Guangzhou Travel Tips

Climate and Weather

Located in the subtropics, Guangzhou provides a cozy natural environment for the tourists throughout the year. You never need to worry about how cold it will be in the winter when you spend your Christmas and New Year holiday, generally what you need to take with are one shirt and one coat. However, in summer the fans and umbrella are essential for it rains much and will be a little hotter than other cities, say more or less 30℃. When travel in March, April and May, you need to be aware of the plums rains which will last for a rather long time, humidifying the air and making the clothes hard to dry naturally, so take more clothes for changing with you.

Best season for traveling to Guangzhou
Summer is the traveling peak for Guangzhou, for there are many Water Parks for people to kill the annoyance caused by the hot weather and it happens to the Labor Holiday and summer vacation for the students. The Changlong Water Park in Panyu District and the Big Hippo Water Park in the Baiyun District are the most popular place to go in summer.
When it gets hot, there are around 30,000 tourists killing their time in the Water Parks each month from May to October, so if you don’t like the crowded place you need to choose the right time to travel to Guangzhou.
Local Festivals and Folk Custom

In addition to the traditional Chinese festivals such as Spring Festival, New Year, International Labor Day and National Day, Guangzhou celebrates other local festivals, like the Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice) Day, on the 21st, 22nd or 23rd of the lunar December and the Tomb Sweeping Day on the 15 day after Spring Equinox (Mar. 20 or 21) around April 4 or 5.

Canton Fair, besides the local festivals, held biannually every spring and autumn in Guangzhou is a significant international festival. Canton Fair is also called the Chinese Export Commodities Fair originated in the spring of 1957. The fair sites are Pazhou Exhibition Hall at East Xingang Rd., Haizhu District and Liuhua Rd., Exhibition Hall, at 117 Room, Liuhua Rd.

Other Odds and Ends

Useful Numbers:
Phone Dialing Code: 020
Postcode: 510000
Emergency Call
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
Weather Forecast: 121
Consumers' Complaint: 12315
Comprehensive Information: 12580

CAAC (Chinese Aviation Administration) Ticket Center:
Address: 163 Room, South Shatai Rd. in Shahe District, Guangzhou Tel: (020)87721641

Post Office:
UPS (United Parcel Services) and DHL provide with the international airmail letter services, which costs less than 5 days to get to the receiver and the prices vary from the weight or the value of the cargos. Through them you can post to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Los Angles, London and other international cities.
Tel: 020-28294951/28294952
Address: A03 Room, Nanfang International Building, Yongfu Rd., Yuexiu District, Guangzhou

Money Exchange:
Great Britain Pound, Euro, U.S. Dollar, Swiss Franc, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Crown, Danish Crown, Norwegian Crown, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Philippine Peso, Thai Baht are all exchangeable at the Bank of China. The exchange services are also available in other authorized banks, the airports and some hotels, restaurants and shops, where, however, not all the foreign currency exchange services are offered, so you need to consult at the information.

The Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, located in the Panyu District Guangzhou, consists of 10 universities, namely the Sun Yat-Sen University, the South China University of Technology, the South China Normal University, the Guangdong University of Technology and the Guangzhou University etc.

The other famous universities in Guangzhou are the Jinan University in the Liwan District and the Foreign University in the Nansha District.

Consulates in Guangzhou
Consulate General of the United States of America in Guangzhou
Location: No. 1, South Shamian Street, Guangzhou

Consulate General of Australia in Guangzhou
Location: Floor 14-15, Main Building, GITIC Plaza, No. 339, Huanshi Dong Rd., Guangzhou

Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou
Location: Room 801, China Hotel Office Tower, Liuhua Rd., Guangzhou
 Some Tips

For the sake of ensuring you fully enjoy your holidays in Guangzhou, we here list some tips for your reference:
1. Avoid going out at night alone.

2. Avoid responding to strangers.

3. Take the taxi as possible as you can; never take a motorcycle.

4. Be careful of your bags and valuables when in a station or stops.

5. Take good care of your belongings anytime you are in the street.

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