Guangzhou is located in the middle south of Guangdong, north of the Pearl River Delta. Situated in China’s subtropical area, the climate all the year is quite comfortable.
Guangzhou weather is generally warm and humid, featuring high temperature, abundant rainfall and sufficient sunshine. Guangzhou has a long summer with frequent thunderstorm. The highest temperature can reach 39 C (102 F), which makes tourists easy to suffer heat exhaustion. Winter in Guangzhou is short and with little frost. The all-year average temperature is 20 C – 22 C (68 F – 72 F), making Guangzhou an ideal destination for traveling.
Here is information about Best Time Visit Guangzhou
Visa in China
All visitors are required to have a visa to enter China and a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Visas can be obtained from the Chinese embassy in your home country. It’s also worth noting that all visitors are required to complete a health declaration on arrival in the country and those who are HIV positive will not be permitted further access.
You can find the consulate of your country from here: Consulates in Guangzhou
Tip: visa for transiting passengers in Guangzhou Airport
Guangzhou has an efficient public transportation system. The transportation in Guangzhou is very convenient. In 2010, the total length of the Guangzhou metro network (Line 1 to Line 9) will be 255km (not including the inter-city lines).
It is easy for you to go anywhere of Guangzhou if you want, Just by Guangzhou metro or Guangzhou BRT
You need to caution when you arrive at the Guangzhou airport
Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Sometimes, people will stand at the arrival area and ask if you need a taxi. Those are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles, or charge you a fee, offer you a phony receipt, and then arrange a taxi that will still charge you. They may cost more than taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportations.
But you can by Guangzhou subway at the airport, convenient also!
The Chinese currency is Renminbi, issued by the state bank, the People”s Bank of China. The standard unit of the Renminbi is Yuan, with jiao and fen as subsidiary units. One yuan equals 10 jiao, and 1 jiao equals 10 fen. Yuan, jiao and fen are issued both in bills and coins. The Renminbi features the following denominations: 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan; 1, 2 and 5 jiao; and 1,2 and 5 fen.
No foreign currency is allowed to circulate in China. Illegal selling of foreign exchange is not allowed. Travellers may exchange foreign currency cash or checks at Bank of China offices or exchange counters at the published exchange rates. These bureaus would issue a foreign exchange statement which shall be valid for 6 months.
Closing time of shops
Guangzhou is a shopper’s paradise for the wide variety of inexpensive clothing, electronics, and other consumer goods available in its stores, markets and malls. The city’s markets are filled with people, and just beyond Guangzhou’s borders, the Pearl River factories begin.
Department Stores and Shops:10:00 to 22:00, daily, some closed on Sundays, like the Beijing lu and Shangxia jiu lu .
But the Guangzhou Wholesale Market usually operates from 10am to 6pm. They are open during weekend (but not on public holiday—like Chinese New Year).
Most of shops just close during the Chinese New Year!
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ATM in Guangzhou
ATMs accepting foreign cards are commonly found in shopping precincts, malls and tourist areas and are good for withdrawing Chinese currency. Banks invariably offer currency exchange services provided you have a passport with you. It is easy for you to find the ATMS in the hotels and the shopping mall and in the banks, Lot of banks (foreign bank ) in Guangzhou.
You can read more information about Banks in Guangzhou (Banks Operate time: 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 09:00 to 15:00)
How to save money to make an international phone call in Guangzhou
It is much more expensive when you make an international phone call without Special Discount Line you just need to buy one Chinese SIM Card—Easyown SIM Card, for Easyown subscribers there’s an easy way to substantially reduce the cost of long distance calls. Simply add the prefix 12593 before you dial the complete number with area code.
You can use Special Discount Line 12593 in Mainland China to make calls to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and international long-distance calls, for example ,You just need to pay 1 US$ FOR 15 minutes if you make an international call to United Stated.(More info about Save Money)
You can easy to buy Easyown card at any authorized dealer – such as a China Mobile Service Centre, newsstand or variety store
Tip: It is free for you when you receive a call from anywhere of the world!
Read More information about China Mobile Easyown
Foreign Credit Card in China
Currently, business of the following foreign credit cards is available in China:
1. Master Card
2. Visa Card
3. American Express Card
4. JCB card
5. Diners Car
Regulations for the Control of Foreign Exchange of “Foreign Visitors”
Article 17 of the Regulations on the Foreign Exchange System of the People’s Republic of China: Foreign exchange sent or carried in by foreign entities and foreign nationals in China can be held at their own disposal， deposited in designated banks or sold to the designated foreign exchange banks. Such foreign exchange can also be remitted or taken abroad upon the presentation of valid documents.
About Gift Giving (Caution)
It is important to know that gifts are a major part of the Chinese culture. For example, the Chinese would much rather reciprocate a gift with another gift than to send a ‘thank you’ card. When visiting someone in China, especially if you are a guest in their house, it is imperative that you bring a gift (whatever the monetary value) to show respect to the host.
But you need to know one thing, Please don’t’ give a clock as gift to your friend in China. Because Chinese avoid giving each other clocks as gifts are because the phrase “give a clock as a gift” is “song zhong”(end of life), which in Chinese sounds like you are “wishing someone death.” This does not apply to watches, just clocks.
More Travel Tip :
1. Both Cantonese and Mandarin are spoken in Guangzhou. English is not commonly spoken except in reputable hotels and restaurants frequented by tourists.
2. Visitors entering the country are permitted to bring up to 400 cigarettes, two bottles of liquor, each not exceeding 0.75 liter, a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use and one item of electrical equipment.
3. Consulates in Guangzhou— Information about the consulates in Guangzhou, they are form different countries.
4. Frequently used telephone numbers in Guangzhou
5. Tian Tian Laundry— One laundry chain which is conveniently located in all Guangzhou Metro stations.
6. Banks in Guangzhou—All Foreign Banks in Guangzhou, Easy for you to find them or withdraw money from the bank!