There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Guangzhou each year. The main ones are listed below:January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) January/February: Spring Festival (Chinese New Year, national holiday)
As China is still largely a rural country, Chinese New Year celebrations are exceedingly important. In ancient times the start of the festival marked the beginning of the new season for planting crops, the ideal moment to pray for a good harvest. For three days, celebrations involve merrymaking and entertainment of many kinds, both at home with family members and outside in the streets: firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and demons, fireworks, etc.February/March – Fifteenth day of the first lunar month : Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Jie, national)
Colourful paper lanterns line the streets of Shanghai and throughout China on this day. Children and adults parade through the city carrying long bamboo poles hung with smaller lanterns. This festival officially ends Chinese New Year celebrations.May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday) August – Seventh day of the seventh lunar month: Double Seventh Festival (Qixi, national)
Also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, this romantic festival has been celebrated in China for centuries. Traditionally, this was the day when young, single women prayed for skill in needlework in order to attract a husband and bear children. The name of the festival refers to the seventh daughter of the Jade Emperor, a weaving maid, who was only allowed by her father to see her beloved, a lowly cowherd, once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Gifts of bouquets of flowers or chocolates, special dates, romantic dinners, and dance parties are among the celebrations during this day, highly anticipated by all single people in Guangzhou.September/October – Fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month: Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie, national)
Also known as the Moon Festival, this is the day in the year when the moon is particularly round and bright, a symbol of unity and familial happiness. The main feature of this traditional festival is the sharing of cakes with family and friends.October 1: National Day (Guoqing Jie, national holiday)
Commemorates the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, proclaimed by Mao Zedong. Festivities are held throughout the city, including fireworks, military parades, concerts and dance parties.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
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The Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north of Guangzhou.
Guangzhou is a large and growing metropolis. Long known for rampant urbanization and gigantic traffic jams, today it is a city transformed. Guangzhou has a public transport system the equal of those in other leading international destinations. The construction of a modern underground rail network and the development of a more liveable urban environment have made getting around the city a rather pleasant experience.
The Guangzhou Metro is a convenient way to get around and covers the entire length and breadth of the city. Line 1, which runs from east to west, and Line 2, which runs from north to south, intersect in the centre of the city and are certainly the most useful ones for visitors. Fares range from CNY 2 to CNY 12.
Buses are a practical and inexpensive way to discover the city. About 8,000 buses operate in the city every day, from 5 a.m. to midnight. Only a portion of them are air-conditioned. The fare is about CNY 2.
Guangzhou has more than 16,000 taxis! Although this may sound impressive, demand is also very high, especially at rush hour. The initial rate (flag-down fare) is around CNY 7, plus about CNY 3 for each additional kilometre (0.6 miles).
The international driver's license is not valid in China. Foreigners who wish to drive in China must hold a valid Chinese driver's license.
Upon your arrival in Guangzhou, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Guangzhou Tourist Board
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The official website of the China National Tourist Office (CNTO), maintained by its New York office, provides a wealth of information on Guangzhou.
The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY).
1 USD = 6.93 CNY
1 CNY = 0.14 USD
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. Guangzhou counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before you travel. If you are under medical treatment, it is recommended to carry sufficient prescribed medicine.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to China. However, obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio is recommended.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
It is strongly advised to drink water from sealed bottles.
Citizens or nationals of all but a handful of countries must be in possession of a visa to enter China, regardless of the length of their stay.
For further information on visa requirements, contact the Chinese consulate general closest to your place of residence.
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Guangzhou, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Chinese phrases that will make your stay in Guangzhou a little easier:
Hello / Good morning: Nĭ hăo
Good afternoon / Good evening: Wănshang hăo
Goodbye / See you soon: Zàijiàn
No, thank you: Bù le xièxie
Thank you very much: Fēicháng xièxie
I don't understand: Wǒ bù dǒng.
Could you repeat that: Qǐng zài shuō yíbiàn?
What time is it: Xiàn zài jĭ diăn le?
Excuse me: Duìbuqĭ
Train station: Huǒ chē zhàn
I'm (…): Wǒ shì (…).
I'm looking for (…): Wǒ zhăo (…).
How much is this?: Zhè duōshăo qián?
Do you have (…)?: Yǒu méiyǒu (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Wǒ zài nǎ li kě yǐ zhǎo dào (…)?
Where can I buy (…)?: Wǒ zài na li kě yǐ mǎi dào (…)?
I'd like (…): Wǒ xiǎng (…).
Tipping is not expected in Guangzhou's restaurants and cafés. On the other hand, it is quite common to thank tour guides and drivers by offering a small gratuity. Of course, the amount you choose to give is entirely up to you.