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Guangzhou Transportation

Guangzhou Transportation

By Air

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, situated in the border region of Renhe Town, Baiyun District and Xinhua Road, Huadu District, is 28 kilometres away from the Haizhu Square in the downtown area. It is one of the three international aviation hubs in mainland China. It connects China and other countries, playing a significant role in the layout of Chinese civil airports. Up till now, more than 110 airlines have been opened, which enables passengers to fly to more than 100 cities home and abroad.

Bus – there are eleven lines of airport expresses and shuttle buses starting from the airport and leading to all districts of Guangzhou city. On top of that, many a bus route can bring passengers to the cities in the Pearl River Delta.

Metro – travellers can reach the ground floor of the tourist building of the airport from the downtown by Line 3, Guangzhou metro. It takes you about 45 minutes.

Taxi – it costs relatively higher to drive from the downtown to the airport by taxi, about 100 yuan to 120 yuan, including highway toll.

By Train

Railways in Guangzhou city are advanced. Beijing-Guangzhou railway is the main line linking south and north China. Besides, Guangzhou-Maoming railway, Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou railway facilitate the east and west Guangdong province.

Guangzhou railway station – located on the Huanshi West Road (环市西路), next to provincial bus station and opposite to Liuhua Hotel, it is the largest railway station in south China. Travellers can take Line 2, 5, Guangzhou metro, No. 3, 180, 201, 210, 211, 228, 552, 805 buses to get there.

Guangzhou East railway station – trains are mainly bound for Shenzhen and Shantou. Travellers can take Line 1, extension line of Line 3, Guangzhou metro, No. 185, 214, 283, 551, 65, 804a, 808b, 810a, 810, 841, 884 buses to reach the station.

Guangzhou South high-speed railway station – located in the Shibi village, Zhongcun Town, Panyu district (广州市番禺区钟村镇石壁村), it is a modern large-scaled tourist railway station. Trains of tourist special lines and intercity rail transit often pull in at the station. High-speed railways are available every 20 minutes from Guangzhou South railway station to Shenzhen North railway station.

Through trains from Guangzhou to Hong Kong run every one hour, covering a two-hour distance.

By Bus

Guangzhou has convenient transportation, which enables tourists to reach the Pearl River Delta within one hour. Coaches from Guangzhou to prefecture-level cities run every 10 to 15 minutes. If you are desirous to go to Nanhai, Panyu, Shunde, Zengcheng and other famous county-level cities, you can take the coach too. At present, there are over ten long-distance bus stations in Guangzhou city and every day sees many a coach departure from the stations.

Luxurious through buses can take travellers from Guangzhou to Zhuhai. It is about three hours. Or they can choose light railway starting from Guangzhou South railway station, which is a 40 to 50 minutes trip. The through bus will bring visitors to Shenzhen via highway; however, it will take you about three hours by slow bus. With respect to trip from Guangzhou to Zhongshan, passengers have various choices. Only after 2 hours will you arrive at Zhongshan city.

By Ship

Now, Guangzhou has commercial intercourse with more than 500 ports in over 170 countries around the world. Huangpu-New Port and Xinsha Port are located in the east Guangzhou, the estuary the Pearl River, both of which are the biggest container terminals in south China. Lianhuashan Port, Nansha Port, Suigang Pier, Xingang Port can transfer passengers and cargoes to Hong Kong. And ship can get to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from Guangdong province via its inland waterways.

By Underground

What is in operation now is Line 1, 2, 3, 4 (part), 5, 8, AMP, and Guangzhou-Foshan, all of which have covered so many prime places of the city that visitors can tour around without difficulty. The metros in Guangzhou run from 06:00 in the morning till 23:00 or so in the evening. Wherever the metro pulls in, the stop is announced in mandarin, Cantonese and English in turn, followed by the nearby location or architecture in mandarin.

City Transportation

Public transportation in the city includes buses, trolleybuses, tourist special lines, water buses. Tourists can buy a transportation card called Yangchengtong, which sells in the bank and convenience store at the price of 40 yuan. With the card, you can pay for the bus, taxi, metro, ship and other means of transportation and be given a 5% discount on the single-trip price. Moreover, in the designated supermarkets, fast-food restaurants, you can pay with it, too. To some extent, it is similar to Octopus Card of Hong Kong.

Bus – they are self-service buses and passengers must get on from the front door and get off from the back door. The bus runs from 06:00 to 22:00. In effect, night buses are available so as to make it easier for residents to move around, running from 22:30 to 06:00

Water bus – the water route, covering nine kilometers, stretches from Fangcun Pier to Zhongda Pier by way of Xidi Pier. It is an about 40-minute trip, buses running from 07:00 to 18:00.

Trolleybus – it is Guangdong that is the only city that has the trolleybus system. At present, there are 14 lines. For ordinary bus, it costs you 1 yuan; for air-conditioned bus, it costs you 2 yuan.

Tourist special line – there are three line in Guangzhou in the conventional sense. The ticket price is 2 yuan. In addition, those who would like to have fun in Hong Kong Disneyland can take Hong Kong Disneyland tourist special line at the Yitai Square to reach the destination nonstop.

Taxi – in Guangzhou you will fine cabs in different colours, that is, red, yellow, blue, golden, green. Though they belong to different taxis corporation, the starting prices are the same. In the urban area, the starting price is 10 yuan (including 205 kilometres), after 2.5 kilometres an additional 2.6 yuan for one kilometer, after 35 kilometres additional 3.9 yuan for one kilometer.

Cruise – the cruise is the Pearl River at night. Different boats are available to satisfy travellers’ demand. You can have fun, try food and relax your souls on the boat.