Guangzhou is a dynamic, bustling metropolis and the third-largest city in China. It’s also renowned as a popular tourist hotspot with numerous attractions and fantastic shopping and nightlife. As one of the first Chinese cities to be ‘opened up’ to visitors, there’s plenty of cultures, from the ancient era as well as from modern times, making Guangzhou a must-visit destination.
Tours and activities in Guangzhou
Guangzhou offers so much to see and do, planning your time and organizing your transport can be one headache you don’t need. Maximize your time here with a local city guide; an expert on Guangzhou who can bring you the best of the city without all the stress.
From taking you to the best antique shops to booking the perfect table for dinner, Guangzhou guides will be there to help. They can show you around the parks, arrange an evening Pearl River cruise, or help you get tickets for any of the city’s festivals and events. Find out more below or get in touch for advice.
Best time to visit
Guangzhou has a sub-tropical climate with a warm temperature all year round. The rainy season is between April and August, so your best time to visit would be from October to December. During this time, the weather is pleasant, and while there will still be rainfall, you’ll get to experience the joys of wandering around the “City of Flowers” in full bloom.
Top Attractions in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is among the most significant urban agglomerations in China which offers a wide variety of modern-day activities to its visitors. The city is populous and has a metropolitan structure, but still, it has amazing lakes, parks, museums, and several other exciting spots.
Getting here and getting around
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is one of the three busiest air travel hubs in China and is situated about 28 Km from the center of the city. Plenty of international and domestic flights make Guangzhou accessible from the rest of China and the world beyond, with connections to Europe, Australia, Canada, the US, and many other Asian destinations.
The ground transportation system from the airport is comprehensive, with taxis, express and shuttle buses available. The most convenient transfer is by Metro Line 3, which will shuttle you into the city center in just 50 minutes for ¥12. Taxies take around the same amount of time to get into the city, but cost from ¥120 and can have waiting times of 45 minutes and more.
Three railway stations in the city operate to Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu, Lhasa, and many other Chinese cities. You can also get long-distance buses from one of 20 stations. Guangzhou is a port city with ships available to over 100 domestic and 300 foreign ports, so if you’re using the city as a stopover, you might want to consider taking a passenger ship to visit other parts of China.
City buses and a subway system with nine lines allow easy transportation across the city and taxis are widely available, with fares starting at ¥10.
Eating and drinking
Thanks to its wide range of influences over the years, you can sample all kinds of cuisines in Guangzhou. However, Cantonese delicacies are among the most widely available and include dishes popular in other parts of the region, as well as local snacks.
Dim sums are popular, with the Panxi Restaurant offering over 1,000 different varieties. Local people enjoy Chang Fen, a steamed vermicelli roll, which is available in almost all local teahouses and night markets. Try Guangzhou Jiujia for a fantastic selection of local specialties.
Herbal tea drinking is also prevalent – locals use it to reduce summer heat and to cure sore throats in the winter, so you’ll find an abundance of teahouses. Gongu Cha has become popular here, and the making of the tea is an art in itself! Well worth trying. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try Tangshui, or Sweet Water, which is enjoyed as a soft drink.
As it was one of the first Chinese cities to open up to the rest of the world, Guangzhou has a bustling and exciting nightlife, comprised of Karaoke parlors, pubs, and opera houses. There are three streets full of bars – Binjiang Lu, Huanshi Lu and Bai’e Tan, the latter of which is the most exotic.
Getting a good night's sleep
Guangzhou has an almost limitless number of places to stay, whatever your budget. One top-class, 5-star place is the Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun hotel at the airport. If you want to make the airport your case while you explore the city, this luxurious, air-conditioned hotel is ideal. Stylish interiors, a ballroom, gym, and entertainment facilities mean you have everything on your doorstep.
Guangzhou Boyi is a fantastic mid-price option in a great location in the city. Great value for money means you don’t skimp on luxury and with plenty of facilities, you’ll find this an ideal place to stay. Location in Tian He, a popular area with travelers who are interested in gourmet and local food.
If you’re traveling on a budget, there’s no need to miss out on the more beautiful things with the Denise Hotel ShangXiaJiu Branch. En suite bathrooms and the opportunity to book tours from the main desk, this hotel is in a great location if you want to venture out and sample some fantastic street food.