Locals on the run outside the Grandview Plaza in Tianhe District. In the background is the 80-story CITIC Plaza.
Guangzhou (广州 Guǎngzhōu or just simply GZ) is the capital of 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", and the airport code is CAN.
The rapid developing city of southern China has new financial districts, dense culture, and foreign business friendly environments.
The city is famous for foreign trades and businesses. It holds China's largest trade fair, the Canton Fair.
While Guangzhou is not usually high on the list of Asian tourist destinations, it is amazing how much the city actually has to offer.
Western central Guangzhou in detail (Liwan)
Eastern central Guangzhou in detail (Yuexiu and Tianhe)
There are ten districts in Guangzhou:
- 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 Promenode.
- 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 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 the secondary center of eastern part of the city. 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 the 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 designated center of the eastern part of the city and its famous for its plum forest. It is not a popular tourist destination, but it does has some historical sites.
In addition to the 10 districts, two nearby cities have been drafted into Guangzhou's jurisdiction:
- 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. (see Maps)
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.
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.
Guangzhou also boasts 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.
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.
Formerly known as Canton in the West, the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,500 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).
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.
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.
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. Today, there is a Buddhist monastery to the north of the city and Guangzhou has maintained a strong connection with this school of Buddhism.
 When to visit
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).
 Get in
 By plane
The New Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场, Template:IATA, Template:ICAO, ) is a major hub in Southern China, second only to Hong Kong. The airport is the base of China Southern Airlines  and has not only an extensive range of domestic flights, but some international connections, including Air France to Paris, China Southern to Los Angeles, Thai Airways to Bangkok, Singapore Airlines to Singapore and Finnair to Helsinki. Other direct international destinations include Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Penang ,Jakarta, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Osaka.
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 around 2009. In the meantime, taxi is the fastest option. See the airport fare table  for approximate fare cost. A taxi ride to downtown should cost no more than ¥120, inclusive of a ¥15 toll fee. As of the end of 2005, there is a ¥1 fuel surcharge that is not shown on the fare meter.
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 (¥90). Routes to Dongguan and Zhongshan will be in operation soon.
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.
 By train
Kowloon (Hong Kong)-Guangzhou through train timetable
| Train no. || Hung Hom|
| GZ East|
| T824* || 07:30 || 09:27
| T826 || 08:25 || 10:15
| T828* || 09:25 || 11:22
| T812* || 11:00 || 12:57
| T802 || 12:15 || 14:06
| T814* || 13:25 || 15:20
| T362* || 14:20 || 16:18
| T816* || 15:26 || 17:24
| T818* || 16:38 || 18:35
| T804 || 17:15 || 19:06
| T820 || 18:06 || 19:48
| T822* || 19:15 || 21:12
| Valid from 11 Mar to 17 Apr 2007|
* denotes a stop-over in Dongguan (Changping)
Standard trains cover the 182 kilometers from Hong Kong in one and a half hours or less. Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train from Hong Kong (Hung Hom station) to Guangzhou East station is operated by the KCR .
It is faster and 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.
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 and other major cities will be connected at a later date.
A new express line connecting Guangzhou with Lhasa, Tibet is now open. The 4,980 km journey will take 58 hours. (¥869 and up)
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.
 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.
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).
 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).
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.
Nansha to Hongkong: 09:30 11:00 12:00 15:00 16:00 17:30
Hongkong to Nansha: 08:00 08:20 09:00 13:00 14:00 15:30
Tickets: Economic ¥116.00, Business ¥170.00, VIP ¥230.00
 Get around
Guangzhou has a fairly efficient and rapidly expanding public transportation system.
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.
 By subway
Guangzhou's metro system 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 - ¥20 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 use at the gate entering the platform, and at the exit. Multi-Pass and Yang-Cheng-Tong are also accepted and can be purchased at the customer service counter.
 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.
There are also 3 tourist bus lines, passing through many scenic spots in the city.
 By taxi
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 when 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 not even Cantonese.
 By car
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 a extremely daunting and even potentially dangerous.
Car rental companies in Guangzhou:
- Avis 9 Huali Lu + 86 20 3758-5080
- Hertz 89 Linhe Xi Lu + 86 20 8755-1608
See also Driving in China.
 By motorcycle
Although a convenient way to navigate the city's back alleys and lanes, motorcycles are totally banned from the downtown area of 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 road. 
The primary language of Guangzhou is Cantonese, although standard Mandarin, or Putonghua, is fast becoming the lingua franca due to the large influx of migrants. English is not common, but is still better understood here than other Chinese cities, especially in restaurants and bars. Be sure to check out the Cantonese phrasebook and Chinese phrasebook.
Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, on Shamian Island
- Guangxiao Temple (光孝寺 guāng-xiào-sì) 109 Guangxiao Lu (光孝路) – 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. [Metro 1 Xi Men Kou - Exit C]
- Liurong Temple (六榕寺 liù-róng-sì) 87 Liurong Lu (六榕路) – 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. [Metro 1 Gong Yuan Qian - Exit I]
- 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]
- Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (中山纪念堂 zhōng-shān-jì-niàn-táng), 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 ¥5 for the park and ¥20 to go inside the hall) [Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C]
- Chen Clan Temple (陈家祠 chén-jiā-cí)  Zhongshan 7 Lu (中山七路). 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) [Metro 1 Chen Jia Ci - Exit D]
- Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Church (石室圣心大教堂 shí-shì-shèng-xīn-jiào-táng) 56 Yide Lu (一德路旧部前). 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-10AM. (Admission: Free) [Metro 2 Hai Zhu Guang Chang]
- Huangpu Military Academy (黄埔军校旧址 huáng-pǔ-jūn-xiào-jiù-zhǐ) is located 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.
- Wu Xian Guan Temple (五仙观 wǔ-xiān-guān) Weifu Xi Lu (惠福西路). Admission ¥5, [Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C]
- Huaisheng Mosque (怀圣寺 huái-shèng-sì) 56 Guangta Lu (光塔路). 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. [Metro 1 Xi Men Kou Exit C]
- Sanyuan Temple (三元宫 sān-yuán-gōng) – ingyuan Lu. This is the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city. [Metro 2 Ji Nian Tang - Exit C]
- Xiguan Residence (西关大屋 xī-guān-dà-wū)– See the traditional Cantonese architectures from ancient Guangzhou. This structed was occupied by the upper class. [Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu]
- Hualin Temple (华林寺 huá-lín-sì) [Tour Bus No. 2; Metro 1, Chang Shou Lu]
 Museums and galleries
- Guangzhou City Art Museum (广州美术馆) guǎng-zhōu-měi-shù-guǎn – 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). [Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan]
- Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆) guǎng-dōng-měi-shù-guǎn, 8 Yanyu Lu, Er-sha Island . Open 9AM-5PM, Tue-Sun. The museum is located 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. [Tour Bus No.2]
- Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum (南越王墓 nán-yuè-wáng-mù), 867 Jiefang Bei Lu (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) [Metro 2 Yue Xiu Gong Yuan]
- Guangzhou Sculpture Park (广州雕塑公园) guǎng-zhōu-diāo-sù-gōng-yuán – Tongxin Lu at the foot of Baiyun Mountain. [Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
- 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.
- Guangzhou Uprising Museum (广州起义旧址纪念馆) 200 Qiyi Lu (起义路200号). The Museum is at the site of the first Communist government building. Open 9AM—12PM and 1:30PM-4:30PM Tues–Sun. Closed Mon. [Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian Exit J]
- 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) is located in the martyrs memorial park. 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. [Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan Exit D]
- Peasant Movement Institute (农民运动讲习所 nóng-jiǎng-suǒ) 42 Zhongshan 4 Lu (中山四路42号). 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. Closed. [Metro 1, Nong Jiang Suo Exit C]
Communist monument in Martyrs' Memorial Garden
- Huanghua Gang Commemoration Park (黄花岗公园), huáng-huā-gǎng-gōng-yuán,  79 Xianlie Zhonglu. 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. Open 6AM-8:30PM. Phone: +86 20 3758-8321; Admission ¥8) [Tour Bus No. 1]
- Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) yuè-xiù-gōng-yuán,  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. Also here in thepark is the Stone Statue of the Five Rams (五羊石像), the symbol of Guangzhou (For more details, see 'History' section of Understand). Open 6AM-9PM. Admission is ¥5 for the park. Zhenhai Tower admission is ¥10. [Metro 2 Yue Xiu Park Station Exit B1]
- Yuntai Garden (云台花园) 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. [Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
- 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.
- Xiangjiang Wild Animal Safari Park (香江野生动物世界) xiāng-jiāng-yě-shēng-dòng-wù-shì-jiè is in Panyu district.
- 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) – This park is dedicated to those who fought and died in the Communist Uprising in 1927. [Metro 1 Martyrs' Park Station Exit D]
- 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). Open 8:30AM-5:30PM. [Bus 548, 224, 245]
- The Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Mountain) (白云山 bái-yún-shān)  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. ark entrance ¥5. Cable car round trip is ¥40, tram from ¥20. Other attractions ¥5-¥10) [Tour Bus No. 1, 3]
- 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.
- Sun Yat-Sen University  (中山大学 zhōng-shān-dà-xué) – 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. [Metro 2 Sun Yat-Sen University Station - Exit A]
- 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) . This is one of the main universities for traditional medicine in China and attracts many overseas students. [Metro 2 San Yuan Li - Exit B]
 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.
- 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).
- 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]
- Ivory and Sea products (象牙雕刻海味街) Daxin Lu (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]
- Bridal Street (婚纱专卖街) Jiangnan Bei Lu (江南大道北).
- Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street Danan Lu (大南街) near Beijing Lu (北京路). [Metro 1, 2 Gong Yuan Qian]
- Household Merchandise Street (日用百货街) Gaodi Jie (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). This is a good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods. [Metro 1 Long Jiang Suo]
- Qingping Market (清平市场) Qingping Lu (清平路) –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. [Metro 1 Huang Sha]
- 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.
 Malls and shopping centers
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]
- 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. You will find a good selection of crystal here. [Metro 1 Chang Shou Lu - Exits D1, D2]
- Zhengjia Plaza (Grandview Mall) (正佳广场 zhèng-jiā-guǎng-chǎng)  228 Tianhe Lu (天河路228号). +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. [Metro 1, 3 Ti Yu Zhong Xin]
- China Plaza (中华广场 zhōng-huá-guǎng-chǎng). 33 Zhongshan 3 Lu (中山三路33号) – Located on top of a metro station, this is another large shopping mall with brand name department stores, clothing and electronics stores, restaurants, etc. [Metro 1 Lie Shi Ling Yuan]
- Teem Mall (天河城 tiān-hé-chéng)  (Chinese) 208 Tianhe Lu (天河路208号). This is probably the busiest and most popular shopping mall in the heart of the city. It is located right above the metro station. [Metro 1 Ti Yu Xi Lu]
- Zhong Tian Shopping Plaza (中天购物城 zhōng-tiān-gòu-wù-chéng) – Located at Zhongxin Square near the East Train Station (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. [Metro 1 Guangzhou Dong Zhan]
- Friendship Store (广州友谊商店 yǒu-yí-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, jewelery, 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.
Pearl River Dinner 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
 The Canton Fair
Twice a year, in Spring and Fall, Guangzhou hosts the China Import And Export Commodities Fair), also known as the Canton 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.
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, 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.
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].
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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.
 Southeast Asian
 Foreign Chains
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").
 Bars & Pub
Nightlife at Shangxiajiu in Liwan District.
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.
For latest reviews of restaurants, bars and night clubs pick up a free copy of That's PRD , a monthly English publication. It is available at several hotels and lounges.
- C:Union, No.115, Shuiyin Rd., Chengshihui. Located to the left and behind a large bank and hotel, C:union is a great place to hear aytipical live music like reggae or classic rock. The bar has both an indoor section consisting of a dance floor and couches and an outdoor section with patio seating. Recently a new basement . C:Union has a wide beer selection and bartenders carefully measure all drinks out in plain view. Prices are extremely reasonable ranging from ¥25 for 1.5 pints of Tsing Toa to ¥50 for .75 pints of Chimay. Shots run ¥15 each. Early on the bar is populated mostly by locals, however as the night progresses the bar quickly fills with english speaking locals and expats. Recluses beware, patrons tend to be very friendly open to meeting new people. There is usually at least one english speaking bartender at each station.
- NoXXi,Closed at the moment due to licensing issues. 1 Floor, Ru Yi building, 20-1, Tai He Gang Road, Yue Xiu District (广州市越秀区太和岗路20号之一如意大楼1楼 ) NoXXi sits to the left of Tomatoes, a 24 hour thin crust pizza place. NoXXi is one of the more unique nightclubs in Guangzhou. Unlike most Chinese clubs, dancing is more common than dice! NoXXi is only recognizable from the street by a velvet rope and a large bouncer. Because the club runs after hours, two opaque soundproofed doors both add to the club's VIP feel and prevent noise from leaving the building. Nightlife here starts as other bars begin closing. Internationally known live DJs pump out great music at volumes perfect for dancing but not loud enough to cause long term ear damage. The drinks are affordably priced and bathrooms are spotless.
- Overseas Chinese Village, next to Holiday Inn Guangzhou. This 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.
- Hill Bar, outside Baiyun Hotel and opposite Garden Hotel. Reasonable price for drinks (¥30 for a pint of beer, less at happy hour) Live band performance every evening.
- Tang Club, 1 Jianshe 6 Malu (建设六马路1号). This is one of the most expensive places to hang out in Guangzhou, 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 local wannabes. A small bottle of beer costs ¥50.
- Strange Brew, Recently closed due to government rezoning, should be open by Mid August 2008 (2008-7-1) 200m from the Ramada Hotel, 103 Ming Yue Yi Lu, close to the river. Three Canadians own this bar and burger joint. It is simply the best place in Guangzhou to get a great burger and put back some cheap draught beer. They serve Paulaner and Tiger on draught. This is a meeting place for Expats and Chinese and a good place to start your night. Directions/information about reopening: Sean at 13450227140
- The Cave (墨西哥餐厅酒吧) 360 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路360号珠江大厦东侧) +86 020 8386-3660. Located at the basement on the end of the Zhu Jiang Building (珠江大厦) nearer to the Garden Hotel, this is a favourite expat hangout. The resident DJ spins a wide range of music, from pop to disco to trance. Erotic dance performances, i.e. live-python dance, start late on the dance floor. ¥30 for a standard drink.
- Gipsy King Bar (大篷车酒吧) 360 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路360号珠江大厦西地下). +86 020 8387-5177. Located on the opposite end of the Zhu Jiang Building from The Cave, this is an underground bar on a similar theme. Many local "working" girls sashay around, looking for a good time. There are individual dance performances at one corner of the bar, while group performances start on the main dance floor from 10PM. ¥30 for a standard drink.
- Hooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant (2 Tian He Bei Lu, Ground Floor of the Bing Hua Hotel, Tian He District, call Rob at 13560231914 for directions) 7 minute taxi from the Garden Hotel. Walking distance from Westin Hotel, Tian He. Closest pub to Grand Hyatt and Ritz Carlton.An authentic Irish pub with a focus on live music performances (rock, pop, folk and jazz) Serves up pub grub, Irish, Italian and fusion dishes--also bakes its own bread. Great rocking vibe from Thursday--Saturday. Chill out and chat from Sunday to Wed in a cosy environment.
- Paddy Field Irish Pub & Restaurant, an Irish Pub in Guangzhou, round the back of Garden Hotel.
- Sleeping Wood Cafe, a nice cozy restaurant pub next to the Holiday Inn with friendly, English speaking waiters and waitresses. Serves western food and all kinds of alcoholic drinks. One-for-one pint-sized Tsingtao draft beer during happy hour (before 8PM). Good place to unwind and take it easy, especially in the open area. A drink costs ¥25-30. There's a separate branch along the Pearl River.
- Sky Bar, newly opened in June 2006, also next to the Holiday Inn. Serves Brazilian-style food and all kinds of drinks. Standard drinks start from ¥25.
- Lucy's (Cafe Bar) next to the White Swan Hotel, right by the Pearl River. Excellent western food and drinks for very reasonable prices. Very nice area in the open for al-fresco dining.
- Bai-E-Tan Bar Street (白鹅潭酒吧风情街) Changdi Street (长堤街) in the Fangcun area, across the river from White Swan Hotel. The street 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. [Metro 1 Fang Cun]
 Tea houses
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>
- <drink name="Tian Chang Di Jiu" address="1 Zhengping Zhong Jie, Taojin Lu" 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>
- <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>
- <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>
- <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>
Starbucks is also gaining great popularity in Guangzhou. (To give some perspective, now in May 2007 there are 9 Starbucks. 4 years ago, there were none.) The benefit to many travelers is the free wireless internet. A newly opened one on Shamian Island (February 2007) is large, spacious, with plenty of comfortable furniture. Perfect way to relax away from the noise of Guangzhou.
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.
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.
 Mid range
 Stay safe
Firearms are banned in the country except for police and military use, but the streets can still be dangerous for the unwary. 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. 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.
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.
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. Due to the high number of traffic accidents and crimes involving motorcycles, they will be totally banned in Guangzhou starting in 2007. Once the most important mode of transportation in China, bicycles will be also limited to certain roads within the city.
Emergency numbers are: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Medical: 120; Traffic accident: 122.
- The area dialing code for Guangzhou is 020. From overseas, dial +86 20 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits.
- Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality (广州市旅游局)  13-15/F, 140 Dong Feng Xi Road (东风西路140号13-15楼). Tel: 81078200.
- Consulate General of Australia in GuangzhouAdd: 12/F, Development Centre, 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)Tel: 38140111
- Consulate General of Belgium in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1601-1602A, Citic Plaza, 233 Tie He Bei Road (天河北路233号中信广场1601-1602A室) Tel: 38772351/6
- Consulate General of Cambodia in Guangzhou Add: Rm 804-807, Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路368号花园大厦804-807室) Tel: 83849937
- Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou Add: Suite 801, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦80) Tel: 86660569
- Consulate General of Cuba in Guangzhou Add: (珠江新城华明路13号华普广场东塔10/D室) Tel: 22382603
- Consulate General of Denmark in Guangzhou Add: Suite 1578, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1578室) Tel: 86660795
- Consulate General of Finland in Guangzhou Add: Rm 3309B-12, CITIC Plaza, 233 Tie He Bei Road (天河北路233号中信广场3309B-12室) Tel: 38770188
- Consulate General of France in Guangzhou Add: Rm 803 Guangdong International Hotel Main Tower, 339 Huan Shi Dong Road (广东国际大酒店主楼801-803室 ) Tel: 28292000
- Consulate General of Germany in Guangzhou Add: Rm 19/F, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店19楼) Tel: 83306533
- Consulate General of Indonesia in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1201-1223, West Building, Dong Fang Hotel, 120 Liu Hua Road (流花路120号东方宾馆西座2楼1201-1223室) Tel: 86018772
- Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou Add: Rm 5207-5208, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Road (天河北路233号中信广场5207-5208室)Tel: 38770556/7/8/9
- Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou Add: Garden Tower, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu (环市东路368号花园酒店1楼) Tel: 83343090
- Consulate General of Korea in Guangzhou Add: 18/F, Guangzhou International Commercial Centre West Tower, 122 Ti Yu Dong Road (体育东路羊城国际商贸中心西塔18楼) Tel: 38870555
- Consulate General of Malaysia in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1912-1918, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Road (天河北路233号中信广场 1915-18室) Tel: 38770757
- Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1402-03, 183 Tian He Bei Road (天河北路183号大都会广场1401室) Tel: 22220980
- Consulate General of Netherlands in Guangzhou Add: Rm 905, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店主楼905室) Tel: 83302067
- Consulate General of New Zealand in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1160, China Hotel Office Tower, Liu Hua Road (流花路中国大酒店商业大厦1160室) Tel: 86670253
- Consulate General of Philippines in Guangzhou Add: Rm 709-711, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店710室) Tel: 83311461
- Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou Add: 63 Shamian Dajie Guangzhou (沙面大街63号) Tel: 81219993/4
- Consulate General of Singapore in Guangzhou Add: Rm 2418, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Road (天河北路233号中信广场2418室) Tel: 38912345
- Consulate General of Sweden in Guangzhou Add: Rm 1002B-1003, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He Bei Road (广州市天河北路233号中信广场1002B-1003室) Tel: 38912383
- Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou Add: 27/F, Grand Tower, 228 Tian He Road (天河区天河路228号广晟大厦27层) Tel: 38330450
- Consulate General of Thailand in Guangzhou Add: M07 Garden Hotel, 368 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路368号花园酒店2楼M07室) Tel: 83849937
- Consulate General of U.K .in Guangzhou Add: 7/F, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huan Shi Dong Road (环市东路339号广东国际大酒店二楼 ) Tel: 83143000
- Consulate General of U.S.A. in Guangzhou Add: 1 Shamian Nan Street, Shamian Island (沙面南街一号) Tel: 81218000
- U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou (美国驻广州总领事馆)  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, Guangzhou 510133. +86 20 8121-8000. This is the only U.S. Consulate in China that processes adoption visas. Over 7,000 were issued in 2005.
- Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Guangzhou Add: 2/F Building B north, Landmark Canton Hotel, 8 Qiao Guang Road, Haizhu Square (侨光路8号华厦大酒店B座2楼) Tel: 83305911
- 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.
- Police: The Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Division is located at 155 Jiefang Nan Lu (解放南路155号) Tel: 83115808 (Monday to Friday 8:50-11:30AM, 2:30-5PM.) You can get your visa extension done here if needed.
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.
- Bank of China (中国银行)  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  Rm 2506, 555 Renmin Zhong Lu. +86-20 8130-0888. The bank has alliance with China Construction Bank.
- Citi  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.
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.
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.
Guangzhou Television (GZTV)  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.
 Places of worship
All the religious sites listed in the See section are open to worshippers.
- Christian: Guangzhou International Christian Fellowship  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]
Guangzhou has several branches of Total Fitness. One of the locations is at the 8th floor of Zhengjie Plaza (正佳广场).
- Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital is near the Garden Hotel. 106 Zhong Shan Er Lu. +86 20 8382-7812, 2062-2031.
- Kaiyi International Dental Care  Ice Flower Hotel, 2 Tianhe Bei Lu. +86 20 3886-4821, 3387-4278.
- Post Office There is a post office on Shamian (Shamian 3 Jie 沙面三街) 9AM-5PM, closed on Sunday.
- DHL There is a branch in Garden Hotel.
- UPS 1121 Guangyuan Zhong Lu. +86 20 8657-9898.
 Translation Service
English to Chinese; Chinese to English ; oral and writing.
Call Voice in China: 40071-60072
 Get out
- Visit the peach orchards and canals at nearby Xinjiao.
- 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)
- 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. It is so busy that some people call it "America on Steroid."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.