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Why fly to Guangzhou?
The perfect dim-sum breakfast anyone? As your plane soars over Baiyoun Mountain and the Pearl River get your stomach ready for the best of Cantonese flavor in the old area of Guangzhou. The city is the capital of the province Guangdong in the People's Republic of China and located where the Pearl River melts into the South China Sea.
Upon landing you will find yourself instantly immersed in the culture of this historic city. To get a look into the past visit one of the city's galleries or museums. Visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral or the Huaisheng Mosque for a taste of diversity in the city.
Head to Shamian Island to experience the colonial era Victorian architecture, which when paired with the locality is an extreme juxtoposition.
Weather in Guangzhou is warm and wet in the summer and just plain wet in the fall. In the winter the moisture reduces and so do the temperatures. Winter numbers are in the low teens in the daytime and can drop to the high tens in the evenings. The summers bring in a warmer climate and temperatures in the high 20s. The monsoon season in the city runs from spring to the beginning of fall.
When to fly to Guangzhou
Summer is a popular time to travel to Guangzhou, flights are booked early and at high rates. January and February is also a busy time to travel as the city celebrates the Chinese New Year.
Once the New Year celebrations are over in mid February tourism in the city slows down. You can score some good flight deals for the next few months. The latter half of September to November is also not big on travel itineraries so begin planning in the summer and snare some inexpensive tickets for that time (the weather is quite nice then as well).
Getting into Guangzhou
The airport is a hub of air transport but also ground transportation. Getting into the city is made easy with bus lines, shuttles and a subway service. In addition taxis are also available. If you're famished and must eat something before you leave the airport visit Jinlong Food Street for local fare to whet your appetite for all that is to come.
Getting around Guangzhou
There are several options for getting around the city. You can use the local bus system, which is good but not exactly on time all the time. The city also has auto rickshaw type contraptions that will get you around. Alternatively you can use taxis.
- Whether you're planning with children or not, head to the city's amusement park for a truly unique experience. The park is Chime-Long Paradise and thrills visitors with seriously stomach-churning, gravity-defying roller coaster as well as some tamer riders.
- Visit the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, this Buddhist worship site was built in the 6th century. The design details in this ancient building are just incredible. Take an afternoon and spend some time there for a little bit of zen.
- Head to Zhujiang Party Pier for some of the city's best nightlife and enjoy a nice cocktail with a view.
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