Living in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is one of the largest cities in China, located in the southern part of the country, about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km north of Macau. Beyond it is vast history and distinct Cantonese culture, Guangzhou is an international business hub while it is located along the Pearl River delta. Guangzhou is a vital transportation hub in southern China today. It is China’s third most-populous mainland cities after Beijing and Shanghai, besides being one of the country’s five national cities.s

Getting around Guangzhou

There are 13 metro lines used in the city at present. The subway utilizes a stage fare system. The longer the journey the more you pay. At present, Guangzhou metro has connected most important parts of the city, including Baiyun Airport, the Railway Station, East Railway Station, South Railway Station and Foshan City. City buses are easily accessible in the city, including daytime lines, night lines, airport shuttle buses, tourist buses and BRT lines. Apart from that, three sightseeing bus lines are in service which take tourists to the major attractions in town. The city has countless taxis operating throughout day and night. Taxis charge in regard to the distance travelled and thus travelers travelling for longer distances will definitely have to pay more.


Located in sub-tropical area, the climate in Guangzhou is quite warm during the whole year. The average year-round temperature is 23 degree centigrade. August is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 30 degree centigrade, but with a high of up to 40 degree centigrade in the day and 28 degree centigrade at night. January is the coldest month, with an average of 13 degree centigrade, although it can drop to around 0 degree centigrade. The weather is generally quite humid (often around 80-90% or more) so the heat can feel more oppressive, and the cold more pervasive. The rainy season falls between April and August. Average annual rainfall is 1,720 mm, and an umbrella is a must.


As one of the shopping paradise in the world, there are many shopping places offered to you in Guangzhou, such as Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, Beijing Road, Onelink Plaza, Mayflower Plaza, Liwan Plaza, Zhengjia Plaza (Grandview Mall), China Plaza, Tee Mall etc. Cantonese cuisine is well-known in China as Guangzhou is known as gourmet capital. As Guangzhou has a long history of food and beverage, as well as many gourmet festivals hold in Guangzhou, Guangzhou has earned the distinct name of "Eating in Guangzhou."