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Guangzhou (known as Canton), located in the north of Pearl River Delta, is the capital of Guangdong Province and the gateway to the south China. Known as the "City of Flowers", Guangzhou has covered 1,339 hectares of its area with trees, flowers and grasses, and wrafted with flower fragrance all the year around.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Baiyan International
Distance to town: 8 km / 5 miles
Airport Transport:
  • Taxi fare: RMB 25, takes less than 30 minutes
Airport tax: RMB 90

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flight

Flight Schedule from/to Hong Kong
45 mins

Times taken from Hong Kong by train

2 hours by express train
2 3/4 hours by general train
          Hung Hum (Hong Kong) -- Guangzhou/Guangzhou East Station
Shanghai-Kowloon through Train -- Guangzhou/Guangzhou East Station
Beijing-Kowloon through Train -- Guangzhou/Guangzhou East Station

Times taken from Hong Kong by hovercraft

3 hours


Home entry permit is required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0



Tourist Attraction

Cultural Park - major centre for large scale entertainment
Guangzhou Zoo
South China Botanical Gardens
- 2,000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants, the most comprehensive collection in China.
Baiyun Hill Scenic Spot
Guangzhou (Canton) Museum
Five Rams Statue - the symbol of Guangzhou city in Yue Xiu Park
Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat Sen
Peasant Movement Institute
Guangxiao Temple
Liurong Temple
Temple of the Chen Family's Ancestors
Conghua Hot Springs
Seven Star Cargs
Temple of Six Banyan Trees
Qingping Market
Chinese Export Commodities Fairs - held in spring and autumn each year

Supervisory Office of Tourism Quality of Guangdong Province

Tel: (020) 86677422
Hours: 8:30-17:00
Address: 185 Huanshixilu, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510010, China
Fax: (020) 86665039

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong


Spring (Mar - May): Wet and cool
Summer (Jun - Aug): Hot and rainy, Average tempreature is 28C in July.&127;
Autumn (Sep - Mid Nov): Cool and dry
Winter (Mid Nov - Feb): Cold and dry, Average tempreature is 13C in January.
Annual Rainfall: 3,450 mm
Best Season to Visit: Winter
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Official Languages: Putunghua
Language of Business and Administration: Yue (Catonese), Putunghua and English
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220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
The Public Bureau, Foreign Affairs Section: 331060
Ambulance: 120
Emergencies: 110
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110

Public Holidays

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