Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital city of the province of Guangdong of the People's Republic of China. In 2013, it was named as the second busiest airport in China and 16th busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic; third busiest airport in China and 18th busiest in the world in terms of cargo traffic; and was also the second busiest airport in China in terms of aircraft movements. The airport has a current capacity of 31 million passengers and up to one million tonnes of cargo annually. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is also the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines. The airport is located 28km north from central Guangzhou.
Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou has a history dating back to roughly 2,200 years. And so, the city houses a large arsenal of historic places, architectures, and sights. At the Xiguan Residence and Cantonese Arc, you will see the traditional Cantonese architectures from the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic area. The Shamian Island is a spot in the hectic metropolis that cradles the buildings and streets of the former British and French concession which have been beautifully renovated. Temples are also aplenty in the city, which show its people's great connection to religion. Museums and galleries contain the city's history, art, and culture. Go and see the Guangzhou Museum at the Zhenhai Tower in Yuexiu. It is among the first museums in the Republic era of China. The Guangzhou Ocean World is also an interesting place to visit when you're in Guangzhou. It is located inside the Guangzhou Zoo and has over 200 kinds of fish and many other rare ocean creatures. You can also walk along parks for a relaxing afternoon, or spend the time enjoying at one of the many theme parks in the city. There's the Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou CocoPark, and the Guangzhou Xiangjang Safari Park. You might also want to see the Chimelong International Circus which is China's version of Cirque du Soleil. And if you're looking for a great outdoor adventure, mountain climbing is also a popular choice among tourists visiting the city.
How to get around within Guangzhou
Guangzhou has an efficient public transportation system consisting of subway, bus, taxi, and ferry. Car rentals, motorcycle, and bicycle are also a good option to get around the city. The subway has different lines that run different routes with Line 1 being the most useful for tourists as it cuts horizontally through the centre of Guangzhou, has five major stations, and covers up to 80% of tourist sights and attractions. The bus network in Guangzhou is also comprehensive and is best used for travelling within one district or reaching suburban districts not served by the subway. Most bus routes run from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., after that, night buses rule the roads. Taxis are popular and affordable although most drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages. Writing down the name and address of your destination will save you from the hassle of trying to give the driver instructions. Car rental usually comes with a driver since driving around Guangzhou with different driving conditions can be a daunting task for foreign drivers. If you wish to cross the Pearl River, taking ferries is your cheapest option.
How to get there
To get to the city of Guangzhou, you have to either fly in or ride a train, a bus, or a boat. When flying in, you will land at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport which has an extensive range of domestic flights and direct international flights to Asia, Europe, North America, and Canada. From the airport, the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city is by Metro Line 3. The lower level of the airport terminal leads to the Airport South Metro station. You can also opt to take a taxi, which takes the same amount of time as the Metro. Taxi stations are available outside Arrival Hall Section A Gate 5 and Arrival Hall Section B Gate 6. Airport Express bus which operates just outside the arrival terminal is also an option. Trains originating from Hong Kong cover the entire 182km of distance in about two hours. Trains at the Guangzhou East Railway Station depart from Kowloon and arrive in Guangzhou at the East station. Currently, there are three major train stations in Guangzhou: Guangzhou Railway Station that services routes that run all the way to Harbin, Guangzhou East Railway Station that services routes between Hong Kong and a few mainland cities, and Guangzhou South Railway Station that serves the high-speed rail network. By bus, there are coach services from Hong Kong International Airport to several locations in Guangzhou. Also, from any corners of Guangdong, riding a bus to the city of Guangzhou is highly possible. By boat, there is a frequent ferry and hovercraft service from Hong Kong, Macau, and Hainan Island at the Zhoutouzini Ferry Pier. There are also boats to the city from other mainland cities such as Xiamen, Shanghai, and Qingdao at the Dashatou Pier.