Guangdong Province

Guangdong Travel Guide

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Guangdong Facts:

Chinese Name: 广东 (guǎng dōng)
Abbreviation: Yue
Administration Type: Province
Capital: Guangzhou
Location: 20°13' to 25°31' N, 109°40' to 117°19' E
Area: 179,800 km²  (69,421 mi²)
Population (2018): 113,460,000
 Area Code & Zip Code

Cities in Guangdong

Recommended Guangdong Itineraries

  • Guangzhou City Sightseeing: 3 Days to local highlight attractions - Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Qingping Market and Shamian Island.
  • Shenzhen City Tour: 2 Days to Visit Splendid China - Folk Custom Culture Village

Famous Attractions

 See More: In-depth Guide to Top 10 Guangdong Destinations

Guangdong Introduction

Situated in the southernmost part of China's mainland, it covers a land area of 179,800 square kilometers (69,421 square miles), an island area of about 1,592 square kilometers (about 615 square miles) and has 3,368 kilometers of winding coastline, which is the longest in the country. Rivers from all over the province discharge into the South China Sea, forming the fertile Pearl River Delta, which is one of the countries' most densely cultivated areas. Its capital city, Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton to the western world, is located in the north of this river delta. Due to its special geographical position, Guangdong has for long served as a window of the country to the world. Besides, local people have spread to almost every corner of the world, making the province the hometown of many overseas Chinese. Transportation between it and other places is also very convenient, especially between Hong Kong and Macau. However, sitting on the Chinese southernmost part, this place is frequently affected by typhoons, especially in summer time. Travelers should pay attention to the local weather forecast if they plan to visit the area during the typhoon season.

As one of the earliest open trading ports to outside world and the starting-point of Maritime Silk Road, Guangdong has a long history of commercial trade and acceptation to the exotic culture. It is also the origin of modern industry as well as the national industry.

Since the beginning of the reform and opening in 1978, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou have been set up as special economic zones while Guangzhou, Zhanjiang and Pearl River Delta are listed as open cities and areas. These factors have advanced Guangdong Province to a new stage of development. By now, it has been developed into one of the most developed areas of mainland China with the most dynamic market and attractive investment environment. Guangzhou, not only plays a role as the political center of the province, but also the economic, scientific, educational and cultural center. Canton Fair, also called China Import and Export Fair is held twice yearly here and provides great opportunities for international trade between the country and the rest of the world. Shenzhen is well-known for its electronic industry while Dongguan, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Shunde, etc have many factories making household appliances. Many transnational enterprises have set up branches or factories in these cities. Besides, a production base of grain, fruit and sugarcane has grown up around Pearl River Delta; a production base for tropical crops has been developed on Leizhou Peninsula.

 Local Festivals and Events
As well as the traditional Chinese festivals or activities like Spring Festival and Lantern Festival, this province has some characterized activities. Pearl River Cruise has been a must for those visitors to Guangzhou, which provides picturesque scenery along the third longest river of the country. Canton Fair, held every April, 15 to 30 and October 15 to 30 attracts numbers of businessmen; next time, those attending may take a tour in or around the city to explore its true beauty. Guangzhou International Food Festival, which is held annually in October or November, is a famous tourist festival mainly about food, entertainment, trade and tourism. Yangjiang Kite Festival held on Chongyang Festival (9th day of the 9th Chinese lunar month) has attracted kite enthusiasts from both home and abroad every year. The Yangjiang kite, with a history of 1,400 years, is attractive in appearance, elaborate in structure and vivid in expression; it has also been the representative of Chinese southern kites. There are also many other local activities such as China Tourism Art Festival & Guangdong Carnival, International Tourism Cultural Festival, etc. All in all, it is graceful and charming. What you need to do is explore and experience its many facets!

 Passport holders of 53 countries and regions can stay 144 hours visa-free in Guangdong if they enter from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an Airport or Jieyang Chaoshan Airport and leave from any port in Guangdong for a third country.
Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

- Last updated on Dec. 19, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Guangdong Travel
Asked by Daniel from HUNGARY | Dec. 19, 2023 09:20Reply
Visiting Shezhen for a day
Hello! We would visit Shenzhen faor a day from Hong Kong. Go in the morning, leave in the afternoon. Citizen of Hungary.
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy | Dec. 19, 2023 18:11

Well, you can apply for a 5-day Shenzhen visa on arrival.
Asked by Margarita from RUSSIA | Sep. 03, 2023 07:00Reply
Transit at Guangzhou
08/14/2023 I am flying to Bali. transit at Guangzhou airport 9 hours. Can I stay at the airport for these nine hours without a visa. I am a Russian woman flying from Moscow
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver | Sep. 05, 2023 23:27

Yes, you are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit. It is okay for you to transit without a visa.
Asked by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 20:01Reply
I will fly into Guangzhou and fly out again to Hong Kong.
Whilst there can I take a train to Yangshuo? Or I have to stay in the Guangdong Province?
Answers (2)
Answered by Claire from USA | Nov. 06, 2019 18:57

How long will you stay in China? If you want to go to Yangshuo, you need to apply for a Chinese visa in advance.
Answered by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 07, 2019 02:09

Thank you for your reply.
I will only be in China for 2 days.
Asked by Mary from AMERICA | Sep. 26, 2019 00:14Reply
Heading to Guangzhou from Paris and leaving to Hong Kong to US.
Will I qualify for the 144 hour visa?

Also, I do not have a plane/train ticket from Guangzhou to Hong Kong before landing to Guangzhou. Do I need to buy that before landing in Guangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vera from POLAND | Sep. 27, 2019 01:20

You need to buy the ticket before landing in Guangzhou.
Asked by dario ciro d'onofrio from ITALY | Jul. 22, 2019 13:45Reply
problem get a cks ticket
hello all frm italy!
i'm trying to do a ticket in cks website like i read in previous posts, so i can get 144 h visa in Guangdong, i will arrive in Baiyun airport, and wish leave china from shekou port to Hk ferry, but when i try do ticket in cks website an error say to me.
is there another way get this ferry ticket?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eden from USA | Jul. 24, 2019 20:42

You can buy the ticket on the spot. Generally speaking, there will have enough tickets. Don't worry.
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