A travel guide to


Known for

Canton Tower, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Pearl River, Cantonese Cuisine…

This is Guangzhou.

Welcome to Guangzhou, one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in China! This bustling metropolis, located in the southern part of the country, is steeped in history and culture, and is home to a thriving economy, world-class cuisine, and a diverse and cosmopolitan population. Whether you’re looking for culture, history, food, or just a great time, Guangzhou is the perfect destination for you. This travel guide will help you navigate this vibrant and exciting city, from its bustling streets to its tranquil parks, and provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your time in Guangzhou.

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Guangzhou Metro

The Guangzhou Metro is fast, convenient and affordable way to get around the city of Guangzhou. Here’s what you need to know if you’re using the metro:


The Guangzhou Metro system covers over 621 km of track and serves over 302 stations, making it one of the larger metro systems in the world.

Lines and interchanges:

The Guangzhou Metro has 16 lines, each with its own colour code, and several interchanges are available to transfer between lines. Trains are equipped with automated announcements in both Mandarin and English, making it easy to navigate the system.


The Guangzhou Metro is accessible for passengers with disabilities, with elevators, ramps, and audio announcements available at all stations. Wheelchair accessible trains are also available.

the Guangzhou Metro is a comprehensive and efficient way to get around the city of Guangzhou. With its extensive coverage, convenient operating hours, and easy-to-use ticketing system, it’s the perfect option for those who want to explore the city with ease.

How to get around on the Guangzhou Metro

The map of the Guangzhou Metro will be available to view in the metro stations. However if you need one to carry with you, the Mapway app includes our version of the Guangzhou Metro map and is free to download on iOS and Android. There is also a journey planner and step-by-step guides to help you get where you need to go and it works offline (so no worrying about Wifi and data!).

The Guangzhou Metro has expanded it’s total track length to 621km since first opening in 1997.


The Guangzhou Metro is a convenient and efficient way to get around the city. There are several options for purchasing tickets, including:

Single-journey tickets:

You can purchase single-journey tickets at ticket vending machines or the ticket office in any metro station. Single-journey tickets are valid for one trip from the station of departure to the station of arrival.

Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card (GTC):

The Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card is a rechargeable smart card that can be used for the metro, buses, and other forms of transportation in Guangzhou. You can purchase a GTC card at ticket vending machines or the ticket office in any metro station, and then reload it with value as needed.

Mobile payment:

You can use mobile payment platforms, such as Alipay and WeChat Pay, to purchase metro tickets by scanning a QR code at the entry gate.

The fare for the Guangzhou Metro varies depending on the distance of the journey, with a base fare of CNY2 for the first 6 kilometres and an additional charge for each additional kilometre. Children under 1.2 meters in height can travel for free.

Operating Hours

The Guangzhou Metro operates from 6:00am to 11:00pm daily, making it a convenient option for tourists and commuters alike. Here’s what you need to know about the operating hours:

Peak Hours: During peak hours, which are generally from 7:00am to 9:00am and 5:00pm to 7:00pm, trains run every 5-10 minutes, ensuring that you’ll never have to wait long for the next train.

Off-Peak Hours: During off-peak hours, trains run every 10-20 minutes, although frequency may vary depending on the line and the station.

Late Night Service: Some lines may have limited late night service, running until 11:00pm or later, so be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip.


The Guangzhou Metro is equipped with various accessibility features for passengers with disabilities or mobility difficulties, such as:

Elevators and escalators at all stations.

Braille signage and audio announcements for visually impaired passengers.

Priority seating for disabled and elderly passengers

Wheelchair ramps and accessible ticket machines.

Assistance services, including staff assistance and mobility aid rental.

Additionally, some trains feature audio and visual announcements in multiple languages, including English, to accommodate international visitors.

Alternative Transport

In addition to the Guangzhou Metro, there are several alternative modes of transportation available in the city, including:


Guangzhou has a comprehensive bus network that covers the entire city and operates both day and night.


Taxis are widely available in Guangzhou and offer a convenient option for travelling within the city.


This ride-hailing app similar to Uber is widely used in Guangzhou and offers a convenient and affordable alternative to taxis.


Guangzhou has a number of bike-sharing schemes that allow residents and visitors to rent bikes for short trips.


Guangzhou has a number of ferry services that connect various parts of the city and surrounding areas, including the Pearl River Delta.


Guangzhou is a relatively compact city and many popular tourist destinations are within walking distance of each other.

How to get from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

To get from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to the city using the metro, you can take Line 3 of the Guangzhou Metro. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

After arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, follow the signs to the metro station, which is located in Terminal 2.

Purchase a metro ticket from one of the ticket machines located in the station. You will need to know your destination and the fare will be displayed on the machine’s display.

Board Line 3 of the Guangzhou Metro in the direction of “Panyu Square” or “Tiyu Xilu”.

Travel for approximately 40 minutes, depending on your destination, and get off at the desired station.

Once you arrive at your station, exit the metro and follow the signs to reach your final destination.

Note: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is served by Line 3 of the Guangzhou Metro, which operates from around 6:00am to 11:00pm. The frequency of trains can vary, so we advise checking the metro schedule before travelling.

In an emergency in Guangzhou, contact the following numbers:

Police: 110

Fire: 119

Ambulance: 120

Emergency Management: 122

Traffic Accidents: 122

Tourist Complaints: +86 20 8666 0123

Weather in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is in a humid subtropical climate zone, with plenty of sunshine and rainfall, and no snow. Summers are long, humid and hot, and winters are short, mild and sunny. The hottest time is May to October, with daytime temperatures often exceeding 30°C.

Monthly average temperatures

January 15°C (59°F) | February 16°C (61°F) | March 19°C (66°F) | April 22°C (72°F) | May 25°C (77°F) | June 27°C (81°F) | July 28°C (82°F) | August 28°C (83°F) | September 27°C (81°F) | October 24°C (75°F) | November 21°C (70°F) | December 17°C (63°F)

Currency in Guangzhou, China

The currency in China is the renminbi (which translates to ‘People’s Currency)

Symbol: ¥

ISO code: CNY (abbreviation: RMB)

Unit: yuán

Nickname: kuài

Subunits: 1/10 – jiǎo. 1/100 – fēn

Frequently used banknotes: ¥1 RMB, ¥5 RMB, ¥10 RMB, ¥20 RMB, ¥50 RMB, ¥100 RMB

Frequently used coins: ¥0.1 RMB, ¥0.5 RMB, ¥1 RMB

Guangzhou is one of the oldest cities in China, with a rich history dating back over 2,000 years.

Tipping in Guangzhou

Tipping in Chinese mainland is not expected or required, and in some places it is even frowned upon. However, high-end hotels and restaurants catering to many Western tourists, porters, room service and wait staff may have become accustomed to receiving small tips.

In some situations tipping is acceptable but not necessarily expected. Most of the time people will just look at you like you’re crazy if you try hand them a monetary tip. In high-end restaurants, if your spending more than £100 for a meal, chances are a tip would be acceptable. It is important to look at your receipt, though. Sometimes a gratuity is already added, making a tip only necessary if the service was amazing.

It has also become common practice to tip tour guides and drivers thanks to many years of foreign tourists visiting the country. In Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, most tipping rules still apply because these areas of China have heavy western influence.

So, If you are to tip in a restaurant, in most cases a gratuity of 10-20% is acceptable.


Internet is available all over China, but not all of the internet is available. Some social media sites like Facebook are censored and blocked, needing technology like a VPN for access.

Free wifi connections are available in hotels and urban cites and tourist cities. Outside of hotels, popular restaurants and cafes also provide free wifi for customers. When you check into a hotel, or just sit down in a restaurant, you can ask a member of staff for the wifi code to connect to their free wifi.

However, there will be a noticeable difference between a major city and a village town, so if you venture too far from urban comforts, plan on going without internet for a few days.

Click here for a wifi map available for download on android and iOS, showing free wifi spots in Guangzhou.