Fly To Guangzhou, China
The city of Guangzhou, found in China, has been ranked as one of the top 100 best commercial cities on the Chinese mainland for three consecutive years. Guangzhou is most famous for its huge brightly coloured skyscrapers and naturally beautiful landscapes. Not only is Ghangzhou one of the most well-connected cities in China but visiting this city will expose travellers to both China’s cosmopolitan flair as well as their diverse and culturally rich history. Guangzhou is a city that is constantly evolving and is well on its way to becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations in China.
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Why visit Guangzhou?
- Guangzhou has some of the most gorgeous natural parks, sights and landscapes! The best part is they that can be enjoyed at no cost!
- Guangzhou is known for having the best cuisine in the world!
- Experience a beautiful city with a diverse culture and rich history
Many locals are bilingual in Guangzhou and speak both Mandarin and Cantonese. However, Mandarin is the official language taught in schools thus this language is commonly used by locals. Cantonese on the other hand the language used for trade and business transactions, thus it is used frequently in local shops, restaurants, and markets.
The best time to visit this city is during spring (which lasts from late February till mid-May) and autumn (starts in November and ends mid-December). Autumn and spring are the best seasons to visit Guangzhou as the city experiences’ the most comfortable temperatures during these periods.
This city is known for having lengthy summers lasting for more than five months (late May to early November). The hottest and busiest months of the year occur between July-September, these months are also known for having the occasional typhoon or thunderstorm.
If you are visiting during winter expect to see a sea full of flowers around the city, as The Official Flower of Guangzhou (Kapok) comes into bloom this time of the year. Winter months are the coldest, as with most cities, and usually start from late December until roughly mid-February.
- This city's nickname is the City of Flowers.
- Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city, and the largest city in South Central China.
- Guangzhou one of the most populous urban agglomerations of the world.
Guangzhou is one of the twenty-four famous historical and cultural cities in China, in order to fully appreciate what this city has to offer visitors should fully immerse themselves in its culture. There is plenty of architectural and ancient sites that can be seen around this city are frequently visited by tourists; among them are Canton tower, Nanling National Forest Park, Shamian Island, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pazhou, and Ersha Islands. Often Guangzhou is underestimated in terms of offerings, but don’t be ill advised, this city is definitely full of attractions and entertainment and should definitely be explored if travelling to China.
Modern Guangzhou is one of the most interesting cities in China. It offers spectacular views and it has everything it takes to keep millions of international tourists entertained all year round. Enjoy a few hours spent in the delightful Yuexiu Park, where you can admire historic monuments such as the Ming Dynasty City Wall or the Five-Ram Sculpture. Afterwards, opt for a fun cable car ride to the peak of White Cloud Mountain. Once you get tired of adrenaline-filled activities, end the day with a relaxing shopping session. Qing Ping Market and the Xīguān area Antique Street are two hot spots for tourists looking for high-quality, handmade Guangzhou souvenirs.
Guangzhou is known for using seasonings sparingly in their food, as they believe in not masking the original tast. Delicacies like Chaozhou dishes, Dongjiang, stewed snake, wild cat, and stewed wild dog meat are some of the unique foods that are loved by locals.
We researched the best restaurants in Guangzhou and recommend these 4:
- Buongiorno Italian Restaurant,
- Wilber's West Cuisine,
- Xinyue Muslim Restaurant, and
- Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant.
Guangzhou is one of the largest cities in the world and when compared with other urban areas of similar size it can be considered to be a fairly safe place to visit. There are however, petty crimes that do occur from time-to-time especially during peak seasons and therefore travellers should remain aware of their surroundings.
Guangzhou is a very unique city due to the fact that it's filled with Cantonese people. One thing to remember about the Cantonese culture is that it is very different to any other area found in China. Although, China is so vast it cannot be described as one culture, one belief or even one way of life. The most practised religion in Guangzhou is Buddhism and it has remained very influential in the lives of many Cantonese locals.
The Cantonese locals of Guangzhou are very much religious individuals, the older they are the more conservative and reserved they tend to be. However, Guangzhou has become very modern especially among the younger generations; they are considered to be more open-minded and less conservative although religion still plays an important role in their lives as it formed part of their upbringing
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 36|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 14|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 57|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 6|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 47|
Guangzhou is one Chinese cities that have a 72-hour Visa-free transit policy. If you find yourself stuck on an airport in transit for hours before your next flight is due to depart, you might want to explore this option.
However, all South African's require a Visa in order to visit Guangzhou for longer than 72 hours. You can contact the embassy of China in Pretoria (Telephone: 012 431 6500) for more information, in addition to Visa applications.
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy in China can be contacted via the following channels:
5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie,
- Telephone: (+86 10) 8532 00 00
- Fax: (+86 10) 65 32 0180
- Email: email@example.com
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Code: CAN) is the main airport for Guangzhou.
Food and beverages: The Pullman Baiyun Airport is located within the Guangzhou new airport complex, it has 4 restaurants and 3 bars.
Exchange currency: There are exchange offices in Guangzhou, for more information you should go to the information desk that is located within the airport.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline or go to the information desk that is located within the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located at and near the airport include The Pullman Baiyun Airport, Guangzhou NuoXin Hotel, Guangzhou New Airport Hotel, and Guangzhou S & P Holiday Inn.
Car hire: The main car hire places that are located within the airport include Avis, and eHi Car Services.
Airport hub: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Code:CAN ) is a hub for China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, FedEx Express, and 9 Air.
Guangzhou is the largest city in Southern China, home to more than 10 million and the capital of the wealthy Guangdong province. If the excitement of modern cityscapes and busy junctions do it for you then you should definitely book cheap flights to Guangzhou right here on Travelstart.co.za – SA’s leading online travel agency.
Located on the Pearl River, Guangzhou is considered one of China’s most important commercial and manufacturing hubs, with a GDP of approximately $133.5 billion recorded in 2009. This is one of the main reasons why Guangdong Province attracts millions of leisure and business tourists with its nu-merous malls, impressive skyscrapers, beautiful pedestrian streets, parks and gardens. You will def-initely enjoy an extensive shopping spree in the Liwan district. The Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street offers shopaholics nearly 300 stores and classy restaurants where you can taste fabulous Chinese dishes while also admiring the eye-catching European and Cantonese architecture.
Find affordable Guangzhou flights on Travelstart.co.za today and start exploring some of the best kept secrets of the Chinese. Opt for a Pearl River Tour in the evening- this is the perfect idea for a romantic night out. Don’t miss out on the 78-metre long Sacred Heart Cathedral, largely considered the Chinese version of the well-known Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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