Things to see and do in Guangzhou
1. Night Cruise on Pearl River
As the third longest river in China, the Pearl River with a length of more than 2,000 kilometers (about 1,243 miles). Cruising on Pearl River undoubtedly is one of the best things to do in Guangzhou at night. Cruising along the river let you get a whole new take on the city. You can enjoy the Haizhu Square, the famous Canton Tower, as well as various towering skyscrapers..
2. Ascend Canton Tower
Canton Tower has become a landmark of the city, so it is also one of must-see places in Guangzhou. As the highest tower in China, Canton Tower has a height of 600 meters (1,968 feet). Ascending Canton Tower, you cannot only enjoy a wonderful bird’s view of the whole city but also have a chance to experience some extreme challenges.
3. Cantonese Morning Tea & Dim Sum
The Cantonese Morning Tea is more like a gorgeous breakfast which includes the tea and dim sums in more variation than you know. Surely you should try the classical ones like Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Shaomai, and Steamed Vermicelli Roll.
4. Hiking in White Cloud Mountain
As the most famous mountain of the city, White Cloud Mountain offers wonderful hiking routes. Spending a weekend there is one of the fun things to do in Guangzhou for the local people. It consists of more than 30 peaks and Moxing Ridge is the highest one among them. Standing on the peak, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the whole city.
5. Have Fun in Chimelong Tourist Resort
Chimelong Tourist Resort is composed of a series theme parks including Chimelong Paradise, Safari Park, Water Park, International Circus, and Birds Park. Meanwhile, watching a fantastic circus performance is one of the best things to do in Guangzhou at night. As for the Water Park, it is a cool place to have a good time with friends or families in summer.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months
after the expiry date of your visa and you’ll need at
least one entire blank page in your passport for the
visa. You may be required to show proof of hotel
reservations and onward travel from China, as well as a
bank statement showing you have $100 in your account for
every day you plan to spend in China.
A standard 30-day single-entry visa can be issued from most Chinese embassies abroad in three to five working days. Express visas cost twice the usual fee. In some countries (eg the UK and the US) the visa service has been outsourced from the Chinese embassy to a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre, which levies an extra administration fee. In the case of the UK, a single-entry visa costs £30, but the standard administration charge levied by the centre is a further £36.
A standard 30-day visa is activated on the date you enter China, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. 60-day and 90-day tourist visas are reasonably easy to obtain in your home country but difficult elsewhere. To stay longer, you can extend your visa in China at least once, sometimes twice.
Visa applications require a completed application form (available at the embassy or downloaded from its website) and at least one photo (normally 51mm x 51mm). You normally pay for your visa when you collect it. A visa mailed to you will take up to three weeks. In the US and Canada, mailed visa applications have to go via a visa agent, at extra cost. In the US, many people use the China Visa Service Center, which offers prompt service. The procedure takes around 10 to 14 days.
Hong Kong is a good place to pick up a China visa. However, at the time of writing only Hong Kong residents were able to obtain them direct from the Visa Office of the People’s Republic of China. Single-entry visas processed here cost HK$200, double-entry visas HK$300, while six-month/one-year multiple-entry visas are HK$500. But China Travel Service (CTS) and many travel agencies in Hong Kong can get you a visa in two to three working days. Expect to pay HK$650 for a single-entry visa and HK$750 for a double-entry. Both American and UK passport holders must pay considerably more for their visas.
Be aware that political events can suddenly make visas more difficult to procure or renew.
Getting To / Around in Chengdu
Guangzhou has three railway stations handling passenger transport. The Railway Station at Huanshi Road is the largest and the most important one, operating trains between the city and Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Lhasa and many other China cities. The East Railway Station (Tianhe Railway Station) mainly provides through trains from to Hong Kong and frequent bullet trains between to Shenzhen. The North Railway Station in Huadu District is a small station mainly operates bullet trains between the city and Wuhan.
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 water transport in this city is mainly made up of Suigang Port, Zhoutouzui Port, Zengcheng Xintang Port, Panyu Lianhuashan Port and Nansha Port. There are six water buses running along the Pearl River, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service with four piers along the line - Zhongda Ferry Pier, Tianzi Ferry Pier, Xidi Ferry Pier and Fangcun Ferry Pier. The whole journey takes 40 minutes and costs CNY2.
Guangzhou Metro owns 13 lines in operation with a length of 308 km (192 mi) and 167 stations. Its mileage is the 3rd in China and the 10th in the world. In 2016, the reliability of the metro's operation was No. 1 and the on-schedule rate was No. 3 in the world.
A taxi charges CNY10 for the first 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) and CNY2.6 for succeeding each kilometer (0.6 mile). When a taxi runs farther than 35 kilometers (21.7 miles), extra 50% will be automatically charged for empty return