Global Mark :
Ratings by criteria :
Ratings by backpackers :
||5 to 20
Description : A chaotic aspiring modern city growing in
every direction with some nice parks and temples, the traditionally scary Qingping
market and the oasis Shamian Island.
What you can do :
Fight your way around / Relax in
Shamian Island / Be surprised by the waterfall lobby of the Swan Lake Hotel /
Visit temples and huge parks / Take a river cruise / Get scared in the most
famous and bizarre market in China /Test the new metro...
What you may not like :
The noise, pollution, anarchy
& congestion of the place / The dying condition of the animals in the market
/ The limited coverage of the new metro...
How long ?
From half a day waiting for a night train to 2
Where to stay ?
Get precise info, book online and save money ! >> Hostels
Expensive /Limited choice / Avoid
during Guangzhou's Fair (twice a year for 20 days, usually in April &
October) / 5% tax is usually added to the bill but it can also be included in the negotiation.
Around the train station :
Numerous touts will wish to take care of you as soon as
they spot your big nose. They should be able to find you an acceptable
double for around 150Y, a bit less if you bargain hard. For this price, you
should get the basic double room : 2 beds, a TV, the air cond.. and the basic
attached bathroom. Do not expect perfect cleanliness. Some touts
promise places at around 100Y : it might be possible one day but for
now on, prices are likely to increase a bit by the time you reach the
hostel... up to the 150Y mark. >> See Travel
Tips on how to deal with touts...
Train Station Hotel, Train Station, 2/F, opposite the soft
sleeper waiting room. / Sgle without bath 60 /Dble with bath 180 // Go there for the best price for Sgl
/ What you may not like : The claustrophobic atmosphere as the rooms are small and very basic, the
train station crowd and pickpockets...
Jiaxin Hotel (8666 7888), Zhan Qian Rd, down Renmin
Beilu, 10mn walk from the Train Station, opposite the below Hotel / Dble with bath & air cond. 150 but probably 120 without too much
difficulty /Tple 210 // Go there for the good quality price ratio for Guangzhou,
the convenient location near Liuhua Park / What you may not like : the
not perfectly clean rooms, the noise from the street
Overseas Chinese Hotel
(8666 3488, fax : 8666 3488), opposite the above, 90 Zhan Qian Road / A
three star international hotel / Normal price for the standard single room
is 298 but a friend reported getting it for 170 (advance reservation price)
so test your bargaining skills ! / Dbl 368 but maybe down to 200...
Yi Shu Hotel (866 79898 - 2102), next to the
Hotel on Renmin Beilu, 10mn walk from the Train Station / Dbl with bath 168 / To get this price, you may however have to go
through the travel agency located in room 2614. "Normal" price is
248 // Go there for the nice and cleans rooms at a good price, for
the service of the travel agency (866 79898 - 2614 ) : sleeper train +30Y,
sleeper bus to Yangshuo 100Y,...
In the South :
A more interesting environment but not so convenient if you have got an early bus
Binjiang (8383 4110), Yanjiang Lu, opposite the Dashatou
Wharf where you take boat to Zhaoqing or Wuzhou, Bus No7 from Train station (1Y,
45mn) / Sgle without bath 65 to 80, with air cond. 100 / Dbl with shower 160 // Go there for the best price for Sgl in the South, for the
convenient location if you arrive or leave by boat / What you may not like :
being outside the interesting part of town
Guangzhou Youth Hostel (8188 4298), on the very relaxed
Shamian Island / Dorm without bath 50(8), 70-80(3) / Sgle without bath 100 /
Dble 190 or 210 // Go there for the excellent location on relaxing Shamian
Island, to meet other travelers, for the clean rooms, for the cheapest bed in
town / What you may not like : being told it is full, the not so cheap
prices that increase up to 80Y a bed during Guangzhou's Fair, the ruddiness of
some of the staff...
|Overseas Chinese Hotel
|Guangzhou Youth Hotel
One busy day in central Guangzhou :
From the train Station or Jiaxin Hotel, walk south to
Liuhua Park (Y3), a very relaxing park, even on Sunday.
Exit at the South gate and walk 5mn west toward a small
but colorful bird market.
Walk around 20mn east (on Xihualu) toward the two
interesting temples of Guangzhou : Bright Filial Piety Temple (Y2) &
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (Y5)
Walk north (Jiefang Beilu) toward Sun Yatsen Memorial
Hall (Y5 to walk outside, Y10 to go inside, free to look from the gate) and
the high perched Sun Yatsen Monument (Y3)
Visit the huge Yuexiu Park (Y3), house of the sculpture
of the Five Rams (the symbol of the city) and the Zhenhai Tower.
From the park (Jiefang Beilu), take bus No5 to the
South. Get off just after you reach the Pearl River and walk the area
and its interesting market streets (Yide Xilu, near the Sacred Heart
Walk west toward the relaxing Shamian Island. Once there,
have a look at the lobby of the White Swan Hotel.
Walk the most interesting sight of Guangzhou : its
expanded Qingping market, just north of Shamian.
Once you have lost your appetite, take bus No5 back
to the North...
Note : the above itinerary is for reference only. Other sights
Discover the symbols of Guangzhou...
Tips : Robbin, Singapore
« Well, I came over from macau taking the bus
from Grandview hotel and dropped off at the stop closest to downtown, though I
can't remember the exact location. There's a travel agency just a few steps away
that will book domestic flights for you and their service was excellent. I
highly recommend the restaurant nearby called HaoCai (ie Good Prospects if
translated literally). The dimsum there was excellent, just imagine lean firm
meat swimming in gravy enveloped inside thin thin dough. And each dish of 3-4
buns/dumplings/etc only cost around RMB3-7!!!!!»
Tips : Frank Seewald, Germany
« You can get
a same day visa for Vietnam from the Vietnamese Embassy against one picture and 600RMB. A three days waiting visa cost
400RMB. The Embassy moved. It is now situated in the Hotel Landmark Canton on the river / Haizu
Tips : Tam Chiwai, HK
« Parallel to the Peking road is a small street DiaMaJian where you can find a lot of food stand, good atmosphere around 18:00 till dark. There are couple of bar around Holiday Inn, like peace road, wind flower
Notes on the new Metro :
Guangzhou Metro-Rail No.1 is
operating since the end of June 99. With a total of 16 Stations, it offers a
fast alternative for circulating within the congested city but a limited one as
the main train station is not connected. Between the East Station and the
City Center down to Xilang, it is however an excellent choice !
How to leave Guangzhou ?
Bus tickets are easy get on departure day. Hard Sleeper
would be more problematic but not impossible. If you are staying near
the train station, you can try to find & fight your way yourself (Guangzhou
is blessed with one of the most stressing train station of China). If you stay
on Shamian Island, it might be worth giving the travel agency Aurora (Tel :
8185 8276, No20 Shamian South St, open daily from 9 to 18) 30Y as a commission
and keep your nerves...
Bus Schedules :
Long Distance Bus Station on the west of the train station (5mn walk)
||7:30 to 20:30
||6:35 to 20
||8:30 to 17
Boat Schedules : Dashatou Wharf, South of Guangzhou, Bus No7 to terminus (1Y, 45mn from Train)
||40 to 50 (3rd class) / 40
|| sleep/ fast
|| 8 / 2
||17:00 / 12:30
||50 to 60 (3rd class) /80
(1) / 12:30
(1) operates only on Friday
& Saturday (reported by Tam Chiwai)
<< Click there
The trip to Zhaoqing :
/ SS / L&R / Y30 / 2 hrs
Another very comfortable journey with another bad movie to
help you miss the highway view...
The trip to Changsha : Train No214 /Night / Y109 / 22:20
The train No332 scheduled to leave at 20:32 was not on duty
and the NoY22 was expensive at 175Y so we opted for an unheard one, praying
that there would be a connecting bus to Shaoshan... The train was of the
prehistoric kind, lacking even the non-smoking sign. Having booked the top
sleepers, we insisted that the fan be switched off as soon as the train departed.
After all, all the windows were open and this proved quite noisy. The train arrived on time, two hours later
than the schedule we were told when we bought the ticket. We were
apparently not the only one not too familiar with this new old train...
The trip to Xiamen
: Sleeper Bus / Night / Y150 / 13
See also the trip from Shenzhen
"We made a double mistakes once : leave on Saturday morning and
use a bus directly from HK. City Bus advertise "approximatively
three hours". It took us more than five and 80HK$ to arrive only at Garden
Hostel in Guangzhou (Bus No30 from there to the train station). Most of the time was wasted
trying to leave HK via two crowded border areas... Our double advises therefore : leave
on a week day and stick to the KCR"