Guangzhou Facts

Yuexiu ParkYuexiu Park

Name: Guangzhou (广州; Guǎngzhōu (/guang-zhou/)
Meaning: 'broad prefecture'
Previous names: Panyu, Canton
Most popular food: dim sum

Features

  • This has long been one of China's richest trading cities.
  • Guangzhou is a base for foreign merchants and traders.

Main Attractions

History

Sun Yat Sen Memorial HallSun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

The city has been a provincial capital city since the Han Empire era 2,200 years ago and a major trading port since about the year 226.

  • 206 BC The area became the capital of the Nanyue Kingdom.
  • 111 BC Panyu became a provincial capital of the Han Dynasty.
  • 1700s Under the Qing Dynasty, Canton became the biggest international trading port in the country.
  • 1841 The British Empire captured Canton.
  • 1938 The Empire of Japan conquered the city.
  • 1949 The Communists conquered the city.

Geography

  • Significance of city: international merchants center; China's third largest city
  • Nearby cities: Dongguan (50 km/31 mi), Shenzhen (244 km/152 mi), Hong Kong (134 km/84 mi)
  • Municipality terrain: Pearl River Delta and low mountains with the South China Sea as the southern boundary
  • Average altitude: 21 meters (68 feet)
  • Main rivers: Pearl River

Location Information

  • Municipality location: 22.26N to 23.56N, 112.57E to 114.03E, in southeastern China
  • Municipality Population: 12,700,000
  • Municipality Area: 7,434 sq km (2,870 sq mi)
  • Urban area: 3,843 sq km (1,484 sq mi)
  • Urban population: 11,000,000
  • Urban population density: 2,862/sq km
  • City center: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (23.13N, 113.36E), in Yuexiu District

Climate

Shimen National Forest ParkShimen National Forest Park
  • Average highest temperature in July: 32.8 °C (90.9 °F)
  • Average lowest temperature in January: 10.3 °C (50.5 °F)
  • Humid subtropical climate with annual monsoons from April to September; annual precipitation: 1,735 mm (68.3 in). There is a sudden onset of the monsoon season involving rainfall and a change of temperature each spring.

Economy

  • Average annual income: (2008) 89,498 RMB (13,111 USD)
  • Development: developed; the per capita income is among the highest of China's large cities. It is an electronics and clothing manufacture center and a trade hub for international merchants.
  • CBD: Tianhe East Train Station (23.15 N, 113.33 E)
  • Shopping streets: Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street, Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, Tee Mall

Transportation

Questions and Answers About Guangzhou Facts

devang 2013-08-02
Show Answer
i want to buy in wholesale silver jewellery which market will be best

Hi Devang, sorry, we are a travel agency. We don't have those information.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-08-02
Rozita 2013-03-30
Show Answer
Hi there. We are going to guangzhou from 11-15th April. We are looking for an aprtment somewhere at Yuexiuu or Liwan district. Can u suggest an apartment with a ggod rate for family of four? Xie xie

Hi Rozita, Dongfang Hotel Guangzhou in Yuexiu District is recommended. http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/guangzhou-hotels/dongfang-hotel-guangzhou.htm

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-04-02
tom 2013-03-25
Show Answer
Nihao, I had planned to come to Guangzhou this week but I just found out I need a Visa for China visit. I was wanting to see the Tianhe Sports Center and the pingpong championships Mar 28-31 but I will not be able to make it in time. I was looking at hotels & flights in the Tianhe district and thought Hengdong Business Hotel would be OK ? but I see you recommend Sha Xing Hotel - Maybe I will travel in the future and was wondering if you might tell me if Hengdong Hotel is near the Sports Center? I have studied Japanese and do read many Chinese characters but only know a few words in Chinese - but I can always use sign language yes ?? and am sure many Chinese speak some English - OK, thank you, tom

Hi Tom, Hengdong Hotel is about 6km to the Sports Center. Yes, some of the Chinese( especially the young one) speak some English.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-27
that hotel is about 6km from sports center - is there a hotel closer to sports center which is nice, clean hotel w/maybe restaurant? also, what is best way to get to Tianhe district from Airport ? thank you guest replied on 2013-03-27
Hi Tom, for hotels in Guangzhou, please check here:http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/guangzhou-hotels/ And here is a map of Guangzhou metro for your reference: http://images.chinahighlights.com/chinamap/city/guangzhou/guangzhou-subway-map.jpg You can take metro from the airport to the sports center in Tianhe District. Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-27
Priscilla Tsvaki 2013-02-03
Show Answer
hi.i am planning a trip to Guangzhou to shop for kids clothes,shoes and accessories for 0 to 12 year olds.i would like to know how much it will be to have a tour guide per day to guide me and bargain for me.i also want to know how many days i need to really go around and shop well so i can resell my products and get a good profit.i also need to know a cheap hotel that is near the shopping malls with the kids accessories.is it also possible for the guide to pick me up at the airport and drop me at the hotel...thank you

Hi Priscilla, it is CNY550 for an English speaking tour guide to assist business for you per day(8hrs). The price doesn't include the meal or transportation cost. Our tour guide can pick you up from the airport and escort you to the hotel, however, as we state before,  the cost on transportation is on your expense.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-02-05
April Offer $25 Coupon
  1. Send your inquiry before Apr. 30, 2014, and we will email you a $25 coupon.
  2. The coupon is valid till Dec. 31, 2014, for paying tour packages worth $250 or up.
  3. The coupon cannot be used for paying flight tickets, train tickets, hotel rooms and day trips.
Travel Advice or Question? Ask us here
Do you want to book a tour/hotel/Wi-Fi. etc.
Your Name Your Email
Hi, I'm Lynn Ye
I updated this article on March 13, 2013
See all my travel articles
follow this pageChina Highlights