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Guangzhou, located in the estuary of the Pearl River, is situated in the heart of Guangdong province. The city and province were once known in the West as Canton.

Covering an area of 7,434 sq km, Guangzhou commands ten administrative districts as well as two counties.

Guangzhou has a population of 9.5 million, including about 2.5 million who come from inland China to Guangzhou seeking opportunities in this historic centre of commerce.


All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.22 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.22 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.26 Indian Rupee (INR)
18.88 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.24 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.22 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)


A 15% surcharge, inclusive of government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Tipping is officially considered inappropriate and is discouraged.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday
8.30am - 4pm, Saturday
There is a 24-hour ATM in the hotel lobby.

Office Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
10am - 10pm or later throughout the week

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor about your vaccination requirements.

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress is generally informal in Guangzhou, except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

In winter you may need a sweater or a jacket.


Guangzhou has a climate ranging from relatively hot and humid during the summer—24°C to 32°C (75°F to 90°F)—to pleasantly cool during the winter with temperature averaging 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F). Autumn, with dry air and mild temperatures, is the best time to visit.



Morning showers, then rain and a t-storm

High: 30°C / 86°F
Low: 24°C / 75°F


Partly Sunny

Partly sunny and humid with a shower

High: 31°C / 87°F
Low: 24°C / 75°F
Partly Sunny High: 30°C / 86°F Low: 22°C / 71°F
Showers High: 24°C / 75°F Low: 17°C / 62°F

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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 12ºC 10ºC
Feb 13ºC 12ºC
Mar 16ºC 15ºC
Apr 23ºC 19ºC
May 27ºC 23ºC
Jun 30ºC 25ºC
Jul 33ºC 26ºC
Aug 33ºC 25ºC
Sep 30ºC 24ºC
Oct 27ºC 21ºC
Nov 20ºC 16ºC
Dec 15ºC 11ºC

9.5 million

Cantonese, Mandarin (English for international business)

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 1800