Guangzhou Travel Tips

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit is implemented in Guangzhou.

Passport holders from 53 countries and regions including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, etc. are granted a visa-free stay of up to 144 hours when taking an international transfer via Baiyun International Airport. Visitors from other countries are expected to obtain a valid Visa before their visit to Guangzhou. 

 See more about Do I Need A Visa for Guangzhou If Traveling from Hong Kong?
 

Avoid Traveling to Guangzhou during Canton Fair

The Canton Fair is held twice a year from Apr. 15 to May. 5 and from Oct.15 to Nov. 4. 

Due to the large number of attendees, the transportation system will bear heavier stress than at other times of the year. It is almost impossible to get on a bus or metro during rush hours. In addition, the prices of all things from a flight ticket to a hotel room will rise. 

For attendees, it’s highly recommended to plan your schedule ahead of time: book your flight tickets, train tickets and hotels as early as possible.
 

Must-go Attractions in Guangzhou

Guangzhou boasts many famous historical and cultural sites, such as the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the Guangxiao Temple. Apart from these, popular modern sites are worth a visit, for example, Canton Tower and the Chimelong Tourist Resort. It’s also advisable to take a leisurelly walk around the city’s largest park, Yuexiu Park, to appreciate its picturesque scenery and enjoy a night cruise on the the Pearl River to appreciate a night view of this international metropolis. Shamian Island is worth visiting for its exquisite European-style architecture. Beijing Road and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street are dedicated to tourists for leisure shopping. If time allows, go to local wholesale markets for shopping, where visitors can buy some fashionable products at a low price. 

Ancestral Temple of Chen Family
Ancestral Temple of Chen Family
Guangzhou Shrimp Dumplings
Shrimp Dumplings

Enjoying morning tea is an essential part of local life in Guangzhou. Surely you must try the elegant morning tea as well as have some delicious Cantonese dim sums, like shrimp dumplings, steamed shaomai and radish cake. Cantonese cuisine, one of China’s eight cuisines, is characterized by exquisite style and mellow taste. Top dishes include White Cut Chicken, Wonton Noodles, Roasted Suckling Pig and seafood. Street food, like double-skin milk and rice rolls, is so tasty that people don’t want to put down their chopsticks.
 

Tourists can Depend on Guangzhou’s Public Transportation.

 Visitors from many international cities can directly reach Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport by air, such as New York, London, Sydney, Toronto, San Francisco, Cairo, Melbourne, Bangkok and Bali. If you depart from Hong Kong, it would be easy to take a high speed train to Guangzhou. In terms of urban public transport, there are 14 metro lines serving the locals and tourists. Apart from metro, visitors can easily hail a bus or taxi to almost every corner of the downtown. In addition, intercity buses and trains are well-developed here, offering visitor alternative transportation to other cities in China. 
 

Best Time to Visit Guangzhou

As part of the subtropical monsoon climate, Guangzhou is warm and humid most of the time, without a clear distinction among the four seasons. The best time to visit is from October to December: the spring is quite wet and rainy; summer gets hot with occasional typhoons; but late autumn and winter is endowed with a moderate temperature and gentle breeze.
 

SIM Card can be easily purchased.  

It’s easy and convenient to purchase a SIM card at the airport or downtown area from the mobile operation service sites. Different SIM card packages are available to choose from. If it’s just a short stay, you can rely on free WIFI instead of buying a SIM card. Free WIFI covers lots of places, like the airport, railway stations, hotels, shopping malls, and restaurants. 
 

Bank of China in Guangzhou: Offers Money Exchange Service

Guangdong Branch of Bank of China is located in the Guangdong International Financial Building, No.197, Dongfeng Xi Road. You can have your money exchanged here, or at a sub-branch.

Sub-branches of Bank of China
 Yanjiang Sub-branch: No.91, Changdi Road
 Haizhu Sub-branch: No.162, Xingang West Road
 Liuhua Road Sub-branch: No. 195, Zhanqian Road, close to Guangzhou Railway Station
  

Medical Service

 Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital
     Address: No.106, Zhongshan 2nd Road, Yuexiu District

 Guangzhou First People’s Hospital
     Address: No.1, Panfu Road, Yuexiu District

 The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University
     Address: No.58, Zhongshan 2nd Road, Yuexiu District
 

Guangzhou Police Car
Guangzhou Police

 Nanfang Hospital 
   Address: No. 1838, North Guangzhou Avenue, Baiyun District

 The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University
     Address: No.151, Yanjiang Road
 

Useful Numbers

 Medical Urgency: 120
 Police Urgency: 110
 Fire Urgency: 119
 Traffic Accident: 122
 Red Cross Urgency: 999
 Tourism Complaint: 12345 or 12301

- Last modified on Apr. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Travel Tips
Asked by Tim from BELGIUM | Apr. 20, 2019 08:39Reply
Bali - guangzhou- doha
Dear,

Is the 144 hours visa possible for flying from bali to Guangzhou stay few days and then to doha?

Kind regards,
Tim
Answers (2)
Answered by Tony | Apr. 20, 2019 19:23
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No. Guangzhou only has 72 hours TWOV, not 144.
Answered by Timlai from BELGIUM | Apr. 23, 2019 04:07
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Thank you
Asked by Joe from USA | Jan. 03, 2019 08:15Reply
I need the postal code for Palm Eco-Town Development Co.
Their address is R & F Yingsheng Plaza, No. 16 Machang Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City
Answers (1)
Answered by Parker from FINLAND | Jan. 04, 2019 00:59
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It is 510627.
Asked by Lisa Michot from USA | Dec. 17, 2018 15:52Reply
We are looking for a Guangzhou hotel in about the 3 to 4 star price range in a good neighborhood
where we can get a good feel for the city.
Answers (1)
Answered by Liliana from FRANCE | Dec. 18, 2018 23:56
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You are suggested to find a hotel nearby Haizhu Square.
Hotel Landmark Canton is recommended. It is a 4 star hotel. The surrounding transportation is quite convenient. The exact location is No. 8, Qiaoguang Road, Yuexiu District.
Asked by AJ from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 13, 2018 21:09Reply
Can I get the 72 or 144 Hrs Visa at arrival at Guangzhou Airport if my itinerary is as follows
Bangkok - GZ - Hongkong - Bangkok
British National
Answers (1)
Answered by Joshua from CANADA | Dec. 17, 2018 00:27
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Hi, AJ, you can only get the 72 hours visa free.
Asked by richard tang from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 12, 2018 23:30Reply
Can I use the 72 hours visa free transit if I come in to Guangzhou by air?
And leave to hong kong by rail?
Answers (1)
Answered by Raizel from SPAIN | Dec. 13, 2018 18:30
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No, you cannot. You need to fly in and out so that you can enjoy the 72-hour free visa.
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