General Information

About Guangzhou

The city is the third largest in China and the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the southern coastline of China. It has access to the South China Sea via the Pearl river which runs through the city. It lies in close proximity to Hong Kong which is a short train ride away. Guangzhou’s architecture is a mixture of colonial influences and modern high rise towers. The walks beside the Pearl river are particularly attractive and the city has a number of historic parks which make it quite green and add to the sense of openness of the city.

The Baiyan mountain rises above the Baiyan convention centre and from the top there are great views of the City. There are trails from the convention centre to the top of the mountain.

Climate
Guangzhou weather is generally warm and humid all year round. September to early December is generally considered the best time to visit Guangzhou. The average temperature in that period varies from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, and it seldom rains.

Currency
The Chinese Yuan (also known as Renminbi, rmb for short) is the official and legal currency in in Guangzhou. Use of foreign currencies is generally not allowed. China is still very much a cash culture so don’t expect to rely on your credit cards, except in upscale shops, hotels, and restaurants.
Whenever possible, use ATMs operated by the largest banks that you can find: Citibank, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agriculture Bank of China, and China Merchants Bank.

Dress code
Business or business casual.

Electricity
Electricity in China is 220 Volts at 50Hz AC. Power outlets in China almost always have two types of sockets. The first is the American and Japanese-style socket with two flat, parallel blades. American and Japanese-style plugs will fit in these sockets.

Insurance
Delegates are recommended to obtain travel insurance (medical, personal accident and luggage) in their home country prior to departure.

Safety
Generally, Guangzhou is a safe city, especially compared to other cities of similar size. However, please be aware of pickpocketing, credit card fraud, and various other petty crimes that happen in any city in the world. Tourists are often seen as easy targets. Should you have any issue you can reach the police by calling 110. In case of urgent matters you can call 120 for ambulance service and 119 for fire stations.

Shopping
Guangzhou is known for its huge markets and thousands of shops where inexpensive electronics, clothing, computers, and thousands of other products are for sale.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in many public places in Guangzhou. Please look for any possible non-smoking signs before lighting a cigarette.

Water
Drinking tap water in Guangzhou is not recommended. Bottled water can be bought anywhere, and is relatively cheap.

Tipping
Tipping is not tradition in Guangzhou. However, recently it has become more popular to tip drivers and bellboys.

Tourism
For more information about visiting Guangzhou, click here