, the exterior of the building is black with many restaurant signs adorning it." phone="13762907848, 13533757516" url="QQ 592082581" hours="11:00 AM-6:00 PM" price="$$-$$$" lat="" long="">Look no further for quality art (and the most one of a kind souvenir) that won't murder your bank account. Mr. Yang is the kindest artist in the city with an eye for detail, aesthetic flair, and a genuinely nice soul. He paints works of art ranging from landscapes of all seasons, animals, still life, caligraphy, and more. His wife can also help with the framing process, whether you want your art to be mounted on a frame or a scroll. He is flexible and open to work with customers if you want to customize your painting. I had strict dimension requirements to meet and he patiently met them while suggesting great options and advice. Mr. Yang's creations are truly worth more than he sells for. There's a range of sizes and subjects for you to pick from, or you can search for an image online that you want replicated and he'll do it. Support this wonderful local artist!</buy>
  
 
===Malls and shopping centers===
 
===Malls and shopping centers===
 
[[Image:Guangzhou-ShangXia9.jpg|thumb|250px|Shangxiajiu pedestrian street]]
 
[[Image:Guangzhou-ShangXia9.jpg|thumb|250px|Shangxiajiu pedestrian street]]
*'''Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street''' (北京路步行街 ''běi-jīng-lù'') This is the main shopping thoroughfare, a pedestrian street where most stores are open from 9AM-10PM. Avoid individuals who solicit pirated DVDs and imitation goods. Don't follow anyone into the small dark alleys in between buildings to see their goods. Remember to visit '''Mayflower Plaza''' (五月花广场 ''wǔ-yuè-huā-guǎng-chǎng'') at 68 Zhongshan 5 Lu (中山五路68号), at the northern end of the Pedestrian Street. This is a place where young people hang out and shop. (''Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian - Exits C, D'')
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*'''Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street''' (北京路步行街 ''běi-jīng-lù'') (''Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian  Exits C, D'') This is the main shopping thoroughfare, a pedestrian street where most stores are open from 9AM-10PM. Avoid individuals who solicit pirated DVDs and imitation goods. Don't follow anyone into the small dark alleys in between buildings to see their goods. Remember to visit '''Mayflower Plaza''' (五月花广场 ''wǔ-yuè-huā-guǎng-chǎng'')[[http://www.mayflowerplaza.com/]] 68 Zhongshan 5th Road (中山五路68号), at the northern end of the Pedestrian Street. This is a place where young people hang out and shop.  
*'''Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street''' (上下九商业步行街 ''shàng-xià-jiǔ'') This shopping area is also a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture. It is particularly pretty at night when it's lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Lu's, but prepare to bargain a fair bit. Remember to visit '''Liwan Plaza''' (荔湾广场 ''lì-wān-guǎng-chǎng''), located at 9 Dexing Lu (德星路9号), the east end of the street. (''Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu - Exits D1, D2.'') You will find a good selection of crystal here.  
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*'''Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street''' (上下九商业步行街 ''shàng-xià-jiǔ'') (''Metro 1 Changshou Lu  Exits D1, D2.'') This shopping area is also a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture Qilou(骑楼). It is particularly pretty at night when lights are lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Road's, but prepare to bargain. Remember to visit '''Liwan Plaza''' (荔湾广场 ''lì-wān-guǎng-chǎng''), located at 9 Dexing Road (德星路9号), the east end of the street. You will find a good selection of crystal there.
*'''Zhengjia Plaza (Grandview Mall)''' (正佳广场 ''zhèng-jiā-guǎng-chǎng'') [http://www.zhengjia.com.cn/en/] 228 Tianhe Lu, (天河路228号),(''Metro 1, 3 Ti Yu Zhong Xin''). +86 020 3833-0098. This is new mall built near Teem Mall, located in the heart of Tianhe district. It includes famous fashion stores and several department stores, with beautiful musical fountians and fantastic views. Guest flow can reach half a million a day on holidays and festivals. This mall includes Starbucks, Dairyqueen, Pizzahut and McDonalds. An iceskating rink, amusement park, and a fivestar cinema is available. This is the largest Western-style shopping mall in China.  
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*'''Taikoo Hui''' (太古汇) [http://www.taikoohui.com/sc] (Metro Line 3, Shipaiqiao) A fancy latest shopping mall that targets affluent customers. L3 has several western cafes and bistros which are popular among expats and local bourgeoisies. The bookshop in L1, Fangshuo, is one of the fanciest bookshop of its kind in China, which has a fair collection of English books as well.  
*'''China Plaza''' (中华广场 ''zhōng-huá-guǎng-chǎng''). 33 Zhongshan 3 Lu, (中山三路33号),(''Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan'') Located on top of a metro station, this is another large shopping mall with brand name department stores, clothing and electronics stores, restaurants, etc.  
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*'''China Plaza''' (中华广场 ''zhōng-huá-guǎng-chǎng''). 33 Zhongshan 3rd Road, (中山三路33号),(''Metro 1 Martrs' Park'') The mall is extremely popular among young locals and displays what they think "fashionable". Located on top of a metro station, it also has a huge food court which serves anything from Sichuanese spicy food to Japanese Sushi.  
*'''Tee Mall''' (天河城 ''tiān--chéng'') [http://www.teemall.cn] (Chinese) 208 Tianhe Lu (天河路208号),(''Metro 1 Ti Yu Xi Lu''). This is probably the busiest and most popular shopping mall in the heart of the city. It is located right above the metro station.
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*'''Grandview Mall (Zhengjia Plaza)''' (正佳广场 ''zhèng-jiā-guǎng-chǎng'') [http://www.zhengjia.com.cn/en/] 228 Tianhe Road, (天河路228号),(''Metro 1, 3 Tianhe Sports Center Exit D3''). +86 20 3833-0098. This is the largest mall in Guangzhou, located in the heart of Tianhe District. It includes famous fashion stores and several department stores, and some cheesy music fountains.  
*'''Zhong Tian Shopping Plaza''' (中天购物城 ''zhōng-tiān-gòu-wù-chéng'') – Located at Zhongxin Square near the East Train Station. (''Metro 1 Guangzhou Dong Zhan.'') (天河北路 233号中信广场). This plaza is more than a place to shop and eat. The plaza has great one-stop service to meet your banking, dry cleaning, grooming and transportation ticket needs.  
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*'''Tee Mall''' (天河城 ''tiān--chéng'') [http://www.teemall.com.cn/] 208 Tianhe Road (天河路208号)(''Metro 1 Tiyu Xilu''). Located right above the metro Tiyu Xilu station, this is one of the most popular shopping mall.
*'''Friendship Store''' (广州友谊商店 ''yǒu--shāng-diàn'') 369 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路369号). 9:45AM-9:45PM. It is one of the oldest department stores targeting foreigners in Guangzhou. You will also find its branches in Zhengjia Plaza and Times Square on 28 Tianhe Beilu (天河北路28号).
 
*'''Wang Fu Jing''' (王府井百货 ''wáng-fǔ-jǐng'') 40 Long Lin Xia Lu (农林下路40号). The famous department store in [[Beijing]] opened a branch in Guangzhou with the same name, featuring mid to high-end products.
 
*'''Onelink Plaza''' (万菱广场 ''wàn-líng-guǎng-chǎng'') 39 Jie Fang Nan Lu (解放南路39号) – At first glance, this looks like a regular shopping mall but it is actually a wholesale market. Each shop usually sells just one type of product but the selection and variety of products is enormous, you'll find variations of products you won't find anywhere else. You can buy products such as arts and crafts, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, key chains, collectibles and gifts of all types. Many store and boutique owners from all over the world come here to buy their products wholesale. You will get the best prices if you buy in bulk (usually 20 or more). Most shop owners will not bargain unless you buy in bulk. However, if you only buy one or two items, the prices are usually cheaper than anywhere else since you are buying directly from the wholesaler.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
[[Image:Guangzhou-cruise.jpg|thumb|400px|Pearl River Dinner Cruise]]
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[[Image:Guangzhou-cruise.jpg|thumb|400px|Pearl River Night Cruise]]
* '''Pearl River dinner cruise''' (珠江夜游) Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头), Tianzi Pier (天字码头), and Xiti Pier (西堤码头) – This is a one to two hour cruise in the evening and a great way to see the Guangzhou skyline along the Pearl River, including a light show at Bai-E-Tan. Tickets for the deluxe dinner cruise can be bought from most high-end hotels. Prices from ¥50 per person.
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* '''Pearl River Night Cruise''' (珠江夜游)  
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:Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头), Tianzi Pier (天字码头), and Xidi Pier (西堤码头) – This is a one to two hour cruise in the evening and a great way to see the Guangzhou skyline along the Pearl River, including a light show at Bai-E-Tan. Tickets for the deluxe dinner cruise can be bought from most high-end hotels. Prices from ¥50-¥200 per person. Higher end cruises usually include dinner buffet.
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* '''Bicycle'''
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:There is a vast system of small streets and alleys, greenways, boulevards and parks that are great for cycling. You have the opportunity to explore parks, temples, outdoor markets and the quieter residential areas of Guangzhou. Some hostels have a bike rental service for as cheap as RMB5 per hour. <br />
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:<do name="Cycle Canton - guided cycle tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+86 15626406926" [email protected]"" fax="" url="http://www.cyclecanton.com/" hours="">Cycle Canton offers guided cycle tours through Guangzhou. The tour winds through old and lively urban villages where you mingle with locals, to the ultramodern architecture in the new city. The route through downtown Guangzhou, from Taojin to Pearl River New Town, is very safe and convenient as it is almost entirely free from cars and mainly follows quaint alleyways, greenways, parks, outdoor markets and riverside boulevards. You will be surprised by the beauty of Guangzhou and the fascinating inside stories about the places we visit, including old hutongs, temples, ancestral halls, parks, kong fu studios, islands and squares. Cycle Canton hosted 1,000+ guests -tourists, expats and locals- since 2013. It is consistently ranked Best Activity in Guangzhou on TripAdvisor and has featured in numerous local media. Guests do not need to be avid cyclists; child seats are available upon request. The tour takes 4 hours, bike, helmet, guide, snacks and water are provided and total costs are 300 RMB.</do>
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* '''Food Tour'''
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:<do name = "Eating Adventures" phone="+86 18688380352" url="http://www.eatingadventures.com/">offers private and group walking foodie tours of Guangzhou. Tours take roughly 3 hours and are lead by licensed English speaking guides. Costs from 399 RMB including all food.</do>
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* '''Walk the Old Hutongs'''
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:There is a vast network of undeveloped hutong streets south of Chan Clan Academy, where a tourist can enter the daily lives of the people living in these small alleys. <br />
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:<do name="Walking Tour - Guangzhou Private Tour Guide by Janvi" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+86 13826227014" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.gzguide.net/" hours="">Janvi is a native of Guangzhou. He offer overseas visitors a guided tour in and around Guangzhou, helping overseas visitors experience Guangzhou's culture and local customs. He will take you explore the old Guangzhou (Canton) which only the locals know and with low cost which travel agency they don't, telling you the historic Guangzhou as well as the modern Guangzhou, you will be taken to get involved in the daily life of Guangzhou. The tour takes from 7~10 hours, costs from USD$100~120.</do>
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:Cheap and safe. The electric trams are even cheaper at flat rate of &yen;2.  Hop on to any one of the public buses. Drivers are generally very friendly and helpful. So long as you have sufficient small change for the journey, tell the driver you are in just for a joyride. (In cantonese Yau Cheh Hor literally meaning just for the ride or just for fun. Where the journey terminates, ask anyone what buses will take you back and request the driver to let you know when to get off. So long as you sit not too far away, he (sometimes she) will tell you. Don't worry, everyone is very helpful on these buses. Being paranoid about scams and perceived crimes takes the joy out of what would otherwise be a marvellous holiday.
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*'''Daytime River "Cruise"'''
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:As cheap as &yen;2, you get a ride down to the last terminal at ZhongSan University and back. Just tell the ticket seller at the jetty, in front of Riverside Hostel,you just want a joyride. On your way back,you can get off on the other side of the river at the heart of the commercial district. After spending a couple of hours walking around or even dinner, it will cost you only &yen;1 to cross back to the Riverside Hostel
  
 
===Festivals===
 
===Festivals===
 
*'''Chinese New Year/Spring Festival''' (春节 ''chūn-jié'') occurs on first day of first lunar month, usually in January or February. This is a 15 day celebration and some districts can be quite deserted as many migrant workers return to their home provinces. The flower fair is popular during the days before New Year.  
 
*'''Chinese New Year/Spring Festival''' (春节 ''chūn-jié'') occurs on first day of first lunar month, usually in January or February. This is a 15 day celebration and some districts can be quite deserted as many migrant workers return to their home provinces. The flower fair is popular during the days before New Year.  
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[[Image:GuangzhouNewYear.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Flower Street in Tianhe during Chinese New Year]]
 
*'''Dragon Boat Festival''' (端午节 ''duān-wǔ-jié'') on fifth day of fifth lunar month, usually in May or June. This festival commemorates the sacrifice of Qu Yuan (屈原), a famous poet who drowned himself in the river by way of making a statement against government corruption during the Warring States Period. The highlights are dragon boat racing along the Pearl River, and eating rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves (粽子).
 
*'''Dragon Boat Festival''' (端午节 ''duān-wǔ-jié'') on fifth day of fifth lunar month, usually in May or June. This festival commemorates the sacrifice of Qu Yuan (屈原), a famous poet who drowned himself in the river by way of making a statement against government corruption during the Warring States Period. The highlights are dragon boat racing along the Pearl River, and eating rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves (粽子).
*'''Mid-autumn Festival''' (中秋节 ''zhōng-qiū-jié'') is on the 15th day of 8th lunar month, usually in Sept or Oct. Cantonese moon cakes are enjoyed during this holiday. Lian Xiang Lou and Tao Tao Ju's moon cakes are especially famous (see "Eat" section). Kids' favorites are paper lanterns. Many locals also enjoy riding ferries and watching the full moon on the Pearl River.
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*'''Mid-autumn Festival''' (中秋节 ''zhōng-qiū-jié'') is on the 15th day of 8th lunar month, usually in September or October. Cantonese moon cakes are enjoyed during this holiday. Lian Xiang Lou and Taotao Ju's moon cakes are especially famous (see "Eat" section). Kids' favorites are paper lanterns. Many locals also enjoy riding ferries and watching the full moon on the Pearl River.
 
*'''Tomb Sweeping Day''' (清明节 ''qīng-míng-jié'') is around the spring equinox, usually on April 5th. Involves visits to the family tombs for cleaning and making offerings.
 
*'''Tomb Sweeping Day''' (清明节 ''qīng-míng-jié'') is around the spring equinox, usually on April 5th. Involves visits to the family tombs for cleaning and making offerings.
*'''Chinese Valentines Day''' (七夕 ''qī-xī'') is on 7th day of 7th lunar month, usually in August or September. According to legend, a heavenly fairy Zhi Nu (织女) fell in love with a mortal farm boy Niu Lang (牛郎). It's forbidden of course, so as punishment, they are only allowed to meet once a year on this day. This is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, but it is steadily losing its appeal among the locals, especially to the young.
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*'''Double Ninth Festival''' (重阳节) is on the 9th day of 9th lunar month, usually in October. Cantonese has the tradition of hiking up Baiyun Mountain. This is also the fall version of the Tomb Sweeping Day in April.
*'''Winter Solstice''' (冬至) ''dōng-zhì'', which literally means the Coming of Winter is on December 22nd. Traditionally, Cantonese people observe the day with a family feast, which often includes preserved duck and sausages. However, the highlight of the day's festive dishes is hot soup served with flour dumplings (汤圆).
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*'''Qi Xi''', or '''Chinese Valentine's Day''' (七夕 ''qī-xī'') is on 7th day of 7th lunar month, usually in August or September. According to legend, a heavenly fairy Zhinu (织女) fell in love with a mortal farm boy Niulang (牛郎). This was forbidden; as punishment, they were only allowed to meet once a year on this day. There are usually parades and carnivals in the city celebrating the holiday. This is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, but it is steadily losing its appeal among the locals; many have adopted the Western Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
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*'''Winter Solstice''' (冬至, 过冬 ''dōng-zhì''), which literally means the Coming of Winter is on December 22nd. Traditionally, Cantonese people observe the day with a family feast, which often includes preserved duck and sausages. However, the highlight of the day's festive dishes is hot soup served with flour dumplings (汤丸).
  
 
===The Canton Fair ===
 
===The Canton Fair ===
Twice a year, in Spring and Fall, Guangzhou hosts the '''Canton Fair''' [http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.asp] or China Import And Export Commodities Fair. It has been running since 1957 and for many years was almost the only way foreign businesses could make contacts in China. It is still very important now. Anyone who is doing or wants to do business with China should consider visiting.
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'''Canton Fair''' [http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.asp] (China Import and Export Commodities Fair) held twice a year in Guangzhou since 1957 and is the largest trade fair in China. It has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair. Canton Fair is held in the Pazhou Complex at 380 Yuejiang Middle Road (阅江中路380号) (''Metro Line 8 Xingangdong or Pazhou station'').
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If you are going to the fair, book a hotel well in advance. Hotels tend to be booked and expensive during the Fair. Metro is the best transportation option to go to the fair ground, while many hotels provide free shuttle services.
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==Eat==
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Cantonese cuisine is well-known for its blend of color, fragrance, taste and presentation, and it is ranked among the top four in the country. In particular, ''dim sum'', a delicate pastry, is famous for being simple yet delicious. Local customs, as well as a long history of contact with the West compared to other regions in China, have played a major role in the development and diversity of Cantonese cuisine. Chinese food served in Western countries is usually Cantonese food, albeit slightly adapted to Western tastes, meaning that most Western visitors from large cities will be familiar with Cantonese food to a certain extent. That being said, authentic Cantonese cuisine is also famous throughout China for another reason - Cantonese people eat '''absolutely anything''', and it is often said that Cantonese people eat anything that has four legs other than a table, anything that flies other than an airplane, and anything that swims other than a submarine. In addition to that, various internal organs of animals are regularly eaten, such as the liver, kidneys, heart and even brain. This means that Cantonese cuisine is one of, if not the most adventurous in China due to their expansive use of exotic ingredients, and their extremely broad definition of what is considered edible. This is how Guangzhou earned the distinct name of "Eating in Guangzhou (食在广州)."
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===What to Eat===
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* '''White Cut Chicken (白切鸡)''' This is one of the most popular Cantonese dishes. It is lightly flavored to allow one to taste the true chicken meat. Many Cantonese restaurants have their signature dish based on this, such as the Wenchang Chicken from Guangzhou Restaurant, Real Taste Chicken from Bingsheng Restaurant and Qingping Chicken from various restaurants. However, to be cautious, especially westerners, since the chicken is completely steam without any cut off, you might see the head and feet of the chicken
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* '''Yum Cha / Dim Sum (饮茶)''' "A pot of tea with two pieces (一盅两件)" is Guangzhou's dim sum culture. Many locals stay for hours chatting and reading newspaper with just a small order of food. The varieties of dim sum dishes in many restaurants are easily over a hundred. The bite-size quantity of each dish allows one to venture out and try new things that will satisfy one's taste bud.
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* '''Siu Mei / Shao Wei (烧味)''' Cantonese barbecue is famous around the world where many have seen the image of roasted ducks and chicken hanging in front of a store. Siu mei is a staple item in Cantonese restaurants. Some Varieties include barbecued pork (叉烧), roast goose (烧鹅) and roast pig (烧肉).
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* '''Seafood (海鲜)''' Eating fresh seafood the Cantonese way is a good way to explore Cantonese culture. From picking live fish or lobsters in front of your eyes to eating the sea creatures with their heads attached, this is a great advanture for any visitors.
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* '''Dessert (甜品,糖水)''' A Cantonese meal is not complete without Cantonese desserts. Soupy or custard desserts are common. Two distinct Guangzhou favorites are double layered milk (双皮奶) and ginger milk curd (姜撞奶). Other popular choices include tofu pudding (豆腐花), red bean paste (紅豆沙), green bean paste (綠豆沙), guilinggao (龟苓膏), black sesame paste (芝麻糊) and sago (西米露).
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===Food===
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<eat name="İstanbul" address=" Xiao Bei (line 5) ="
  
If you are going to the fair, book a hotel well in advance. Hotels tend to be booked and expensive during the Fair. China Hotel and Dongfang Hotel are probably the best places to stay if you can afford it. It is right across the street from one of the main exhibit halls. Many affordable hotels, including  Oasis Hotel Guangzhou [http://www.oasishotel-guangzhou.com], provide free shuttle services to the main exhibit centers during the fair. Taxis may not be your best option since there are traffic controls in the exhibit areas.
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<eat name="Coffee Time" address=" Chen Clan Academy (ChenJiaci - line 1) ="
  
The two main exhibit halls are the Pazhou Complex at 380 Yuejiang Zhong Lu (阅江中路380号) (''Metro 2 Pa Zhou''), and the old Liuhua Complex at 117 Liuhua Lu (流花路117号) (''Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan''). The old Liuhua Complex is closed now, the whole fair takes place at Pazhou Complex (for details visit the official website of Canton Fair).
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==Eat==
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Cantonese cuisine is well-known for its blend of color, fragrance, taste and presentation, and it is ranked among the top four in the country. In particular, ''dim sum'', a delicate pastry, is famous for being simple yet delicious. Local customs have also played a major role in the development and diversity of Cantonese cuisine, as it is often said that Cantonese people eat everything that swims except a submarine, everything that flies except an airplane, and everything with four legs except a table. However, despite the culinary achievements in the kitchen, the standards of hygiene still leave a lot to be desired, and so care should be taken in choosing restaurants and dishes. If in doubt, it is safer to avoid food containing meat, and fortunately Cantonese cuisine is famous for its  vegetarian dishes. 
 
  
Do not ever be afraid of ordering too much - almost every restaurant in Guangzhou will have a takeaway option, just ask to ''da bao'' (take-out) and your leftovers will be packaged up in a sealable, microwavable container to be eaten at home.
 
  
 
===Traditional===
 
===Traditional===
  
* <eat name="Baifu Restaurant" alt="百福酒家" address="112 Tiyu Dong Lu (体育东路112号百福广场三楼)" directions="3F, Baifu Plaza, Metro 1 Ti Yu Zhong Xin" phone="+86 20 3880-8268" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Guangzhou Restaurant" alt="广州酒家" address="2 Wenchang South Road (文昌南路2号)" directions="Metro 1 Changshou Lu" phone="+86 20 8138-0388" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gzr.com.cn/" hours="" price=""> This Cantonese family restaurant is famous for its signature dishes Wenchang Chicken and special baby pig. Get up early and try it's Yum Cha (Cantonese dim sum). It has several branches in the city. Other locations include 20 Binjiang West Road (滨江西路20号) and 112 Tiyu East Road (体育东路112号).</eat>
  
* <eat name="Chuan Guo Yan Yi" alt="" address="140-148 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tien He District" directions="" phone="+86 20 3887-9879" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Food from Sichuan (Sezchuan) province, the food from this restaurant is served hot pot style. Busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Popular with expats and those who like hot/spicy food.</eat>
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* <eat name="Pan Xi Restaurant" alt="泮溪酒家" address="151 Longjin West Road (龙津西路151号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8181-5718" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of the Old Guangzhou, this Cantonese Restaurant serves dim sum next to trickling streams and stunning architecture. Try one of their famous dumplings shaped like a rabbit's head.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Datong Restaurant" alt="大同酒家" address="63 Yanjiang Lu (沿江路63号)" phone="+86 20 8188-8988" email="" fax="" hours="" price="">Huge restaurant spans all 8 floors of the old building. The place has been around for a long time and is a favorite among locals.</eat>
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* <eat name="Datong Restaurant" alt="大同酒家" address="63 Yanjiang Road (沿江路63号)" phone="+86 20 8188-8988" email="" fax="" hours="" price="">This time-honored restaurant spans all 8 floors of the old building, overlooking the Pearl River. The place has been around for a long time and is a favorite among locals.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Guangzhou Restaurant" alt="广州酒家" address="2 Wenchang Nan Lu (文昌南路2号)" directions="Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu" phone="+86 20 8138-0388" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> This Cantonese family restaurant has several branches all over the city. Other locations include 20 Binjiang Xi Lu (滨江西路20号) and 112 Ti Yu Dong Lu(体育东路112号).</eat>
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* <eat name="Taotao Ju Restaurant" alt="陶陶居" address="20 Dishifu Road (第十甫路20号)" directions="Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street" phone="+86 20 8138-9632" email="" fax="" hours="" price="">This is the oldest traditional dim sum restaurant in the city but nowadays, their food not up to standard as their chef left for high end restaurant in Hong Kong. Dim sum hours are still busy, so reservation is recommended. Specialty includes moon cakes and other traditional Cantonese pastries.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Liuhua Congee House" alt="流花粥城" address="Renmin Bei Lu (人民北路903号流花湖公园)" directions="In Liuhua Park. Metro 2, exit Yue Xiu Gong Yuan" phone="+86 20 8668-0108" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open 24 hours" price="">Excellent dim sum in beautiful surroundings.</eat>
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* <eat name="Four Seasons Restaurant" alt="中国大酒店四季厅" address="122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店)" directions="Metro 2 Yuexiu Park Exit D2" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" url="" hours="11AM-2.30PM, 6PM-10PM" price="¥200 per person" lat="" long="" fax="">Classic Cantonese cuisine using fresh, quality ingredients.  Renowned for its Roasted Suckling Pig and Peking Duck. Dim sum is serve during lunch hours.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Lian Xiang Lou" alt="莲香楼" address="67 Dishipu Lu (第十甫路67号) directions="Metro 1, exit Chang Shou Lu" phone="+86 20 8181-1638" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F 6:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 6:30AM-11PM" price="">Founded in 1889, Lian Xiang Lou is known for its tasty dim sum. Local cards only.</eat>
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* <eat name="Liuhua Congee House" alt="流花粥城" address="Renmin North Road (人民北路903号流花湖公园)" directions="In Liuhua Park. Metro 2 Yuexiu Park" phone="+86 20 8668-0108" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open 24 hours" price="">Excellent dim sum and Cantonese porridge in beautiful surroundings.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Pan Xi Restaurant" alt="泮溪酒家" address="151 Longjin Xi Lu (龙津西路151号)" directions="" phone="+86 020 8181-5718" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Serves up dim sum among trickling streams and stunning architecture. Try one of their famous dumplings shaped like a rabbit's head.</eat>
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* <eat name="Wenji Restaurant" alt="文记壹心鸡" address="10 Boahua Road (荔湾区宝华路旋源桥10号)" directions="Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street" phone="+86 20 8172-8887" email="" fax="" hours="" price=""> As the place was established by the former chefs from Qingping Restaurant, they have the original Qingping Chicken on the menu.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Tao Tao Ju" alt="陶陶居" address="20 Dishipu Lu, (第十甫路20号)" directions="Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu" phone="+86 20 8138-9632" email="" fax="" hours="" price="">Specialty is the Cantonese moon cakes.</eat>
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* <eat name="Lian Xiang Lou" alt="莲香楼" address="67 Dishifu Road (第十甫路67号) directions="Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street" phone="+86 20 8181-1638" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lianxianglou.com" hours="M-F 6:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 6:30AM-11PM" price="">Founded in 1889, Lian Xiang Lou is a famed Cantonese restaurant across China. Local gourmets may disdain its dishes but its bakery is still popular among tourists </eat>
 
 
* <eat name="Wenji Restaurant" alt="文记壹心鸡" address="10 Xuanyuan Qiao (荔湾区宝华路旋源桥10号)" directions="Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu" phone="+86 20 8172-8887" email="" fax="" hours="" price=""> As the place was established by the former chefs from Qingping restaurant, they have the original Qingping chicken on the menu.</eat>
 
  
 
===Vegetarian===
 
===Vegetarian===
  
* <eat name="Cai Gen Xiang" alt="菜根香" address="167 Zhongshan 6 Lu (中山六路167号)" directions="Metro 1 Xi Men Kou" phone="+86 20 8334-4363" email="" fax="" hours="6:30AM-2:30PM, 5PM-9PM" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Fo World Sushishe" alt="佛世界素食社" address="2-8 Niunaichang St, Tongfu Middle Road (同福中路牛奶厂街二圣宫前2-8号)" directions="Metro 2 The 2nd Workers' Cultural Palace" phone="+86 20 8424-3590" email="" fax="" hours="7AM-9PM" price="" lat="" long="">The restaurant is hidden in a small street, this place is especially crowded on the 1st and 15th of each month (lunar calendar). Part of the profits is given to the neighboring temple.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Fo Shi Jie" alt="佛世界素食馆" address="Niu Nai Chang Jie (同福中路牛奶厂街二圣宫前2-8号)" directions="by Tongfu Zhong Lu" phone="+86 20 8424-3590" email="" fax="" hours="7AM-9PM" price="" lat="" long="">Part of the profits is given to charity.</eat>
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* <eat name="Foo Yau Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant" alt="佛有缘素食馆" address="Xinfu Xincun (幸福新村)" directions="Metro 1 Chan Clan Acadamy Exit D" phone="+86 20 8125-0428" url="http://www.fooyauyuan.com" email="" fax="" hours="7AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">This place serves creative vegetarian dishes with dim sum served in the morning.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Fo You Yuan" alt="佛有缘素食馆" address="12 Shi Lu Ji Zhongshan 8 Lu; 712 Shangjiu Lu (上九路712号)" directions="Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu" phone="+86 20 8181-9188" email="" fax="" hours="6:30AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM" price="" lat="" long=""> Interesting and new vegetarian dishes.</eat>
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* <eat name="Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant" address="1号 Huang Tian Zhi Jie, Yue Xiu Qu, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区麓景路黄田直街1、2号‎‎)"(''Metro 5 Xiaobei Exit D'') phone="+8615915727374" url="http://www.sharmaji.net/"> One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located in the Indian ghetto in Guangzhou, near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served. </eat>
  
* <eat name="Shui Yun Tian" alt="水云天" address="38-42 Jinghui Lu (净慧路38-42号首层)" directions="next to the Guangxiao Temple, Metro 1 Xi Men Kou" phone="+86 20 8107-2463" email="" fax="" hours="6:30AM-2:30PM, 4:30PM-9:30PM" price="" lat="" long="">Great buffet around noon.</eat>
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* <eat name="Shui Yun Tian" alt="水云天" address="38-42 Jinghui Road (净慧路38-42号首层)" directions="next to the Guangxiao Temple, Metro 1 Ximenkou" phone="+86 20 8107-2463" email="" fax="" hours="6:30AM-2:30PM, 4:30PM-9:30PM" price="" lat="" long="">Great buffet around noon.</eat>
  
 
===Southeast Asian===
 
===Southeast Asian===
* <eat name="Cow and Bridge Thai Restaurant" alt="牛桥泰菜" address="2/F, Xiang Long Garden, 181 Tianhe Bei Lu (天河北路181号祥龙花园二楼)" (''Metro 3 Lin He Xi'') phone="+86 20 8525-0821">This famous Thai restaurant offers many varities of Thai dishes. Ask for the more fiery version of your meal, if you're used to Thai cuisine, as the dishes are somewhat localized. </eat>
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* <eat name="Lan Kwai Fong" alt="兰桂坊" address="5 Shamian Nan Jie (沙面南街5号)" (''Metro 1 Huang Sha'') phone="+86 20 8121-6523"> Good curries and polite service in this Shamian Island favorite. It is tourist friendly and menus are available in English. </eat>
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* <eat name="Cow and Bridge Thai Restaurant" alt="牛桥泰菜" address="2/F, Xiang Long Garden, 181 Tianhe North Road (天河北路181号祥龙花园二楼)" directions="Metro 3 Linhexi" phone="+86 20 8525-0821">This famous Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes. Ask for the more fiery version of your meal, if you're used to Thai cuisine, as the dishes are somewhat localized. </eat>
* <eat name="Banana Leaf" alt="蕉叶西餐厅" address="28 Tianhe Bei Lu (天河北路28号时代广场2楼)" directions="2/F, Times Square" phone="+86 20 3891-0728" url="http://www.bananaleaf.com.cn/en/01over/01about.asp"> Traditional and established Thai restaurant chain in Guangzhou. They also have restaurants at GZTV Hotel (G/F, 8 Luhu Lu, +86 20 8359-7499) and World Trade Center (5/F, 371-375 Huanshi Dong Lu). (''Metro 3 Lin He Xi'')</eat>
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* <eat name="Lan Kwai Fong" alt="兰桂坊" address="5 Shamian South St (沙面南街5号)" directions="Metro 1 Huangsha" phone="+86 20 8121-6523"> This tourist friendly restaurant offers good curries and polite service on the quite Shamian Island. </eat>
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* <eat name="Banana Leaf" alt="蕉叶西餐厅" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.bananaleaf.com.cn/en/01over/01about.asp" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is a established traditional Thai restaurant chain in Guangzhou.</eat>
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:* <eat name="Tianhe" alt="" address="28 Tianhe North Road (天河北路28号时代广场2楼)" directions="Metro 3 Linhexi; 2/F, Times Square" phone="+86 20 3891-0728" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></eat>
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:* <eat name="GZTV Hotel" alt="" address="G/F, 8 Luhu Road" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""></eat>
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:* <eat name="World Trade Center" alt="" address="5/F, 371-375 Huanshi East Road" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Tai Man Guan" alt="泰满贯" address="7F Tower North East, Teemall, 208 Tianhe Road (天河路208号天河东北塔7楼)" directions="Metro 3 Tiyu Xilu" phone="" url=""> This is located in the Tee Mall in Tianhe. The Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes with great curry and noodle dishes.</eat>
  
 
===Indian===
 
===Indian===
* <eat name="Vaastu, a date with India" alt="雅仕度餐厅" address="D2, 1-48 HaiYue Street, New World Plaza, ZhuJiang New Town (天河区珠江新城海月路1-48号凯旋新世界广场D2铺‎‎)"(''Metro 3 ZhuJiang Xin Cheng'') phone="+86-20-38258181" url="http://www.vaastucuisine.com/"> Vaastu started operations in October 2008. The food is great and the location is near the new central business district in Zhujing Xinchng (Pearl River New City). Very nice decor. Consists of three sections. A must visit on your trip to Guangzhou.  Voted the Best Restaurant in Guangzhou in 2008 and 2009. Owner is often there. </eat>
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* <eat name="Vaastu" alt="雅仕度印度餐厅" address="13-15, 475 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yue Xiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区环市东路475号东都大世界首层A区13号-15号‎‎)"(''Metro 5 The Zoo Exit B'') phone="+86 20 3825-8181" url="http://www.vaastucuisine.com/"> This high end restaurant opened its door in 2008. It serves traditional Indian food with vegetarian dishes available. </eat>
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* <eat name="Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+8615915727374" url="http://www.sharmaji.net/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" huang="Huang" tian="Tian" zhi="Zhi" yue="Yue" xiu="Xiu" guangzhou="Guangzhou" 5="5" xiaobei="Xiaobei" exit="Exit"> One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located  near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served. </eat>
  
 
===Western===
 
===Western===
  
* <eat name="Buongiorno Italian Restaurant" alt="Buongiorno意大利餐厅" address="33 Jiansheliumalu, 3F Yian plaza (广东省广州市 越秀区建设六马路33号宜安广场3楼304/310)" directions="" phone="+86 20 83633587" email="" fax="" url="http://www.buongiorno.com.cn/" hours="11AM-11PM" price="" lat="" long="">Real Italian restaurant, Italian managed and prepared. Best pizza and pasta in town, wonderful meat and fish dishes.</eat>
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*<eat name="Zebra Star Cafe" alt="" address="Unit 101, 130 Taojin Rd, Yuexiu District (淘金路130号101)“ directions="take line 5 metro train to Taojin station then find Taojin Rd and a short 5 minute walk from there" phone ="020 8359 6670" url=""hours="all days and stays opens very late" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Located in the old Yuexiu district this cafe is famous for its Australian influenced cuisine.  It has real coffee and it and ideal hangout for travellers who crave western food and culture.  The boss is an Aussie and has a large network of expats who frequent this place. Has great music and atmosphere. </eat>
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* <eat name="Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant" alt="" address="3 Shamian South St (沙面南街3号)" directions="Metro 2 Huangsha" phone="+86 20 8121-5106" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located near the White Swan hotel, Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant is an established American restaurant on Shamian Island. They serve everything from burgers to pasta to Tex-mex, and portions are large. This is a favorite for adoption families who stays on the island.</eat>
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* <eat name="Oggi Restaurants" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://oggirestaurant.com" hours="" price="">Oggi serves traditional Italian food in central Guangzhou.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Danny's Italian American Restaurant" alt="" address="4F Unit 403, #188 Huangpu Da Dao Xi, Home Garden Mall, Tianhe District 地址:黄埔大道西 188号 维家思广场 四楼" directions="" phone="+86 020 8756-1993" email="" fax="" url="http://www.dannysbagel.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Guangzhou expat institution. Delicious Italian dishes including pasta, pizza, salad, desserts, hamburgers and other "western" foods. Chinese dishes are also available. For dine in or take out.</eat>
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* <eat name="Oggi Trattoria" alt="" address="1 Tiyu East Road (天河区体育东路1号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8751-5882" email="" fax="" url="" hours="11am-12am" price="">Come and enjoy their great pizza and pasta with choice Italian wine.</eat>
  
* <eat name="The Italian Restaurant" alt="小街风情意大利餐厅" address="360 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路360号珠江大厦东座3楼)" directions="3F, East Tower, Zhujiang Building" phone="+86 20 8386-3840" email="" fax="" hours="10:30AM-2AM" price="" lat="" long="">Despite the unimaginative name, this is the place if you're craving Italian. Pizzas, pastas and beer are on offer.</eat>
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* <eat name="Oggi Pizzeria" alt="" address="G/F Tianlun Garden, Jianshe 4th Road (建设四马路)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8356-1196" email="" fax="" url="" hours="24/7" price="">The European theme style cafe and bar serves great pizzas and traditional Italian home dishes with wine carte and draught beer.</eat>
  
* <eat name="The Mexican Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="just above The Italian Restaurant" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Food is mediocre and a bit expensive.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bosphorus Turkish Restaurants" alt="" address="1 Jianshe 6th Road" directions="Metro 5 Xiaobei Exit A" phone="+86 20 8376-7644" url="http://www.bosphorus-china.com" hours="10AM-11PM" price="" lat="" long=""> There are two location in GZ. Bosphorus Premium Located in ex Tang Club , and Bosphours Xiaobei located in Zhaoqing Building , it has delicious and halal foods.  The third location in Yiwu city .  The Bosphorus premium has two floor, having lunch and dinner at 2. floor, smoke and coffee at 3. floor. The portions are large, price are acceptable according to food quality. This is a favorite for eating doner (one of famous Turkish food) and kebabs especially Iskender.</eat>
  
* <eat name="La Seine" alt="塞纳河法国餐厅" address="33 Qingbo Lu" directions="Ground floor, Zinghai Concert Hall" phone="+86 20 8735-2222" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> The best French restaurant in the city. Also one of the most expensive restaurants.</eat>
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* <eat name="Buongiorno Italian Restaurant" alt="Buongiorno 意大利餐厅" address="3F Yian Plaza, 33 Jianshe 6th Road  (越秀区建设六马路33号宜安广场3楼304/310)" directions="" phone="+86 20 83633587" email="" fax="" url="http://www.buongiorno.com.cn/" hours="11AM-11PM" price="" lat="" long="">The authentic Italian restaurant is Italian managed and prepared, serving pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Western Delights" alt="" address="Tao Jin Jia Yuan" directions="" phone="+86 13533377784" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ksbakery.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Western-style homemade sandwiches, managed and prepared by Westerners. Delivery service.</eat>
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* <eat name="Prime Steakhouse" alt="" address="122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" fax="" hours="11am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm" price="">This is one of Guangzhou's finest steakhouse serving Australian and Japanese prime cuts, seafood, pasta and desserts.</eat>
  
===Foreign Chains===
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* <eat name="Cafe Veranda" alt="" address="122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" fax="" hours="6.30am-10pm" price="">This place serves a lavish international buffet and also has a la carte menu. All Western and Asian delights can be found here and the breakfast buffet is simply excellent.</eat>
Foreign fast food, ice cream and coffee chains are well established in Guangzhou. These include KFC (肯德基), Pizza Hut (必胜客), McDonald's (麦当劳), Starbucks (星巴克) and Häagen-Dazs (哈根达斯). All of these can be found in the Zhengjia Plaza (See "Shop").
 
  
===Convenience stores and supermarkets===
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* <eat name="Danny's Italian American Restaurant" alt="" address="4F Home Garden Mall, 188 Huangpu West Avenue (黄埔大道西188号维家思广场四楼)" directions="Metro APM Huangpu Dadao" phone="+86 20 8756-1993" url="http://www.dannysbagel.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Established in Guangzhou since 1997, the restaurant serves Italian and American dishes including pasta and pizza along with other western food. Chinese dishes are also available. Delivery is also available.</eat>
  
Convenience stores are on almost every street corner and most are open 24 hours. Major convenience store chains include 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle-K and C-Store. Prices are a little higher than in local shops or supermarkets, particularly at 7-Eleven. Note that 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Circle-K do not sell cigarettes, but C-store does. Corner Deli is an imported products (Europe, U.S.A. and AUS/NZ) grocery store on the backstreet behind CITIC Plaza.
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* <eat name="The Italian Restaurant" alt="小街风情意大利餐厅"  address="3F Zhujiang Building East Tower, 360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦东座3楼)" directions="Metro 5 Taojin" phone="+86 20 8386-3840" email="" fax="" hours="10:30AM-2AM" price="" lat="" long="">Despite the unimaginative name, this place offers good pizzas, pasta and beer. Buffet is available.</eat>
  
The main '''supermarket chains''' are:
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* <eat name="La Seine Restaurant Franca" alt="塞纳河法国餐厅" address="33 Qingbo Road (二沙岛晴波路33号)" directions="Ground floor, Zinghai Concert Hall" phone="+86 20 8735-2222" email="" fax="" hours="" price="¥200 and up" lat="" long=""> The upscale restaurant has an elegant French decor, overlooking the Pearl River skyline.</eat>
  
'''Carrefour''' - huge French hypermarket on Kanwang Lu near Chenjiaci station. It's cheap and has a good product choice.
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* <eat name="K's Western Delights" alt="K’S西方佳肴" address="Tao Jin Jia Yuan" directions="" phone="+86 13533377784" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ksbakery.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">They serve Western-style homemade kosher sandwiches, managed and prepared by Westerners. Delivery service is available.</eat>
  
'''Jusco''' - several including Martyrs Park, Tee Mall (TiyuXilu) and GZ East train station. This Japanese chain has a good selection of imported foods.
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* <eat name="Pizza2Pizza" alt="" address="Tianhe North Road (天河北路614号2号铺)" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.pizza2pizza.com.cn/" hours="10AM-2AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The restaurant serves appetizers, Salads, Pizza and Pasta. Dine-in, take-out and catering are available. Free delivery within 2 km of the location. Check their website for other locations.</eat>
  
'''Park 'n' Shop''' - Hong Kong chain with several locations ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets. The largest stores are in the shopping mall above Changshou Lu Station and on Tianhe Bei Lu close to the Longkouxi bus stop. A little more expensive but has a good choice of imported foods.
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* <eat name="Tekila Mexican Restaurant and Bar" alt="" address="2F, 11 Jianshe 6th Road (建设六马路11号二楼)" directions="Metro 5 Taojin" phone="+86 20 8381-6996" url="http://www.vivatekila.com/">This place serves authentic Mexican food. It has great Margaritas. Entertainment includes salsa dancing.</eat>
  
'''TESCO''' - British hypermarket located on Zhongshan 6th Rd. above Ximenkou Station. Spread over 4 floors - has a limited choice of food and very few imported products, but very cheap.
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* <eat name="BOCA Restaurant and Cafe" alt="" address="75 Tianhe East Road #107(天河东路75号首层107)"  phone="+86 20 8759-1558" url="http://www.boca-cafe.com/index.php/home/?lang=en">This place serves appetizer, Soup, Salad, Sandwiches, Rice Delights, Pastas and other Main Courses. Kids' meal is available.</eat>
  
'''Trust-mart''' - locations at Fangcun, Kecun Living Mall and Gangding. This Chinese chain has a large stock of non-food items but the grocery selection is a little limited although prices are lower than it's international rivals. Often crowded at weekends.
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* <eat name="Gail's Place" alt="" address="1/F Stars Building, 172 Huasui Road (珠江新城华穗路172号,星辰大厦首层02铺)"  phone="+86 20 8350-1667" url="http://www.gailsplace2000.com">The family owned restaurant has a huge western food menu with an accent on American and fusion style dishes. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, Gail's offers a fully cooked turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.</eat>
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===African===
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*<eat name="Best-Way African Restaurant" alt="" address="No. 003 1/F Jindu Bldg, 99 Guangyuan West Road" directions="opposite Canaan Market" phone="+86 20 6114-7501" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This Nigerian restaurant serves cuisine cooked Igbo style (try the semo and egusi soup). It is a bit out of the way (down some narrow stairs and under a concrete overpass), but the ambiance is cozy inside with Nigerian music playing.</eat>
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===Foreign chains===
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Foreign fast food, ice cream and coffee chains are well established in Guangzhou. These include Subway (赛百味), Dairy Queen (冰雪皇后), Saizeriya (Japanese Italian Food Chain), Papa John's Pizza (棒约翰), KFC (肯德基), Pizza Hut (必胜客), McDonald's (麦当劳), Burger King (汉堡王), Starbucks (星巴克) and Häagen-Dazs (哈根达斯). Most of these can be found in the Zhengjia Plaza (See "Shop").
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===Convenience Stores===
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Convenience stores are on almost every street corner and most are open 24 hours. Major convenience store chains include 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle-K and C-Store. Prices are a little higher than in local shops or supermarkets, particularly at 7-Eleven. Some FamilyMarts and Circle-K's do not sell cigarettes, but C-store does. Corner's Deli is a specialty food chain store with several locations in the city with a good selection of imported foods. One of the locations is at unit 6, Backstreet, CITIC Plaza.
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===Supermarket Chains===
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'''TESCO''' (乐购) The British hypermarket is located on Zhongshan 6th Road above the Metro Ximenkou Station and it is the largest supermarket in Guangzhou on a single premise.
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'''Park 'n' Shop''' (百佳) This Hong Kong chain has several locations ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets. The largest stores are in the shopping mall above Metro Changshou Lu Station and at Tianhe North Road close to the Longkouxi bus stop. It is a little more expensive but has a good selection of imported groceries.
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'''ÆON''' (永旺)There are several locations including Tee Mall at Tiyu West Road and Linhe Middle Road near the East Train Station. This Japanese chain has a good selection of imported groceries.
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'''Carrefour''' (家乐福) This French hypermarket has four stores in Guangzhou. One of them is at Kangwang Road (康王中路656号) near Chenjiaci station. It is cheap and has a good selection of products.
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'''Trust-Mart''' (好又多) The lower-end market has numerous locations in Guangzhou and it is recent acquired by Wal-Mart (沃尔玛). It will be soon re-branded to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has been upgrading the stores, and the prices while they are at it. This chain has a large stock of non-food items but the grocery selection is limited. It is often crowded on the weekends.
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'''Vanguard''' (华润万家) This is the flagship operating supermarket chains of China Resources. It is the third largest supermarket chain in Hong Kong. It operates approximately 450 stores in China. There are over 20 stores in Guangzhou.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Tsing Tao and Zhu Jiang are the two major Chinese beer brands that are sold almost everywhere. Both are fairly standard light lagers. Carlsberg is also brewed in Guangzhou, which explains the reasonably large amount of Carlsberg taps in the bars.
 
Tsing Tao and Zhu Jiang are the two major Chinese beer brands that are sold almost everywhere. Both are fairly standard light lagers. Carlsberg is also brewed in Guangzhou, which explains the reasonably large amount of Carlsberg taps in the bars.
  
'''Bai-E-Tan Bar Street''' (白鹅潭酒吧风情街) on Changdi Street (长堤街) (Metro 1 Fang Cun; across the river from White Swan Hotel) is packed with bars, but action is scarce until at least 10:30PM. It is recommended to have dinner in one of the nearby restaurants before heading out to the bars. Special promotions, such as a half dozen bottles of beer for ¥100, are common.'''Overseas Chinese Village''', next to Holiday Inn is a sort of bar street consisting of six or seven bars side by side, all two-storey buildings with a different theme on each floor. Prices are on the high side, costing about ¥40 for a small bottle of beer.
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===Pubs===
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[[Image:Guangzhou_Shangxiejiu2.jpg|thumb|350px|Nightlife at Shangxiajiu in Liwan District.]]
  
For latest reviews of restaurants, bars and night clubs pick up a free copy of '''That's PRD''' [http://guangzhou.urbanatomy.com/], a monthly English publication. It is available at several hotels and lounges.
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* <drink name="Covent Garden" alt="" address="广州珠江新城华强路2号富力盈丰大厦首层" directions="Located on the small road across from Ocean Palace on Jinsui Road" phone="+86 20 38065757" url="" hours="10AM to 3AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">British pub in the Zhujiang New Town. Recently won the best new pub in Guangzhou at the PRD awards. Large selection of cocktails and whiskeys with pints of Tiger Beer from ¥25 during happy hour, 4PM-8:30PM. </drink>
  
===Pubs===
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* <drink name="Drop In" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> This English-styled bar is perfect for a night out with your friends. There are many different burger dishes and delicious cocktails on the menu.</drink>
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* <drink name="Elephant and Castle" alt="" address="" directions="next door to Hill Bar opposite the Garden Hotel" phone="" url="http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/guangzhou/listings/nightlife/bars/has/elephant-castle/" hours="" price="22" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">CLOSED SINCE 2012</drink>
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* <drink name="Feeling Bar" alt="" address="" directions="next to MRT 3 Exit C of South China Normal University" phone="" url="http://www.feelingwh.com/" hours="10am-2am" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> This trendy bar is the place to be if you are a student or expat. It offers a wide range of delicious meals and drinks, has schishas and daily promotions. </drink>
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* <drink name="Hill Bar" alt="" address="" directions="Outside Baiyun Hotel and across from Garden Hotel" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥35 pints" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Reasonable price for drinks and live band performances nightly.</drink>
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* <drink name="Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant" alt="" address="Xing Sheng Lu, Zhujiang New Town" directions="Metro 5 Liede exit D" phone="+86 20 3886-2675" url="http://www.hooleys-pub.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Hooley's is an Irish themed pub with a focus on live music performances (rock, pop, folk and jazz). Serves Irish, Italian and fusion dishes. Bakes its own bread. Music Friday to Saturday with open mic sessions on Wednesdays and Ladies Night on Thursdays.</drink>
  
[[Image:Guangzhou_Shangxiejiu2.jpg|thumb|350px|Nightlife at Shangxiajiu in Liwan District.]]
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* <drink name="Paddy Field Irish Pub and Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Behind Garden Hotel" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
  
* <drink name="Elephant and Castle" alt="" address="" directions="next door to Hill Bar opposite the Garden Hotel" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">British style pub serving bitter Guinness and a variety of bottled and draft beers. Prices are reasonable for the area, especially during Happy Hour. Serves decent pub food.</drink>
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* <drink name="Rebel Rebel" alt="" address="42 Ti Yu Dong Lu, Tian He District" directions="A little off the main road, down a side road next to the Oakwood Premier building" phone="+86 20 85201579" url="www.facebook.com/rebelrebelgz" hours="11am to 2am" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> This trendy British-inspired urban bar and restaurant has an extensive drinks menu, specialising in British real ales when available. It also offers a range of meals, with contemporary twists on British classics, such as Punk Rock Pie, Sausages & Mash and Fish & Chips, as well as a range of pastas, pizzas, burgers & popular Asian dishes. There are daily meal specials and a happy hour from 2 to 8pm. Live music on most nights adds to the vibe of this popular central bar which is popular with both locals and expats. Regular sports events, especially football, are normally shown live on the big screen. It also holds monthly art shows showcasing local talent from all artistic fields and there is usually some interesting artwork on display in the bar.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Hill Bar" alt="" address="" directions="outside Baiyun Hotel and opposite Garden Hotel" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥30 pints" lat="" long="">Reasonable price for drinks and live band performances nightly.</drink>
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* <drink name="Tavern Sports Bar" alt="Metro APM Guangzhou Opera House" address="poly 108/ 2 huajiu Road, Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城华就路2号) Panyu Location, Yingbin Road, right hand side of the Huanan Country Garden entrance,番禺区迎宾路华南碧桂园正门右侧" directions="" phone="+86 20 8550-3038" url="www.taverngz.com" hours="11:30AM to 2AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Tavern Bar is an English-style pub serving appetizers, pub-grub and international food. Happy Hour from 4-8pm and all day Monday, Happy Hour pints from ¥20. Range of draught beers and cocktails. Shows live sports on big screen TVs. Pool tables and private rooms are available. Wednesday night is trivia night from 9-10:30pm at the Zhujiang New Town branch.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant" alt="" address="2 Tian He Bei Lu, Ground Floor of the Bing Hua Hotel, Tianhe District" directions="Walking distance from Westin Hotel" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Closest pub to Grand Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Zhu Jiang New Town. An authentic Irish pub with a focus on live music performances (rock, pop, folk and jazz). Known to have best pub grub in the city, as well as Irish, Italian and fusion dishes. Bakes its own bread. Great rocking vibe Fri-Sa. Open Mic Wednesdays, Ladies Night Thursdays.</drink>
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* <drink name="Sleeping Wood Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" hoursextra="Happy hour before 8PM" price="¥25-¥30" lat="" long="">Cozy restaurant pub next to the Holiday Inn with friendly English speaking staff. Serves western food and all kinds of alcoholic drinks. One-for-one pint-sized Tsing Tao draft beer during happy hour. Good place to unwind, especially in the open area. 2nd location along Pearl River.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Lucy's (Cafe Bar)" alt="" address="" directions="next to the White Swan Hotel right by the Pearl River" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent western food and drinks for very reasonable prices. Very nice area in the open for al-fresco dining.</drink>
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* <drink name="Oh Marco Wine Cellar" alt="" address="9 Yiyuan Road 4-5, Haizhu District" directions="" phone="+86 20 3448-2809" url="" hours="9AM-9PM" price="Drinks from ¥18." lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Oh Marco is a retail wine chain shop. There you can drink a glass or buy a bottle of wine. It offers full range of wines, directly imported from France. Perfect for after-work drinks.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Paddy Field Irish Pub and Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="around the back of Garden Hotel" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>  
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* <drink name="Sapphire Lounge" alt="" address="122 Liuhua Road" directions="流花路122号中国大酒店" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" url="" hours="3:00PM to late" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located on the 4th floor of China Hotel, Sapphire Lounge serves an extensive selection of classic and contemporary martinis, cocktails, wines, liquor and more in a chic and upbeat atmosphere. Perfect for after-work drinks or a night out.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Tavern Bar" alt="" address="368 Huan Shi Dong Lu" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="5:00 pm to 1:00 am" price="¥25" lat="" long="">The Tavern Bar is a traditional English style pub decorated with brass foot rails, velvet upholstered seats, smoked glass and tropical fans, creating an aura of cosiness and intimacy.Also shows regular sports matches live.</drink>
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* <drink name="The Brew" alt="" address="Zhujiang New Town, Panyu, Jianshe Liu Ma Road" directions="Metro 5 Taojin exit B" phone="" url="http://www.thebrew-china.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Brew, formally known as The Strange Brew, is a Canadian owned and operated bar with three locations in Guangzhou. It's menu has a strong Canadian/ American influence and boasts the best burgers in the city. There are specials every day of the week which differ from location to location. It is the ideal place to have a drink and catch the game (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, Rugby and more).</drink>
  
* <drink name="Sleeping Wood Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" hoursextra="happy hour before 8PM" price="¥25-¥30" lat="" long="">Cozy restaurant pub next to the Holiday Inn with friendly, English speaking staff. Serves western food and all kinds of alcoholic drinks. One-for-one pint-sized Tsing Tao draft beer during happy hour. Good place to unwind, especially in the open area. 2nd location along Pearl River.</drink>
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* <drink name="Perry's Café" alt="" address="2nd floor of  No. 61, Hongmei Lu, Haizhu District (海珠区红梅路61号2楼)" directions="taxi would be easiest way, make sure you have the address written down in chinese" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located in Dadao of Haizhu District, is Perry's Café. Although hidden, the newly opened cafe is ideal for overseas students or foreign friends in the community. Offers European dishes, opened until late night (at least 4AM)</drink>
  
 
===Dance clubs===
 
===Dance clubs===
  
* <drink name="C:Union" alt="" address="No.115, Shuiyin Rd., Chengshihui" directions=""  phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥25-¥50 beer, ¥15 shots" lat="" long="">Great place to hear atyipical live music like reggae or classic rock. Bar has both an indoor section consisting of a dance floor and couches and an outdoor section with patio seating and recently-added new basement. Wide beer selection and bartenders measure all drinks out in plain view. Early on the bar is populated mostly by locals, however as the night progresses the bar quickly fills with expats. Patrons tend to be very friendly open to meeting new people. There is usually at least one English speaking bartender at each station.</drink>
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* <drink name="C:Union" alt="喜窝" address="115 Shuiyin Road (水荫路115号天溢大厦副大堂1楼)" directions=""  phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥25-¥50 beer, ¥15 shots" lat="" long="">Great place to hear atypical live music like reggae or classic rock. Bar has both an indoor section consisting of a dance floor and couches and an outdoor section with patio seating and recently-added new basement. Wide beer selection and bartenders measure all drinks out in plain view. Early on the bar is populated mostly by locals, however as the night progresses the bar quickly fills with expats. Patrons tend to be very friendly open to meeting new people. There is usually at least one English speaking bartender at each station.</drink>
  
* <drink name="The Cave" alt="墨西哥餐厅酒吧" address="360 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路360号珠江大厦东侧)" directions="basement on the end of the Zhu Jiang Building (珠江大厦) nearer to the Garden Hotel" phone="+86 020 8386-3660" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥30 standard drink" lat="" long=""></drink>A favorite expat hangout. The resident DJ spins a wide range of music. Exotic dance performances, i.e. live-python dance, start late on the dance floor.</drink>
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* <drink name="The Cave" alt="墨西哥餐厅酒吧" address="360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦东侧)" directions="basement on the end of the Zhujiang Tower (珠江大厦) near Garden Hotel" phone="+86 20 8386-3660" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥30 standard drink" lat="" long="">This is a favorite expat hangout. The resident DJ spins a wide range of music. The Cave features exotic dance performances, including live-python dance.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Club NaNa" alt="" address="No. 26 Tianlun Garden Jian She 4 Rd. (建设4马路26号天伦花园)"  directions="up the street from Oggi's Pizza" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Packs a variety of music, well-known throughout Guangzhou for its wild parties, including a singles lock and key party, a secret costume party, and live hip-hop shows. The owners may be seen handing out free drinks. Beware of the tequila shots. Begins as a largely Chinese club but around 11:30PM, the shaking switches from dice to dancing and it becomes a mix of East and West.</drink>
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* <drink name="Club NaNa" alt="" address="Tianlun Garden, 26 Jianshe 4th Road (建设4马路26号天伦花园)"  directions="up the street from Oggi's Pizza" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Packs a variety of music, well-known throughout Guangzhou for its wild parties, including a singles lock and key party, a secret costume party, and live hip-hop shows. The owners may be seen handing out free drinks. Beware of the tequila shots. Begins as a largely Chinese club but around 11:30PM, the shaking switches from dice to dancing and it becomes a mix of East and West.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Gipsy King Bar" alt="大篷车酒吧" address="360 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路360号珠江大厦西地下)" directions="opposite end of the Zhu Jiang Building from The Cave" phone="+86 020 8387-5177" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥30 standard drink" lat="" long="">Underground bar similar to The Cave. Many local "working" girls sashay around. There are individual dance performances at one corner of the bar, while group performances start on the main dance floor at 10PM.</drink>
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* <drink name="Gipsy King Bar" alt="大篷车酒吧" address="360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦西地下)" directions="opposite end of the Zhujiang Building from the Cave" phone="+86 20 8387-5177" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥30 standard drink" lat="" long="">Underground bar similar to the Cave. Many local "working" girls sashay around. There are individual dance performances at one corner of the bar, while group performances start on the main dance floor at 10PM.</drink>
 
 
[[Image:Guangzhou-GipsyKing.jpg|thumb|250px|Gipsy King Bar]]
 
 
   
 
   
 
* <drink name="Penthouse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">High class bar with dance floor. Variety of sparkling wine ensures you can live it up with standards. The DJs blast the hottest music.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Penthouse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">High class bar with dance floor. Variety of sparkling wine ensures you can live it up with standards. The DJs blast the hottest music.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Tang Club" alt="" address="1 Jianshe 6 Malu (建设六马路1号)" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥50 small bottles" lat="" long="">One of the most expensive places to hang out, featuring a live band that plays good old rock-and-roll as well as contemporary rock. This is the place to be seen. The crowd is a mixture of expats and locals.</drink>
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* <drink name="Heihei Club" alt="" address="2 Qiaoguang Road, Yuexiu District." directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good crowd, blend of locals and foreigners. Good music though a little pricy. It was reported that pickpocketing is rampant here.</drink>
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* <drink name="True Colors" alt="本色" address=" 276 Yanjiang Zhong Lu" directions="(200m east of the Tianzi Matou), Yuexiu District (8373 5858)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Club has dozens of tables on the floor for groups to drink and play local dice games. The DJ booth overlooks the floor and between it and the massive windows runs a strip that can rise up for live performances and for models to runway walk. There's a dance floor that's maybe 25 square meters where locals and expats dance. DJs come from all over the world and play their own mix of house occasionally punctuated with hip-hop.</drink>
  
 
===Tea houses===
 
===Tea houses===
Line 413: Line 629:
 
The culture of tea drinking, also known as Yum Cha (饮茶), runs deep in Guangzhou. After all, the city was at the center of the massive tea trade that existed between China and Europe during the 19th century.
 
The culture of tea drinking, also known as Yum Cha (饮茶), runs deep in Guangzhou. After all, the city was at the center of the massive tea trade that existed between China and Europe during the 19th century.
  
*<drink name="Simple Love Tea Shop" address="#102, 94 Tianhe Nan 1 Lu" directions="Down from the south gate of Teem Plaza" hours="3PM-2AM"></drink>
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*<drink name="Simple Love Tea Shop (十月红奶茶)" address="#102, 94 Tianhe South Road" directions="Down from the south gate of TeeMall" hours="3PM-2AM">This is a Taiwanese style tea and coffee shop. There are about five other locations in the city.</drink>
*<drink name="Tian Chang Di Jiu" address="1 Zhengping Zhong Jie, Taojin Lu" phone="+86 20 8358-1627"></drink>
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*<drink name="Tian Chang Di Jiu" address="1 Zhengping Middle Street, Taojin Road" phone="+86 20 8358-1627"></drink>
*<drink name="Chun Ya Yuan Teahouse" address="19 Siyou Xin Ma Lu" directions="4/F, Changcheng Hotel" phone="+86 20 8761-2888 ext.6488" hours="7PM-1AM"></drink>
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*<drink name="Chun Ya Yuan Teahouse (春雅源茶艺馆)" address="19 Siyou New Road" directions="4/F, Changcheng Hotel" phone="+86 20 8761-2888 ext.6488" hours="7PM-1AM"></drink>
*<drink name="Crystal Tea House" address="6 Longkou Dong Lu, Tianhe" directions="1/F, Yuan Yang Hotel" phone="+86 20 8759-6988 ext.67" hours="10AM-2AM"></drink>
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*<drink name="Crystal Tea House" address="6 Longkou East Road, Tianhe" directions="1/F, Yuan Yang Hotel" phone="+86 20 8759-6988 ext.67" hours="10AM-2AM"></drink>
*<drink name="Wong Chun Loong Herbal Tea">Several branches at 17 Wenchang Nan Lu, 109 Huagui Lu, 51 Dishipu Lu, 504 Xihua Lu, 859 Longjin Dong Lu, 25 Longjin Xi Lu, 142 to 144 Huanshi Xi Lu, 4-lst No.1 street, Xiwan Dong Lu, 320 Duobao Lu and 120 Shangjiu Lu.</drink>
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*<drink name="Wong Chun Loong Herbal Tea">The traditional herbal tea chain has over a dozen branches in the city, including 17 Wenchang South Road, 109 Huagui Road, 51 Dishifu Road, 504 Xihua Road, and many more.</drink>
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*<drink name="People's Cakes & Coffee" address="" phone="">Enjoy cakes and coffee at this Western coffee shop run by Koreans.</drink>
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:* <drink name="Yuexiu" alt="" address="#102, 17 Jianshe 6th Road (建设六马路17号102房)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8376-6677" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
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:* <drink name="Taojin" alt="" address="98 Taojin South Road" directions="" phone="+86 20 8348-8085" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></drink>
  
*<drink name="People's Cakes & Coffee" address="#102, 17 Jianshe 6 Ma Lu (建设六马路17号102房)" phone="+86 20 8376-6677">Enjoy cakes and coffee at this Western coffee shop run by Koreans. There is another branch at 98 Taojin Nan Lu (Tel. +86 20 8348-8085).</drink>
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Starbucks has been in the P.R.C. for over 10 years, with more than 25 locations in Guangzhou alone. The benefit to many travelers is the free wireless internet.  More popular locations are on Taojin Lu by the Guangzhou Friendship Store, and just across Huanshi Dong lu in the Peace World Plaza is a 2-storey location.  It is across the street from the Garden Hotel.
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TIP: Pick up a brochure from the milk/sugar/spices bar that lists locations throughout Guangdong province (Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen).  Addresses are written in English and Chinese and very handy for showing a taxi driver.
 
  
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Many wikitravellers have reported troubles during check-in when their passports were held by other consulates or PBS office for applying for or extending a visa. Make sure to check in first at hotels/hostels before applying any visas.
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{{cautionbox|'' From April 15th to May 5th and October 15th to November 5th are the annual Guangzhou International Trade Fairs in which room rates in hotels and hostels will usually be hiked up. Prices vary every year and you are advised to secure your bed before going to Guangzhou in those two seasons''}}
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{{cautionbox|'' Beware when booking any hotels around Guangzhou South Station (廣州南站). Most of the hotels here that carry brand names, such as Home Inn (儒家), 7 Days Inn (7天連鎖酒店), etc. are FAKE and you'll end up staying in a dodgy, unclean place. Those hotels do not actually have branches near South Station. Avoid staying in this area if at all possible.''}}
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*<sleep name="Daysun International Hotel(大舜丽池国际酒店)" alt="" address="No.299, Zhongshan Road Guangzhou, Guangdong" directions="" phone="+86 2085552888" url="http://www.daysuninternationalhotel.com" checkin="12:00 PM - 6:00 PM" checkout="Until 12:00 PM" price="¥500-1600" lat="" long="">Daysun International Hotel offers accommodation in Guangzhou, 3.3 km from Pazhou International Exhibition Center. Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 3.3 km from Day Sun Ritz Int. Hotel, while Guangdong Olympic Stadium is 3.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, 30 km from Daysun International Hotel.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="GUANGZHOU SUNSHINE APARTMENT" alt="阳光国际公寓" address="Room1507, Kam Rueng Plaza, No.238, Beijing Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 511000 China" directions="" phone="+86 2080544120" url="http://www.sunshineapartmentgz.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 300 RMB" lat="" long="">Sunshine Apartment Guangzhou China is near to shopping area (Beijing Road) and near beijing road station MTR . Only 5-minutes walks to reach hotel. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="HEEFUN APARTMENT - GUANGZHOU CHIMELONG" alt="广州长隆喜运国际酒店公寓" address="Building B2, Baoli Plaza, No. 290, East Hanxi Road. Guangzhou, Guangdong 511495 China" directions="" phone="+862031146632" url="http://www.heefunchimelong.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 300 RMB" lat="" long="">Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 12 km from Guangzhou Chimelong , while Pazhou International Exhibition Center is 12 km away. The nearest airport is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, 44 km from the property.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="HeeFun Apartment GuangZhou - Poly D Plaza" alt="喜运服务公寓(保利中达广场店)" address="No.3 Building, No.15 XingAn Road, ZhuJiang new town, TianHe , GuangZhou Guangzhou, Guangdong" directions="" phone="+862083987070" url="http://www.heefunpolydplaza.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 300 RMB" lat="" long="">HeeFun Apartment Hotel GuangZhou - Poly D Plaza Branch offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Guangdong Museum is 300 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="HeeFun Apartment Guangzhou - Poly World Trading Center" alt="广州喜运服务公寓琶洲保利世贸店" address="1/F,Building D, Poly World Trading Center, No.1020 Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu District, Pazhou Exhibition Center Area Guangzhou, Guangdong 510310 China" directions="" phone="+862089300800" url="http://www.heefunpolyworldtrading.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 300 RMB" lat="" long="">Featuring free WiFi, HeeFun Apartment Hotel Guangzhou - Poly World Trading Center offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 1 km from the property.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="GUANGZHOU PENGMAN APARTMENT" alt="广州市朋满公寓酒店" address="Reception:Room 2108, Floor 21 Zheng Jia Huan Shi Centre Building, No.372 Huanshi East Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China" directions="www.pengmanhotel.com" phone="+862083513166" url="http://www.pengmanhotel.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 350 RMB" lat="" long="">Featuring free WiFi, Guangzhou Pengman Apartment offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Huanshi Road Bar Street is 100 metres away.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Guangzhou Hakka Apartment Beijing Road" alt="广州茶阳国际酒店公寓北京路店" address="Room 1407, No.238 Beijing Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China" directions="2-minute walks from Beijing Road Walking Street" phone="+86 2083513456" url="http://www.hakkaapartment.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 350 RMB" lat="" long="">Just a 2-minute stroll from Beijing Road Walking Street, Guangzhou Hakka Apartment Beijing Road features sumptuous accommodation with well-equipped facilities including free Wi-Fi. Public parking is possible at the location nearby.
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*<sleep name="Guangzhou Boman Apartment " alt="广州市铂满公寓酒店" address="Room 2108, Floor 21 Zheng Jia Huan Shi Centre Building, No.372 Huanshi East Road Guangzhou, Guangdong" directions="" phone="+862083513166" url="http://www.bomanhotel.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="From 300 RMB" lat="" long="">Featuring free WiFi, Guangzhou Boman Apartment Zhengjia Huanshi Branch offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Huanshi Road Bar Street is 100 metres away.</sleep>
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Bin Jiang Hostel" alt="滨江青年旅舍" address="405 Yanjiang Dong Lu (大沙头沿江东路405号)" phone="+86 20 8383-4110" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorm room ¥60, singles with shower ¥170" priceextra="¥180 in Oct"> A little far from the center of the city. No close Metro access.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Lazy Gaga Hostel" alt="广州春田家家青年旅舍" address="215 Haizhu Middle Road, Yuexiu District (越秀区海珠中路215号)" directions="Metro Line 1 Ximenkou Exit B" phone="+86 20 8192-3232" url="http://www.gagahostel.com/" checkin="13:00" checkout="12:00" price="Dorm bed ¥55, private rooms ¥178-208 ( Prices remain unchanged during Canton Fair)" lat="23.122887" long="113.256839" email="[email protected]" priceextra="">A 4 minute walk away from metro, this hostel with a spacious communal lounge is located in between two popular shopping streets Shangxiajiu and Beijing Road and close to major wholesales markets for electronics, toys, clothing Within a walking distance to major temples, mosque, parks and museums and bar district. All rooms have free WIFI access. Free charging lockers, free luggage storage, free kitchen, and cheap laundry are provided. The hostel opens 24 hours and no curfew.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Riverside Youth Hostel" alt="广州江畔国际青年旅舍" address="15 Changdi Street (长堤路15号)" directions="Metro 1 Fangcun Exit B1" phone="+86 20 2239-2500" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles ¥178, dorm bed ¥65; ¥96 Canton Fair" lat="" long="" email="" priceextra="">Located on the outskirt of Guangzhou, it takes a 15-20 minute walk to the metro; also accessible by ferry (until 10pm). A YH membership card is required or an extra fee will be charged for each night. Lockers are available in some rooms. WIFI access is accessible in the lobby. A small fee is charged for a luggage storage and the use of a public computer.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="City Youth Hostel" alt="广州国际青年旅舍" address="179 Huanshi Xi Lu (环市西路179号)" directions="Metro 2 Guangzhou HuoCheZhan" phone="+86 020 8666-6889" checkin="" checkout="" price="singles ¥80, ¥60 for members" priceextra="¥270 in Oct">Tiny single rooms and close to the train station but it does not provide the nicest environment.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sunshine Home Hostel" alt="广州阿莲家青年旅舍" address="Hui Yang Yuan Complex Building no 201 Floor 15 Apt 1501, 201 Huangsha Avenue, Liwan District (荔湾区黄沙大道201号辉洋苑辉洋阁1501)" directions="Metro Line 5 Zhongshanba Exit B" phone="+86 13202048889" checkin="13:00" checkout="12:00" price="Dorm bed ¥50, private rooms ¥100-110-168 family room ¥300 (sleeps 4-6)" email="[email protected]" priceextra="">A 10 minute walk away from metro, this apartment-converted hostel is close to Liwan Park, Shangxiajiu and Zhongshan 8th Children Garment wholesale markets. Free WIFI, lockers, luggage storage, and kitchen. Cheap laundry service is provided. No curfew.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Guangdong Youth Hostel" alt="广东省外事办招待所" address="2 Shamian 4 Jie (沙面四街2号)" directions="diagonally across the street from the landmark White Swan Hotel, Metro 1 Huang Sha" phone="+86 20 8121-8298" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gzyhostel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorms ¥60, singles ¥200" priceextra="">Clean, convenient and reasonably priced for Guangzhou. English is spoken. There are 8 dormitory beds in each room. Ask for a double room on the 5th floor on the river side. Good quality/price. There is a lounge with free computers and internet, TV, microwave oven, and refrigerator. Reservations are accepted and encouraged, since the hostel is usually at capacity and was featured on the Globe Trekker.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="The Boa Garden" address="Huang Pu Gu Gang, by the river side. 黄铺古港,江边。 西堤路37号。海珠区 directions="Metro Line 8 WanShengWei Exit B" checkin="09:00" checkout="12:00" price="Dorm bed ¥50" email="[email protected].co.uk" priceextra="">Located at the suburb of Guangzhou, this hostel is on the river front, with free tea and coffee. English hospitality and bikes for hire to explore the local village. Loads of cheap eateries and quiet atmosphere to get away from the city.  It takes up to an hour to the downtown of Guangzhou. Send email to check the availability because beds are not always available. Free Wifi. luggage storage and lockers</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Guangzhou Riverside Youth Hostel" alt="" address="No.15 Changdi St., Luju Rd., Liwan 510370" directions="Near Luju Rd. along Pearl River, Metro 1 Fangcun" phone="+86 20 2239-2500" email="[email protected]" fax="+86 20 22392548" url="http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostel024659.en.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="doubles ¥178" priceextra="">Convenient and near to a number of establishments and attractions, including the Bank of China, Metro station, restaurants, Pearl River, and shopping centers.</sleep>  
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*<sleep name="Guangdong Victory Hotel" alt="广东胜利宾馆" address="53 Shamian North Street (沙面北街53号)" directions="Metro 1 Huangsha Station Exit D, use pedestrian bridge to Shamian Island" phone="+86 20 8121-6688" url="http://www.vhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥420">The hotel is located on Shamian Island. It consists of the East building and West building. It has very clean rooms and western-style buffet breakfast.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hengfulai Hotel" address="No. 406 Sanyuanli Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China" phone="0086-020-86662829" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/hengfulai_hotel" price="rates start at ¥138″>near the train station.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou" alt="中桥宾馆" address="103 Chigang Road (赤岗路103号)" phone="+86 20 6276-4628" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/zhong_qiao_hotel" price="¥150″>The hotel is close to Pazhou Trade Center where Canton Fair is held. Check their website for other locations in the chain.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Jin Fa Hotel" address="2 Zoumagang, Sanyuanli Road, Baiyun District" phone="+86 20 86361238" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/jinfa_hotel" price="Best rates on official website start at &yen;130″></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Dongyue Fashion Hotel" alt="东岳时尚酒店" address="10 Tangdong East Road (天河区棠东东路10号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 2886-4999" url="http://www.dyinns.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥178" lat="" long="">It offers clean and comfortable rooms that are furnished with all the essentials for a restful stay.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Tielu Tong Tong Hotel" address="101 Guangyuan Xi Lu" directions="Metro 2 Guangzhou HuoCheZhan" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="1st night ¥100,¥80 thereafter">A few blocks from the train station, includes hot water, toilet and A/C. Spacious but noisy.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Guangzhou Hotel" alt="广州宾馆" address="2 Guangzhou Qiyi Road, Haizhu Square (海珠广场起义路2号)" directions="Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit B3" phone="+86 20 8333-8168" url="http://www.gzhotel.com.cn" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥328" lat="" long=""></sleep>
  
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*<sleep name="Huifeng Apartment Guangzhou" alt="广州汇峰国际公寓" address="8 Xingsheng Road, Zhujiang New Town" directions="" phone="+86 20 3805-1035" email="[email protected].com" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥298" url="http://www.guangzhou-apartment.cn">Each of the 198 serviced apartments has a kitchens and free cable internet access.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Baiyun Hotel" alt="白云宾馆" address="367 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路367号)" directions="across from Garden Hotel" phone="+86 20 8333-3998" url="http://www.baiyun-hotel.com/english/en_index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Member of Best Western hotel chain.</sleep>
 
  
*<sleep name="Bing Hua Hotel" alt="冰花酒店" address="2 Tian He Bei Lu(2号冰花酒店首层(广州大道转角处)" phone="+86 20 8750 2888 - 3315/3300" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Located at the gateway to Tian He and features one of the city's finest pubs in its lobby, Hooley's, featuring a foreign chef.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Binghua Hotel" alt="冰花酒店" address="2 Tianhe North Road (天河北路2号)" phone="+86 208750-2888" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The hotel is located at the gateway to Tianhe. Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant is on the ground floor.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Dragon Pearl Hotel" address="91 Longkuo West Road, Tianhe District" phone="0086-020-87241616" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/dragon_pearl_hotel" price="Best rates on official website start at &yen;218″>Rooms are cozily fitted with a sofa, dining area, writing desk and chair, and private toilet and bath with shower. Essential features like Internet access, an IDD phone, and refrigerator are also provided. Welcome drinks and a fresh fruit plate are served upon arrival.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Bostan Hotel" alt="广东博斯坦宾馆" address="76 Tianhe North Road (天河北路76号)" phone="+86 20 3878-2888" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=">The hotel has multifunction halls and meeting rooms  for business or personal affairs, as well as KTV rooms, a beauty salon, and restaurants that serve Xinjiang Muslim cuisines.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Golden World Hotel" address="No 38 West Panyu Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China" phone="0086-020-87241616" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/golden_world_hotel" price="From CNY 170″>Conveniently located 10 minute walk from Tianhe Square. Well appointed rooms, restaurant and 24 hour room serice.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Canton" alt="广州大厦" address="374 Beijing Road (广州市北京路374号)" directions="Metro 1/2 Gongyuanqian" phone="+86 20 8318-9888" url="http://www.hotel-canton.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥390"> This was once a glorious hotel, but it is now a bit outdated. However, it is located just North of the Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Guangdong Bostan Hotel" address="No. 76 Tianhe North Rd., Tianhe District" phone="+1 86-20-38782888" url="http://www.guangdongbostanhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price=">Superb corporate assistance without sacrificing recreational pleasures. The hotel has multifunction halls and meeting rooms great for business or personal affairs, as well as KTV rooms, a beauty salon, and restaurants that serve Sichuan and Xinjiang cuisines.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Landmark" alt="华厦大酒店" address="8 Qiaoguang Road (海珠广场侨光路8号)" directions="Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit A" phone="+86 20 8335-5988" url="http://www.hotel-landmark.com.cn/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥500"></sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Guangdong Victory Hotel" alt="广东胜利宾馆" address="53 Shamian Bei Jie (沙面北街53号)" directions="Metro 1 Huang Sha" phone="+86 20 8121-6688" url="http://www.vhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥320">On Shamian Island, offers good value rooms and nice service. English is spoken. The concierge assistance available. There is also a recently renovated annex building nearby, which offers more upscale rooms than the main building.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Jianguo Hotel" alt="丽都大酒店" address="172 Linhe Road Central (Linhe Zhong Lu) (林和中路172号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8393-6388" url="http://www.jianguohotelguangzhou.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From ¥450" lat="" long="">Right outside Guangzhou East Station, Metro line 3, exit G1. Free internet. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Guangzhou Hotel" alt="广州宾馆" address="2 Qiyi Lu, Haizhu Square (海珠广场起义路2号)" directions="Metro 2, Hai Zhu Guang Chang" phone="+86 20 8333-8168" url="http://www.gzhotel.com.cn" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Lido Hotel" alt="丽都大酒店" address="182 Beijing Road (北京路182号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8332-1988" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥350" lat="" long="">In the heart of central Guangzhou and Beijing Road Shopping Street.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Guangzhou Lido Hotel" alt="" address="No. 182, Beijing Rd." directions="" phone="+86-20-83321988" url="http://chinatour.net/Guangzhou-Lido-Hotel.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">In the heart of downtown and Beijing Road Shopping Street.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Liuhua Hotel" alt="流花宾馆" address="194 Huanshi West Road (环市西路194号)" directions="Metro 2/5 Guangzhou Railway Station" phone="+86 20 8666-8800" url="http://www.lh.com.cn/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥468" lat="" long=""></sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hotel Canton" alt="广州大厦" address="374 Beijing Lu (广州市北京路374号)" phone="+86 20 8318-9888" url="http://www.hotel-canton.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥390"> This was once a glorious hotel, but it's now a bit outdated. However, it is in the northern end of Beijing Lu pedestrian shopping street. Metro station for both lines 1 and 2 nearby.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Nanyang King's Gate Hotel" alt="南洋长胜酒店" address="38 Xinghua Road (兴华路38号)" directions="near Baiyun Mountain in Tianhe District" phone="+86 20 6136-8888" url="http://www.nanyanghotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="" price="¥458">This is a 5-star hotel with 468 guest rooms, overlooking the beautiful Baiyun Mountain. Accommodation includes a bathroom with steam area and massage tub. Hotel facilities include and Western restaurants, lobby bar, conference hall, health club and KTV.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hotel Landmark" alt="华厦大酒店" address="8 Qiaoguang Lu, Haizhu Square (海珠广场侨光路8号)" directions="Metro 2, Hai Zhu Guang Chang" phone="+86 20 8335-5988" url="http://www.hotel-landmark.com.cn/" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Oriental Resort" alt="广州鸣泉居" address="1068 Baiyun South Avenue (白云大道南1068号)" directions="On Baiyun Mountain" phone="+86 20 8663-2888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.oriental-resort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥480" priceextra="">Quiet and away from the city.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Kaying Hotel" address="418 Huanshi E Rd., Tianhe District" phone="+86-21-61226688 Ext. 7800" url="http://www.kayinghotelguangzhou.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Perfect for business executives, as it is in the heart of the financial and business district. The hotel offers 339 rooms, 2 conference rooms, a hotpot restaurant, and a Western restaurant. Online reservations.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Raystar Hotel" alt="瑞星大酒店" address="95 Chepi Road (车陂路95号)" directions="Metro 4/5 Chebeinan" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">4-star hotel offers free broadband Internet apart from furnished rooms and conference suites.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Liuhua Hotel" alt="" address="194 Huanshi Xi Lu" directions="Across from main train station" phone="+86 20 8666-8800" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Springdale Serviced Residence Guangzhou" alt="广州盛雅服务公寓" address="Tower B1, No 105 Tiyuxi Road, Tianhe district" directions="" phone="+86 20 8396-6088" email="[email protected]" fax="+86 20 8360-0466" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.somerset.com/en/china/guangzhou/springdale-serviced-residence-guangzhou/index.html"> The residence offers studio, one, two, or three-bedroom apartments that are furnished with a comfortable living and dining area, broadband Internet access, and a kitchen. </sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Nanyang King's Gate Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="near Baiyun Mountain in Tianhe District" phone="+86-20-61368888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nanyangkingsgatehotelguangzhou.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥333" priceextra="">+" lat="" long="">5-star hotel with 468 air-conditioned rooms and modern comforts, which includes a bathroom with steam area and massage tub. Chinese and Western restaurants, lobby bar, conference hall, health club, and KTV.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Guangzhou Hotel Guangzhou" alt="广州宾馆" address="No. 2 Qiyi Road, Guangzhou, China" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.guangzhouhotelguangzhou.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Ideally located in the heart of Guangzhou, with the Pearl River to the south and Yuexiu Mountain to the north, Guangzhou Hotel enjoys superb location with easy access to the city. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Novotel Baiyun Airport Guangzhou" alt="广州诺富特白云机场大酒店" address="in the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport complex." directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Jinzhou Business Hotel Guangzhou" alt="广州锦洲国际酒店" address="Yuexiu district liberation road no. 899.Guangzhou" directions="" phone="" url="http://jinzhouhotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Jinzhou  Business Hotel Guangzhou(Jinzhou Shangwu Jiudian) is very close to the metro station,  Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangdong Bus Station.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou" address="No. 103 Chigang Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China" phone="+86(20)62764628" url="http://www.comreehotel.com/zhong_qiao_hote" price="Best rates on official website start at CNY 150″>Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou is in Haizhu business area, the hotel that offers guests best hotel location and guest-friendly accommodation rates. Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou is also located near the Pazhou Trade Center, where the Canton Fair, one of the largest and most comprehensive international trade fairs in the world, is held. And while you’re staying in Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou discover the other great things that the Guangzhou city has to offer like the Pearl River Promenade, Guangzhou East Railway Station and lots more. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pullman Baiyun Airport Hotel Guangzhou" alt="广州白云机场铂尔曼大酒店" address="Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Baiyun Guangzhou" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.airporthotelguangzhou.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Located in the Guangzhou International Airport Complex, Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport offers a relaxing haven for the busy traveler with easy accessibility. The hotel is a 3-minute walk to the departure terminal, 30-minute metro ride to city centre. </sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
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* <sleep name="China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel" alt="中国大酒店" address="122 Liuhua Road (流花路100号)" directions="Metro 2 Yuexiu Park" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" email="" fax="" url="http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/canmc" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥650" priceextra=">The 5-Star Luxury Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of central Guangzhou. It features 850 guestrooms, 8 Food and Beverage outlets, Executive Lounge and Shopping Arcade. An entrance to the Metro is just outside.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Asia International Hotel" alt="亚洲国际大酒店" address="326 Huangshi Dong Lu, Sec 1 (环市东路326号)" phone="+86 20 6128-8888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.aihotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">One of a handful of hotels that feature separate bath and shower areas in a standard room. Internet access is free but slow. It also features Guangzhou's highest revolving restaurant on the top level.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Garden Hotel" alt="花园酒店" address="368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号)" phone="+86 20 8333-8989" email="" fax="" url="http://www.thegardenhotel.com.cn" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">The hotel has standard hotel rooms as well as apartments and offices for rent. Deluxe rooms are clean but basic; elite rooms are newly renovated and attractive. The Carousel Restaurant  offers excellent dinner buffet with panoramic views of Guangzhou on the top level. The hotel also has various Shops, HSBC and Bank of China branches and a bus station serving express buses to the Guangzhou airport, the Hong Kong airport and nearby cities such as [[Zhuhai]].</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="China Hotel" alt="中国大酒店" address="100 Liuhua Lu (流花路100号)" directions="Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan" phone="+86 20 8666-6888" email="" fax="" url="http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/canmc" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥650" priceextra=">Marriott hotel in the heart of downtown. Its ground level has direct access to Guangzhou Metro.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Dong Fang Hotel" alt="东方宾馆" address="120 Liuhua Road (流花路120号)" directions="Metro 2 Yuexiu Park" phone="+86 20 8666-9900" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hoteldongfang.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""></sleep>
  
* <sleep name="China Mayors Plaza" alt="广州市长大厦" address="189 Tianhe Bei Lu (天河北路189号)" phone="+86 20 8755-3838" email="" fax="" url="http://www.chinamayorsplaza.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥600" priceextra=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="White Swan Hotel" alt="白天鹅宾馆" address="1 Shamian South St (沙面南街1号)" directions="Metro 1 Huangsha" phone="+86 20 8188-6968" email="" fax="" url="http://www.whiteswanhotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">On the banks of the Pearl River on the quiet Shamian Island, complimented by a charming park nearby where locals can be found doing tai chi. Surrounding the hotel are blocks of little shops run by locals willing to bargain. This landmark hotel is now closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in 2015.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Dong Fang Hotel" alt="东方宾馆" address="120 Liuhua Lu (流花路120号)" directions="Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan" phone="+86 20 8666-9900" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hoteldongfang.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Baiyun Hotel" alt="白云宾馆" address="367 Huanshi East Road (环市东路367号)" directions="across from Garden Hotel" phone="+86 20 8333-3998" url="http://www.baiyun-hotel.com/english/en_index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Member of Best Western hotel chain.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Donlord International Hotel" alt="" address="No. 63 N Guangzhou Ave., Tianhe District" directions="" phone="+86-20-87748999" url="http://www.donlordinthotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">288 rooms and Guantang Chinese Restaurant, specializing in top-grade Cantonese and Chaozhou dishes. Four Seasons Cafe provides French style food, music, and bar.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ascott Guangzhou" alt="广州雅诗阁服务公寓" address="No 73 Tianhe Dong Road, Tianhe district" directions="" phone="+86 20 8513-0388" email="enquiry.[email protected].com" fax="+86 20 8513-0366" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.the-ascott.com/en/china/guangzhou/ascott_guangzhou.html"> The residence offers 208 apartments that comes with a separate living space equipped with modern furnishings, kitchens and broadband internet access. </sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Garden Hotel" alt="花园酒店" address="368 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路368号)" phone="+86 20 8333-8989" email="" fax="" url="http://www.thegardenhotel.com.cn" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">Arguably the most recognizable hotel in the heart of the city, has both standard hotel rooms as well as apartments and offices for rent. Deluxe rooms are clean but basic, elite rooms are newly renovated and attractive. Excellent dinner buffet at the revolving restaurant on the top level. Shops, HSBC and Bank of China branches, and a bus station serving express buses to the Guangzhou airport, the Hong Kong airport and nearby cities such as [[Zhuhai]].</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Asia International Hotel" alt="亚洲国际大酒店" address="326 Huangshi East Road, Sec 1 (环市东路326号)" phone="+86 20 6128-8888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.aihotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">One of a handful of hotels that feature separate bath and shower areas in a standard room. Internet access is free but slow. It also features Guangzhou's highest revolving restaurant on the top level.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Grand Hyatt Guangzhou" alt="" address="12 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District" directions="in the new central business district" phone="+ 86 20 8396 1234" email="[email protected]" url="http://guangzhou.grand.hyatt.com/"> A 5 star hotel with 350 rooms and suites enjoying views of Pearl River, open bathroom concept, Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. Hyatt Grand Club lounge for free continental breakfast and canapés.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="China Mayors Plaza" alt="广州市长大厦" address="189 Tianhe North Road (天河北路189号)" phone="+86 20 8755-3838" email="" fax="" url="http://www.chinamayorsplaza.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥600" priceextra=""></sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Guangdong International Hotel" alt="广东国际大酒店" address="339 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路339号)" phone="+86 20 8331-1888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gitic.com.cn/hotel/home.php" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Donlord International Hotel" alt="鼎龙国际大酒店
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" address="63 Guangzhou Ave North (广州大道北63号)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8774-8999" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The hotel has 288 guest rooms. The Dragon & Phoenix Restaurant offers top-grade Cantonese and Chaozhou dishes while Four Seasons Café specializes in French style food.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Han Feng International Hotel" alt="" address="Tianhe N Rd., Tianhe District" directions="near Pazhou Complex" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hanfenghotel-guangzhou.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">Free broadband Internet, apart from generously furnished rooms and conference suites.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Grand Hyatt Guangzhou" alt="" address="12 Zhujiang West Road (珠江西路12号)" directions="Metro APM Zhujiang New Town" phone="+ 86 20 8396-1234" email="[email protected]" url="http://guangzhou.grand.hyatt.com/" price="¥1200"> The 5-star hotel has 350 rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Pearl River. Amenities include walk-in shower, Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. Hyatt Grand Club lounge offers free continental breakfast and canapés.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Holiday Inn City Center Guangzhou" alt="文化假日酒店" address="28 Guangming Lu, Overseas Chinese Village, Huanshi Dong Lu(环市东路华侨新村光明路28号)" directions="off Ouzhuang intersection" phone="+86 20 6128-6868" eamil="" fax="" url="http://www.guangzhou.holiday-inn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""> Not exactly the newest, biggest or cheapest hotel around, but does offer a convenient location. Rooms are clean, have comfortable beds and pillows, and a good selection of TV channels. Internet access is stable and costs ¥100 a day. Priority Club platinum members get automatic upgrades to executive rooms (based on availability) and access to the executive lounge. An airline ticketing office and a Hertz car rental counter are available. There's also another Holiday Inn at 188 Dishifu Lu.</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Nan Yang Royal Hotel" alt="" address="11 Tianfu Rd., Tianhe District" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nanyangroyalhotel-guangzhou.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">5-star hotel offering 268 Victorian-inspired rooms with high speed Internet access and other contemporary amenities.  Leisure and dining facilities are also available.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Guangdong International Hotel" alt="广东国际大酒店" address="339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号)" phone="+86 20 8331-1888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gitic.com.cn/hotel/home.php" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""></sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Oriental Resort" alt="广州鸣泉居" address="1068 Baiyun Dadao Nan (白云大道南1068号)" directions="On Baiyun Mountain" phone="+86 20 8663-2888" email="" fax="" url="http://www.oriental-resort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥600" priceextra="">Quiet and away from the city.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Holiday Inn City Center Guangzhou" alt="文化假日酒店" address="28 Guangming Road (环市东华侨新村光明路28号)" directions="Metro 5 Taojin" phone="+86 20 6128-6868" eamil="" fax="" url="http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/guangzhou/guhch/hoteldetail" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra=""> Not exactly the newest, biggest or cheapest hotel around, but does offer a convenient location. Rooms are clean, have comfortable beds and pillows, and a good selection of TV channels. Internet access is stable and costs ¥80 a day. Priority Club platinum members get automatic upgrades to executive rooms (subject to availability) and access to the executive lounge. An airline ticketing office and a Hertz car rental counter are available. There's also another Holiday Inn at 188 Dishifu Road.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Raystar Hotel"alt="" address="95 Chepi Rd., Tianhe District" directions="near Zhongshan Rd." phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.raystarhotel-guangzhou.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">4-star hotel offers free broadband Internet apart from generously furnished rooms and conference suites.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="The Westin Guangzhou" alt="天誉威斯汀酒店" address="6 Linhe Middle Road (林和中路6号)" directions="Metro 3 Linhexi" phone="+86 20 2886-6868" email="" fax="" url="http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1706" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The luxury chain has 448 rooms and suites. It is located next to the U.S. Consulate. It is also a short walk to the East Rail Station.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="The Westin Guangzhou" alt="" address="6 Lin He Zhong Rd., Tian He District" directions="" phone="+86 20 2886 6868" email="" fax="" url="http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1706" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Next to the Consular section of the U.S. Consulate.  It's also a short walk to the East Rail station for trains to Hong Kong.  448 rooms and suites.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Nanyang Royal Hotel" alt="南洋冠盛酒店" address="11 Tianfu Road (天府路11号)" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">5-star hotel offering 268 Victorian-inspired rooms with contemporary amenities. Leisure and dining facilities are also available.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="White Swan Hotel" alt="白天鹅宾馆" address="1 Shamian Nan Jie (沙面南街1号)" directions="Metro 1 Huang Sha" phone="+86 20 8188-6968" email="" fax="" url="http://www.white-swan-hotel.com/hotel/home.php" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥800" priceextra="">On the banks of the Pearl River on the quiet Shamian Island, complimented by a charming park nearby where locals can be found doing taichi. Surrounding the hotel are blocks of little shops run by locals willing to bargain. Offers a traditional Chinese restaurant and an American style restaurant to accommodate its visitors.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Royal Marina Plaza" alt="科尔海悦酒店" address=288 Qinghe East Road, Panyu District" directions="Metro 3 Panyu Square Exit A" phone="+86 20 3462-8888" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥528" lat="" long="">Offers air-conditioned rooms all equipped with a private toilet and bath, satellite TV, safe, and refrigerator. Some of its amenities include Pattaya Spa Center, indoor pool,  health club, boutique shops, and night club.</sleep>
  
==Stay safe==
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* <sleep name="Dragon Lake Princess Hotel" alt="九龙湖公主酒店" address="3 Shanqian Avenue, Huadong Town, Huadu District (花都区花东镇山前大道3号九龙湖社区)"  phone="+86 20 3690-8888" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.dragonlakeprincesshotel.com.cn/en/index.asp?menu=1" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥750" priceextra="">Designed and built in the style of a European town, the hotel is located in the Dragon Lake Resort. River Main in the village, It offers accommodation, dining, meeting, amusement, sports and leisure facilities. The hotel has bus route from and to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The facility is beautiful and relaxing, but it is 35 minutes away from the city center.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pullman Baiyun Airport Guangzhou" alt="广州铂尔曼白云机场大酒店" address="In the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport complex" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥750" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hanfeng International Hotel" alt="汉风国际大酒店" address="6 Tianhe North Road (天河北路6号)" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" priceextra="">The hotel offers free broadband Internet with generously furnished rooms and conference suites. The hotel is currently closed for renovations.</sleep>
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==Work==
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Guangzhou is not as well known as Beijing or Shanghai as a hub of foreign commerce and trade - perhaps unfairly, as it's the center of manufacturing in China. Most people on the planet are no further than a few feet away from an object produced in in the Guangzhou metropolitan area at any given time. This includes the components of the screen you're reading this on.
  
While not a dangerous city, Guangzhou's crime rate is higher than the rest of China. Due to the enormous number of people from other mainland provinces flocking to Guangzhou in the hope of finding jobs (often unsuccessfully), the area surrounding the main train station has gained a notorious reputation for being chaotic, unsafe and rampant with petty crimes. [[Pickpockets]] are especially active here. In recent years, armed (large blades, knives, and such) robberies in the open and abductions which result in first degree murders have been on the rise in the city, even though such crimes are punishable by death. Just bear in mind, when people become desperate, they will do anything to get what they want. If you are getting robbed, do not expect the crowd to help. And if they are armed, do not fight back. The best defense, as always, is common sense. Do not flash your valuables in public, do not wander around by yourself late at night and remain alert at all times. Use only official taxis and get advice from the government-run tourist office.
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While there may not be as many opportunities for foreigners here compared to Beijing or Shanghai, this massive city and its rapidly growing economy does offer some work for foreigners - management, translation, engineering and teaching English. There are a number of large ESL school chains, owned by foreigners, in the area who hire (mainly) North American teachers. As with any rapidly growing industry, there are many sketchy companies trying to make a buck. If you want to work as an English teacher in Guangzhou - which can be an amazing experience - make sure to verify the credentials of the school.
  
There has been increasing incidences of HIV positive men and women using infected syringes to threaten people for cash. Other tactics include walking across heavy traffic whilst carrying bags of goods and deliberately knocking them into nearby cars hoping to fool  drivers and asking money for compensation.
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English teaching jobs are available teaching a range of ages from kindergarten to elementary, middle and high school students as well as universities and private language centers. Schools usually require native speakers with a degree in any discipline and TEFL certificate.
  
Use caution at bars or night clubs. Foreigners have been targets for physical assaults in these venues. Attacks on foreigners have been provoked when someone is perceived to have made derogatory statements about China.
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==Stay safe==
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Violent crimes are not common. As one of the first open ports in China, Guangzhou is known for its liberalism and general tolerance of cultural differences. Crimes that target foreigners are rarely heard of but [[pickpockets]] could happen in shopping areas and transportation hubs. Teahouse scams, which are serious problems in Beijing and Shanghai, have not been reported in Guangzhou.  
  
With its vast, ever-increasing population, there will always be people (mostly from out of town) who just seem to be hanging around. Those unaccustomed to this may feel intimidated, especially Westerners who get stared at a lot. However, please remember that rural Chinese are not used to seeing a "Gwai Lo" (a Westerner), so their stares are merely out of interest, and should not be taken as something rude or offensive. In this respect, it is important to be aware that three out of 10 people in Guangzhou are migrants from other provinces.  
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A possible scam is when a taxi driver refuses your notes and tells you it is fake. What happens is that the taxi driver changes your note for a fake one without you noticing. Always be suspicious when a vendor refuses your money and gives it back to you.  
  
Traffic accident rates in Guangzhou (or China for that matter) are significantly higher than those of other countries. Use extra caution when crossing streets; use pedestrian bridges and tunnels whenever possible. Like everywhere else in China, cars do not yield to pedestrians. Instead, drivers automatically expect pedestrians to yield to them. So in most cases, they don't stop until it's too late.  
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As the third wealthiest province of China, it has attracted enormous immigrant workers both from other provinces and overseas. The local police has Arabic- and English-speaking forces to deal with the rising drug trade involved with foreigners, who are not exempted from the death penalty for drug trafficking.
  
Motorcycles (other than 3 wheeled vehicles for the handicapped) have been completely banned from Guangzhou's streets due to a previous rash of motorcycle based snatch and grab robberies and other safety issues.
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Traffic conditions in Guangzhou have drastically improved in recent years and rules are practiced - ''relatively''. However, like everywhere else in China, cars do not yield to pedestrians and zebra crossings are for display only.
  
 
Emergency numbers are: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Medical: 120; Traffic accident: 122.
 
Emergency numbers are: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Medical: 120; Traffic accident: 122.
Line 526: Line 786:
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
  
*The '''area dialing code''' for Guangzhou is '''020'''. From overseas, dial +86 20 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits.
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*The '''area dialing code''' for Guangzhou is '''020'''. From overseas, dial +86 20 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits. Mobile numbers are 11 digits and city code is not required.
*'''Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality''' (广州市旅游局) [http://www.visitgz.com/english/index.htm] 13-15/F, 140 Dong Feng Xi Rd. (东风西路140号13-15楼). ''+86 20'' 8107-8200.
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*'''Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality''' (广州市旅游局) [http://www.visitgz.com/english/index.htm] 13-15/F, 140 Dongfeng West Road. (东风西路140号13-15楼). ''+86 20'' 8107-8200.
*'''Consulates'''
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**'''Australia''', 12F, Development Center, No.3 Lin Jiang Da Dao, Zhu Jiang New City (珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心12楼) ''+86 20'' 3814-0111.
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*'''Internet''' is prevalent in Guangzhou. Many western chain restaurants such as McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, offer an easy access to Internet. Many major public places are now covered with free wifi (ssid: wireless_GZ), including the Baiyun International Airport, libraries, public parks, hospitals, railway stations and several shopping centers.
**'''Belgium''', Rm. 1601-1602A, Citic Plaza, 233 Tie He Bei Rd. (天河北路233号中信广场1601-1602A室) ''+86 20'' 3877-2351/6.
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**'''Cambodia''', Rm. 804-807, Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路368号花园大厦804-807室) ''+86 20'' 8384-9937.
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*'''Police''': The Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Division is located at 155 Jiefang South Road (解放南路155号) ''+86 20'' 8311-5808 (M-F 8:50AM-11:30AM, 2:30PM-5PM.) You can get your visa extension done here.
**'''Canada''', Ste. 801, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Rd. (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦80) ''+86 20'' 8666-0569.
 
**'''Cuba''', (珠江新城华明路13号华普广场东塔10/D室) ''+86 20'' 2238-2603.
 
**'''Denmark''', Ste. 1578, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Rd. (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1578室) ''+86 20'' 8666-0795.
 
**'''Finland''', Rm. 3309B-12, Citic Plaza, 233 Tie He Bei Rd. (天河北路233号中信广场3309B-12室) ''+86 20'' 3877-0188.
 
**'''France''', Rm. 803 Guangdong International Hotel Main Tower, 339 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (广东国际大酒店主楼801-803室) ''+86 20'' 2829-2000.
 
**'''Germany''', Rm. 19F, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店19楼) ''+86 20'' 8330-6533.
 
**'''India''', Units 1401-1404, 14th Floor, Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Zhong Road, Tianhe District, +86-20-85501501-05 (印度驻广州总领事馆. 天河区林和中路8号, 天誉三期14楼1401-1404单元)
 
**'''Indonesia''', Rm. 1201-1223, West Building, Dong Fang Hotel, 120 Liu Hua Rd. (流花路120号东方宾馆西座2楼1201-1223室) ''+86 20'' 8601-8772.
 
**'''Italy''' [http://www.conscanton.esteri.it/], Rm. 5207-5208, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Rd. (天河北路233号中信广场5207-5208室) ''+86 020'' 3877-0556/7/8/9.
 
**'''Japan''', Garden Tower, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路368号花园酒店1楼) ''+86 20'' 8334-3090.
 
**'''Korea''', 18F, Guangzhou International Commercial Centre West Tower, 122 Ti Yu Dong Rd. (体育东路羊城国际商贸中心西塔18楼) ''+86 20'' 3887-0555.
 
**'''Malaysia''', Rm. 1912-1918, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Rd. (天河北路233号中信广场 1915-18室) ''+86 20'' 3877-0757.
 
**'''Mexico''', Rm. 1402-03, 183 Tian He Bei Rd. (天河北路183号大都会广场1401室) ''+86 20'' 2222-0980.
 
**'''Netherlands''', Rm. 905, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店主楼905室) ''+86 20'' 8330-2067.
 
**'''New Zealand''', Rm. 1160, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Rd. (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1160室) ''+86 20'' 8667-0253.
 
**'''Pakistan''', Rm. No. 705-06, Grand Tower No. 228, Tianhe Rd.,510620, ''+86-20'' 85505679/85505680.
 
**'''Philippines''', Rm. 709-711, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店710室) ''+86 20'' 8331-1461.
 
**'''Poland''', 63 Shamian Dajie (沙面大街63号) Tel: ''+86 20'' 8121-9993/4.
 
**'''Singapore''', Rm. 2418, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Rd. (天河北路233号中信广场2418室) ''+86 20'' 3891-2345.
 
**'''Sweden''', Rm. 1002B-1003, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Rd. (广州市天河北路233号中信广场1002B-1003室) ''+86 20'' 3891-2383.
 
**'''Switzerland''', 27F, Grand Tower, 228 Tian He Rd. (天河区天河路228号广晟大厦27层) ''+86 20'' 3833-0450.
 
**'''Thailand''', M07 Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路368号花园酒店2楼M07室) ''+86 20'' 8384-9937.
 
**'''United Kingdom''', 7F, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Rd. (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店二楼 ) ''+86 20'' 8314-3000.
 
**'''U.S.A.''', (美国驻广州总领事馆) [http://guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.cn/] Note that the visa, passport and adoption sections of the Consulate have recently moved to 5th Floor Tian Yu Garden (Phase II) 136-146 Linhe Zhong Lu (林和中路136-146号天御花园二期5楼); Mailing address remains and other offices remain at: 1 Shamian Nan Jie, Shamian Island (沙面南街一号), ''+86 20'' 8121-8000. This is the only U.S. Consulate in China that processes adoption visas.
 
**'''Vietnam''', 2F Building B North, Landmark Canton Hotel, 8 Qiao Guang Rd., Haizhu Square (侨光路8号华厦大酒店B座2楼) ''+86 20'' 8330-5911.
 
*'''Internet cafes''' are common in major Chinese cities, though are often the target of government crackdowns. Popular ones in Guangzhou include:
 
**Worldwide Network on Jiangsu Lu
 
**the more up-market Sparkice in Central Plaza on Huai Hai Zhong Lu
 
**China Mayors Plaza (市长大厦). 189 Tianhe Bei Lu (天河北路189号)
 
**Budget Internet Cafe on Fuzhou Lu
 
**Starbucks
 
*'''Police''': The Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Division is located at 155 Jiefang Nan Lu (解放南路155号) ''+86 20'' 8311-5808 (M-F 8:50AM-11:30AM, 2:30PM-5PM.) You can get your visa extension done here if needed.
 
  
 
==Cope==
 
==Cope==
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===Embassies and consulates===
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* [[Image:ar-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Argentina" alt="" directions="" address="Teem Tower, office 2405, Tianhe Road Nro. 208  Tianhe (CP: 510620) " phone="+86 20 3888-0328 " email="" fax="" url="http://http://cguan.mrecic.gov.ar/" hours="" price=""></listing>
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* [[Image:as-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Australia" alt="" address="12F Development Center, 3 Linjiang Avenue (珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心12楼)" phone="+86 20 3814-0111"></listing>
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* [[Image:be-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Belgium" alt="" address="Rm. 1601-1602A CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场1601-1602A室)" phone="+86 20 3877-2351"></listing>
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* [[Image:cb-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Cambodia" alt="" address="Rm. 804-807 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园大厦804-807室)" phone="+86 20 8384-9937"></listing>
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* [[Image:ca-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Canada" alt="" address="Ste. 801 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦801)" directions="" phone="+86 20 8611-6100" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></listing>
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* [[Image:Ci-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Chile" alt="" address="Tianhe, Huaxia Rd, 10号富力中心905室 " directions="" phone="+86 20 3892 8270" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></listing>
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* [[Image:cu-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Cuba" alt="" address=" (珠江新城华明路13号华普广场东塔10/D室)" phone="+86 20 2238-2603"></listing>
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* [[Image:da-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Denmark" alt="" address="Ste. 1578 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1578室)" phone="+86 20 8666-0795"></listing>
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* [[Image:fr-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="France" alt="" address="Rm. 803 Guangdong International Hotel Main Tower, 339 Huanshi East Road (广东国际大酒店主楼801-803室)" phone="+86 20 2829-2000"></listing>
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* [[Image:gm-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Germany" alt="" address="Rm. 19F Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店19楼)" phone="+86 20 8330-6533"></listing>
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* [[Image:gr-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Greece" alt="" address="Room 2105 Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Middle Road" phone="+86 20 8550-1124"></listing>
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* [[Image:in-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="India" alt="印度驻广州总领事馆" address="Units 1401-1404 14F Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Middle Road (林和中路8号 天誉三期14楼1401-1404单元)" phone="+86 20 8550-1501"></listing>
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* [[Image:id-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Indonesia" alt="" address="Rm. 1201-1223 West Building Dongfang Hotel, 120 Liuhua Road (流花路120号东方宾馆西座2楼1201-1223室)" phone="+86 20 8601-8772"></listing>
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* Isreal以色列国驻广州总领事馆Consulate General of Israel in Guangzhou办公处:广州市珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心19楼,510623.Chancery:19th floor, Development Center, 3 Linjiang Da Dao,Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou  510623. TEL: 020-85130509
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* [[Image:it-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Italy" alt="" address="Rm. 5207-5208 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场5207-5208室)" phone="+86 20 3877-0556" url="http://www.conscanton.esteri.it/"></listing>
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* [[Image:ja-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Japan" alt="" address="Garden Tower 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园酒店1楼)" phone="+86 20 8334-3090"></listing>
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* [[Image:ks-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Korea" alt="" address="18F Guangzhou International Commercial Centre West Tower, 122 Tiyu East Road (体育东路羊城国际商贸中心西塔18楼)" phone="+86 20 3887-0555"></listing>
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* [[Image:my-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Malaysia" alt="" address="Rm. 1912-1918 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场 1915-18室)" phone="+86 20 3877-0757"></listing>
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* [[Image:mx-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Mexico" alt="" address="Rm. 1402-03 183 Tianhe North Road (天河北路183号大都会广场1401室)" phone="+86 20 2222-0980"></listing>
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* [[Image:nl-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Netherlands" alt="" address="Rm. 905 Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店主楼905室)" phone="+86 20 8330-2067"></listing>
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* [[Image:no-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Norway" alt="挪威驻广州总领馆" address="Rm. 1802 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road ( 天河北路233号中信广场18楼1802室)" phone="+86 20 3811-3188"></listing>
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* [[Image:nz-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="New Zealand" alt="" address="Rm. 1160 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1160室)" phone="+86 20 8667-0253"></listing>
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* [[Image:pk-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Pakistan" alt="" address="Rm. No. 705-06 Grand Tower No. 228 Tianhe Road" phone="+86 20 8550-5679"></listing>
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* [[Image:rp-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Philippines" alt="" address="Rm. 709-711 Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店710室)" phone="+86 20 8331-1461"></listing>
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* [[Image:pl-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Poland" alt="" address="63 Shamian Street (沙面大街63号)" phone="+86 20 8121-9993"></listing>
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* [[Image:ru-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Russia" alt="" address="26A Development Centre, No.3 Linjiang Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, 510623 (510623广州市珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心26楼A单元俄罗斯总领事馆)" phone="(+86 20) 8518 5001, (+86 20) 8518 5002, (+86 20) 8518 5003"></listing>
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* [[Image:sn-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Singapore" alt="" address="Rm. 2418 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场2418室)" phone="+86 20 3891-2345"></listing>
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* [[Image:sp-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Spain" alt="" address="5th Floor, Fuli Center, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (珠江新城华夏路10号富力中心5楼" phone="+86 20 3892 7185 ‎"></listing>
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* [[Image:sw-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Sweden" alt="" address="Rm. 1002B-1003 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (广州市天河北路233号中信广场1002B-1003室)" phone="+86 20 3891-2383"></listing>
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* [[Image:sz-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Switzerland" alt="" address="27F Grand Tower 228 Tianhe Road (天河区天河路228号广晟大厦27层)" phone="+86 20 3833-0450"></listing>
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* [[Image:th-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Thailand" alt="" address="M07 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园酒店2楼M07室)" phone="+86 20 8384-9937"></listing>
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* [[Image:uk-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="United Kingdom" alt="" address="7F Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店二楼)" phone="+86 20 8314-3000"></listing>
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* [[Image:us-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="U.S.A." alt="美国驻广州总领事馆" address="43 Hua Jiu Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China  510623    广州市天河区珠江新城华就路43号  邮编 510623"  phone="+86 20 3814-5775" url="http://guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.cn/">This is the only U.S. Consulate in China that processes adoption visas. </listing>
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* [[Image:vm-flag.png|20px]]  <listing name="Vietnam" alt="" address="2F Building B North, Landmark Canton Hotel, 8 Qiaoguang Road (侨光路8号华厦大酒店B座2楼)" phone="+86 20 8330-5911"></listing>
  
 
===Banking===
 
===Banking===
  
ATMs that accept foreign credit or debit cards are common in shopping malls and tourist areas. Withdrawal is available in Chinese currency only. Most banks also accept exchanges from your local currencies to RMB. Your passport is required for this service. However, they do not change it back to your local currencies.  
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ATMs that accept foreign credit or debit cards are common in shopping malls and tourist areas. Withdrawal is available in Chinese currency only. Most banks in the city center also accept exchanges from your local currencies to &yen;. Your passport is required for this service. Some banks allow you to change back to your local currency with the original exchange memo.  
*'''Bank of China''' (中国银行) [http://www.boc.cn/en/static/index.html] There is a branch inside Garden Hotel. ATM is available on the ground floor of White Swan Hotel, and over 100 locations in Guangzhou. Their ATMs are the best bet for using foreign cards.
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*'''Bank of China''' (中国银行) [http://www.boc.cn/en/static/index.html] There is a branch inside Garden Hotel. ATM is available on the ground floor of White Swan Hotel and over 100 locations in Guangzhou. Their ATMs are the best bet for using foreign cards.
*'''Bank of America''' [http://www.bofa.com/] Rm 2506, 555 Renmin Zhong Lu. +86-20 8130-0888. The bank has alliance with China Construction Bank.
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*'''HSBC''' [http://www.hsbc.com.cn/1/2/misc/branches-and-atms#guangzhou]2, G/F, Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Lu +86 20 8313 1888.
*'''Citi''' [http://www.citi.com/] Unit 101, Fortune Plaza No. 118 TiYu East Road Tian He district.   +86-20-38981688. This bank has a full service branch, foreign currency exchange services, and a 24 hour International ATM Service.
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*'''Citi''' [http://www.citi.com/] Unit 101, Fortune Plaza, 118 Tiyu East Road. +86-20 3898-1688. This bank has a full service branch with currency exchange services and 24-hour ATMs.
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*'''Bank of America''' [http://www.bofa.com/] Rm 2506, 555 Renmin Middle Road +86 20 8130-0888. The bank has alliance with China Construction Bank.
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*'''Citi''' [http://www.citi.com/] Unit 101, Fortune Plaza, 118 Tiyu East Road. +86-20 3898-1688. This bank has a full service branch with currency exchange services and 24-hour ATMs.
  
 
===Laundry===
 
===Laundry===
Few lower end hotels and hostels have coin-operated self-service laundry room. Self-service laundromats are not available on the streets, although dry clean and laundry stores are available to clean your clothes. Normally you can drop your clothes off and pick them up the next day. One laundry chain is TianTian (天天洗衣), which is conveniently located in all Metro stations. There are many stores on Shamian Island that have laundry service. An average load of laundry costs about ¥100.
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Few lower end hotels and hostels have coin-operated self-service laundry room. Self-service laundromats are not available on the streets, although dry clean and laundry stores are available to clean your clothes. Normally you can drop your clothes off and pick them up the next day. One laundry chain is Tiantian (天天洗衣), which is conveniently located in most Metro stations. There are many stores on Shamian Island that have laundry service. An average load of laundry costs about ¥100.
In other parts of the city, there are laundry/dry clean shops sprinkled throughout neighborhoods.  An average load should cost no more than ¥40 (couple pair of bottoms, one or two skirts/shorts, 6 or so tops). If you are doing sheets and blankets, they should charge no more then ¥10 for a blanket, ¥30 for a comforter.  Dry-cleaning a sweater is about ¥8.
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In other parts of the city, there are laundry and dry clean shops sprinkled throughout neighborhoods.  An average load should cost no more than ¥40. If you are doing sheets and blankets, they should charge no more then ¥10 for a blanket, ¥30 for a quilt.  Dry-cleaning a sweater is about ¥8.
  
 
===Television===
 
===Television===
Guangzhou Television (GZTV) [http://news.gztv.com/column118/index118.shtml] has an English channel, offering entertainment and cultural programs. There are two English channels from Hong Kong, "Pearl" and "ATV World", available in most hotels, offer a great selection of prime time shows from US and UK.
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Guangzhou Television (GZTV) [http://news.gztv.com/column118/index118.shtml] has an "English" channel, now called Guangzhou I Channel (but still "English" according to the Chinese name), offering entertainment and cultural programs from around the world, mostly dubbed in Mandarin and subtitled in Chinese. Hong Kong’s international channels, TVB Pearl and ATV World, available in most hotels, have a great selection of programs from the UK and US, plus news at 7:30pm and late (11pm or later) every day.
  
 
===Newspapers and Magazines===
 
===Newspapers and Magazines===
The ''China Daily'' and/or ''Global Times'' are the two only English language newspapers available in Guangzhou, and both can be found on newstands throughout the city. There are several bookstores throughout the city that sell current English and Foreign periodicals. The ''South China Morning Post'' from Hong Kong is also avaliable by subscription only.
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The ''China Daily'' and/or ''Global Times'' are the two only English language newspapers available in Guangzhou (unless you go to a library), and both can be found on newsstands throughout the city. There are several bookstores throughout the city that sell current English and Foreign periodicals. The ''South China Morning Post'' from Hong Kong is also available by subscription only. South China TALK is a monthly English-language magazine based in Guangzhou.
  
 
===Places of worship===
 
===Places of worship===
 
All the religious sites listed in the [[#See|See]] section are open to worshippers.
 
All the religious sites listed in the [[#See|See]] section are open to worshippers.
  
*'''Christian:''' Guangzhou International Christian Fellowship [http://www.gicf.net] holds weekly service on Sundays at 10AM for expats from around the world in English. You must show your travel documents to enter since residents are not allowed there due to local laws. The meeting location is Star Hotel (景星酒店) near the East Train Station. Phone: 1366 234 6904. Hotel Address: 89 Linhe Xi Lu (林和西路89号). (''Metro 1 Dong Zhan'')
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*'''Protestant:''' Guangzhou International Christian Fellowship (GICF) [http://www.gicf.net] holds weekly service on Sundays at 10:00AM-11:30AM for expats in English. In accordance with government regulations, the service is exclusively open to foreign/special passport holders, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan nationals. Address:  Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe NO.215 LINHE XI Heng Road Tianhe (广州天河新天希尔顿酒店天河区林和西横路215号)  
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* '''Catholic:''' An English mass is held at Shishi Church at 3:30PM every Sunday. English Bible study is also available on Wednesday at 7:30pm-9:00pm. Address: Shishi Church (石室教堂)No. 56 # 8, Jiu Bu Qian, Yide Zhong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou. (越秀区一德中路旧部前56号之8)
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* '''Muslim:''' Huaisheng Mosque (怀圣寺 huái-shèng-sì) at 56 Guangta Road (光塔路) (Metro 1 Ximenkou) is exclusively open to Muslims. Jumu'ah (صلاة الجمعة‎) is held every Friday just after noon.
  
 
===Gym===
 
===Gym===
Guangzhou has several branches of Total Fitness. One of the locations is at the 8th floor of Zhengjie Plaza (正佳广场).
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Most public parks offer free gym facilities. For serious bodybuilders, Total Fitness [http://www.totalfitness.com.cn] has around 15 branches which are usually close to metro stations. Membership costs about ¥2000-4000 a year, depending on your bargaining power.
The Guangzhou Marriott (China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel) has a complete new gym (Dec. 2008) with brand new Star Trac equipment, a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna and steam. The hotel is easy accessible from the subway
 
  
 
===Health===
 
===Health===
*'''Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital''' is near the Garden Hotel. 106 Zhong Shan Er Lu. +86 20 8382-7812, +86 20 2062-2031.  
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*'''Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital''' is near the Garden Hotel. 106 Zhongshan 2nd Road +86 20 8382-7812, +86 20 2062-2031.  
*'''Kaiyi International Dental Care''' [http://www.gzdentist.com] Ice Flower Hotel, 2 Tianhe Bei Lu. +86 20 3886-4821, +86 20 3387-4278.
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*'''Kaiyi International Dental Care''' [http://www.gzdentist.com] Ice Flower Hotel, 2 Tianhe North Road +86 20 3886-4821, +86 20 3387-4278.
  
 
===Mail===
 
===Mail===
*'''Post Office''' - There is a post office on Shamian (Shamian 3 Jie 沙面三街) 9AM-5PM, closed on Sunday.
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China Post, the official post office, is your best bet for regular letters and postcards. For packages, other than the post office, there are many shipping centers around the city who are agents for DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT and EMS. There are usually shipping counters at higher-end hotels. Ask your hotel for the nearest shipping locations.
*'''DHL''' - There is a branch in Garden Hotel.
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*'''Post Office (China Post)''' - Post Office is usually slow and little English is spoken. EMS service is available through the post office. The following are locations close to tourist areas.
*'''UPS''' 1121 Guangyuan Zhong Lu, +86 20 8657-9898.
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:* Shamian Post: Shamian 3rd Street (沙面三街) 9AM-5PM, closed on Sunday.
 
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:* Liuhua Post: 151 Huanshixi Road (广州市环市西151号) between Guangzhou Railway Station and the Provincial Coach Terminal.
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:* Taojin Post: 5 Taojin North Road (淘金北路正平中街5号) +86 20 8357-1583
*'''Guangzhou4U''' [http://www.Guangzhou4u.com] offer business tour guide,interpreter services
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*'''DHL''' [http://www.cn.dhl.com/en.html] There is a branch in Garden Hotel +86 20 8384-9210.
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*'''UPS''' 1121 Guangyuan Middle Road, +86 20 8657-9898; China Hotel, +86-20 8666-2696; TeeMall +86 20 8230-4008.
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There have been reports of mail not reaching its destination. Packaged mail was said to be held up in Shanghai and is undeliverable. 800 RMB was demanded for its return.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
*Visit the peach orchards and canals at nearby '''[[Xiazhou]]'''.
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*The dwellings of overseas Chinese from the early 20th century in '''[[Kaiping]]''' (开平). Take a 2-hour bus form Fengcun Bus Station (芳村汽车站) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B) ¥60.  
  
*'''Yuanxuan Taoist Temple''' includes three Taoist temples in one complex: Sanqing Temple, Taihe Temple and Yuanchen Temple. Sanqing Temple is the most architecturally important of the three structures, while Yuanxuan Taoist Temple has carvings of divine beings. The central hall is covered by yellow glazed tiles and decorated with the bright images of Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing, the three authoritative deities in Taoism. The temple is located near Bi Village in southwest Xinhua Town. You can take the No. 9 bus from Hua Du Downtown. (Admission ¥2)
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*'''[[Foshan]]''' (佛山) is only an hour away from Guangzhou. Famous for its Ancestry Temple (祖庙), it is also the home to legendary martial art master Wong Fei Hong. Take the Foshan Metro at the Xilang Station of Guangzhou Metro Line 1.
 
 
*The dwellings of overseas Chinese from the early 20th century in '''[[Kaiping]]''' (开平).
 
 
 
*'''[[Foshan]]''' (佛山) is only an hour away from Guangzhou. Famous for its Ancestry Temple (祖庙), it is also the home to legendary Wong Fei Hong, a martial art master.
 
  
 
*'''[[Hong Kong]]''' (香港) is 2-3 hours away, depending on the modes of transportation.  
 
*'''[[Hong Kong]]''' (香港) is 2-3 hours away, depending on the modes of transportation.  
  
*'''Humen''' (虎门) in [[Dongguan]] (东莞) is famous for its Opium War era relics (虎门销烟). It is a bridge away from the Nansha District.
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*'''Humen''' (虎门) in [[Dongguan]] (东莞) is famous for its Opium War era relics (虎门销烟). It is a bridge away from the Nansha District. Most trains going to Shenzhen or Hong Kong stop at Dongguang.
  
*'''[[Shenzhen]]''' (深圳) is a new city on the borders of Hong Kong, one of the first special economic zones set up in China. Check out theme parks such as Windows of the World, The China Folk Culture Villages and Splendid China. Frequent buses and trains are available (Tickets around ¥60 - ¥80). The trip will take 1 to 2 hours. Make sure you have your passport while traveling to Shenzhen; they check it when you enter Shenzhen, although you are still in [[Guangdong]], China.  
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*'''[[Shenzhen]]''' (深圳) is located on the border with Hong Kong. It is one of the first special economic zones in China. Check out theme parks such as Windows of the World, the China Folk Culture Villages and Splendid China. Bus and train services are run frequently. The trip will take 1 to 2 hours. Tickets cost around ¥60 - ¥80.
  
*'''[[Zhuhai]]''' (珠海) is another special economic zone to the south, at the border with [[Macau]]. You can get a bus ride from any of the major bus stations in the city. A train line is under construction but,as of mid-2009, not complete.
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Canton redirects here. For other places with the same name, see Canton (disambiguation)
Guangzhou
Location
Guangdong subdivisions - Guangzhou.svg
Quick Facts
Government Capital of Guangdong
Currency Chinese Renminbi (¥) (CNY)
Area 7,434 km2(Sub-Providencial area)
Population 11,070,654(2013 est.)
Language Official:Mandrin
Spoken:Cantonese
Religion n/a
Electricity 220V/50Hz (U.S. Type A, Australian Type I, and Type G plugs)
Time Zone UTC+8
The new Guangzhou skyline with the Canton Tower and Zhujiang New Town

Guangzhou or Canton (广州) , the capital of Guangdong Province, is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million. Founded in 214 BC, the city has been a springboard for trading, cultural exchanges, many revolutions and reforms, making it an unavoidable stopover to understand what shapes the modern China.

Understand[edit]

Location of Guangzhou in China

Guangzhou's isolation from the rest of 'typical China' by mountainous topography and early exposure to the outside world has resulted in its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth. It is no surprise that Guangzhou is a cradle of many reforms and revolutions that changed the fate of China forever. Today Guangzhou still unveils many republic-era sights that help travelers understand modern Chinese history.

Founded in 214 BC, this capital of the richest province is always a mix of new and old. It not only boasts some of the oldest temples in China, a millenarian-old park, an imperial tomb of a southern kingdom and complete preservation of colonial villas and church on Shamian, but it also serves as a showcase of futuristic architectures and autopilot metro on Zhujiang New Town.

Despite its vibrant sight-seeing resources, travelers usually come to Guangzhou to shop and eat. Guangzhou accommodates countless huge markets specializing in almost any made-in-china products, including Chinese tea, herbs, garments, watches, electronics and toys. You will be appalled to see the real prices of those China-made products and the profit your local shops earn by selling them.

Food is the centerpiece of life and Guangzhou has the country's largest number of restaurants per capita, which is the birthplace of what you call 'Chinese food' (Cantonese food) in the west. Here you can grab the authentic taste of sweet & sour pork, wonton soup and dim-sum. Few travelers can leave the city hungry.

As busy as it sounds, you can easily escape the crowd. Just head to surrounding villages, in which some of them date back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD). Bird watching in Nansha Wetland, a 200-hectare stopover for migrant birds from as far as Seriba, can easily make for a peaceful day.


Districts[edit]

Layout of Guangzhou
Western central Guangzhou in detail (Liwan and west Yuexiu)
Eastern central Guangzhou in detail (east Yuexiu and Tianhe)

Guangzhou is divided into ten districts. Among them, Yuexiu and Liwan, the cradle for the Cantonese culture, has been the city center since the imperial era. Tianhe, which was a farming village decades ago, has been constructed into a new business center with some biggest shopping malls and highest skyscrapers in the city.

For travelers, the most useful road is Zhongshan Road, a 9 KM long highway horizontally cutting through the downtown of Guangzhou. The highway is divided into 8 sections. From Zhongshan 6 Road (中山六路)to Zhongshan 8 Road (中山八路) it covers around 80% tourist attractions and all famous restaurants. This area is well connected by Metro Line 1 from Changshou Lu (長壽路), Chen Clan Academy (陈家祠), Ximenkou(西门口) to Gongyuanqian (公园前).

City Center

  • Yuexiu (越秀 Yuèxiù) — The Zhongshan 6 Road area, which covers the original area of Yuexiu before its expansion in the 2005, has been the very core since 214 AD. Highlights include Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou Museum located at Zhanhai Tower, Orchid Garden, Mausoleum of Nanyue King, Guangxiao Temple, Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Huangsheng Mosque, Beijing Lu Shopping District, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Temple of Five Rams, Shishi Cathedral. It also has many popular wholesales market including Yide Road Market and Baima Market.
  • Liwan (荔湾 Lìwān) — On the north of the pearl river makes up the old Guangzhou area and home to the standard Cantonese accent (Xiguan Accent, literally West Gate Accent). Tourist highlights include the colonial Shamian Island, Xiguan Old Houses, Xiangxiajiu shopping Street, Liziwan Lake Park and Chen's Clan Academy.
  • Tianhe (天河 Tiānhé) is the business district, thriving with many skyscrapers and shopping malls. The newly developed Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城) is a showcase of futuristic urban planning and avant-garde architecture. It is also home to the oldest messy urban village Shipai as well as most expat communities. The district serves as a transportation hub for trains to Hong Kong. Highlights include Guangdong Museum, Central Library, Opera House and Shipai village.

Around the Center

  • Haizhu (海珠'Hǎizhū') — At the south of the Pearl River, the former industrial district has transformed into more residential and business today. It is home to the city's latest landmark Canton Tower and the South Campus of Sun Yat-Sen University, which is a well-preserved historic building complex of the 1920s. Traders come here often for the Canton Fair in Pazhou.
  • Panyu (番禺 Pānyú) is an area getting more popular among local tourists. Its Lianhua Mountain boosts 100,000 blooming lotus flower and sits a huge Bodhisattva Guanyin statue. Various theme parks have attracted thousands of tourists. The area is covered by many historic villages and towns that give you a peek into the life of traditional Southern Chinese.
  • Baiyun (白云 Báiyún) — This district is where the old airport is located. The Baiyun Mountain is a major attraction.

Outskirt

  • Huangpu (黄埔 Huángpǔ) is home to Huangpu Military Academy.
  • Nansha (南沙 Nánshā) is a newly developed area at the southern tip of the city. Rural as it may sound, it keeps the survival of the Nansha Wetland, a stopover for migrant birds. Many Chinese worshipers also like to visit the Palace of Heavenly Queen (天后宮). The High-Speed Railway Station (South Station) is built here.
  • Luogang (萝岗 Luógǎng) is famous for its plum forest and Tianlu Lake Forest Park.
  • Huadu (花都 Huādū) is where the New Baiyun International Airport is located.

County-Level Cities

  • Zengcheng (增城 Zēngchéng) is famous for its lychee fruit, which are picked in June and July.
  • Conghua (从化 Cónghuà) is popular among tourists for its hot springs and Tianhe (Heavenly Lake) Recreation area.

History[edit]

Formerly known as Canton in the West, the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,200 years.

The symbol of Guangzhou -- the five Rams
A legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the area that is now Guangzhou on five rams carrying sheaves of rice. The celestials bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials left, the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into an affluent and influential city. Due to this legend, Guangzhou has gained several popular nicknames: Yangcheng (羊城; City of Rams), Suicheng (穗城; Sheaves of Rice City) and Wuyangcheng (五羊城; City of Five Rams). In addition, due to the abundance of flowers along the city's main thoroughfares, Guangzhou is often referred to as Huacheng (花城; City of Flowers).

According to historical records, the city was built in 214BC and was known as Panyu (番禺). The name Guangzhou actually referred to the prefecture in which Panyu was located. As the city grew, the name Guangzhou was adopted for the city itself.

As a major sea port, Guangzhou's history is full of color. In 786 the city was sacked by the Persians and in 1711 the British East India Company established a trading post here. In 1757, the government designated the city as the only port allowed business transactions with foreign nations. This continued until 1842, the signing of the Treaty of Nanking, when four other ports were added. Losing the exclusive privilege pushed Guangzhou to become more industrialized later.

Guangzhou was also part of the so called "Maritime Silk Road" that linked southern China with India, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. As a result of its links with the Middle East, a mosque was established in the city in 627, and a small Muslim community continues to live in Guangzhou to this day. Additionally, the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism was born in Guangzhou and taught the famous Platform Sutra in the city. As a result, Guangzhou has retained a strong connection with this school of Buddhism, and the monastery where the sixth patriarch studied is considered a local treasure. The first Protestant missionary in China, Robert Morrison, entered Guangzhou in 1807.

Climate[edit]

Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate, influenced by the East Asian Monsoon, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year, measuring 1.736mm on average. Extremes have ranged from 0°C (32°F) to 39°C (102°F). Winters are mild with the average temperature in January being 13.9°C (57°F). Cold weather is virtually unknown in Guanghzou since the cold air masses originating in Siberia don't make it this far south and are blocked by the mountains in the north. Small portions of them however, may manage to penetrate through the moountains and reach the city, pushing low temperatures down to 5°C (41°F), but very rarely below. Snowfall is extremely rare, with the last occurence being in 24th January 2016, 87 years after the previous one. Summers, like the rest of southern China are hot and very humid. The heat is sweltering, due to the fact that the average high temperature in July is 32°C (90°F) and the average humidity is 82%, making the atmosphere very unpleasant. Daytime highs may surpass 35°C (95°F) up on occasion. October and November are inarguably the best months to visit Guanghzou and most of rain falls between April and September.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场, IATA: CAN, ICAO: ZGGG, [68]) is a major hub in Southern China, second only to Hong Kong. The airport is the base for China Southern Airlines [69] and has an extensive range of domestic flights including: Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Daxian, Guiyang, Guilin, Hangzhou, Harbin, Haikou, Hefei, Hohhot, Jinan, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Luzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Sanya, Shantou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taizhou, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wanxian, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Yibin, Yichang, Yiwu, Yuncheng, Zhengzhou, and Zhuhai. Direct international routes include Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Brisbane, Busan, Cairns, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York City, Paris, Perth, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tel-Aviv, Tokyo and Vancouver.

Foreign nationals from 51 countries who transit through Guangzhou Airport when flying between two different countries (for example, London-Guangzhou-Auckland) qualify for a 72-hour visa-free stopover. For the purpose of the policy, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are treated as international flights (for example, London-Guangzhou-Taipei would qualify). The name of the policy is a bit of a misnomer, as the 72 hour period actually begins at 00:01 after the day of arrival (for example, if you arrive in Guangzhou Airport at 09:00 on 1 January, you can stay until 23:59 on 4 January). During the 72 hour visa-free stopover, you are allowed to move freely within the whole of Guangdong Province, but you must fly into and fly out of Guangzhou Airport. For details, visit the FAQs webpage (in English) of the official government website of the Guangdong Province Division of Exit & Entry Administration.

If you are flying on China Southern Airlines and have a stopover in Guangzhou, you may qualify for complimentary hotel accommodation. For details, visit the China Southern website.

The food in the international transfer terminal is very expensive. You can pay US$10 plus for a cup of tea! It is recommended to bring everything you will need for your layover. There is a free hot water machine downstairs, next to one of the smoking lounges. If you bring a mug, and some tea bags, you will be good to go for hours.

The airport is 28 km (17 mi) north from central Guangzhou. The most convenient way into the city is by Metro Line 3. The lower level of the airport terminal leads to the Airport South Metro station. A journey to the East Railway Station, or to Tiyu Xilu Metro station (both ¥12) takes about 50 minutes. Trains run every seven minutes, with the first train leaving the airport at 6AM and the last train from and to the airport departing at 11PM.

Taxis are also available and take about the same time as the Metro. A taxi ride to central Guangzhou will cost about ¥120, inclusive of a ¥15 toll fee. Taxi stations are available outside Arrival Hall Section A Gate 5 and Arrival Hall Section B Gate 6. If you arrive after midnight when the metro has stopped running, be prepared for a real long wait in line for taxis. Waiting times can start from 45 mins, not because of the lack of taxis, but because of the sheer number of arrivees. Also, do not be surprised that the queue is not really an orderly queue, which is quintessentially chinese. Some parts it's 2 people, some parts it's 4, and towards the front it can spread out to 8 in a row. People will attempt to out squeeze you to the back at every opportunity possible. You may find yourself 10 spaces behind the person who started right behind you.

Seeing rural Guangzhou from an Airport Express bus.
Airport Express buses operate just outside the arrival terminal, but are a distant second to the metro in reliability and comfort. If you have more than one piece of luggage or if a line has a stop at your hotel, this may be your top choice. Line 1 (¥16) departs every 10-15 minutes from 7AM until the last flight and takes 45 minutes to reach the Guangzhou Railway Station and Central Hotel. The ticket prices range from ¥10-55. Lines 1 to 6 are traveling within the metropolitan area, while lines 7-11 go to outer districts. There are also direct Airport Express buses to some cities in the Pearl River Delta region, such as Zhuhai and Foshan. However, there is no direct bus to Macau or Hong Kong.

Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Sometimes, people will stand at the arrival area and ask if you need a taxi. These are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles, or charge you a fee, offer you a phony receipt, and then arrange a taxi that will still charge you. They usually cost a lot more than licensed taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportation.

Flying to/from Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG) is another option. From Hong Kong International Airport, you can take cross-boundary coach to Guangzhou and other cities in Guangdong. Service providers include China Travel Service, Trans-Island Chinalink and Eternal East. Fares range from HK$220-250 one way.

By train[edit]

Hong Kong - Guangzhou through train timetable
Train no. Hung Hom
(departure)
GZ East
(arrival)
T812* 7:25AM 9:20AM
T824* 8:18AM 10:09AM
T820* 9:24AM 11:19AM
T804* 10:42AM 12:37PM
T808 11:28AM 1:23PM
T814 12:14PM 2:09PM
T826* 1:10PM 3:01PM
T818* 2:47PM 4:42PM
T810* 4:35PM 6:29PM
T828* 5:50PM 7:41PM
T816* 6:35PM 8:30PM
T802* 7:24PM 9:19PM
Current as of Sep 2011
* denotes a stop-over in Dongguan (Changping station)

Trains cover the 182 kilometers from Hong Kong in about two hours, including a stop at Dongguan. Through Trains to Guangzhou East Railway Station depart from Hong Kong at Hung Hom railway station in Kowloon and arrive in Guangzhou at the East station. Through train services are operated by Hong Kong MTR. [70]. The one-way journey price ranges from 190HKD-230HKD.

Note: Tickets purchased on it3.mtr.com.hk must be paid for by credit card and collected in Hong Kong by the card holder. If you intend to begin your journey from Guangzhou, most times of the year you can obtain tickets on the spot at Guangzhou East Railway station. However, at peak season, you will want to book ahead to have a reserved seat. Booking (and paying for) tickets through the MTR website will only RESERVE your seats if you are outside Hong Kong and intend to begin your journey in Guangzhou. You will need to pay again at Guangzhou East station and then seek a refund from MTR once you arrive in Hung Hom. To avoid this, MTR has an officially appointed ticketing agency on the China side for multilingual inquiry and booking.This company has been confirmed by MTR customer service and is: Norrway Trading Co. Ltd. (+86) 20 8765 9328, from within China 020 8765 9328 (no known website). Alternatively, China International Travel Service has non-real time inquiry and booking service in English. There are a number of other avenues (Chinese travel agents) for inquiring and booking GZ-HK MTR tickets, but they are in Chinese (e.g., www.020ztc.com), who have an office on the first floor of Guangzhou East station. Many of the better quality hotels in Guangzhou will also have an affiliated travel agents where you can book and pay for train tickets, so contact them as well. Reservation for Guangzhou-Kowloon trains usually opens 28 to 30 days before departure.

It is cheaper to take the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train service (广深城际列车) from Shenzhen to Guangzhou East Railway Station. Some trips also stop at Guangzhou Railway Station. Shenzhen is right across the border from Hong Kong and thousands of people walk over the bridge between the two every day through Luohu (罗湖), or spelled as Lo Wu from the Hong Kong side of the border. Tickets can be bought at the Shenzhen Rail Station in Luohu. The one-way journey price starts from ¥80.

A project is underway to link the entire Pearl River Delta area with high speed rail network. The Guangzhou–Zhuhai (near Macau), Guangzhou–Shenzhen High Speed Rail (a different railway, originating from Shenzhen North Station and terminating in Guangzhou South Station, than the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train mentioned above) have opened in 2011, and the journey takes just 57 minutes and 35 minutes respectively. A new long distance line from Guangzhou to Beijing travels through major cities such as Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Shijiazhuang. It takes 7h59m to 9h38m for a journey to Beijing, over 2,000 km away. One way ticket is ¥865. There are also overnight soft sleeper bullet trains for ¥990 on most days of the week. Some high-speed trains also go to Luoyang and Xi'an. One way trip from Guangzhou South Station to Xi'an North is between 7h40m and 9h09m, price from ¥813.5. This is part of a nationwide high-speed network. The above mentioned destination are also accessible by much slower non-high-speed sleeper train from Guangzhou Station in the center of the town.

It is easy to go to Guilin and Yangshuo by bullet train before moving on to rest of China. It will take 2h31m to 3h8m and costs ¥137.5. Guilin is also accessible by non-high-speed sleeper train from Guangzhou Station right in the center of the town, which takes about 11 hours.

It is possible to take a direct train from Guangzhou to Lhasa in Tibet. The 4,980 km journey takes 55 hours and runs every other day from Guangzhou Station (广州站). A sleeper costs ¥869 and up. For discussion see Overland to Tibet.

For reservation on all the train tickets except tickets to Hong Kong, Chinese Railway do have a online ticketing website and smart-phone app, but it's all in Chinese and only accepts Chinese debit or credit card. For English speaker with no access to a Chinese bank account, follow the tips on seat61.com, which gives very thorough instruction on how to buy train tickets from major reputable online travel agencies.

Bear in mind there are now three major train stations in Guangzhou. Countless travelers have gone to the wrong station and missed their scheduled trips, so be sure of your departing station, which is specified on the ticket.

  • Guangzhou Railway Station (广州站) is one of the biggest in the country and services non-high-speed routes that go all the way to Harbin. Metro lines 2 and 5 have a connection stop here.
  • Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站) services non-high-speed routes to Hong Kong and some other mainland cities. Metro line 1 ends here, and Metro line 3 from Airport South has a station here.
  • Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) serves ONLY the high-speed rail network.

Guangzhou also has several other stations such as the North Station and West Station. There are also different names for each of the stations. Be sure to use official names to avoid confusion.

Although some signs are available in English, most of the staffs do not really understand and speak English, except at the Guangzhou-Kowloon ticket counter, in which staffs are generally able to communicate in simple English. Bring a phrasebook or a Chinese friend if you're planning on traveling deeper into China.

By bus[edit]

Coach services are available to bring passengers from Hong Kong International Airport to several locations in Guangzhou. Among the destinations are recognizable landmarks like Jinan University (暨南大学) on Huangpu Avenue (黄埔大道), Garden Hotel (花园酒店) and China Hotel (中国大酒店) (see hotel section). The trip takes about 3+ hours and costs 250 HKD. There are also cross border bus terminals throughout Hong Kong. One of the Stations is at Austin Road and Canton Road near Kowloon Park. A one way ticket costs about 100 HKD.

Domestically, it is possible to hop on a bus from any corner of Guangdong province and get to Guangzhou. There are also many options from nearby provinces like Guangxi, Hubei and Fujian. Here are some of the main stations in the city:

  • Provincial Station (省汽车客运站) (145-149 Huanshi West Road 环市西路145-149号) (Metro 2 & 5 Guangzhou Railway Station Exit F1, F2, H1, H2) The station serves mostly long distance lines outside the Guangdong Province.
  • Liuhua Station (流花站) (Metro 2 & 5 Guangzhou Railway Station Exit D4) Across from Provincial Station, it mostly serves nearby cities in the province.
  • Tianhe Station (天河客运站) (633 Yanling Road 燕岭路633号) (Metro 3) The station services Southern and central China, reaching as far as the Gansu Province. There are also many routes to cities in Guangdong.
  • Haizhu Station (海珠客运站) (182 Nanzhou Road 南洲路182号) (Metro 2 Nanzhou Station Exit A) The station is located in the southern part of Haizhu, servicing major cities in the province and other Southern China provinces, including Hainan.
  • Fangcun Station (芳村客运站) (51 Huadi Middle Avenue) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B) The station serves similar routes as the Haizhu Station.
  • Yuexiu Nan Station (越秀南汽车站) (越秀南东园横2号) Other than desintations in the province and other provinces, it also has lines to Macau and Hong Kong.
  • Guangzhou South (广州南汽车客运站) The station mainly services nearby cities. There is a bus to Lo Wu, a commonly used border crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China. The fare is ¥65 and it runs every hour.

Please note that English and Chinese names of bus stations vary from one sign to another -- coach terminal, coach station, bus terminal, bus station, passenger terminal or passenger station. Be aware that the different names may be referring to the same station.

By boat[edit]

There used to be frequent ferry services from other cities in the Pearl River Delta, as well as some cities in Guangxi and along the coast, for example, Xiamen, Haikou or Shanghai. But nowadays, along the construction of extensive highway, water transportation no longer have its value as they used to. There is currently no ferry terminals in downtown. The two major ferry terminals are Lianhuashan Port Ferry Terminal (莲花山客运港) in Panyu District and Nansha Port Ferry Terminal (南沙客运港) in Nansha District.

Lianhuashan Port Ferry Terminal (莲花山客运港) in Panyu has ferry service to two locations in Hong Kong: Kowloon (China Ferry Terminal or China HK City, both refer to the same terminal in Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier. Service to Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier is for transiting passenger at Hong Kong Intl Airport only, as passenger will be transferred directly between Sky Pier and airport terminal, without clearing immigration in Hong Kong. Passenger taking this service need to have a flight reservation departing Hong Kong on the same day with the minimum connecting time of 120 minutes in Hong Kong. Traveling from downtown Guangzhou to Lianhuahan takes about an hour by car, complimentary shuttle buses are available to or from several locations in Panyu, including Panyu Square Station on Metro Line 3 and Shiqi Station on Metro Line 4. Alternatively, public buses are available from Shiqi Station on Metro Line 4.

Nansha Port Ferry Terminal (南沙客运港) in Nansha has services to two locations in Hong Kong: Kowloon and Hong Kong Intl Airport Sky Pier. The trip takes 75 minutes to Hong Kong. Note that Nansha is extremely far from the city center, as traveling between downtown Guangzhou to Nansha is about 75 minutes.Free shuttle buses are available to or from several locations in Panyu, and at Garden Hotel (花园酒店) for passenger traveling to Hong Kong Intl Airport only. The port is 1.6km south of Humen Bridge in Nansha.

Schedule:

Look for Guangzhou Lian Hua Shan at the 4th table.

Look for Guangzhou at the 6th table.

Page is in Chinese but there is English on the schedule.

Page is in Chinese but there is English on the schedule. Service available every THURSDAY and SATURDAY only.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation system is comprehensive in Guangzhou like most other big Chinese cities. If you stay in Guangzhou for long time, purchase a multi-purpose Ling Nan Tong - Yang Cheng Tong (岭南通-羊城通) stored value card, which can be used to pay fares in metro, bus and ferries and used for many convenience stores, public phones and vending machines.

However, to return the card at the end of the trip, you need to go Gongyuanqian (Exit J) and Tiyu Xi Exit G, and East Railway Station. (Exit HJ). It may be worth simply keeping the card as a souvenir.

On foot[edit]

Despite the sheer size of the city, walking is a great way of exploring the traditional Liwan and Yuexiu districts. The easy tour is to walk through Zhongshan 6 Road (中山六路, Zhongshan Liulu) which covers most tourist attractions including Liurong Temple, Guangxiao Temple, Huaisheng Mosque and many huge markets. It also has the two most popular pedestrian streets , Beijing Lu and Shang-xia-jiu for shopping mania.

To give you some sense of direction whenever you get lost, figure out the location of two major horizontal lines, which are Zhongshan Road and the Pearl River (Zhu Jiang) , you will easily tell every direction. This area is also well connected by Metro Line 1 and Trolleybus 104, 107, 109 and 78(Night Bus) which is the only trackless tram system in South China.

By bicycle[edit]

Bicycles are promoted as a low-carbon mode of transportation. Over 100 rental outlets are now available along many BRT lines and subway stations. The rental fee is by the hour and up to ¥30 a day. One popular bike route is along the Pearl River on the Haizhu District side. Other dedicated bike lanes are slowly appearing in the city center, including Tianhe District. Yangchengtong Card is accepted in many public rental outlets.

New bikes are available in major hypermarkets from ¥500 for a reasonable cheap single-speed to around ¥2000-3000 for a 21-speed mountain bike. Giant and Merida are the two most common international brands. High-end bicycles are also available to affluent customers in this rich city.

You will see brightly colored shared bikes almost anywhere nowadays. In order to rent these, you must create an account with their respective APPs, including passport number and WeChat/AliPay/Chinese bank card. The most popular in Guangzhou are Mobike, Ofo, Bluegogo, and Xiaoming. After paying a deposit between ¥50-200, each half hour is generally ¥0.5-¥1.

Folding bikes are permitted on the subway (sometimes not on buses) and tax, but non-folders are not permitted on any form of public transport other than the cross-river ferries. Bicycles are not permitted to cross the river via the Zhujiang Tunnel or Zhujiang suspension bridge, but are permitted to go on the public ferries for ¥1 (see below).

By subway[edit]

Guangzhou Metro

Opened in 1999, the ever-growing Guangzhou Metro system[71] covers much of the city center. The fare ranges from ¥2 to ¥12. Most of the signs and announcements are in Chinese and English.

If you stay in Guangzhou for extended period, think of getting a Yang Cheng Tong transportation cards (see details above). Card holders can get 40% off on any rides since the 16th uses in every month.

There are currently 8 lines in operation:-

Central Lines[edit]

Line 1 is the most useful for tourists, horizontally cutting through the center of Guangzhou. Five major stations Huangsha, Changshuo Lu, Chen Clan's Academy, Ximenkou, Gongyuanqian cover up to 80% tourist sights.

Line 2 runs horizontally through Guangzhou South Station and Yuexiu Park.

Line 3 is a Y-shaped eastern Guangzhou. The 'main line' runs from Panyu Square to the Tianhe Intercity Coach Station, whilst the 'branch line' splits off at Tiyu Xilu and heads towards Airport South.

Line 5 runs east-west from Jiaokou (Liwan District) to Wenchong (Huangpu District) and follows the inner ring road through the city. Useful for reaching Guangzhou Railway Station, the Garden Hotel and Zhujiang New Town.

Others[edit]

Line 4 serves Guangzhou's eastern outer suburbs and runs from Huangcun in Huangpu District down to Jinzhou in Nansha. This line is most useful for reaching the Olympic Sport Centre and the University Town.

Line 8 was formed out of the remnants of Line 2 following it's southward extension and runs east-west through Haizhu District from Fenghuang Xincun to Wanshengwei. Useful for reaching Sun Yat-sen University and Pazhou Exhibition Centre.

Zhujiang New Town APM is an experimental autopilot metro system which takes you to the Canton Tower. You need a separate 2yuan ticket to get a ride.

Guangfo Line is China's first intercity railway, connecting downtown Foshan with Xilang, where you can transfer to Line 1. Central Foshan can be reached in approximately 45-60 minutes from central Guangzhou. Transfers from GZ metro lines and Yangchengtong cards are accepted.

By bus[edit]

Guangzhou bus network is comprehensive. Bus fares are ¥2 for adults and ¥1 for children, disables and senior citizens. However, information at bus stops is mostly written in Chinese characters. A current stop's name may be displayed in pinyin or English on a LED display panel as long as it is available. On-board announcements are made in Mandarin, Cantonese and mostly English as well.

Buses are only handy for traveling within one district or for reaching suburban districts that are not served by the subway. Heavy traffic can lead to a slow, uncomfortable journey although they can be handy for a cheap but slow sightseeing tour. Trolley bus lines (Routes 101-109) are handy for exploring Liwan and Yuexiu districts.

Most bus routes run from around 6am to 10 or 11pm, after which there are night buses with the prefix 'Ye’ (夜, night). Night route numbers are not related to the normal route numbers. The fare is usually ¥3 - ¥4. There are more than 100 night routes, but most of them stop running in between 12:00 to 1:30am, and some start again around 5am. In most cases, taking a taxi after midnight and before the sunrise is a better idea.

Guangzhou has over 30 commuter express bus lines (高峰快线) run mostly during peak hours from major bus and subway interchanges to congested areas and outlying districts. Fares are from ¥1-4. There are also four special lines for University Town (大学城专线). You can find these in most major stations in the city that would take you to University Town. Fares are from ¥2-4. There are also 2 tourist bus lines (旅游专线) passing through many scenic spots in the city. Other special lines are: Lines to some commercial districts, shuttle buses for many different residential complexes such as Favourview Palace and Star River, and even complementary shuttle buses for some shopping center. The driver of a shuttle bus may ask for your receipts.

By BRT[edit]

The Bus Rapid Transit system went into service in early 2010. It is essentially a long segregated bus lane (not an elevated busway like in Xiamen) running along the Tianhe Road and Zhongshan Avenue corridor towards the eastern suburbs. Some intersections are traversed by bridges and tunnels, which cuts journey times considerably, but other intersections have traffic lights and therefore traffic jams, and crowds can be as dense as in Metro stations but with fewer doors and a narrower standing area compared to Metro trains.

All buses that use the BRT start with a B prefix (B1, B22 etc.), though some without the "B" stop nearby. When reading a bus route (in Chinese) you can see the BRT logo above each BRT station name, like the GZ Metro logo above bus stops that are near Metro stations. The B1 stops at every BRT station, but other B routes use any number of BRT stations (sometimes just one) and use normal roads the rest of the time.

If boarding a BRT bus at a normal (non BRT) bus stop, the normal fare of ¥2 applies, however you can transfer to other BRT routes for free, provided you transfer at a BRT stop. If boarding at a BRT stop, insert ¥2 (coins only) into the entry turnstile to enter the platform area; no payment is required when boarding the bus, and you can board at the rear.

As with normal bus routes, there is almost no English at BRT stations, and only the current station name is in pinyin. Overall it isn't much use to tourists.

By taxi and Uber[edit]

This is the most popular way for foreigners to get around, and it is very affordable. The starting charge is ¥10 for the first 2.6 kilometres, and after that ¥2.6 for each kilometre. No fuel surcharge is added, but a 50% surcharge is automatically added when the trip reaches 35 kilometres. A few of them also accepts Yang Cheng Tong as payment, but it is not preferred by the drivers. The taxi hotline is 96900. This comes in handy if you forget your valuables in a taxi. Save your receipt because it contains the taxi's identification number.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages, so have the name and address of your destination written in Chinese to show the driver. Many are from the poorer northern provinces and do not even speak Cantonese. If your destination is not well known, have a nearby landmark included in the address, e.g. "across from the Garden Hotel."

Whilst the majority of taxis are the regular VWs and Hyundais found in almost all Chinese cities, there are an increasing number of 'London taxis' on the streets of Guangzhou (which comes as no surprise as the latest generation of London black cabs are built by Geely Motors in China). In Guangzhou they are known as "old-fashioned" cabs (老爷车,lao ye che) They are wheelchair accessible and can carry up to 6 passengers. Many people recommend using the yellow taxis as that company only employs local Guangzhou drivers who know the city well - other taxi companies usually hire migrant workers from other provinces who may not know where they are going.

Beware of taxi driver as sometimes, in addition to going around the block one too many times, they will also try to pass counterfeit notes. Pay close attention as to what they pay when passing toll booths. Good drivers will show you the toll receipts. Only add the toll amount to what is displayed in the meter. A trip between the airport to the East Railway Station cost around ¥120-130.

Most people find taxi drivers in Guangzhou to be honest. However, during the Canton Fair near the Pazhou Complex, it is common to see drivers violate rules, such as refusal of service and pre-negotiating a price rather than using the meter. It is also difficult to find a taxi available elsewhere in the city.

Most taxi shift changes take place between 15:00-17:00. During this time, it is hard to find a taxi as many drivers stop working by displaying the "out of service (暂停服务)" sign before the end of the shift, unless you are going in their direction. Taxi can be also hard to come by during commuter peak hours of 19:30-09:00 and 17:00-19:00. Finding a taxi at night is usually not a problem.

Uber has large presence in Guangzhou. The price is usually half of a taxi and can be safer. As in elsewhere, Uber is relatively scam-free. However, some drivers do take an unusually long route. Be sure to make sure the route is right by using the maps and GPS on your own phone. Most of the drivers don't speak English and cannot call a foreign phone number if your roam your phone in China, so keep an eye on both the map and the cars coming, or get a local sim card in China.

By car[edit]

While driving in Guangzhou is an option, drivers unfamiliar with the driving conditions in China's large cities should be aware of the risk and potential compensation incurred. Many car rental companies offers a driver as well.

See also Driving in China.

By motorcycle[edit]

Although a convenient way to navigate the city's back alleys and lanes, motorcycles are banned in the city center, and riding a motorcycle into these prohibited areas can lead to fines and possible confiscation of the bike. In addition to the central motorcycle ban, electric bicycles are banned from the city roads.

By ferry[edit]

The ferry is the cheapest way of crossing the Pearl River (Zhujiang). They were very popular in the 1980s and early 90s, carrying tens of thousands of passengers across the river each day. Nowadays its popularity declines greatly, mostly because of the construction of many bridges along the Pearl River and the availability of other public transportation. The river narrows while going through the city center (a bit wider than the Thames in central London). It is usually faster and more convenient to use the bridges or public transport(metro, bus) to cross the river than wait for the ferries. One ferry route that maintains its popularity operates between the Huangsha Pier by the seafood market next to Shamian Island and the pier on Bai-e-tan Bar Street (Changdi Road) in Fangcun. It departs every 10 minutes from 6AM to 10PM. The fare is ¥0.5 for a foot passenger or ¥1 if you bring a bicycle. The fare can be paid in cash (no change given) or by using Yangchengtong Card. There are separate boarding gates for cyclists and pedestrians, and you pay at the boarding gate.

Talk[edit]

Mandarin is the official language as is spoken by everyone other than some of the older generation. All true Guangzhou locals speak Cantonese, and if you visit areas such as Liwan and Yuexiu, this is the predominant language spoken on the street. Migrants from other parts of China will speak Mandarin. Local people take the preservation of their dialect so seriously that they even marched to the government office to protest against a plan to limit the use of Cantonese in TV and radio broadcasting.

English is spoken by more people than in the rest of China (save for Beijing and Shanghai), but still not by the majority, so it is a good idea to carry your hotel's business card with you. Do not expect drivers to speak English, some of them can't even speak Mandarin without a heavy accent. To save yourself the hassle and agony when asking for directions, have names of your destinations clearly written down in Chinese by the hotel staff before venturing out. That said, many educated younger people will have a basic knowledge of English and staff at hotels as well as bars and restaurants widely visited by foreigners generally speak an acceptable level of English. Staffs at Starbucks generally speak acceptable English and high school or college students can generally understand basic English as well, but not for speaking. If you find a Chinese people on the street who speaks English fluently, then you most likely run into either someone working at a foreign company, a highly educated student or a person who has studied abroad.

Despite the fact that not the majority of people speak English, but the signs are often in Chinese and English, even though sometimes the English version doesn't really make any sense or obviously translated by google.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Dafo Temple, No. 21 Huixin Xijie, Huifu Donglu, Yuexiu District (No. 22 Huixin Zhongjie). One of the five renowned Buddhist temples in Guangzhou. It was originally built by Liu Yan, King of the Southern Han Dynasty in the 8th century. Located for keen shoppers needing a break just off Beijing Lu. Free entry.  edit

Landmarks[edit]

Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, on Shamian Island
  • Xiguan Residence (西关大屋 xī-guān-dà-wū) and Cantonese Arc (骑楼) See the traditional Cantonese architectures from the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic Era. These houses can be found in Haizhu South Road(海珠南路), Duobao Road (多宝路), Baohua Road (宝华路), Longjin West Road (龙津西路) and Shangxiajiu Road (上下九路). One of the most famous ones is located at 18 Baoyuan North Street (宝源北街18号). They were occupied by the upper class in the old days.
  • Chen Clan Academy (陈家祠 chén-jiā-cí) [72] Zhongshan 7th Road (中山七路) (Metro 1 Chan Clan Academy - Exit D). This is very well preserved architecture from the 19th century. It used to belong to a wealthy family by the name of Chen and now houses many articles including ivory sculptures and artistic statues. (Admission ¥10)
  • Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (中山纪念堂 zhōng-shān-jì-niàn-táng) (Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall - Exit C) located on Dongfeng Middle Road, is dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China and local hero Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. It was constructed in 1931 and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen's presidential office on Yuexiu Hill. Open 8AM-6PM. Admission is free for the park and ¥10 to go inside the hall.
  • Shamian Island (沙面岛) (Metro 1 Huangsha Exit D) The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, located at 14 Shamian Street. The architecture reflects the colonial era of 19th Century, and it has a unique atmosphere.
  • Canton Tower (广州塔) (Metro 3, APM Chigang Pagoda) is the second tallest structure in China. In additions to the observation deck, the tower features various restaurants, a 4-D theater and other entertainment venues. Admission is ¥150.

Religious Sights

  • Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Temple) (光孝寺 guāng-xiào-sì) 109 Guangxiao Road (光孝路) (Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C) – As the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Hui Neng, trained at this temple in the 7th Century, it is a popular pilgrimage site for Zen Buddhists. The temple has been destroyed several times by fire, and the current buildings date back to the mid-19th century. Admission is ¥10; free if you eat at the temple's vegetarian restaurant (菩提甘露坊). You can also apply your admission toward your meal.
  • Liurong Temple (六榕寺 liù-róng-sì) 87 Liurong Road (六榕路) (Metro 1 Gongyuanqian Exit I)– The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years. Admission is ¥5; Flower Pagoda ¥10.
  • Wu Xian Guan Temple (五仙观 wǔ-xiān-guān) Huifu West Road (惠福西路). (Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C) Admission is ¥5.
  • Huaisheng Mosque (怀圣寺 huái-shèng-sì) 56 Guangta Road (光塔路) (Metro 1 Ximenkou Exit C). This is one of the oldest Muslim mosques in China, built in 627. The mosque is open to Muslims only and not open to the general public, but you can take a peek outside.
  • Shishi Sacré-cœur Catholic Cathedral (石室圣心大教堂 shí-shì-shèng-xīn-jiào-táng) 56 Yide Road (一德路旧部前)(Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit B1).It is one of the oldest church structures in the city, and the largest of its kind of Southern China. It is currently in use for worship. Visiting hours are weekdays 8:30-11:30AM and 2:30-5:30PM; weekends 8:30AM-5PM. Free admission.
  • Sanyuan Temple (三元宫 sān-yuán-gōng) Yingyuan Road (Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Exit C). This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city.
  • Hualin Temple (华林寺 huá-lín-sì) (Metro 1 Changshou Lu) Free admission.
  • Yuanxuan Taoist Temple (圆玄道观) is located in the Huadu District. It includes three Taoist buildings in one complex: Sanqing Hall, Taihe Hall and Yuanchen Hall. Sanqing Hall is the most architecturally important of the three structures, while Yuanxuan Taoist Temple has carvings of divine beings. The central hall is covered by yellow glazed tiles and decorated with the bright images of Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing, the three authoritative deities in Taoism. The temple is located near Bi Village in southwest Xinhua Town. You can take the No. 9 bus from Huadu Downtown. Admission is ¥10.


Outskirt

  • Xiaozhou Village (小洲村) The village is a short taxi ride from University City. Some travelers describe this district as full of historical buildings, fruit orchards and canals and relate that, in recent years, this has become artists' haven. Others report that recent development has obliterated all traces of the village and that the district is a typical industrial suburb adjoining a huge field used as an outdoor latrine.
  • Memorial of the Huangpu Military Academy (黄埔军校旧址 huáng-pǔ-jūn-xiào-jiù-zhǐ) is on Changzhou Island (Metro 5, Yuzhu Exit D. take 431 bus to the Ferry to Changzhou Pier.). The original Military Academy was founded in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen, with support from the Chinese Communist Party and the Soviet Union. The mission of the Academy was to create an officer corps for the new Chinese Republic. Many famous Chinese war heroes were trained here. The original site was destroyed by the Japanese in 1938. Two exhibition halls on the Campus of the Academy cover the History of the Academy with English translations. Unfortunately the other exhibition halls, such as Heroes of the Academy, do not have English translations. The site is far from the city center. Free admission.
  • Huang Pu Gu Gang (黄埔古港) Definitely a spot worth checking out. It is the old trading port of Guangzhou, and set amongst a multitude of old style buildings akin to the hutong district in Beijing. Its cheap and full of good places to eat, as well a plethora of lovely small coffee shops by the river side to enjoy a snack and a bit of food. To get there ride the metro to WanShengWei (end of line 8) and take either a motorbike, golf cart or bus (229) to Huang Pu Gu Gang.
  • Former Residence of Hong Xiuquan (洪秀全故居:Hóngxiùquán gùjū), +8602036861225, +8602086832232,Address:广州市花都区新华街道大布村官禄布(Guǎngzhōushì huādūqū xīnhuá jiēdào dàbùcūnguān lùbù), The former home of the quasi-Christian leader of the Taiping Rebellion that resulted in the death of about 20 million people during the late Qing dynasty. Shortly after failing the imperial examinations on multiple occasions, Hong Xiuquan became delusional and claimed to have received visions in his dreams that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ destined to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and establish the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in Nanjing as its captial.

Museums and galleries[edit]

Note that most museums and libraries are closed on Monday.

  • Mausoleum of the Nanyue King (西汉南越王博物馆) [73], +86 20 3618-2920, 867 Jiefang North Road (解放北路878号), (Metro 2 Yuexiu Park Exit E) Discovered accidentally in 1983 during the construction of proposed shopping mall, this impressive mausoleum proves to be the most important historic discovery in South China, making it a must on any itinerary. Major display is the King's burial suit made of thousands of jade tiles. 9AM-5:30PM daily. Admission is ¥12.
  • Guangzhou Museum (广州博物馆) [74], Zhenhai Tower in Yuexiu Park. Among the first museums in republic era of China, it is located in an ancient Zhenhai Tower overseeing the traditional Guangzhou regions. The museum vividly displays the history of South China. Admission: ¥10.
  • Guangdong Museum (广东省博物馆新馆) (Metro 3,5 Zhujiiang New Town Exit B1; APM Opera House Exit C) Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun. The new museum is located in Zhujiang New Town, not to be confused with the old Guangdong Museum near Metro 1 Peasant Movement Institute Station. This is the biggest museum in the city. It covers Guangzhou's history, culture, science and nature. Arrive early as admission is limited to 5,000 per day. Personal ID is required to obtain free tickets at ticket office.
  • Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆) [75] guǎng-dōng-měi-shù-guǎn, 8 Yanyu Road (烟雨路8号) on Ersha Island (二沙島). It shows contemporary, and sometimes ultra controversy Chinese art. Personal ID is sometimes required. Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun.
  • Guangzhou Sculpture Park (广州雕塑公园) guǎng-zhōu-diāo-sù-gōng-yuán Tongxin Road at the foot of Baiyun Mountain. Free Admission.
  • The Memorial Museum Of Generalissimo Sun Yat-Sen's Mansion (孙中山大元帅府纪念馆) [76] 18 Dongsha St, Fangzhi Road (纺织路东沙街18号). +86 20 8901-2366. Open 9AM-4:30PM Tue-Sun. Free Admission.
  • Guangzhou Uprising Museum (广州起义旧址纪念馆) 200 Qiyi Road (起义路200号)(Metro 1, 2 Gongyuanqian Exit J). The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building. Open 9AM—12PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Tue–Fri; 10AM-4:30PM Sat-Sun. Free Admission.
  • Guangzhou Ocean(广州海洋馆) Situated within Guangzhou Zoo, Guangzhou Ocean World covers an area of 13,000 square meters (about 139,931 square feet) and has more than 200 kinds of fish and many other rare ocean creatures. It is a high-tech exhibition hall serving sightseeing, entertainment, research and education purposes.
  • Guangdong Revolutions History Museum (广东革命历史博物馆) 2 Lingyuan West Road (陵园西路2号大院), (Located in the martyrs memorial park. Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Exit D). Sun Yat-Sen was sworn in here in 1921 as the president of Republic of China. The museum tells stories from the Opium War to the founding of the new China. Free Admission.
  • Peasant Movement Institute (农民运动讲习所 nóng-jiǎng-suǒ) 42 Zhongshan 4th Road (中山四路42号),(Metro 1, Peasant Movement Institute Exit C). This is the original site of Communist training center founded by Mao Tse-tung in the 1920s. Now it is a museum covering recent China revolutionary history. Open 9AM-5PM Tue-Sun. Free admission.
  • Redtory (红砖厂) [77] 128 Yuancun 4th Cross Road (员村四横路128号) Once a can food factory, this old can-packing factory is transformed into galleries for contemporary artists. There are also restaurants and shops, which blend in well with artistic surroundings. +86 20 8557-4346.

Parks[edit]

Yuntai Garden
Communist monument in Martyrs' Memorial Garden

Despite its reputation for business and busy trading, Guangzhou has many historic parks everywhere, ranging from a 1000-year-old lake garden, green mausoleum for martyrs to a vast wetland dedicating for migrant birds from Serbia and Mongolia.

  • Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) yuè-xiù-gōng-yuán, (Metro 2 Yue Xiu Park Station Exit B1)[78] is the largest urban park in China and is a lush green area that flows over acres of hills and includes several lakes. It includes the Ming Dynasty Zhenhai Tower (镇海楼) zhèn-hǎi-lóu, now home to the Guangzhou Museum [79]with relics on five floors dating back 5,000 years ago and an up-to-date miniature of modern Guangzhou. Admission is ¥10. Hours 9:00 - 11:30, 13:00 - 17:00. Also check out the Stone Statue of the Five Rams (五羊石像), the symbol of Guangzhou (See Understand). Open 6AM-9PM. Free Admission.
  • Lingnan Impression(岭南印象园) (Metro 4, Higher Education Mega Center South Exit B) [80] This is a place to see the city's past before the economic boom. The park is 15 minute walk from the subway station. Free shuttle is available on the weekend. Admission is ¥60.
  • Baomo Garden (宝墨园) is located in Panyu District, rebuilt in the 1990s from a destroyed ancient garden. Hours 8:30AM-6:00PM; Admission is ¥45.
  • Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park (黄花岗公园), huáng-huā-gǎng-gōng-yuán, [81] 79 Xianlie Middle Road (先烈中路79号) +86 20 3758-8321. Open 6AM-8:30PM. This is a park that will set you in a poignant mood. The main attraction is the monument built to commemorate the 72 martyrs who died during the 1911 uprising. Free admission.
  • Guangzhou Martyrs' Memorial Garden (广州起义烈士陵园) guǎng-zhōu-qǐ-yì-liè-shì-líng-yuán) Zhongshan 2nd Road (中山二路),(Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Station Exit D) [82] This park is dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927. Hours 6:00AM-10:00PM; Free admission.
  • Yuntai Garden (云台花园)(Tour Bus No. 1, 3) [83] yún-tái-huā-yuán is situated at the foot of Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain and is famous for its wide variety of rare flowers and trees. There are also seasonal exhibits (additional admission). Admission is ¥10.
  • Xiangjiang Wild Animal Safari Park (香江野生动物世界) [84]xiāng-jiāng-yě-shēng-dòng-wù-shì-jiè is in Panyu district. Hours 9:30-18:00; Admission is ¥180.
  • Green Walk(东濠涌)(Metro 1, Peasant Movement Institute) This is in Yuexiu District, under the Donghaoyong Elevated Road.
  • Taoist temple Five fairy Taoist temple is located in Hui Fu Xi Lu of the center of Guangzhou. is the historical markers of that Guangzhou has been founded 2000 years.
  • Million Sunflower Garden(百万葵园) Sunflower Garden million theme park, located in Panyu, Guangzhou Wanqingsha town, covers an area of 260,000 square meters, planting one million sunflower, become the first in the country house, all imported seeds (mainly Japan) ornamental sunflower park.

Theme Parks[edit]

  • Chimelong Paradise (长隆欢乐世界) The theme park has many thrill rides and shows. Hour: 9:30-18:00 (18:30 weekend); Admission is ¥200.
  • Chimelong Water Park (长隆水上世界) [85] This is a western style water park with great water rides. Hour: 9:30AM-10:00PM, April to Mid-October; Admission is ¥140 (fall) - ¥250 (summer).
  • Guangzhou CrocoPark (广州鳄鱼公园) You can see, play, touch, take pictures of crocodiles and even eat and buy stuff made of them! Guangzhou Metro Line 2, Huijiang Station.
  • Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park (广州香江野生动物世界) Day safaris and night safaris offered, mini jungle train, free ranging animals. Guangzhou Metro Line 3, Hanxi Changlong Station, take exit E, there are scheduled free shuttles to all the Chimelong parks.
  • Chimelong International Circus (长隆国际大马戏) The closest China gets to Cirque du Soleil, 250/adult, 125/child or senior. Hanxi Changlong, exit E, free shuttle.

Mountains[edit]

  • Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain) (白云山 bái-yún-shān)[86] is a great place to relax and enjoy a day among lush, rolling hills. It also offers great views over the city. The road to the top in most of the daytime is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way. It is a great place to see people enjoying nature and playing games, such as shuttlecock, badminton, football and even bungee jumping. There are many bus routes to and from different parts of the city, as well as taxis usually available near the park gate. Open 24 hours. Park entrance ¥5; Cable car round trip ¥40; tram from ¥20; other attractions ¥5-¥10; packages available from ¥25.
  • Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain) (莲花山 lián-huā-shān) features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed. From Guangzhou, take Metro line 4 and exchange bus line 92 or 93 at Shiqi Station. There are ferry services from Guangzhou at Tianzi Pier (天字码头)(¥20) and Xidi Pier (西堤码头)(¥25). The boat leaves at 8:15AM and returns at 3:15PM. Admission is ¥50.

Learn[edit]

For in-depth skills and knowledge on the Chinese language and culture, the Guangzhou University, on the university island in Guangzhou, offers international students courses on the Chinese language (Mandarin), the Chinese culture, economy and law. An exchange semester in Guangzhou University's international study abroad program is ideal for all students interested in China, international economy and international affairs in general. Most of the participants are students of business, technology, political science and tourism.

Guangzhou University, in its present form, was founded in 2000, when Guangzhou Normal University, the South China Institute of Construction, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou Junior Teachers' College, and the Guangzhou Institute of Education were combined into one institution. Guangzhou University’s history, however, dates back to 1927 and the university was given the power to grant degrees in 1984. GU is a public university funded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government and recognized by the Ministry of Education in China as well as the International Association of Universities (IAO).

Other private options:

  • Mandarin House Guangzhou School (广州美和汉语学校 Guǎngzhōu Měihé Hànyǔ School) [87] offers intensive & business courses to HSK preparation to all levels.
  • Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学 Zhongsan Daxue) Founded by Republican China's (and Guangdong's own) revolutionary hero. Offers full-time Manadarin language program to foreigners at various levels. Attracts students from all around Asia and the world. Program is located in the beautiful and historic south campus in Haizhu District.

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Locals on the run outside the Grandview Plaza in Tianhe District. In the background is the 80-story CITIC Plaza.

Street markets[edit]

If time and weather permit, walking is perhaps the best way to see the city as the back alleys, which are littered with antiquities, are not accessible by motorized vehicles. Most trades and goods categories are concentrated in a specific area or along one main street.

  • Guangzhou wholesale market directory [88]. Find all kinds of professional wholesale markets in Guangzhou
  • Qingping Market (清平市场) Qingping Road (清平路),(Metro 1 Huangsha Exit D) It is located North from Shamian Island. Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.
  • Global International Shoes Trade Centre [89](国际鞋城步云天地) Address: 26 Zhan Xi Road 广州市站西路26号步云天地
  • Xiguan Antique Street (西关古玩城) near Liwan Park (荔湾湖公园).
  • Flower Street (花卉水族街) Baohua Road (宝华路).
  • Jade Street (玉器工艺街/玉器街) Changshou Road (长寿路) and Wenchang Road (文昌路), near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. (Metro 1 Changshou Lu)
  • Ivory and Sea products (象牙雕刻海味街) Daxin Road (大新路).
  • Toy Street (玩具街) and Dried goods and snacks Street (干果海味食品专业街) Yide Road (一德路). (Metro 2 Haizhu Square)
  • Bridal Street (婚纱专卖街) Jiangnan North Road (江南大道北) (Metro 2 The 2nd Workers' Cultural Palace).
  • Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street Danan Road (大南街) near Beijing Road (北京路). (Metro 1, 2 Gongyuanqian)
  • Household Merchandise Street (日用百货街) Gaodi Street(高第街). The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.
  • Cultural Street (古玩字画街 / 文化商业街) Wende Road(文德路),(Metro 1 Peasant Movement Institute). This is a good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.
  • Haiyin Shopping District (海印专业购物区) is located at the northwest side of the Haiyin Bridge (海印大桥), selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories and electronics.

Art[edit]

  • ZhiYuan Yang (杨枝沅), Jingyilan (Metro 1, Gongyuanqian or Bus to Zhongshan 5th road. The building is between Beijing Road and Wende Road, facing Zhongshan 4th road. The building is about 6-7 stories tall with wholesale art on the first floor and restaurants on the top floor. As of 2017, the exterior of the building is black with many restaurant signs adorning it.), 13762907848, 13533757516, [1]. 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Look no further for quality art (and the most one of a kind souvenir) that won't murder your bank account. Mr. Yang is the kindest artist in the city with an eye for detail, aesthetic flair, and a genuinely nice soul. He paints works of art ranging from landscapes of all seasons, animals, still life, caligraphy, and more. His wife can also help with the framing process, whether you want your art to be mounted on a frame or a scroll. He is flexible and open to work with customers if you want to customize your painting. I had strict dimension requirements to meet and he patiently met them while suggesting great options and advice. Mr. Yang's creations are truly worth more than he sells for. There's a range of sizes and subjects for you to pick from, or you can search for an image online that you want replicated and he'll do it. Support this wonderful local artist! $$-$$$.  edit

Malls and shopping centers[edit]

Shangxiajiu pedestrian street
  • Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street (北京路步行街 běi-jīng-lù) (Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian Exits C, D) This is the main shopping thoroughfare, a pedestrian street where most stores are open from 9AM-10PM. Avoid individuals who solicit pirated DVDs and imitation goods. Don't follow anyone into the small dark alleys in between buildings to see their goods. Remember to visit Mayflower Plaza (五月花广场 wǔ-yuè-huā-guǎng-chǎng)[[90]] 68 Zhongshan 5th Road (中山五路68号), at the northern end of the Pedestrian Street. This is a place where young people hang out and shop.
  • Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (上下九商业步行街 shàng-xià-jiǔ) (Metro 1 Changshou Lu Exits D1, D2.) This shopping area is also a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture Qilou(骑楼). It is particularly pretty at night when lights are lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Road's, but prepare to bargain. Remember to visit Liwan Plaza (荔湾广场 lì-wān-guǎng-chǎng), located at 9 Dexing Road (德星路9号), the east end of the street. You will find a good selection of crystal there.
  • Taikoo Hui (太古汇) [91] (Metro Line 3, Shipaiqiao) A fancy latest shopping mall that targets affluent customers. L3 has several western cafes and bistros which are popular among expats and local bourgeoisies. The bookshop in L1, Fangshuo, is one of the fanciest bookshop of its kind in China, which has a fair collection of English books as well.
  • China Plaza (中华广场 zhōng-huá-guǎng-chǎng). 33 Zhongshan 3rd Road, (中山三路33号),(Metro 1 Martrs' Park) The mall is extremely popular among young locals and displays what they think "fashionable". Located on top of a metro station, it also has a huge food court which serves anything from Sichuanese spicy food to Japanese Sushi.
  • Grandview Mall (Zhengjia Plaza) (正佳广场 zhèng-jiā-guǎng-chǎng) [92] 228 Tianhe Road, (天河路228号),(Metro 1, 3 Tianhe Sports Center Exit D3). +86 20 3833-0098. This is the largest mall in Guangzhou, located in the heart of Tianhe District. It includes famous fashion stores and several department stores, and some cheesy music fountains.
  • Tee Mall (天河城 tiān-hé-chéng) [93] 208 Tianhe Road (天河路208号)(Metro 1 Tiyu Xilu). Located right above the metro Tiyu Xilu station, this is one of the most popular shopping mall.

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Pearl River Night Cruise
  • Pearl River Night Cruise (珠江夜游)
Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头), Tianzi Pier (天字码头), and Xidi Pier (西堤码头) – This is a one to two hour cruise in the evening and a great way to see the Guangzhou skyline along the Pearl River, including a light show at Bai-E-Tan. Tickets for the deluxe dinner cruise can be bought from most high-end hotels. Prices from ¥50-¥200 per person. Higher end cruises usually include dinner buffet.
  • Bicycle
There is a vast system of small streets and alleys, greenways, boulevards and parks that are great for cycling. You have the opportunity to explore parks, temples, outdoor markets and the quieter residential areas of Guangzhou. Some hostels have a bike rental service for as cheap as RMB5 per hour.
Cycle Canton - guided cycle tours, +86 15626406926 (), [2]. Cycle Canton offers guided cycle tours through Guangzhou. The tour winds through old and lively urban villages where you mingle with locals, to the ultramodern architecture in the new city. The route through downtown Guangzhou, from Taojin to Pearl River New Town, is very safe and convenient as it is almost entirely free from cars and mainly follows quaint alleyways, greenways, parks, outdoor markets and riverside boulevards. You will be surprised by the beauty of Guangzhou and the fascinating inside stories about the places we visit, including old hutongs, temples, ancestral halls, parks, kong fu studios, islands and squares. Cycle Canton hosted 1,000+ guests -tourists, expats and locals- since 2013. It is consistently ranked Best Activity in Guangzhou on TripAdvisor and has featured in numerous local media. Guests do not need to be avid cyclists; child seats are available upon request. The tour takes 4 hours, bike, helmet, guide, snacks and water are provided and total costs are 300 RMB.  edit
  • Food Tour
Eating Adventures, +86 18688380352, [3]. offers private and group walking foodie tours of Guangzhou. Tours take roughly 3 hours and are lead by licensed English speaking guides. Costs from 399 RMB including all food.  edit
  • Walk the Old Hutongs
There is a vast network of undeveloped hutong streets south of Chan Clan Academy, where a tourist can enter the daily lives of the people living in these small alleys.
Walking Tour - Guangzhou Private Tour Guide by Janvi, +86 13826227014 (), [4]. Janvi is a native of Guangzhou. He offer overseas visitors a guided tour in and around Guangzhou, helping overseas visitors experience Guangzhou's culture and local customs. He will take you explore the old Guangzhou (Canton) which only the locals know and with low cost which travel agency they don't, telling you the historic Guangzhou as well as the modern Guangzhou, you will be taken to get involved in the daily life of Guangzhou. The tour takes from 7~10 hours, costs from USD$100~120.  edit
  • Public buses.
Cheap and safe. The electric trams are even cheaper at flat rate of ¥2. Hop on to any one of the public buses. Drivers are generally very friendly and helpful. So long as you have sufficient small change for the journey, tell the driver you are in just for a joyride. (In cantonese Yau Cheh Hor literally meaning just for the ride or just for fun. Where the journey terminates, ask anyone what buses will take you back and request the driver to let you know when to get off. So long as you sit not too far away, he (sometimes she) will tell you. Don't worry, everyone is very helpful on these buses. Being paranoid about scams and perceived crimes takes the joy out of what would otherwise be a marvellous holiday.
  • Daytime River "Cruise"
As cheap as ¥2, you get a ride down to the last terminal at ZhongSan University and back. Just tell the ticket seller at the jetty, in front of Riverside Hostel,you just want a joyride. On your way back,you can get off on the other side of the river at the heart of the commercial district. After spending a couple of hours walking around or even dinner, it will cost you only ¥1 to cross back to the Riverside Hostel

Festivals[edit]

  • Chinese New Year/Spring Festival (春节 chūn-jié) occurs on first day of first lunar month, usually in January or February. This is a 15 day celebration and some districts can be quite deserted as many migrant workers return to their home provinces. The flower fair is popular during the days before New Year.
Flower Street in Tianhe during Chinese New Year
  • Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 duān-wǔ-jié) on fifth day of fifth lunar month, usually in May or June. This festival commemorates the sacrifice of Qu Yuan (屈原), a famous poet who drowned himself in the river by way of making a statement against government corruption during the Warring States Period. The highlights are dragon boat racing along the Pearl River, and eating rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves (粽子).
  • Mid-autumn Festival (中秋节 zhōng-qiū-jié) is on the 15th day of 8th lunar month, usually in September or October. Cantonese moon cakes are enjoyed during this holiday. Lian Xiang Lou and Taotao Ju's moon cakes are especially famous (see "Eat" section). Kids' favorites are paper lanterns. Many locals also enjoy riding ferries and watching the full moon on the Pearl River.
  • Tomb Sweeping Day (清明节 qīng-míng-jié) is around the spring equinox, usually on April 5th. Involves visits to the family tombs for cleaning and making offerings.
  • Double Ninth Festival (重阳节) is on the 9th day of 9th lunar month, usually in October. Cantonese has the tradition of hiking up Baiyun Mountain. This is also the fall version of the Tomb Sweeping Day in April.
  • Qi Xi, or Chinese Valentine's Day (七夕 qī-xī) is on 7th day of 7th lunar month, usually in August or September. According to legend, a heavenly fairy Zhinu (织女) fell in love with a mortal farm boy Niulang (牛郎). This was forbidden; as punishment, they were only allowed to meet once a year on this day. There are usually parades and carnivals in the city celebrating the holiday. This is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, but it is steadily losing its appeal among the locals; many have adopted the Western Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
  • Winter Solstice (冬至, 过冬 dōng-zhì), which literally means the Coming of Winter is on December 22nd. Traditionally, Cantonese people observe the day with a family feast, which often includes preserved duck and sausages. However, the highlight of the day's festive dishes is hot soup served with flour dumplings (汤丸).

The Canton Fair[edit]

Canton Fair [94] (China Import and Export Commodities Fair) held twice a year in Guangzhou since 1957 and is the largest trade fair in China. It has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair. Canton Fair is held in the Pazhou Complex at 380 Yuejiang Middle Road (阅江中路380号) (Metro Line 8 Xingangdong or Pazhou station).

If you are going to the fair, book a hotel well in advance. Hotels tend to be booked and expensive during the Fair. Metro is the best transportation option to go to the fair ground, while many hotels provide free shuttle services.

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Cantonese cuisine is well-known for its blend of color, fragrance, taste and presentation, and it is ranked among the top four in the country. In particular, dim sum, a delicate pastry, is famous for being simple yet delicious. Local customs, as well as a long history of contact with the West compared to other regions in China, have played a major role in the development and diversity of Cantonese cuisine. Chinese food served in Western countries is usually Cantonese food, albeit slightly adapted to Western tastes, meaning that most Western visitors from large cities will be familiar with Cantonese food to a certain extent. That being said, authentic Cantonese cuisine is also famous throughout China for another reason - Cantonese people eat absolutely anything, and it is often said that Cantonese people eat anything that has four legs other than a table, anything that flies other than an airplane, and anything that swims other than a submarine. In addition to that, various internal organs of animals are regularly eaten, such as the liver, kidneys, heart and even brain. This means that Cantonese cuisine is one of, if not the most adventurous in China due to their expansive use of exotic ingredients, and their extremely broad definition of what is considered edible. This is how Guangzhou earned the distinct name of "Eating in Guangzhou (食在广州)."

What to Eat[edit]

  • White Cut Chicken (白切鸡) This is one of the most popular Cantonese dishes. It is lightly flavored to allow one to taste the true chicken meat. Many Cantonese restaurants have their signature dish based on this, such as the Wenchang Chicken from Guangzhou Restaurant, Real Taste Chicken from Bingsheng Restaurant and Qingping Chicken from various restaurants. However, to be cautious, especially westerners, since the chicken is completely steam without any cut off, you might see the head and feet of the chicken
  • Yum Cha / Dim Sum (饮茶) "A pot of tea with two pieces (一盅两件)" is Guangzhou's dim sum culture. Many locals stay for hours chatting and reading newspaper with just a small order of food. The varieties of dim sum dishes in many restaurants are easily over a hundred. The bite-size quantity of each dish allows one to venture out and try new things that will satisfy one's taste bud.
  • Siu Mei / Shao Wei (烧味) Cantonese barbecue is famous around the world where many have seen the image of roasted ducks and chicken hanging in front of a store. Siu mei is a staple item in Cantonese restaurants. Some Varieties include barbecued pork (叉烧), roast goose (烧鹅) and roast pig (烧肉).
  • Seafood (海鲜) Eating fresh seafood the Cantonese way is a good way to explore Cantonese culture. From picking live fish or lobsters in front of your eyes to eating the sea creatures with their heads attached, this is a great advanture for any visitors.
  • Dessert (甜品,糖水) A Cantonese meal is not complete without Cantonese desserts. Soupy or custard desserts are common. Two distinct Guangzhou favorites are double layered milk (双皮奶) and ginger milk curd (姜撞奶). Other popular choices include tofu pudding (豆腐花), red bean paste (紅豆沙), green bean paste (綠豆沙), guilinggao (龟苓膏), black sesame paste (芝麻糊) and sago (西米露).

Food[edit]

Guangzhou Restaurant (广州酒家), 2 Wenchang South Road (文昌南路2号) (Metro 1 Changshou Lu), +86 20 8138-0388, [5]. This Cantonese family restaurant is famous for its signature dishes Wenchang Chicken and special baby pig. Get up early and try it's Yum Cha (Cantonese dim sum). It has several branches in the city. Other locations include 20 Binjiang West Road (滨江西路20号) and 112 Tiyu East Road (体育东路112号).  edit

  • Pan Xi Restaurant (泮溪酒家), 151 Longjin West Road (龙津西路151号), +86 20 8181-5718. Located in the heart of the Old Guangzhou, this Cantonese Restaurant serves dim sum next to trickling streams and stunning architecture. Try one of their famous dumplings shaped like a rabbit's head.  edit
  • Datong Restaurant (大同酒家), 63 Yanjiang Road (沿江路63号), +86 20 8188-8988. This time-honored restaurant spans all 8 floors of the old building, overlooking the Pearl River. The place has been around for a long time and is a favorite among locals.  edit
  • Taotao Ju Restaurant (陶陶居), 20 Dishifu Road (第十甫路20号) (Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street), +86 20 8138-9632. This is the oldest traditional dim sum restaurant in the city but nowadays, their food not up to standard as their chef left for high end restaurant in Hong Kong. Dim sum hours are still busy, so reservation is recommended. Specialty includes moon cakes and other traditional Cantonese pastries.  edit
  • Four Seasons Restaurant (中国大酒店四季厅), 122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店) (Metro 2 Yuexiu Park Exit D2), +86 20 8666-6888. 11AM-2.30PM, 6PM-10PM. Classic Cantonese cuisine using fresh, quality ingredients. Renowned for its Roasted Suckling Pig and Peking Duck. Dim sum is serve during lunch hours. ¥200 per person.  edit
  • Liuhua Congee House (流花粥城), Renmin North Road (人民北路903号流花湖公园) (In Liuhua Park. Metro 2 Yuexiu Park), +86 20 8668-0108. Open 24 hours. Excellent dim sum and Cantonese porridge in beautiful surroundings.  edit
  • Wenji Restaurant (文记壹心鸡), 10 Boahua Road (荔湾区宝华路旋源桥10号) (Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street), +86 20 8172-8887. As the place was established by the former chefs from Qingping Restaurant, they have the original Qingping Chicken on the menu.  edit
  • Lian Xiang Lou (莲香楼), "67 (Metro 1 Changshou Lu; Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street), +86 20 8181-1638, [6]. M-F 6:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 6:30AM-11PM. Founded in 1889, Lian Xiang Lou is a famed Cantonese restaurant across China. Local gourmets may disdain its dishes but its bakery is still popular among tourists  edit

Vegetarian[edit]

  • Fo World Sushishe (佛世界素食社), 2-8 Niunaichang St, Tongfu Middle Road (同福中路牛奶厂街二圣宫前2-8号) (Metro 2 The 2nd Workers' Cultural Palace), +86 20 8424-3590. 7AM-9PM. The restaurant is hidden in a small street, this place is especially crowded on the 1st and 15th of each month (lunar calendar). Part of the profits is given to the neighboring temple.  edit
  • Foo Yau Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant (佛有缘素食馆), Xinfu Xincun (幸福新村) (Metro 1 Chan Clan Acadamy Exit D), +86 20 8125-0428, [7]. 7AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM. This place serves creative vegetarian dishes with dim sum served in the morning.  edit
  • Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, "1号, +8615915727374, [8]. One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located in the Indian ghetto in Guangzhou, near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served.  edit
  • Shui Yun Tian (水云天), 38-42 Jinghui Road (净慧路38-42号首层) (next to the Guangxiao Temple, Metro 1 Ximenkou), +86 20 8107-2463. 6:30AM-2:30PM, 4:30PM-9:30PM. Great buffet around noon.  edit

Southeast Asian[edit]

  • Cow and Bridge Thai Restaurant (牛桥泰菜), 2/F, Xiang Long Garden, 181 Tianhe North Road (天河北路181号祥龙花园二楼) (Metro 3 Linhexi), +86 20 8525-0821. This famous Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes. Ask for the more fiery version of your meal, if you're used to Thai cuisine, as the dishes are somewhat localized.  edit
  • Lan Kwai Fong (兰桂坊), 5 Shamian South St (沙面南街5号) (Metro 1 Huangsha), +86 20 8121-6523. This tourist friendly restaurant offers good curries and polite service on the quite Shamian Island.  edit
  • Banana Leaf (蕉叶西餐厅), [9]. This is a established traditional Thai restaurant chain in Guangzhou.  edit
  • Tianhe, 28 Tianhe North Road (天河北路28号时代广场2楼) (Metro 3 Linhexi; 2/F, Times Square), +86 20 3891-0728.  edit
  • GZTV Hotel, G/F, 8 Luhu Road.  edit
  • World Trade Center, 5/F, 371-375 Huanshi East Road.  edit
  • Tai Man Guan (泰满贯), 7F Tower North East, Teemall, 208 Tianhe Road (天河路208号天河东北塔7楼) (Metro 3 Tiyu Xilu). This is located in the Tee Mall in Tianhe. The Thai restaurant offers many varieties of Thai dishes with great curry and noodle dishes.  edit

Indian[edit]

  • Vaastu (雅仕度印度餐厅), "13-15,, +86 20 3825-8181, [10]. This high end restaurant opened its door in 2008. It serves traditional Indian food with vegetarian dishes available.  edit
  • Sharmaji Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, +8615915727374, [11]. One of the most famous Vegetarian Indian restaurants in Guangzhou. Founded in 2001, it serves vegetarian Indian buffet only, located near the Dong Yue Hotel. Located on the 4th floor of the Gitic Hotel. No meat or alcohol served.  edit

Western[edit]

  • Zebra Star Cafe, "Unit (take line 5 metro train to Taojin station then find Taojin Rd and a short 5 minute walk from there), 020 8359 6670, [12]. Located in the old Yuexiu district this cafe is famous for its Australian influenced cuisine. It has real coffee and it and ideal hangout for travellers who crave western food and culture. The boss is an Aussie and has a large network of expats who frequent this place. Has great music and atmosphere.  edit
  • Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant, 3 Shamian South St (沙面南街3号) (Metro 2 Huangsha), +86 20 8121-5106. Located near the White Swan hotel, Lucy's Cafe & Restaurant is an established American restaurant on Shamian Island. They serve everything from burgers to pasta to Tex-mex, and portions are large. This is a favorite for adoption families who stays on the island.  edit
  • Oggi Trattoria, 1 Tiyu East Road (天河区体育东路1号), +86 20 8751-5882. 11am-12am. Come and enjoy their great pizza and pasta with choice Italian wine.  edit
  • Oggi Pizzeria, G/F Tianlun Garden, Jianshe 4th Road (建设四马路), +86 20 8356-1196. 24/7. The European theme style cafe and bar serves great pizzas and traditional Italian home dishes with wine carte and draught beer.  edit
  • Bosphorus Turkish Restaurants, 1 Jianshe 6th Road (Metro 5 Xiaobei Exit A), +86 20 8376-7644, [14]. 10AM-11PM. There are two location in GZ. Bosphorus Premium Located in ex Tang Club , and Bosphours Xiaobei located in Zhaoqing Building , it has delicious and halal foods. The third location in Yiwu city . The Bosphorus premium has two floor, having lunch and dinner at 2. floor, smoke and coffee at 3. floor. The portions are large, price are acceptable according to food quality. This is a favorite for eating doner (one of famous Turkish food) and kebabs especially Iskender.  edit
  • Buongiorno Italian Restaurant (Buongiorno 意大利餐厅), 3F Yian Plaza, 33 Jianshe 6th Road (越秀区建设六马路33号宜安广场3楼304/310), +86 20 83633587, [15]. 11AM-11PM. The authentic Italian restaurant is Italian managed and prepared, serving pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes.  edit
  • Prime Steakhouse, 122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店), +86 20 8666-6888. 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm. This is one of Guangzhou's finest steakhouse serving Australian and Japanese prime cuts, seafood, pasta and desserts.  edit
  • Cafe Veranda, 122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店), +86 20 8666-6888. 6.30am-10pm. This place serves a lavish international buffet and also has a la carte menu. All Western and Asian delights can be found here and the breakfast buffet is simply excellent.  edit
  • Danny's Italian American Restaurant, 4F Home Garden Mall, 188 Huangpu West Avenue (黄埔大道西188号维家思广场四楼) (Metro APM Huangpu Dadao), +86 20 8756-1993, [16]. Established in Guangzhou since 1997, the restaurant serves Italian and American dishes including pasta and pizza along with other western food. Chinese dishes are also available. Delivery is also available.  edit
  • The Italian Restaurant (小街风情意大利餐厅), 3F Zhujiang Building East Tower, 360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦东座3楼) (Metro 5 Taojin), +86 20 8386-3840. 10:30AM-2AM. Despite the unimaginative name, this place offers good pizzas, pasta and beer. Buffet is available.  edit
  • La Seine Restaurant Franca (塞纳河法国餐厅), 33 Qingbo Road (二沙岛晴波路33号) (Ground floor, Zinghai Concert Hall), +86 20 8735-2222. The upscale restaurant has an elegant French decor, overlooking the Pearl River skyline. ¥200 and up.  edit
  • K's Western Delights (KS西方佳肴), Tao Jin Jia Yuan, +86 13533377784, [17]. They serve Western-style homemade kosher sandwiches, managed and prepared by Westerners. Delivery service is available.  edit
  • Pizza2Pizza, Tianhe North Road (天河北路614号2号铺), (), [18]. 10AM-2AM. The restaurant serves appetizers, Salads, Pizza and Pasta. Dine-in, take-out and catering are available. Free delivery within 2 km of the location. Check their website for other locations.  edit
  • Tekila Mexican Restaurant and Bar, 2F, 11 Jianshe 6th Road (建设六马路11号二楼) (Metro 5 Taojin), +86 20 8381-6996, [19]. This place serves authentic Mexican food. It has great Margaritas. Entertainment includes salsa dancing.  edit
  • BOCA Restaurant and Cafe, 75 Tianhe East Road #107(天河东路75号首层107), +86 20 8759-1558, [20]. This place serves appetizer, Soup, Salad, Sandwiches, Rice Delights, Pastas and other Main Courses. Kids' meal is available.  edit
  • Gail's Place, 1/F Stars Building, 172 Huasui Road (珠江新城华穗路172号,星辰大厦首层02铺), +86 20 8350-1667, [21]. The family owned restaurant has a huge western food menu with an accent on American and fusion style dishes. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, Gail's offers a fully cooked turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.  edit

African[edit]

  • Best-Way African Restaurant, No. 003 1/F Jindu Bldg, 99 Guangyuan West Road (opposite Canaan Market), +86 20 6114-7501. This Nigerian restaurant serves cuisine cooked Igbo style (try the semo and egusi soup). It is a bit out of the way (down some narrow stairs and under a concrete overpass), but the ambiance is cozy inside with Nigerian music playing.  edit

Foreign chains[edit]

Foreign fast food, ice cream and coffee chains are well established in Guangzhou. These include Subway (赛百味), Dairy Queen (冰雪皇后), Saizeriya (Japanese Italian Food Chain), Papa John's Pizza (棒约翰), KFC (肯德基), Pizza Hut (必胜客), McDonald's (麦当劳), Burger King (汉堡王), Starbucks (星巴克) and Häagen-Dazs (哈根达斯). Most of these can be found in the Zhengjia Plaza (See "Shop").

Convenience Stores[edit]

Convenience stores are on almost every street corner and most are open 24 hours. Major convenience store chains include 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle-K and C-Store. Prices are a little higher than in local shops or supermarkets, particularly at 7-Eleven. Some FamilyMarts and Circle-K's do not sell cigarettes, but C-store does. Corner's Deli is a specialty food chain store with several locations in the city with a good selection of imported foods. One of the locations is at unit 6, Backstreet, CITIC Plaza.

Supermarket Chains[edit]

TESCO (乐购) The British hypermarket is located on Zhongshan 6th Road above the Metro Ximenkou Station and it is the largest supermarket in Guangzhou on a single premise.

Park 'n' Shop (百佳) This Hong Kong chain has several locations ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets. The largest stores are in the shopping mall above Metro Changshou Lu Station and at Tianhe North Road close to the Longkouxi bus stop. It is a little more expensive but has a good selection of imported groceries.

ÆON (永旺)There are several locations including Tee Mall at Tiyu West Road and Linhe Middle Road near the East Train Station. This Japanese chain has a good selection of imported groceries.

Carrefour (家乐福) This French hypermarket has four stores in Guangzhou. One of them is at Kangwang Road (康王中路656号) near Chenjiaci station. It is cheap and has a good selection of products.

Trust-Mart (好又多) The lower-end market has numerous locations in Guangzhou and it is recent acquired by Wal-Mart (沃尔玛). It will be soon re-branded to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has been upgrading the stores, and the prices while they are at it. This chain has a large stock of non-food items but the grocery selection is limited. It is often crowded on the weekends.

Vanguard (华润万家) This is the flagship operating supermarket chains of China Resources. It is the third largest supermarket chain in Hong Kong. It operates approximately 450 stores in China. There are over 20 stores in Guangzhou.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bar Street at Bai-E-Tan

When it comes to drinks, Guangzhou is one of the best cities in China to knock back a few. With a relatively large population of foreigners here, the city offers a wide variety of nightspots that cater to all tastes.

Tsing Tao and Zhu Jiang are the two major Chinese beer brands that are sold almost everywhere. Both are fairly standard light lagers. Carlsberg is also brewed in Guangzhou, which explains the reasonably large amount of Carlsberg taps in the bars.

Pubs[edit]

Nightlife at Shangxiajiu in Liwan District.
  • Covent Garden, 广州珠江新城华强路2号富力盈丰大厦首层 (Located on the small road across from Ocean Palace on Jinsui Road), +86 20 38065757. 10AM to 3AM. British pub in the Zhujiang New Town. Recently won the best new pub in Guangzhou at the PRD awards. Large selection of cocktails and whiskeys with pints of Tiger Beer from ¥25 during happy hour, 4PM-8:30PM.  edit
  • Drop In. This English-styled bar is perfect for a night out with your friends. There are many different burger dishes and delicious cocktails on the menu.  edit
  • Elephant and Castle, (next door to Hill Bar opposite the Garden Hotel), [22]. CLOSED SINCE 2012 22.  edit
  • Feeling Bar, (next to MRT 3 Exit C of South China Normal University), [23]. 10am-2am. This trendy bar is the place to be if you are a student or expat. It offers a wide range of delicious meals and drinks, has schishas and daily promotions.  edit
  • Hill Bar, (Outside Baiyun Hotel and across from Garden Hotel). Reasonable price for drinks and live band performances nightly. ¥35 pints.  edit
  • Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Xing Sheng Lu, Zhujiang New Town (Metro 5 Liede exit D), +86 20 3886-2675, [24]. Hooley's is an Irish themed pub with a focus on live music performances (rock, pop, folk and jazz). Serves Irish, Italian and fusion dishes. Bakes its own bread. Music Friday to Saturday with open mic sessions on Wednesdays and Ladies Night on Thursdays.  edit
  • Paddy Field Irish Pub and Restaurant, (Behind Garden Hotel).  edit
  • Rebel Rebel, 42 Ti Yu Dong Lu, Tian He District (A little off the main road, down a side road next to the Oakwood Premier building), +86 20 85201579, [25]. 11am to 2am. This trendy British-inspired urban bar and restaurant has an extensive drinks menu, specialising in British real ales when available. It also offers a range of meals, with contemporary twists on British classics, such as Punk Rock Pie, Sausages & Mash and Fish & Chips, as well as a range of pastas, pizzas, burgers & popular Asian dishes. There are daily meal specials and a happy hour from 2 to 8pm. Live music on most nights adds to the vibe of this popular central bar which is popular with both locals and expats. Regular sports events, especially football, are normally shown live on the big screen. It also holds monthly art shows showcasing local talent from all artistic fields and there is usually some interesting artwork on display in the bar.  edit
  • Tavern Sports Bar (Metro APM Guangzhou Opera House), poly 108/ 2 huajiu Road, Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城华就路2号) Panyu Location, Yingbin Road, right hand side of the Huanan Country Garden entrance,番禺区迎宾路华南碧桂园正门右侧, +86 20 8550-3038, [26]. 11:30AM to 2AM. Tavern Bar is an English-style pub serving appetizers, pub-grub and international food. Happy Hour from 4-8pm and all day Monday, Happy Hour pints from ¥20. Range of draught beers and cocktails. Shows live sports on big screen TVs. Pool tables and private rooms are available. Wednesday night is trivia night from 9-10:30pm at the Zhujiang New Town branch.  edit
  • Sleeping Wood Cafe. (Happy hour before 8PM). Cozy restaurant pub next to the Holiday Inn with friendly English speaking staff. Serves western food and all kinds of alcoholic drinks. One-for-one pint-sized Tsing Tao draft beer during happy hour. Good place to unwind, especially in the open area. 2nd location along Pearl River. ¥25-¥30.  edit
  • Oh Marco Wine Cellar, 9 Yiyuan Road 4-5, Haizhu District, +86 20 3448-2809 (). 9AM-9PM. Oh Marco is a retail wine chain shop. There you can drink a glass or buy a bottle of wine. It offers full range of wines, directly imported from France. Perfect for after-work drinks. Drinks from ¥18..  edit
  • Sapphire Lounge, 122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店), +86 20 8666-6888. 3:00PM to late. Located on the 4th floor of China Hotel, Sapphire Lounge serves an extensive selection of classic and contemporary martinis, cocktails, wines, liquor and more in a chic and upbeat atmosphere. Perfect for after-work drinks or a night out.  edit
  • The Brew, Zhujiang New Town, Panyu, Jianshe Liu Ma Road (Metro 5 Taojin exit B), [27]. The Brew, formally known as The Strange Brew, is a Canadian owned and operated bar with three locations in Guangzhou. It's menu has a strong Canadian/ American influence and boasts the best burgers in the city. There are specials every day of the week which differ from location to location. It is the ideal place to have a drink and catch the game (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, Rugby and more).  edit
  • Perry's Café, 2nd floor of No. 61, Hongmei Lu, Haizhu District (海珠区红梅路61号2楼) (taxi would be easiest way, make sure you have the address written down in chinese). Located in Dadao of Haizhu District, is Perry's Café. Although hidden, the newly opened cafe is ideal for overseas students or foreign friends in the community. Offers European dishes, opened until late night (at least 4AM)  edit

Dance clubs[edit]

  • C:Union (喜窝), 115 Shuiyin Road (水荫路115号天溢大厦副大堂1楼). Great place to hear atypical live music like reggae or classic rock. Bar has both an indoor section consisting of a dance floor and couches and an outdoor section with patio seating and recently-added new basement. Wide beer selection and bartenders measure all drinks out in plain view. Early on the bar is populated mostly by locals, however as the night progresses the bar quickly fills with expats. Patrons tend to be very friendly open to meeting new people. There is usually at least one English speaking bartender at each station. ¥25-¥50 beer, ¥15 shots.  edit
  • The Cave (墨西哥餐厅酒吧), 360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦东侧) (basement on the end of the Zhujiang Tower (珠江大厦) near Garden Hotel), +86 20 8386-3660. This is a favorite expat hangout. The resident DJ spins a wide range of music. The Cave features exotic dance performances, including live-python dance. ¥30 standard drink.  edit
  • Club NaNa, Tianlun Garden, 26 Jianshe 4th Road (建设4马路26号天伦花园) (up the street from Oggi's Pizza). Packs a variety of music, well-known throughout Guangzhou for its wild parties, including a singles lock and key party, a secret costume party, and live hip-hop shows. The owners may be seen handing out free drinks. Beware of the tequila shots. Begins as a largely Chinese club but around 11:30PM, the shaking switches from dice to dancing and it becomes a mix of East and West.  edit
  • Gipsy King Bar (大篷车酒吧), 360 Huanshi East Road (环市东路360号珠江大厦西地下) (opposite end of the Zhujiang Building from the Cave), +86 20 8387-5177. Underground bar similar to the Cave. Many local "working" girls sashay around. There are individual dance performances at one corner of the bar, while group performances start on the main dance floor at 10PM. ¥30 standard drink.  edit
  • Penthouse. High class bar with dance floor. Variety of sparkling wine ensures you can live it up with standards. The DJs blast the hottest music.  edit
  • Heihei Club, 2 Qiaoguang Road, Yuexiu District.. Good crowd, blend of locals and foreigners. Good music though a little pricy. It was reported that pickpocketing is rampant here.  edit
  • True Colors (本色), 276 Yanjiang Zhong Lu ((200m east of the Tianzi Matou), Yuexiu District (8373 5858)). Club has dozens of tables on the floor for groups to drink and play local dice games. The DJ booth overlooks the floor and between it and the massive windows runs a strip that can rise up for live performances and for models to runway walk. There's a dance floor that's maybe 25 square meters where locals and expats dance. DJs come from all over the world and play their own mix of house occasionally punctuated with hip-hop.  edit

Tea houses[edit]

The culture of tea drinking, also known as Yum Cha (饮茶), runs deep in Guangzhou. After all, the city was at the center of the massive tea trade that existed between China and Europe during the 19th century.

  • Simple Love Tea Shop (十月红奶茶), #102, 94 Tianhe South Road (Down from the south gate of TeeMall). 3PM-2AM. This is a Taiwanese style tea and coffee shop. There are about five other locations in the city.  edit
  • Tian Chang Di Jiu, 1 Zhengping Middle Street, Taojin Road, +86 20 8358-1627.  edit
  • Chun Ya Yuan Teahouse (春雅源茶艺馆), 19 Siyou New Road (4/F, Changcheng Hotel), +86 20 8761-2888 ext.6488. 7PM-1AM.  edit
  • Crystal Tea House, 6 Longkou East Road, Tianhe (1/F, Yuan Yang Hotel), +86 20 8759-6988 ext.67. 10AM-2AM.  edit
  • Wong Chun Loong Herbal Tea. The traditional herbal tea chain has over a dozen branches in the city, including 17 Wenchang South Road, 109 Huagui Road, 51 Dishifu Road, 504 Xihua Road, and many more.  edit
  • People's Cakes & Coffee. Enjoy cakes and coffee at this Western coffee shop run by Koreans.  edit
  • Yuexiu, #102, 17 Jianshe 6th Road (建设六马路17号102房), +86 20 8376-6677.  edit
  • Taojin, 98 Taojin South Road, +86 20 8348-8085.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Travel Warning WARNING: Foreigners MUST present an original passport with a valid visa for staying at a legal hotel or hostel.

Many wikitravellers have reported troubles during check-in when their passports were held by other consulates or PBS office for applying for or extending a visa. Make sure to check in first at hotels/hostels before applying any visas.

If you don't have an original passport, don't expect mercy from hotel receptionists, who may face a prison term and heavy penalty if they allow you to stay without a passport.

Travel Warning WARNING:

Guangzhou has Public Security Bureau (PBS) 's Exit and Entry Office for renewing visa for staying at China. When submitting your application, you need to present a Temporary Residence Registration Form (临时住宿登记, Linshi Zhusu Dengji) , which is issued only by legal hotels and hostels. Consult front desk staff.


Travel Warning

NOTE: From April 15th to May 5th and October 15th to November 5th are the annual Guangzhou International Trade Fairs in which room rates in hotels and hostels will usually be hiked up. Prices vary every year and you are advised to secure your bed before going to Guangzhou in those two seasons


Travel Warning

NOTE: Beware when booking any hotels around Guangzhou South Station (廣州南站). Most of the hotels here that carry brand names, such as Home Inn (儒家), 7 Days Inn (7天連鎖酒店), etc. are FAKE and you'll end up staying in a dodgy, unclean place. Those hotels do not actually have branches near South Station. Avoid staying in this area if at all possible.



This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under ¥200
Mid-range ¥200-500
Splurge Over ¥500


  • Daysun International Hotel(大舜丽池国际酒店), No.299, Zhongshan Road Guangzhou, Guangdong, +86 2085552888, [28]. checkin: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM; checkout: Until 12:00 PM. Daysun International Hotel offers accommodation in Guangzhou, 3.3 km from Pazhou International Exhibition Center. Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 3.3 km from Day Sun Ritz Int. Hotel, while Guangdong Olympic Stadium is 3.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, 30 km from Daysun International Hotel. ¥500-1600.  edit
  • GUANGZHOU SUNSHINE APARTMENT (阳光国际公寓), Room1507, Kam Rueng Plaza, No.238, Beijing Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 511000 China, +86 2080544120, [29]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Sunshine Apartment Guangzhou China is near to shopping area (Beijing Road) and near beijing road station MTR . Only 5-minutes walks to reach hotel. From 300 RMB.  edit
  • HEEFUN APARTMENT - GUANGZHOU CHIMELONG (广州长隆喜运国际酒店公寓), Building B2, Baoli Plaza, No. 290, East Hanxi Road. Guangzhou, Guangdong 511495 China, +862031146632, [30]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 12 km from Guangzhou Chimelong , while Pazhou International Exhibition Center is 12 km away. The nearest airport is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, 44 km from the property. From 300 RMB.  edit
  • HeeFun Apartment GuangZhou - Poly D Plaza (喜运服务公寓(保利中达广场店)), No.3 Building, No.15 XingAn Road, ZhuJiang new town, TianHe , GuangZhou Guangzhou, Guangdong, +862083987070, [31]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. HeeFun Apartment Hotel GuangZhou - Poly D Plaza Branch offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Guangdong Museum is 300 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. From 300 RMB.  edit
  • HeeFun Apartment Guangzhou - Poly World Trading Center (广州喜运服务公寓琶洲保利世贸店), 1/F,Building D, Poly World Trading Center, No.1020 Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu District, Pazhou Exhibition Center Area Guangzhou, Guangdong 510310 China, +862089300800, [32]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Featuring free WiFi, HeeFun Apartment Hotel Guangzhou - Poly World Trading Center offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center is 1 km from the property. From 300 RMB.  edit
  • GUANGZHOU PENGMAN APARTMENT (广州市朋满公寓酒店), Reception:Room 2108, Floor 21 Zheng Jia Huan Shi Centre Building, No.372 Huanshi East Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China (www.pengmanhotel.com), +862083513166, [33]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Featuring free WiFi, Guangzhou Pengman Apartment offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Huanshi Road Bar Street is 100 metres away. From 350 RMB.  edit
  • Guangzhou Hakka Apartment Beijing Road (广州茶阳国际酒店公寓北京路店), Room 1407, No.238 Beijing Road Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China (2-minute walks from Beijing Road Walking Street), +86 2083513456, [34]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Just a 2-minute stroll from Beijing Road Walking Street, Guangzhou Hakka Apartment Beijing Road features sumptuous accommodation with well-equipped facilities including free Wi-Fi. Public parking is possible at the location nearby. From 350 RMB.  edit
  • Guangzhou Boman Apartment (广州市铂满公寓酒店), Room 2108, Floor 21 Zheng Jia Huan Shi Centre Building, No.372 Huanshi East Road Guangzhou, Guangdong, +862083513166, [35]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Featuring free WiFi, Guangzhou Boman Apartment Zhengjia Huanshi Branch offers accommodation in Guangzhou. Huanshi Road Bar Street is 100 metres away. From 300 RMB.  edit

Budget[edit]

Guangzhou's hostel scenes are more vibrant than ever. Some hostels are as big as a well established hotel. There are also a lot of apartment-converted small hostels which are subject to frequent government crackdown. Cross check before booking.

  • Lazy Gaga Hostel (广州春田家家青年旅舍), 215 Haizhu Middle Road, Yuexiu District (越秀区海珠中路215号) (Metro Line 1 Ximenkou Exit B), +86 20 8192-3232 (), [36]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. A 4 minute walk away from metro, this hostel with a spacious communal lounge is located in between two popular shopping streets Shangxiajiu and Beijing Road and close to major wholesales markets for electronics, toys, clothing Within a walking distance to major temples, mosque, parks and museums and bar district. All rooms have free WIFI access. Free charging lockers, free luggage storage, free kitchen, and cheap laundry are provided. The hostel opens 24 hours and no curfew. Dorm bed ¥55, private rooms ¥178-208 ( Prices remain unchanged during Canton Fair). (23.122887,113.256839) edit
  • Riverside Youth Hostel (广州江畔国际青年旅舍), 15 Changdi Street (长堤路15号) (Metro 1 Fangcun Exit B1), +86 20 2239-2500. Located on the outskirt of Guangzhou, it takes a 15-20 minute walk to the metro; also accessible by ferry (until 10pm). A YH membership card is required or an extra fee will be charged for each night. Lockers are available in some rooms. WIFI access is accessible in the lobby. A small fee is charged for a luggage storage and the use of a public computer. Doubles ¥178, dorm bed ¥65; ¥96 Canton Fair.  edit
  • Sunshine Home Hostel (广州阿莲家青年旅舍), Hui Yang Yuan Complex Building no 201 Floor 15 Apt 1501, 201 Huangsha Avenue, Liwan District (荔湾区黄沙大道201号辉洋苑辉洋阁1501) (Metro Line 5 Zhongshanba Exit B), +86 13202048889 (). checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. A 10 minute walk away from metro, this apartment-converted hostel is close to Liwan Park, Shangxiajiu and Zhongshan 8th Children Garment wholesale markets. Free WIFI, lockers, luggage storage, and kitchen. Cheap laundry service is provided. No curfew. Dorm bed ¥50, private rooms ¥100-110-168 family room ¥300 (sleeps 4-6).  edit
  • The Boa Garden, "Huang (Metro Line 8 WanShengWei Exit B), (). checkin: 09:00; checkout: 12:00. Located at the suburb of Guangzhou, this hostel is on the river front, with free tea and coffee. English hospitality and bikes for hire to explore the local village. Loads of cheap eateries and quiet atmosphere to get away from the city. It takes up to an hour to the downtown of Guangzhou. Send email to check the availability because beds are not always available. Free Wifi. luggage storage and lockers Dorm bed ¥50.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Guangdong Victory Hotel (广东胜利宾馆), 53 Shamian North Street (沙面北街53号) (Metro 1 Huangsha Station Exit D, use pedestrian bridge to Shamian Island), +86 20 8121-6688, [37]. The hotel is located on Shamian Island. It consists of the East building and West building. It has very clean rooms and western-style buffet breakfast. ¥420.  edit
  • Zhong Qiao Hotel Guangzhou (中桥宾馆), 103 Chigang Road (赤岗路103号), +86 20 6276-4628, [38]. The hotel is close to Pazhou Trade Center where Canton Fair is held. Check their website for other locations in the chain. ¥150″.  edit
  • Dongyue Fashion Hotel (东岳时尚酒店), 10 Tangdong East Road (天河区棠东东路10号), +86 20 2886-4999, [39]. It offers clean and comfortable rooms that are furnished with all the essentials for a restful stay. ¥178.  edit
  • Guangzhou Hotel (广州宾馆), 2 Guangzhou Qiyi Road, Haizhu Square (海珠广场起义路2号) (Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit B3), +86 20 8333-8168, [40]. ¥328.  edit
  • Huifeng Apartment Guangzhou (广州汇峰国际公寓), 8 Xingsheng Road, Zhujiang New Town, +86 20 3805-1035 (), [41]. Each of the 198 serviced apartments has a kitchens and free cable internet access. ¥298.  edit
  • Binghua Hotel (冰花酒店), 2 Tianhe North Road (天河北路2号), +86 208750-2888. The hotel is located at the gateway to Tianhe. Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant is on the ground floor.  edit
  • Bostan Hotel (广东博斯坦宾馆), 76 Tianhe North Road (天河北路76号), +86 20 3878-2888. The hotel has multifunction halls and meeting rooms for business or personal affairs, as well as KTV rooms, a beauty salon, and restaurants that serve Xinjiang Muslim cuisines. .  edit
  • Hotel Canton (广州大厦), 374 Beijing Road (广州市北京路374号) (Metro 1/2 Gongyuanqian), +86 20 8318-9888, [42]. This was once a glorious hotel, but it is now a bit outdated. However, it is located just North of the Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street. ¥390.  edit
  • Hotel Landmark (华厦大酒店), 8 Qiaoguang Road (海珠广场侨光路8号) (Metro 2 Haizhu Square Exit A), +86 20 8335-5988, [43]. ¥500.  edit
  • Jianguo Hotel (丽都大酒店), 172 Linhe Road Central (Linhe Zhong Lu) (林和中路172号), +86 20 8393-6388, [44]. Right outside Guangzhou East Station, Metro line 3, exit G1. Free internet. From ¥450.  edit
  • Lido Hotel (丽都大酒店), 182 Beijing Road (北京路182号), +86 20 8332-1988. In the heart of central Guangzhou and Beijing Road Shopping Street. ¥350.  edit
  • Liuhua Hotel (流花宾馆), 194 Huanshi West Road (环市西路194号) (Metro 2/5 Guangzhou Railway Station), +86 20 8666-8800, [45]. ¥468.  edit
  • Nanyang King's Gate Hotel (南洋长胜酒店), 38 Xinghua Road (兴华路38号) (near Baiyun Mountain in Tianhe District), +86 20 6136-8888, [46]. This is a 5-star hotel with 468 guest rooms, overlooking the beautiful Baiyun Mountain. Accommodation includes a bathroom with steam area and massage tub. Hotel facilities include and Western restaurants, lobby bar, conference hall, health club and KTV. ¥458.  edit
  • Oriental Resort (广州鸣泉居), 1068 Baiyun South Avenue (白云大道南1068号) (On Baiyun Mountain), +86 20 8663-2888, [47]. Quiet and away from the city. ¥480.  edit
  • Raystar Hotel (瑞星大酒店), 95 Chepi Road (车陂路95号) (Metro 4/5 Chebeinan). 4-star hotel offers free broadband Internet apart from furnished rooms and conference suites.  edit
  • Springdale Serviced Residence Guangzhou (广州盛雅服务公寓), Tower B1, No 105 Tiyuxi Road, Tianhe district, +86 20 8396-6088 (, fax: +86 20 8360-0466), [48]. The residence offers studio, one, two, or three-bedroom apartments that are furnished with a comfortable living and dining area, broadband Internet access, and a kitchen.  edit
  • Guangzhou Hotel Guangzhou (广州宾馆), No. 2 Qiyi Road, Guangzhou, China, [49]. Ideally located in the heart of Guangzhou, with the Pearl River to the south and Yuexiu Mountain to the north, Guangzhou Hotel enjoys superb location with easy access to the city.  edit
  • Jinzhou Business Hotel Guangzhou (广州锦洲国际酒店), Yuexiu district liberation road no. 899.Guangzhou, [50]. Jinzhou Business Hotel Guangzhou(Jinzhou Shangwu Jiudian) is very close to the metro station, Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangdong Bus Station.  edit
  • Pullman Baiyun Airport Hotel Guangzhou (广州白云机场铂尔曼大酒店), Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Baiyun Guangzhou, [51]. Located in the Guangzhou International Airport Complex, Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport offers a relaxing haven for the busy traveler with easy accessibility. The hotel is a 3-minute walk to the departure terminal, 30-minute metro ride to city centre.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel (中国大酒店), 122 Liuhua Road (流花路100号) (Metro 2 Yuexiu Park), +86 20 8666-6888, [52]. The 5-Star Luxury Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of central Guangzhou. It features 850 guestrooms, 8 Food and Beverage outlets, Executive Lounge and Shopping Arcade. An entrance to the Metro is just outside. ¥650.  edit
  • Garden Hotel (花园酒店), 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号), +86 20 8333-8989, [53]. The hotel has standard hotel rooms as well as apartments and offices for rent. Deluxe rooms are clean but basic; elite rooms are newly renovated and attractive. The Carousel Restaurant offers excellent dinner buffet with panoramic views of Guangzhou on the top level. The hotel also has various Shops, HSBC and Bank of China branches and a bus station serving express buses to the Guangzhou airport, the Hong Kong airport and nearby cities such as Zhuhai.  edit
  • Dong Fang Hotel (东方宾馆), 120 Liuhua Road (流花路120号) (Metro 2 Yuexiu Park), +86 20 8666-9900, [54].  edit
  • White Swan Hotel (白天鹅宾馆), 1 Shamian South St (沙面南街1号) (Metro 1 Huangsha), +86 20 8188-6968, [55]. On the banks of the Pearl River on the quiet Shamian Island, complimented by a charming park nearby where locals can be found doing tai chi. Surrounding the hotel are blocks of little shops run by locals willing to bargain. This landmark hotel is now closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in 2015.  edit
  • Baiyun Hotel (白云宾馆), 367 Huanshi East Road (环市东路367号) (across from Garden Hotel), +86 20 8333-3998, [56]. Member of Best Western hotel chain.  edit
  • Ascott Guangzhou (广州雅诗阁服务公寓), No 73 Tianhe Dong Road, Tianhe district, +86 20 8513-0388 (, fax: +86 20 8513-0366), [57]. The residence offers 208 apartments that comes with a separate living space equipped with modern furnishings, kitchens and broadband internet access.  edit
  • Asia International Hotel (亚洲国际大酒店), 326 Huangshi East Road, Sec 1 (环市东路326号), +86 20 6128-8888, [58]. One of a handful of hotels that feature separate bath and shower areas in a standard room. Internet access is free but slow. It also features Guangzhou's highest revolving restaurant on the top level.  edit
  • China Mayors Plaza (广州市长大厦), 189 Tianhe North Road (天河北路189号), +86 20 8755-3838, [59]. ¥600.  edit
  • Donlord International Hotel (鼎龙国际大酒店), 63 Guangzhou Ave North (广州大道北63号), +86 20 8774-8999. The hotel has 288 guest rooms. The Dragon & Phoenix Restaurant offers top-grade Cantonese and Chaozhou dishes while Four Seasons Café specializes in French style food.  edit
  • Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, 12 Zhujiang West Road (珠江西路12号) (Metro APM Zhujiang New Town), + 86 20 8396-1234 (), [60]. The 5-star hotel has 350 rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Pearl River. Amenities include walk-in shower, Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. Hyatt Grand Club lounge offers free continental breakfast and canapés. ¥1200.  edit
  • Guangdong International Hotel (广东国际大酒店), 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号), +86 20 8331-1888, [61].  edit
  • Holiday Inn City Center Guangzhou (文化假日酒店), 28 Guangming Road (环市东华侨新村光明路28号) (Metro 5 Taojin), +86 20 6128-6868, [62]. Not exactly the newest, biggest or cheapest hotel around, but does offer a convenient location. Rooms are clean, have comfortable beds and pillows, and a good selection of TV channels. Internet access is stable and costs ¥80 a day. Priority Club platinum members get automatic upgrades to executive rooms (subject to availability) and access to the executive lounge. An airline ticketing office and a Hertz car rental counter are available. There's also another Holiday Inn at 188 Dishifu Road.  edit
  • The Westin Guangzhou (天誉威斯汀酒店), 6 Linhe Middle Road (林和中路6号) (Metro 3 Linhexi), +86 20 2886-6868, [63]. The luxury chain has 448 rooms and suites. It is located next to the U.S. Consulate. It is also a short walk to the East Rail Station.  edit
  • Nanyang Royal Hotel (南洋冠盛酒店), 11 Tianfu Road (天府路11号). 5-star hotel offering 268 Victorian-inspired rooms with contemporary amenities. Leisure and dining facilities are also available.  edit
  • Royal Marina Plaza (科尔海悦酒店), 288 (Metro 3 Panyu Square Exit A), +86 20 3462-8888. Offers air-conditioned rooms all equipped with a private toilet and bath, satellite TV, safe, and refrigerator. Some of its amenities include Pattaya Spa Center, indoor pool, health club, boutique shops, and night club. ¥528.  edit
  • Dragon Lake Princess Hotel (九龙湖公主酒店), 3 Shanqian Avenue, Huadong Town, Huadu District (花都区花东镇山前大道3号九龙湖社区), +86 20 3690-8888 (), [64]. Designed and built in the style of a European town, the hotel is located in the Dragon Lake Resort. River Main in the village, It offers accommodation, dining, meeting, amusement, sports and leisure facilities. The hotel has bus route from and to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The facility is beautiful and relaxing, but it is 35 minutes away from the city center. ¥750.  edit
  • Pullman Baiyun Airport Guangzhou (广州铂尔曼白云机场大酒店), In the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport complex. ¥750.  edit
  • Hanfeng International Hotel (汉风国际大酒店), 6 Tianhe North Road (天河北路6号). The hotel offers free broadband Internet with generously furnished rooms and conference suites. The hotel is currently closed for renovations.  edit

Work[edit]

Guangzhou is not as well known as Beijing or Shanghai as a hub of foreign commerce and trade - perhaps unfairly, as it's the center of manufacturing in China. Most people on the planet are no further than a few feet away from an object produced in in the Guangzhou metropolitan area at any given time. This includes the components of the screen you're reading this on.

While there may not be as many opportunities for foreigners here compared to Beijing or Shanghai, this massive city and its rapidly growing economy does offer some work for foreigners - management, translation, engineering and teaching English. There are a number of large ESL school chains, owned by foreigners, in the area who hire (mainly) North American teachers. As with any rapidly growing industry, there are many sketchy companies trying to make a buck. If you want to work as an English teacher in Guangzhou - which can be an amazing experience - make sure to verify the credentials of the school.

English teaching jobs are available teaching a range of ages from kindergarten to elementary, middle and high school students as well as universities and private language centers. Schools usually require native speakers with a degree in any discipline and TEFL certificate.

Stay safe[edit]

Violent crimes are not common. As one of the first open ports in China, Guangzhou is known for its liberalism and general tolerance of cultural differences. Crimes that target foreigners are rarely heard of but pickpockets could happen in shopping areas and transportation hubs. Teahouse scams, which are serious problems in Beijing and Shanghai, have not been reported in Guangzhou.

A possible scam is when a taxi driver refuses your notes and tells you it is fake. What happens is that the taxi driver changes your note for a fake one without you noticing. Always be suspicious when a vendor refuses your money and gives it back to you.

As the third wealthiest province of China, it has attracted enormous immigrant workers both from other provinces and overseas. The local police has Arabic- and English-speaking forces to deal with the rising drug trade involved with foreigners, who are not exempted from the death penalty for drug trafficking.

Traffic conditions in Guangzhou have drastically improved in recent years and rules are practiced - relatively. However, like everywhere else in China, cars do not yield to pedestrians and zebra crossings are for display only.

Emergency numbers are: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Medical: 120; Traffic accident: 122.

Contact[edit]

  • The area dialing code for Guangzhou is 020. From overseas, dial +86 20 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits. Mobile numbers are 11 digits and city code is not required.
  • Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality (广州市旅游局) [95] 13-15/F, 140 Dongfeng West Road. (东风西路140号13-15楼). +86 20 8107-8200.
  • Internet is prevalent in Guangzhou. Many western chain restaurants such as McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, offer an easy access to Internet. Many major public places are now covered with free wifi (ssid: wireless_GZ), including the Baiyun International Airport, libraries, public parks, hospitals, railway stations and several shopping centers.
  • Police: The Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Division is located at 155 Jiefang South Road (解放南路155号) +86 20 8311-5808 (M-F 8:50AM-11:30AM, 2:30PM-5PM.) You can get your visa extension done here.

Cope[edit]

Embassies and consulates[edit]

  • Ar-flag.png Argentina, Teem Tower, office 2405, Tianhe Road Nro. 208 Tianhe (CP: 510620), +86 20 3888-0328, [65].  edit
  • As-flag.png Australia, 12F Development Center, 3 Linjiang Avenue (珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心12楼), +86 20 3814-0111.  edit
  • Be-flag.png Belgium, Rm. 1601-1602A CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场1601-1602A室), +86 20 3877-2351.  edit
  • Cb-flag.png Cambodia, Rm. 804-807 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园大厦804-807室), +86 20 8384-9937.  edit
  • Ca-flag.png Canada, Ste. 801 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦801), +86 20 8611-6100.  edit
  • Ci-flag.png Chile, Tianhe, Huaxia Rd, 10号富力中心905室, +86 20 3892 8270.  edit
  • Cu-flag.png Cuba, (珠江新城华明路13号华普广场东塔10/D室), +86 20 2238-2603.  edit
  • Da-flag.png Denmark, Ste. 1578 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1578室), +86 20 8666-0795.  edit
  • Fr-flag.png France, Rm. 803 Guangdong International Hotel Main Tower, 339 Huanshi East Road (广东国际大酒店主楼801-803室), +86 20 2829-2000.  edit
  • Gm-flag.png Germany, Rm. 19F Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店19楼), +86 20 8330-6533.  edit
  • Gr-flag.png Greece, Room 2105 Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Middle Road, +86 20 8550-1124.  edit
  • In-flag.png India (印度驻广州总领事馆), Units 1401-1404 14F Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Middle Road (林和中路8号 天誉三期14楼1401-1404单元), +86 20 8550-1501.  edit
  • Id-flag.png Indonesia, Rm. 1201-1223 West Building Dongfang Hotel, 120 Liuhua Road (流花路120号东方宾馆西座2楼1201-1223室), +86 20 8601-8772.  edit
  • Isreal以色列国驻广州总领事馆Consulate General of Israel in Guangzhou办公处:广州市珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心19楼,510623.Chancery:19th floor, Development Center, 3 Linjiang Da Dao,Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou 510623. TEL: 020-85130509
  • It-flag.png Italy, Rm. 5207-5208 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场5207-5208室), +86 20 3877-0556, [66].  edit
  • Ja-flag.png Japan, Garden Tower 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园酒店1楼), +86 20 8334-3090.  edit
  • Ks-flag.png Korea, 18F Guangzhou International Commercial Centre West Tower, 122 Tiyu East Road (体育东路羊城国际商贸中心西塔18楼), +86 20 3887-0555.  edit
  • My-flag.png Malaysia, Rm. 1912-1918 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场 1915-18室), +86 20 3877-0757.  edit
  • Mx-flag.png Mexico, Rm. 1402-03 183 Tianhe North Road (天河北路183号大都会广场1401室), +86 20 2222-0980.  edit
  • Nl-flag.png Netherlands, Rm. 905 Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店主楼905室), +86 20 8330-2067.  edit
  • No-flag.png Norway (挪威驻广州总领馆), Rm. 1802 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road ( 天河北路233号中信广场18楼1802室), +86 20 3811-3188.  edit
  • Nz-flag.png New Zealand, Rm. 1160 China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1160室), +86 20 8667-0253.  edit
  • Pk-flag.png Pakistan, Rm. No. 705-06 Grand Tower No. 228 Tianhe Road, +86 20 8550-5679.  edit
  • Rp-flag.png Philippines, Rm. 709-711 Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店710室), +86 20 8331-1461.  edit
  • Pl-flag.png Poland, 63 Shamian Street (沙面大街63号), +86 20 8121-9993.  edit
  • Ru-flag.png Russia, 26A Development Centre, No.3 Linjiang Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, 510623 (510623广州市珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心26楼A单元俄罗斯总领事馆), (+86 20) 8518 5001, (+86 20) 8518 5002, (+86 20) 8518 5003.  edit
  • Sn-flag.png Singapore, Rm. 2418 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场2418室), +86 20 3891-2345.  edit
  • Sp-flag.png Spain, 5th Floor, Fuli Center, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (珠江新城华夏路10号富力中心5楼, +86 20 3892 7185 ‎.  edit
  • Sw-flag.png Sweden, Rm. 1002B-1003 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (广州市天河北路233号中信广场1002B-1003室), +86 20 3891-2383.  edit
  • Sz-flag.png Switzerland, 27F Grand Tower 228 Tianhe Road (天河区天河路228号广晟大厦27层), +86 20 3833-0450.  edit
  • Th-flag.png Thailand, M07 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园酒店2楼M07室), +86 20 8384-9937.  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, 7F Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店二楼), +86 20 8314-3000.  edit
  • Us-flag.png U.S.A. (美国驻广州总领事馆), 43 Hua Jiu Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China 510623 广州市天河区珠江新城华就路43号 邮编 510623, +86 20 3814-5775, [67]. This is the only U.S. Consulate in China that processes adoption visas.  edit
  • Vm-flag.png Vietnam, 2F Building B North, Landmark Canton Hotel, 8 Qiaoguang Road (侨光路8号华厦大酒店B座2楼), +86 20 8330-5911.  edit

Banking[edit]

ATMs that accept foreign credit or debit cards are common in shopping malls and tourist areas. Withdrawal is available in Chinese currency only. Most banks in the city center also accept exchanges from your local currencies to ¥. Your passport is required for this service. Some banks allow you to change back to your local currency with the original exchange memo.

  • Bank of China (中国银行) [96] There is a branch inside Garden Hotel. ATM is available on the ground floor of White Swan Hotel and over 100 locations in Guangzhou. Their ATMs are the best bet for using foreign cards.
  • HSBC [97]2, G/F, Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Lu +86 20 8313 1888.
  • Citi [98] Unit 101, Fortune Plaza, 118 Tiyu East Road. +86-20 3898-1688. This bank has a full service branch with currency exchange services and 24-hour ATMs.
  • Bank of America [99] Rm 2506, 555 Renmin Middle Road +86 20 8130-0888. The bank has alliance with China Construction Bank.
  • Citi [100] Unit 101, Fortune Plaza, 118 Tiyu East Road. +86-20 3898-1688. This bank has a full service branch with currency exchange services and 24-hour ATMs.

Laundry[edit]

Few lower end hotels and hostels have coin-operated self-service laundry room. Self-service laundromats are not available on the streets, although dry clean and laundry stores are available to clean your clothes. Normally you can drop your clothes off and pick them up the next day. One laundry chain is Tiantian (天天洗衣), which is conveniently located in most Metro stations. There are many stores on Shamian Island that have laundry service. An average load of laundry costs about ¥100.

In other parts of the city, there are laundry and dry clean shops sprinkled throughout neighborhoods. An average load should cost no more than ¥40. If you are doing sheets and blankets, they should charge no more then ¥10 for a blanket, ¥30 for a quilt. Dry-cleaning a sweater is about ¥8.

Television[edit]

Guangzhou Television (GZTV) [101] has an "English" channel, now called Guangzhou I Channel (but still "English" according to the Chinese name), offering entertainment and cultural programs from around the world, mostly dubbed in Mandarin and subtitled in Chinese. Hong Kong’s international channels, TVB Pearl and ATV World, available in most hotels, have a great selection of programs from the UK and US, plus news at 7:30pm and late (11pm or later) every day.

Newspapers and Magazines[edit]

The China Daily and/or Global Times are the two only English language newspapers available in Guangzhou (unless you go to a library), and both can be found on newsstands throughout the city. There are several bookstores throughout the city that sell current English and Foreign periodicals. The South China Morning Post from Hong Kong is also available by subscription only. South China TALK is a monthly English-language magazine based in Guangzhou.

Places of worship[edit]

All the religious sites listed in the See section are open to worshippers.

  • Protestant: Guangzhou International Christian Fellowship (GICF) [102] holds weekly service on Sundays at 10:00AM-11:30AM for expats in English. In accordance with government regulations, the service is exclusively open to foreign/special passport holders, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan nationals. Address: Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe NO.215 LINHE XI Heng Road Tianhe (广州天河新天希尔顿酒店天河区林和西横路215号)
  • Catholic: An English mass is held at Shishi Church at 3:30PM every Sunday. English Bible study is also available on Wednesday at 7:30pm-9:00pm. Address: Shishi Church (石室教堂)No. 56 # 8, Jiu Bu Qian, Yide Zhong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou. (越秀区一德中路旧部前56号之8)
  • Muslim: Huaisheng Mosque (怀圣寺 huái-shèng-sì) at 56 Guangta Road (光塔路) (Metro 1 Ximenkou) is exclusively open to Muslims. Jumu'ah (صلاة الجمعة‎) is held every Friday just after noon.

Gym[edit]

Most public parks offer free gym facilities. For serious bodybuilders, Total Fitness [103] has around 15 branches which are usually close to metro stations. Membership costs about ¥2000-4000 a year, depending on your bargaining power.

Health[edit]

  • Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital is near the Garden Hotel. 106 Zhongshan 2nd Road +86 20 8382-7812, +86 20 2062-2031.
  • Kaiyi International Dental Care [104] Ice Flower Hotel, 2 Tianhe North Road +86 20 3886-4821, +86 20 3387-4278.

Mail[edit]

China Post, the official post office, is your best bet for regular letters and postcards. For packages, other than the post office, there are many shipping centers around the city who are agents for DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT and EMS. There are usually shipping counters at higher-end hotels. Ask your hotel for the nearest shipping locations.

  • Post Office (China Post) - Post Office is usually slow and little English is spoken. EMS service is available through the post office. The following are locations close to tourist areas.
  • Shamian Post: Shamian 3rd Street (沙面三街) 9AM-5PM, closed on Sunday.
  • Liuhua Post: 151 Huanshixi Road (广州市环市西151号) between Guangzhou Railway Station and the Provincial Coach Terminal.
  • Taojin Post: 5 Taojin North Road (淘金北路正平中街5号) +86 20 8357-1583
  • DHL [105] There is a branch in Garden Hotel +86 20 8384-9210.
  • UPS 1121 Guangyuan Middle Road, +86 20 8657-9898; China Hotel, +86-20 8666-2696; TeeMall +86 20 8230-4008.

There have been reports of mail not reaching its destination. Packaged mail was said to be held up in Shanghai and is undeliverable. 800 RMB was demanded for its return.

Get out[edit]

  • The dwellings of overseas Chinese from the early 20th century in Kaiping (开平). Take a 2-hour bus form Fengcun Bus Station (芳村汽车站) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B) ¥60.
  • Foshan (佛山) is only an hour away from Guangzhou. Famous for its Ancestry Temple (祖庙), it is also the home to legendary martial art master Wong Fei Hong. Take the Foshan Metro at the Xilang Station of Guangzhou Metro Line 1.
  • Hong Kong (香港) is 2-3 hours away, depending on the modes of transportation.
  • Humen (虎门) in Dongguan (东莞) is famous for its Opium War era relics (虎门销烟). It is a bridge away from the Nansha District. Most trains going to Shenzhen or Hong Kong stop at Dongguang.
  • Shenzhen (深圳) is located on the border with Hong Kong. It is one of the first special economic zones in China. Check out theme parks such as Windows of the World, the China Folk Culture Villages and Splendid China. Bus and train services are run frequently. The trip will take 1 to 2 hours. Tickets cost around ¥60 - ¥80.
  • Zhuhai (珠海) is another special economic zone to the south bordering Macau. You can get a bus ride from any of the major bus stations in the city. You can also take a high speed train at the South Station (Metro 2 Guangzhou South Railway Station) and it only takes about 45 minutes (¥44).


Routes through Guangzhou
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