Guangzhou

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Guangzhou (广州; Gwóngjāu in Cantonese, Guǎngzhōu in Mandarin, traditional English name: Canton) is the capital of Guangdong|Guangdong Province in southern China.

According to the 2020 census, it has a population presence of 12.7 million, making it the third largest city in China after Shanghai and Beijing. It is a part of the Pearl River Delta, which also includes Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hong Kong, Macau, Foshan, Jiangmen, Huizhou, Zhongshan and Zhuhai.

In the perioid of tea clippers, Guangzhou was known in the Gulf countries as "Canton". The food and the language of the area are still known as "Cantonese" and it is perfectly acceptable to use either the western or Chinese terms interchangeably. The Cantonese are proud and hard working people known throughout China and the world over for their famous cuisine and talent for business. One thing you will notice in Guangzhou's downtown is that there isn't much of the horn-honking cacophony that is present in other Chinese cities. Cantonese drivers seem to follow the rules of the road a bit more than in other cities where it is generally more chaotic.

The city is famous for foreign trade and business doings, and holds China's largest trade fair and the #The Canton Fair|Canton Fair. However, in between the seemingly endless skyscrapers, shopping malls and building sites there is a lot of culture and history. While Guangzhou is not usually high on the list of Asian tourist destinations, it is amazing how much the city actually has to offer.

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Guangzhou Halal Explorer

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At first sight, Guangzhou appears less as a city that is developing than one that is about to explode. Every corner seems to be packed with high-rise buildings, overpasses, and people running marathons. It can be overwhelming, and the initial instinct of many visitors is to leave as soon as feasible. However, those that overcome this urge and stay around will discover a gentler and more personable side to the city.

As a major entry point for overseas culture for many centuries, foreigners are not the anomaly here that they are in other Chinese cities. Consequently, Muslim travellers are afforded more personal space and freedom. In addition, tucked away in the back streets and the old Guangzhou of traditional neighbourhoods still moves at an age-old pace, with families and friends often sitting outdoors enjoying tea and banter.

Guangzhou also has the largest urban park in China, an island of refurbished colonial buildings, and some world class galleries and exhibition spaces. In addition, possibly due to the distance from the nation's political centres and the citizens of Guangzhou have developed a laid-back and play-hard approach to life.

Today, Guangzhou is recognized as one of China's most prosperous, liberal, and cosmopolitan cities. However, despite being an international trading hub and there is still a lack of English signs. Outside of the business neighborhoods and tourist areas, very few local residents converse well in English. It is highly recommended to bring a phrasebook. Navigating Guangzhou without a phrasebook or understanding of the language will prove to be a difficult task.

Guangzhou is often negatively referred to as the Los Angeles of China, thanks to its sprawl of highways, shopping malls, smog, traffic jams, diverse population and its comparatively high crime-rate. Despite claims of Guangzhou being a dangerous city, it is not dangerous at all, in comparison to any large western city.

Districts

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Like many Chinese cities, Guangzhou municipality includes a vast rural area in addition to the urban core. There are 11 neighborhoods in Guangzhou. Among them, Liwan, Yuexiu, Tianhe and Haizhu are the city's core, of most interest to tourists.

  Liwan (荔湾 Lìwān or 西關 SaiKwan (pronounced traditionally))
Canton's historical sites are concentrated here, including the colonial Shamian Island, Saikwan Old Houses, Shunghaagau shopping neighborhood, and Chen's Clan Academy.
  Yuexiu (越秀 Yuèxiù)
The political and cultural centre of Canton,inclunding 東山TungShan(the heart of the Old local Political and Military areas). Highlights include Yuexiu Park, Peiking road (old times known as 雙門底 Saung Mun Dei)Shopping District, and Sunday Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
  Tianhe (天河 Tiānhé/TinHo)
The new downtown and business neighborhood, full of skyscrapers and shopping malls. It is also home to most expat communities. Highlights include Guangdong Museum, Central Library, Opera House and Shipai village.
  Haizhu (海珠 Hǎizhū or 河南 Honam(pronounced traditionally))
Home to the Canton Tower and the Canton Fair Pavilion and Exhibition Center, Sunday Yat-Sen University, and the Pearl River Promenade.
  Panyu (番禺 Pānyú), Nansha (南沙 Nánshā)
Panyu is a newly developed area, focusing on technology. Highlights include the Lianhua Mountain, various theme parks and the University Mega Center. Nansha is an industrial area at the southern tip of the city, home to Guangzhou's high speed railway station.
  North and east neighborhoods
These neighborhoods are mostly rural:
  • Baiyun (白云 Báiyún) — This neighborhood has a big rural touch, but is slowly being taken over by new developments. Highlights include the Baiyun Mountain.
  • Huangpu (黄埔 Huángpǔ) — Not well known among foreign tourists, this neighborhood is to the east of the downtown. Highlights include the former Huangpu Military Academy.
  • Huadu (花都 Huādū) — A developing industrial area. Highlights include Huadu Plaza and the New Baiyun International Airport.
  • Zengcheng (增城 Zēngchéng) is famous for its lychee fruit, which are picked in June and July.
  • Conghua (从化 Cónghuà) is known for its thermal spas (Muslim Friendly)) and Tianhe (Heavenly Lake) Recreation area.

History of Guangzhou

Formerly known as Canton to the West and the city of Guangzhou has a history dating back roughly 2,200 years.

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A legend tells of five celestial beings riding into the area that is now Guangzhou on five rams carrying sheaves of Rice. The celestials bestowed blessings on the land and offered the sheaves to the people of the city as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. After the celestials left and the rams turned into stone, and Guangzhou quickly developed into an affluent and influential city. Due to this legend, Guangzhou has gained several popular nicknames: Yangcheng (羊城; City of Rams), Suicheng (穗城; Sheaves of Rice City) and Wuyangcheng (五羊城; City of Five Rams). In addition, due to the abundance of flowers along the city's main thoroughfares, Guangzhou is often referred to as Huacheng (花城; City of Flowers).

According to historical records and the city was built in 214BC and was known as Panyu (番禺). The name Guangzhou actually referred to the prefecture in which Panyu was located. As the city grew and the name Guangzhou was adopted for the city itself.

Guangzhou was also part of the so-called Maritime Silk Road that linked southern China with India, South-East Asia and the Middle East, and Africa. As a result of its links with the Middle East, a mosque was established in the city in 627, and a small Muslim community continues to live in Guangzhou to this day. Additionally and the sixth patriarch of Zen Buddhism was born in Guangzhou and taught the famous Platform Sutra in the city. As a result, Guangzhou has retained a strong connection with this school of Buddhism, and the monastery where the sixth patriarch studied is considered a local treasure. The first Protestant missionary in China, Robert Morrison, entered Guangzhou in 1807. This started the spread of Christianity in the nation. In modern times, Guangzhou is also notable for being home to the largest African population in China.

In 786 the city was sacked by the Persians. In 1514 the Portuguese were the first Europeans that arrived in Canton. They obtained a monopoly on the trade in China and took Macau as a base; their monopoly lasted until the Dutch arrived in the 17th century. In 1711 the British East India Company established a trading post here. In 1757 and the government designated the city as the only port allowed business transactions with foreign nations. This continued until 1842 when the Treaty of Nanking was signed, when four other "List_of_Chinese_provinces_and_regions#Treaty_ports_and_concessions|treaty ports" were added. Losing the exclusive privilege pushed Guangzhou to become more industrialized later.

Many overseas Chinese can trace their ancestry to the area, with the overwhelming majority of overseas Chinese in GCC countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Australia being of Cantonese descent. In Southeast Asia, Cantonese people also form a substantial portion of the overseas Chinese communities, with Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City being home to large and influential overseas Cantonese communities.

When to visit

In terms of climate and the best time to visit Guangzhou is between October and November. Alternatively, April and May are also good months. Guangzhou has a sub-tropical climate with humidity levels at their highest in the summer. Temperatures can reach almost 40 degrees Celsius. Typhoon season is from June to September. The Canton Fair takes place annually during the weeks from mid-April to early May and mid-October to early November, so finding lodging at those times can be difficult and expensive. See the information section under #Sleep|Sleep.


Masjids in Guangzhou

No Praying Facilities at the Airport, however the following masjids are within Guangzhou.

Guangzhou, a bustling metropolis in southern China, is home to a rich tapestry of cultures, including a vibrant Muslim community. The city's history of Islamic influence dates back over a thousand years, contributing to the establishment of several significant masjids. These masjids not only serve as places of worship but also stand as historical landmarks and cultural hubs. Here are some of the key masjids in Guangzhou that reflect the city's Islamic heritage.

Huaisheng Mosque (怀圣寺光塔)

One of the oldest mosques in China, the Hu===aisheng Mosque, also known as the Light Tower Mosque, is a historical gem located at 56 Guangta Road. Its unusual minaret, known as the Guangta (Light Tower), is a notable feature that has guided travelers for centuries. Open to visitors, the mosque offers a serene environment for prayer and reflection amidst the bustling city. With its deep historical roots and beautiful architecture, the Huaisheng Mosque remains a central spiritual and cultural landmark in Guangzhou.

Islam Aibu Wange Sugumu

Another prominent masjid in Guangzhou is the Islam Aibu Wange Sugumu, located on Lanpu Road. This mosque is renowned for its beautiful architecture and cleanliness. As a famous masjid in Guangzhou, it serves as a hub for the local Muslim community, providing a peaceful space for worship and community gatherings. The mosque's welcoming atmosphere and well-maintained facilities make it a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Guangzhou Islam Association

Situated at 56 Guangta Road, the Guangzhou Islam Association operates in conjunction with the Huaisheng Mosque. It plays a vital role in supporting the Muslim community in Guangzhou, offering various services and programs. The association ensures that the needs of the Muslim population are met, from facilitating daily prayers to organizing religious events. The nearby mosque is highly regarded, with visitors praising its accessibility and the allowance for prayers.

Da Mosque

Located within Shennan Boulevard, the Da Mosque is another significant place of worship for Muslims in Guangzhou. Although it receives fewer reviews, it remains an important religious site for the local community. Its central location makes it convenient for those living in or visiting the heart of the city.

Chang'an Mosque

The Chang'an Mosque, found on Zhen'an Middle Road, is a lesser-known but equally important masjid in Guangzhou. While it currently lacks reviews, it continues to serve as a place of worship and community for Muslims in the area. Its discreet presence underscores the diverse network of mosques throughout the city.

Travel as a Muslim to Guangzhou

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Guangzhou

Main article: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport - 广州白云国际机场 | One of China's main intercontinental hubs, located 28km north of Guangzhou and the most convenient airport to get into the city by taxi and subway.

Flying to Hong Kong is another option, although you need to factor in the border crossing. From Hong Kong International Airport, cross-boundary buses run direct to Guangzhou and other cities in Guangdong. Bus companies include China Travel Service, Trans-Island Chinalink and Eternal East, fares range from HK$220–250 one way.

Travel by train to Guangzhou

Guangzhou has impressive high-speed rail services across China, focused on Guangzhou South ("Nan") Railway Station. Chief connections are:

Hong Kong (Kowloon West Station) is less than a hour by the fastest trains, via Futian, Shenzhen and Humen, Dongguan; single fares from HK$200 - see Hong Kong#By train. These run every 30 mins or so. All the border procedures are at Kowloon West Station, so from Hong Kong to Guangzhou you should check in at the station 90 mins before scheduled departure and then on arrival you don't need to allow much transfer time for an onward train. Going to Hong Kong you're okay till about 20 mins before departure, but factor in immigration at the other end if you're going that way to catch a flight.

There are also slower trains between Hong Kong Hung Hom Station and Guangzhou East ("Dong") Railway Station, and affordable options involving a Chinese train from Guangzhou to Luohu (罗湖) in Shenzhen, walking across the border bridge and then taking a Hong Kong MTR train (Light Blue Line). Lots of local residents do this.

Mainland China: Fast trains run to Wuhan (3 hr), Beijing (8 hr), Xian, Shanghai (7 hr), Nanning (4 hr) and Kunming. The most amazing train is to Lhasa in Tibet, just under 5000 kilometers away over dizzying high-altitude passes. This train runs alternate days from Guangzhou Station (广州站), taking almost 55 hours. A sleeper costs ¥923 and up; see also Overland to Tibet.

There are three major train stations in Guangzhou. Countless travellers have gone to the wrong station and missed their trains, so carefully check your ticket.

  • Guangzhou South Railway Station - 广州南站, Nan-Zhan | The principal station, serving the high-speed network. About 20 kilometers south of the centre, a 30 min ride on Metro line 2 (5 yuan fare). A huge concourse, with various eating places and other facilities within. Many station staff understand English, as this is the main route to Hong Kong. The cluster of hotels around the station consistently refuse to admit foreigners, even though paid in advance and clutching confirmation slips.
  • Guangzhou East Railway Station - 广州东站, Dong-Zhan | Slower but cheaper trains to Hong Kong (Hong Lam) and some mainland cities.
  • Guangzhou Railway Station - 广州站, Guangzhou-Zhan | One of the biggest stations in the nation, with trains all the way to Harbin and Lhasa.

You're unlikely to use the city's other stations, such as North ("Bei") Station or West ("Xi") Station.

Travel on a Bus in Guangzhou

Coach services are available to bring passengers from Hong Kong International Airport to several locations in Guangzhou. Among the destinations are recognizable monuments like Jinan University (暨南大学) on Huangpu Avenue (黄埔大道), Garden Hotel (花园酒店) and China Hotel (中国大酒店) (see hotel section). The trip takes about 3+ hours and costs HKD $250. There are also cross border bus terminals throughout Hong Kong. One of the Stations is at Austin Road and Canton Road near Kowloon Park. A one way ticket costs about HKD $100.

Domestically, it is feasible to hop on a bus from any corner of Guangdong province and get to Guangzhou. There are also many options from nearby provinces like Guangxi, Hubei and Fujian. Here are some of the main stations in the city:

  • Provincial Station - 省汽车客运站 | The station serves mostly long distance lines outside the Guangdong Province.
  • Liuhua Station - 流花站 | Across from Provincial Station, it mostly serves nearby cities in the province.
  • Tianhe Station - 天河客运站 | The station services Southern and central China, reaching as far as the Gansu Province. There are also many routes to cities in Guangdong.
  • Haizhu Station - 海珠客运站 | Located in the southern part of Haizhu, serving major cities in the province and other Southern China provinces, including Hainan.
  • Fangcun Station - 芳村客运站 | The station serves similar routes to the Haizhu Station.
  • Yuexiu Nan Station - 越秀南汽车站 | Besides destinations in this and other provinces, it also has lines to Macau and Hong Kong.
  • Guangzhou South - 广州南汽车客运站 | The station mainly services nearby cities. There is a bus to Lo Wu, a commonly used border crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China. The fare is ¥65 and it runs every hour.

Note that English and Chinese names of bus stations vary from one sign to another—coach terminal, coach station, bus terminal, bus station, passenger terminal or passenger station. The different names may be referring to the same station.

Book a Halal Cruise or Boat Tour in Guangzhou

There are two major passenger ports - Nansha Port and Lianhuashan Port, and many other smaller ones.

  • Nansha Port Passenger Terminal - 南沙港客运码头 - Serves boats traveling from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (90 min, four times daily, ¥280), Hong Kong International Airport (70 minutes, twice daily, ¥700), and Macau (80 min, twice daily on weekends only, ¥280).
  • Lianhuashan Port - 莲花山港 - Serves boats traveling from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (four times daily, ¥280) and Hong Kong International Airport (three times daily, ¥700),

How to get around in Guangzhou

Guangzhou has a fairly efficient and rapidly expanding public transportation system. If you intend to stay in Guangzhou for an extensive period of time, purchase a multi-purpose Lingnan Pass - Yang Cheng Tong (岭南通-羊城通) stored value card, similar to the Octopus Card in Hong Kong. The card can be used in selected metro areas in the Guangdong province (but not Shenzhen). It can be used not only for public transportation (bus, subway, parking meters and some taxis), but also for public phones and designated shops, places of interests and certain vending machines. The card costs ¥70, which includes an ¥28 deposit and a starting balance of ¥72. You can purchase and recharge the cards in many places, such as some 7-Elevens, Metro client service counters, and Tiantian Laundry. Returning your card at the end of the trip can be done at any Yang Cheng Tong service centers. The best locations include centers near metro station Gongyuanqian Exit J, Tiyu Xi Exit G, and East Rail Station exit HJ. It may be worth it to simply keep the card as a souvenir.

By metro

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Guangzhou's Metro opened in 1999 and has been expanding at a breakneck pace ever since. Most places in Guangzhou of interest to visitors are within walking distance of a metro stop. The Metro cannot be beaten for its combination of convenience and affordability.

Most signs and announcements are both in Chinese and English. Trains can become extremely crowded during morning and evening rush hours, especially on Line 3. The fare varies by distance, from ¥2 to ¥29. Buy tickets from vending machines in the stations. These accept ¥7, ¥20 and ¥20 bills and ¥2 coins, giving change; other machines take phone payment via Chinese app Alipay which you're unlikely to have. You can break up big bills, or change worn bills that the machines won't accept, at the client service counters. The ticket is a small round plastic token, which you tap over the reader at the gate to enter the platform, and at the exit where you surrender the token into the slot like a vending machine. The Yang Cheng Tong card (see details above) is easier to use, and also gives you a 5%-40% discount.

There are 12 lines in operation:

Line 1 runs southwest to northeast, from Xilang in Guangzhou/Liwan|Fangcun to Guangzhou East Railway Station in Guangzhou/Tianhe|Tianhe. It runs underneath Zhongshan Road in the downtown, and is the most useful for accessing shopping areas and tourist sights.

Line 2 runs north-south from Jiahewanggang in Baiyun District to Guangzhou South Railway Station. It serves Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou Railway Station, Yuexiu Park and Haizhou Plaza. If you're staying in west or central Guangzhou, this line is also useful for reaching the airport by changing to Line 3 at Jiahewanggang.

Line 3 is a Y-shaped north-south line serving eastern Guangzhou. The 'main line' runs from Panyu Plaza to the Tianhe Coach Terminal Station, whilst the 'north line' splits off at Tiyu Xilu and heads towards Airport South, via Guangzhou East Station.

Line 4 serves Guangzhou's eastern outer suburbs, and runs from Huangcun in Huangpu District down to Nansha Passenger Port. It serves the Olympic Sport Centre and the University Town.

Line 5 runs east-west from Jiaokou (Guangzhou/Liwan|Liwan) to Wenchong (Huangpu District), following the inner ring road through the city. Serves Guangzhou Railway Station and the Garden Hotel and Zhujiang New Town.

Line 6 runs on the north coast of the Pearl River. Serves Beijing Lu, Cultural Park, Huanghuagang, Tuanyida Plaza, and Dongshanhu Park.

Line 7 runs east-west across the southern suburbs.

Line 8 runs east-west through Haizhu District from Fenghuang Xincun to Wanshengwei. Serves Sunday Yat-sen University and Pazhou Exhibition Centre.

Guangfo Line is China's first intercity metro, connecting Guangzhou to downtown Foshan. Central Foshan can be visited in roughly 45–60 minutes from central Guangzhou. Transfers from GZ metro lines and Yangchengtong cards are accepted.

Zhujiang New Town APM is a driverless people-mover serving downtown Tianhe District and is the least-used line on the Metro (which is handy if you want to avoid the most crowded section of Line 3). The line has 9 stops running from Linhexi to Canton Tower, and serves tourist sights including Guangzhou Opera House, Haixinsha Island (where the opening ceremony for the 2010 Asian Games was held) and the Canton Tower. This line uses separate tickets (flat fare 2 yuan, 5% discount with the Yangchengtong card). Unlike other metro lines, you should insert your token at the entrance gate - the exit gates open automatically when approached.

The system is still being expanded and there is talk of adding connections to Dongguan, Huizhou, and Zhongshan.

Travel on a Bus in Guangzhou

There is also a comprehensive public bus service that covers Guangzhou from end to end. By far, it is the cheapest way to move around. Bus fares are ¥2 for the older buses and ¥2 for the air-conditioned ones, although the older buses have been mostly retired. Information at bus stops is mostly written in Chinese, although the current stop's name is also written in either pinyin or English (not always consistent with the recorded announcement in English) and stops close to subway stations are (usually) marked with the Guangzhou Metro logo, which is handy if you are lost. On-board announcements are made in Mandarin, Cantonese and sometimes English. Exact fare or a Yang Cheng Tong card is needed when boarding. If traveling on a quiet bus, it is advisable to signal to the driver that you wish to get off when approaching your stop by pressing the red buzzer next to the exit door or by saying "xia yi zhan you xia (pinyin:xià yī zhàn yǒu xià)," meaning "I'm getting off at the next stop" or simply "you xia (有下, pinyin:yǒu xià)." In Cantonese "you xia" is "yau lok(有落)."

Bus stops served by many routes are usually divided into multiple sections, each one with a different number. The stops are usually all on the same side of the road, one after another, but in some cases (such as Haizhu Plaza) and the stops are found all over the place.

Buses are only handy for traveling within one neighborhood or for reaching suburban neighborhoods that are not served by the subway. Heavy traffic can lead to a slow, uncomfortable journey although they can be handy for a affordable but slow sightseeing tour. Trolley bus lines (Routes 101-109) are handy for adventuring Liwan and Yuexiu neighborhoods.

Most bus routes run from around 6AM to 10 or 11PM, after which there are night buses with the prefix Ye (夜, night). The night route numbers are not related to the normal route numbers. The fare is usually ¥7. Virtually all night buses stop running around 1 or 2AM, and some start again around 5AM. In most cases, taking a taxi at night is a better idea.

Guangzhou has over 30 commuter express bus lines (高峰快线) run mostly during peak hours from major bus and subway interchanges to congested areas and outlying neighborhoods. Fares are from ¥2-4. There are also four special lines for University Town (大学城专线). You can find these in most major stations in the city that would take you to University Town. Fares are from ¥2-4. There are also 2 tourist bus lines (旅游专线) passing through many scenic spots in the city. Other special lines are: Lines to some commercial neighborhoods, shuttle buses for many different residential complexes such as Favourview Palace and Star River, and even complementary shuttle buses for some shopping center. The driver of a shuttle bus may ask for your receipts.

By BRT

The Bus Rapid Transit system went into service in early 2023. It is crucially a long segregated bus lane (not an elevated busway like in Xiamen) running along the Tianhe Road and Zhongshan Avenue corridor towards the eastern suburbs. Some intersections are traversed by bridges and tunnels, which cuts journey times considerably, but other intersections have traffic lights and therefore traffic jams, and crowds can be as dense as in Metro stations but with fewer doors and a narrower standing area compared to Metro trains.

All buses that use the BRT start with a B prefix (B1, B22 etc.), though some without the "B" stop nearby. When reading a bus route (in Chinese) you can see the BRT logo above each BRT station name, like the GZ Metro logo above bus stops that are near Metro stations. The B1 stops at every BRT station, but other B routes use any number of BRT stations (sometimes just one) and use normal roads the rest of the time.

If boarding a BRT bus at a normal (non BRT) bus stop and the normal fare of ¥2 applies, however you can transfer to other BRT routes for free, provided you transfer at a BRT stop. If boarding at a BRT stop, insert ¥2 (coins only) into the entry turnstile to enter the platform area; no payment is required when boarding the bus, and you can board at the rear.

As with normal bus routes and there is almost no English at BRT stations, and only the current station name is in pinyin. Overall it isn't much use to tourists who can't read Chinese.

Best way to travel in Guangzhou by a Taxi

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Guangzhou taxis are very affordable. The starting charge is ¥20 for the first 2.3 kilometers, or about 1.4 miles. After that is ¥2.6 for each km. No fuel extra charge is added. A 50% extra charge is automatically added when the trip reaches 35 km. A few taxis also accepts Yang Cheng Tong as payment, but it is not preferred by the drivers. The taxi hotline is 96900. This comes in handy if you forget your valuables in a taxi. Save your receipt because it contains the taxi's identification number.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages, so be sure to have the name and address of your destination written in Chinese to show your taxi driver. Many are from the poorer northern provinces and do not even speak Cantonese. If your destination is not well known, have a nearby landmark included in the address, e.g. "across from the Garden Hotel."

Whilst the majority of taxis are the regular VWs and Hyundais found in almost all Chinese cities and there are an increasing number of 'London taxis' on the streets of Guangzhou (which comes as no surprise as the latest generation of London black cabs are built by Geely Motors in China). They are wheelchair accessible and can carry up to 6 passengers. Many people recommend using the yellow taxis as that company only employs local Guangzhou drivers who know the city well - other taxi companies usually hire migrant workers from other provinces who may not know where they are going.

Most taxi shift changes take place between 3-5PM. During this time, it is hard to find a taxi as many drivers stop working by displaying the "out of service (暂停服务)" sign before the end of the shift, unless you are going in their direction. Taxi can be also hard to come by during commuter peak hours of 7:30-9AM and 5-7PM. Finding a taxi during the evening or at night is usually not a problem.

Scams in Guangzhou

Most people find taxi drivers in Guangzhou to be honest. However, during the Canton Fair near the Pazhou Complex, it is common to see drivers violate rules, such as refusal of service and pre-negotiating a price rather than using the meter. It is also difficult to find an available taxi elsewhere in the city.

Beware of taxi driver as sometimes, in addition to going around the block one too many times and they will also try to pass counterfeit bills. Pay close attention as to what they pay when passing toll booths. Good drivers will show you the toll receipts. Only add the toll amount to what is displayed in the meter. A trip between the airport to the East Railway Station will cost around ¥220-130.

When paying with ¥200 notes, ensure that the money does not leave your sight until accepted. Some taxi drivers will turn around, do something, turn back and hand you back fake notes instead, especially if you are foreigner on the way to the airport. In this situation there is almost nothing you can do.

By car

While driving in Guangzhou is an option, drivers unfamiliar with the driving conditions in China's large and densely populated cities should be aware that the experience can be extremely daunting and potentially dangerous. However, it is common in Guangzhou to rent a vehicle that comes with a driver.

Car rental companies in Guangzhou:

  • Avis (安飞士汽车租凭), 9 Huali Road, +86 20 3829-6279, 8:30AM–5:30PM.
  • Hertz (赫兹国际汽车出租), 89 Linhe West Road, first floor of Jingxing Hotel. +86 20 8755-1608.

See also Driving in China.

By motorcycle

Although a convenient way to navigate the city's back alleys and lanes, motorcycles are banned in the downtown, and riding a motorcycle into these prohibited areas can lead to fines and feasible confiscation of the bike. In addition to the central motorcycle ban, electric bicycles are banned from the city roads.

Travel by bicycle in Guangzhou

Due to the improvement of public transportation and increasing affordability of private cars, bicycles are in sharp decline in Guangzhou. In recent years and the government has been promoting this low-carbon mode of transportation. Over 100 rental outlets are now available along many BRT lines and subway stations. The rental fee is by the hour and up to ¥70 a day. One popular bike route is along the Pearl River on the Haizhu District side. Other dedicated bike lanes are slowly appearing in the downtown, including Tianhe District. Yangchengtong Card is accepted in many public rental outlets.

New bikes are available in major hypermarkets from ¥200 for a affordable single-speed to around ¥800 for a 21-speed mountain bike, although quality leaves a lot to be desired. Giant and Merida are the two most common international brands (both are from Taiwan) and whilst a little more expensive (expect to spend over ¥2000 for anything with more than 1 gear) and they offer something a little faster and of better quality. Get a decent quality lock too - bike theft is rampant!

Folding bikes are permitted on the subway (but not on buses) and can be carried in the trunk of a taxi at the driver's discretion, but non-folders are not permitted on any form of public transport other than the cross-river ferries. Bicycles are not permitted to cross the river via the Zhujiang Tunnel or Zhujiang suspension bridge, but are permitted to go on the public ferries for ¥2 (see below).

By ferry

The ferry is the cheapest way of crossing the Pearl River (Zhujiang). Ferries were very popular in the 1980s and early 90s, carrying tens of thousands of passengers across the river each day. Nowadays its popularity declines substantially, mainly due to the completion of several bridges over the Pearl River and metro tunnels under it. The river narrows when going through the downtown (a little wider than the Thames in central London). It is usually faster and more convenient for people to use the bridges or metro to cross the river, rather than wait for the ferries. One still-popular ferry route connects Huangsha Pier (by the seafood market next to Shamian Island) to the pier at Changdi Road on the Fangcun side. Ferries depart every 10 minutes from 6AM to 10PM. The fare is ¥0.5, or ¥2 with a bicycle. The fare can be paid in cash (no change given) or by using Yangchengtong Card. There are separate boarding gates for cyclists and pedestrians, and you pay at the boarding gate.

Halal Walking Tours in Guangzhou

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Due to the sheer size of the city, walking is not advisable if you are trying to reach destinations in different neighborhoods. However, walking is a great way of exploring individual neighborhoods, and treats such as markets, small antiquities shops and local restaurants can be found up almost every little alley. Walking along primary streets can be a nightmare - construction work can result in some inconvenient pedestrian diversions. Open manhole covers or sidewalks blocked by huge piles of cement are common. Take caution when crossing roads, even when the light is green, as bicycles and cars routinely expect everyone to move out of their way and drive through blindly. Many major intersections must be crossed using complex underpasses and footbridges. Make sure you have a map with you. It is all too easy to get lost in the rabbit-warren of small streets and alleys, even if some street signs are also in English.

Local Language in Guangzhou

Locals in Guangzhou speak Cantonese as their native language, but due to the large number of migrants from other parts of China, many of whom do not speak Cantonese, Mandarin also serves as the lingua franca. As the Guangzhou dialect of Cantonese is far less influenced by foreign languages than that of Hong Kong, this is a good place to learn the language in its "purest" form. As Mandarin is the official language of mainland China and the medium of instruction in all schools, most younger local residents will be bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin. While Mandarin is sufficient for the average visitor, breaking into the social circles of local residents would almost certainly require knowledge of Cantonese.

English is spoken by more people than in the rest of China (save for Beijing and Shanghai), but still not by the majority, so it is a good idea to carry your hotel's business card with you. To save yourself the hassle and agony when asking for directions, have names of your destinations clearly written down in Chinese by the hotel staff before venturing out. That said, many educated younger people will have a basic knowledge of English and staff at hotels as well as restaurants widely visited by foreigners generally speak an acceptable level of English.

What to see in Guangzhou

Guangzhou's long history can be experienced in the Liwan and Yuexiu neighborhoods. Traditional buildings are slowly disappearing due to the city's rapid growth, but they can still be found near Yide Road, Renmin Nan Road and Zhongshan Road. They make great photo spots. Shamian Island (Liwan) was the European settlement in Guangzhou in the 19th century, and colonial buildings can be seen there. The Chen Clan Academy (Liwan) is a famous example of traditional architecture, and Yuexiu contains several temples which are popular destinations. Yuexiu is also home to 20th century historical sites like the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.

In recent years and the Tianhe neighborhood has become home to a new business neighborhood (Zhujiang New Town), with towering office buildings and some new cultural institutions. Canton Tower (Haizhu neighborhood) is the world's second tallest skyscraper, with an observatory 449 meters above the ground.

Guangzhou is a massive city, but it is also home to beautiful natural sites. Baiyun Mountain, located just north of the downtown, is a large mountain park with forests, streams, and long hiking paths, as well as a cable vehicle to the top for the less adventurous. The Chimelong theme parks in the city south (Panyu neighborhood) include a popular safari park as well as roller coasters and other attractions.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Guangzhou

Guangzhou-cruise

  • Pearl River Night Cruise (珠江夜游) Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头), Tianzi Pier (天字码头), and Xidi Pier (西堤码头) – This is a one to two hour cruise in the evening and a great way to see the Guangzhou skyline along the Pearl River, including a light show at Bai-E-Tan. Tickets for the deluxe dinner cruise can be purchased from most high-end hotels. Prices from ¥70-¥200 per person. Higher end cruises usually include dinner buffet.
  • Daytime River "Cruise" As affordable as ¥7, you get a ride down to the last terminal at ZhongSan University and back. Just tell the ticket seller at the jetty, in front of Riverside Hostel, you just want a joyride. On your way back, you can get off on the other side of the river at the heart of the commercial neighborhood. After spending a couple of hours walking around or even dinner, it will cost you only ¥2 to cross back to the Riverside Hostel.
  • Ride the public buses. Cheap and generally safe, but beware of pickpockets. The electric trams are even cheaper at flat rate of ¥2. Hop on to any one of the public buses. Drivers are generally very friendly and helpful. So long as you have sufficient small change for the journey, tell the driver you are in just for a joyride. (In cantonese Yau Cheh Hor literally meaning just for the ride or just for fun. Where the journey terminates, ask anyone what buses will take you back and request the driver to let you know when to get off. So long as you sit not too far away, he (sometimes she) will tell you. Don't worry, everyone is very helpful on these buses. Being paranoid about scams and perceived crimes takes the joy out of what would otherwise be a marvellous holiday.

Festivals

  • Chinese New Year/Spring Festival (春节 chūn-jié) occurs on first day of first lunar month, usually in January or February. This is a 15 day celebration and some neighborhoods can be quite deserted as many migrant workers return to their home provinces. The flower fair is popular during the days before New Year.
  • Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 duān-wǔ-jié) on fifth day of fifth lunar month, usually in May or June. This festival commemorates the sacrifice of Qu Yuan (屈原), a famous poet who drowned himself in the river by way of making a statement against government corruption during the Warring States Period. The highlights are dragon boat racing along the Pearl River, and eating Rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves (粽子).
  • Mid-autumn Festival (中秋节 zhōng-qiū-jié) is on the 15th day of 8th lunar month, usually in September or October. Cantonese moon cakes are enjoyed during this holiday. Lian Xiang Lou and Taotao Ju's moon cakes are especially famous (see "Eat" section). Kids' favorites are paper lanterns. Many local residents also enjoy riding ferries and watching the full moon on the Pearl River.
  • Tomb Sweeping Day (清明节 qīng-míng-jié) is around the spring equinox, usually on April 5. Involves visits to the family tombs for cleaning and making offerings.
  • Double Ninth Festival (重阳节) is on the 9th day of 9th lunar month, usually in October. Cantonese has the tradition of hiking up Baiyun Mountain. This is also the fall version of the Tomb Sweeping Day in April.
  • Qi Xi, or Chinese Valentine's Day (七夕 qī-xī) is on 7th day of 7th lunar month, usually in August or September. According to legend, a heavenly fairy Zhinyu (织女) fell in love with a mortal farm boy Niulang (牛郎). This was forbidden; as punishment and they were only allowed to meet once a year on this day. There are usually parades and carnivals in the city celebrating the holiday. This is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, but it is steadily losing its appeal among the local residents; many have adopted the Western Valentine’s Day on February 14.
  • Winter Solstice (冬至, 过冬 dōng-zhì), which literally means the Coming of Winter is on December 22. Traditionally, Cantonese people observe the day with a family feast, which often includes preserved duck and sausages. However and the highlight of the day's festive dishes is hot soup served with flour dumplings (汤丸).

The Canton Fair

The Canton Fair (China Import and Export Commodities Fair) is held twice a year (spring and fall) in the Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou/Haizhu|Haizhu neighborhood. It lasts for several weeks each time — for example and the Fall 2018 Fair is October 15 to November 4.

Through most of Mao's perioid — from the first Canton Fair in 1957 until the "reform and opening up" under Deng Xiao Ping began in 1978 — the Canton Fair was almost the only way Chinese and foreign business people could meet and make deals. It is still much the largest trade fair in China; the October 2012 Fair had over a million square meters (11 million square feet) of exhibit space, over 24,000 exhibitors, and over 188,000 overseas buyers. Around $32.5 million worth of business was done at that Fair, and almost certainly much more was done later from contacts made at the Fair.

If you are going to the fair, book a hotel well in advance. Hotels tend to be booked and expensive during the Fair. Metro is a good transportation option to go to the fair ground, and many hotels provide free shuttle services.

There are two lesser, but still important, trade fairs in Xiamen every year. These are scheduled so that it is feasible to visit one of the Xiamen fairs and the Canton Fair in a single trip.

Study as a Muslim in Guangzhou

  • Guangzhou University of Traditional Medicine - 广州中医药大学 Guǎng-zhōu-zhōng-yī-yào-dà-xué - Chinese medicine and acupuncture (中医和针灸) is taught here, one of the main universities for traditional medicine in China and attracts many overseas students. It also has a branch in Zhuhai.
  • Mandarin House Guangzhou School - 广州美和汉语学校 Guǎng-zhōu-Měi-hé-Hàn-yǔ-Xué-xiào - Former winner and multiple nominee of STM’s ‘Star Award’ in the World Language Provider Category. Has language centres in Shanghai and Beijing and is quality accredited by IALC. Mandarin House Guangzhou school offers the same curriculum, courses and level of teaching quality in all their schools. From effective Intensive & Business Courses to Private Tutoring, HSK Preparation and Juniors Programs, assuring there is a course best suited to each level.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Guangzhou

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Street markets

If time and weather permit, walking is perhaps the best way to see the city as the back alleys, which are littered with antiquities, are not accessible by motorized vehicles. Most trades and goods categories are concentrated in a specific area or along one main street.

  • Qingping Market - 清平市场 | Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.
  • Xiguan Antique Street - 西关古玩城
  • Flower Street - 花卉水族街
  • Jade Street - 玉器工艺街/玉器街
  • Ivory and Sea products 象牙雕刻海味街
  • Toy Street and Dried goods and Snacks Street 玩具街 and 干果海味食品专业街|
  • Bridal Street - 婚纱专卖街
  • Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street
  • Household Merchandise Street - 日用百货街 - The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.
  • Cultural Street 古玩字画街 / 文化商业街 | A good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.
  • Haiyin Shopping District - 海印专业购物区 | Selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories and electronics.

Malls and shopping centers

In recent years, many large shopping malls have been built in areas like Yuexiu and Tianhe.

Halal Restaurants in Guangzhou

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Guangzhou City offers a wide array of Halal restaurants that cater to the diverse tastes of its Muslim residents and visitors. Here, we highlight some of the top-rated Halal dining establishments in the city, all boasting excellent reviews and a minimum 4-star rating. Whether you're craving traditional Chinese flavors or international cuisine, Guangzhou's Halal food scene has something to satisfy every palate.

Xinyue Muslim Restaurant

Rating: 4.3 (37 reviews)
Cuisine: Chinese

Known for its authentic Chinese cuisine, Xinyue Muslim Restaurant offers a delightful menu that meets Halal standards. Open until 10 PM, it provides both dine-in and takeaway options, making it a convenient choice for any time of day.

Xinjiang Marhaba Halal Restaurant

Rating: 4.2 (93 reviews)
Location: Baohan St, 47RG+82J
Cuisine: Xinjiang

This restaurant brings the flavors of Xinjiang to Guangzhou. With a menu rich in regional specialties, it is a popular spot for those seeking the unique tastes of Northwestern China. The restaurant is open until 10 PM and offers dine-in and takeaway services.

Qinghai Muslim Hotel

Rating: 4.1 (86 reviews)
Location: 71 Sanyuanli Blvd
Cuisine: Chinese

Qinghai Muslim Hotel is another excellent choice for traditional Chinese Halal cuisine. Patrons appreciate the quality and authenticity of the dishes. The restaurant offers both dine-in and takeaway options and operates until 10 PM.

Muslim Food

Rating: 4.4 (26 reviews)
Location: Guihua Rd
Cuisine: Chinese

With a focus on clean and flavorful Halal dishes, Muslim Food is highly rated by its patrons. It offers a cozy dining atmosphere and convenient takeaway services, perfect for a satisfying meal on the go.

Muslim Chinese Style Western-style Food

Rating: 4.5 (15 reviews)
Location: Huanshi W Rd
Cuisine: Fusion

Combining Chinese culinary techniques with Western flavors, this restaurant offers a unique Halal dining experience. The innovative menu and high ratings make it a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

Turkish Restaurant

Rating: 4.2 (61 reviews)
Location: Xingsheng Rd, 9号-110
Cuisine: Turkish

Renowned for its Halal Turkish cuisine, this restaurant is a favorite among Muslims in Guangzhou. Its diverse menu and warm ambiance provide a taste of Turkey in the heart of the city.

Noor Islamic Bostan Restaurant

Rating: 4.2 (25 reviews)
Cuisine: Various

Offering a variety of Halal dishes, Noor Islamic Bostan Restaurant is praised for its welcoming atmosphere and delicious food. It is a recommended stop for Muslims visiting Guangzhou.

Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant

Rating: 4.3 (435 reviews)
Location: 环市中路304号
Cuisine: Turkish

A highly acclaimed Turkish restaurant, Bosphorus offers an extensive menu of Halal dishes. It is particularly noted for its rich flavors and authentic dining experience, making it a top destination for Halal food lovers.

Maidina

Rating: 4.5 (28 reviews)
Location: 南约直街3号
Cuisine: Chinese

Maidina stands out for its traditional Chinese Halal cuisine. With a strong reputation for delicious food and excellent service, it is a highly recommended spot for an authentic dining experience.

Al Madina Restaurant

Rating: 4.5 (41 reviews)
Cuisine: Fast Food

Specializing in Halal fast food, Al Madina Restaurant is known for its flavorful dishes and quick service. It is a great option for a casual and satisfying meal.

Guangzhou's diverse array of Halal restaurants ensures that Muslim residents and visitors can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights. From traditional Chinese dishes to Turkish specialties and fusion cuisine, these top-rated establishments offer something for everyone. Explore these highly recommended Halal restaurants to experience the best of Guangzhou's vibrant food scene.

Convenience stores

Convenience stores are on almost every street corner and most are open 24 hours. Major convenience store chains include 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle-K and C-Store. Prices are a little higher than in local shops or supermarkets, particularly at 7-Eleven. Some FamilyMarts and Circle-K's do not sell cigarettes, but C-store does. Corner's Deli is a specialty food chain store with several locations in the city with a good selection of imported foods. One of the locations is at unit 6, Backstreet, CITIC Plaza.

Supermarket chains

Carrefour (家乐福) This French hypermarket has four stores in Guangzhou. One of them is at Kangwang Road (康王中路656号) near Chenjiaci station. It is affordable and has a good selection of products.

Jusco (吉之岛)There are several locations including Tee Mall at Tiyu West Road and Linhe Middle Road near the East Train Station. This Japanese chain has a good selection of imported groceries.

Park 'n' Shop (百佳) This Hong Kong chain has several locations ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets. The largest stores are in the shopping mall above Metro Changshou Lu Station and at Tianhe North Road close to the Longkouxi bus stop. It is a little more expensive but has a good selection of imported groceries.

Tesco This British hypermarket is on Zhongshan 6th Road above the Metro Ximenkou Station. The store spreads over 4 floors and the price is reasonable.

Wal-Mart (沃尔玛) The lower-end market has numerous locations in Guangzhou. Formerly known as Trust-Mart (好又多) but rebranded after acquired by Wal-Mart (沃尔玛). Wal-Mart has been upgrading the stores, and the prices while they are at it. This chain has a large stock of non-food items but the grocery selection is limited. It is often crowded on the weekends.

Vanguard (华润万家) This is the flagship operating supermarket chains of China Resources. It is the third largest supermarket chain in Hong Kong. It operates roughly 450 stores in China. There are over 20 stores in Guangzhou.

Lotus (卜蜂莲花) There are several locations ranging from convenience stores to hypermarkets. One of the locations is at 399 Chebei Road (车陂路399号).

Mosques in Guangzhou

Huaisheng Mosque in Guangzhou

Guangzhou Huaisheng Mosque
Add: No. 56, Guangta Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou ☎ 020-83333593 Location: Near Zhongshan Sixth Road and Jiefang Road

Guangzhou Xiaodongying Mosque
Add: No. 1, Xiaodongying, Yuehua Road, Guanghzou Location: Near Guangzhou City Hall and Yuexiu Park

Guangzhou Haopan Mosque
Add: No. 378, Haopan Street, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou

Guangzhou Xianxian Mosque
Guangzhou Xianxian Mosque Add: No. 204, Huaishi West Road, Guangzhou Location: Near Guangzhou Railway Station

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Stay safe as a Muslim in Guangzhou

Guangzhou, which was the first open port in China, is generally tolerant of different cultures. Crimes that target foreigners are not common despite the city's reputation for petty crimes.

Pickpockets are active in shopping area and transportation hubs. Safety has improved a lot since the 2010 Asian Games but the best defense, as always, is to avoid flashing your valuables in public, wandering around alone late at night. Use only official taxis and change money at banks instead of grocery stores.

Hong Kong is a remarkably safe city, so much so that residents view neighboring Guangzhou as a wild and lawless city full of danger. While Guangzhou is indeed less safe than Hong Kong, it still rates favorably when compared to most Western cities. If someone in Hong Kong warns you not to cross the border, do take it with a pinch of salt. A short journey away is a new city certainly worth exploring without any major safety concerns.

As the richest province of China, it has attracted an enormous number of immigrant workers from other mainland provinces and some developing countries.

Traffic conditions in Guangzhou have drastically improved in recent years and rules are training - relatively. However, like everywhere else in China, cars do not yield to pedestrians and zebra crossings are for display most of the time.

Emergency numbers are: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Medical: 120; Traffic accident: 122

Telecommunications in Guangzhou

  • The area dialing code for Guangzhou is 020. From overseas, dial +86 20 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits. Mobile numbers are 11 digits and city code is not required when dialing from within Guangzhou. From outside of Guangzhou, add 0 before the number (0 XXX-XXX-XXXXX). From overseas, dial +86 XXX-XXX-XXXXX.
  • Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality (广州市旅游局) 13-15/F, 140 Dongfeng West Road. (东风西路140号13-15楼). +86 20 8107-8200.
  • Complimentary wi-fi is offered throughout national airport via SSID "AIRPORT-WIFI-FREE."
  • Internet cafes are common in major Chinese cities, though are often the target of government crackdowns. Popular ones in Guangzhou include:
  • Worldwide Network on Jiangsu Road
  • the famous elite cafe Sparkice (实华开) in Central Plaza on Huaihai Middle Road
  • China Mayors Plaza (市长大厦). 189 Tianhe North Road (天河北路189号)
  • Budget Internet Cafe on Fuzhou Road
  • Starbucks (Please do not support Starbucks as Starbucks supports Israel. Shun this Coffee and go for alternative brands and if possible for a Muslim owned brand.)
  • Police: The Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Division is located at 155 Jiefang South Road (解放南路155号) +86 20 8311-5808 (Monday to Friday 8:50AM–11:30AM, 2:30PM Monday - 5PM.) You can get your visa extension done here.

Consulates in Guangzhou

  • Cambodia | Rm. 804-807 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园大厦804-807室) ☎ +86 20 8384-9937
  • Cuba | Room 2411 West Tower, Hua Pu Office Complex, 9 Hua Ming Road, Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城华明路9号华普广场西塔2411房) ☎ +86 20 2238-2603
  • India - Units 1401-1404 14F Skyfame Tower, 8 Linhe Middle Road (林和中路8号 天誉三期14楼1401-1404单元) ☎ +86 20 8550-1501
  • Indonesia | Rm. 1201-1223 West Building Dongfang Hotel, 120 Liuhua Road (流花路120号东方宾馆西座2楼1201-1223室) ☎ +86 20 8601-8772
  • Malaysia | Rm. 1912-1918 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场 1915-18室) ☎ +86 20 3877-0757
  • Mexico | Rm. 1402-03 183 Tianhe North Road (天河北路183号大都会广场1401室)☎ +86 20 22220980
  • Pakistan - Rm. No. 705-06 Grand Tower No. 228 Tianhe Road ☎ +86 20 8550-5679
  • Philippines | Rm. 709-711 Guangdong International Hotel 339 Huanshi East Road ( 环市东路339号广东国际大酒店710室 ) ☎ +86 20 8331-1461
  • Singapore | Rm. 2418 CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe North Road (天河北路233号中信广场2418室) ☎ +86 20 3891-2345
  • Thailand | M07 Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi East Road (环市东路368号花园酒店2楼M07室) ☎ +86 20 8384-9937
  • Vietnam | 2F Building B North, Landmark Canton Hotel, 8 Qiaoguang Road (侨光路8号华厦大酒店B座2楼) ☎ +86 20 8330-5911

Explore more Halal Friendly Destinations from Guangzhou

  • The watchtower dwellings of overseas Chinese from the early 20th century in Kaiping (开平). Take a 2-hour bus form Fengcun Bus Station (芳村汽车站) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B) ¥60.
  • Foshan (佛山) is only an hour away from Guangzhou. Famous for its Ancestry Temple (祖庙), it is also the home to legendary martial art master Wong Fei Hong. Take the Foshan Metro at the Xilang Station of Guangzhou Metro Line 1.
  • Hong Kong (香港) is barely an hour away by fast train, though you need to factor in border delays. You exit China, so your visa needs to be multi-entry if you intend to come back.
  • Humen (虎门) in Dongguan (东莞) is famous for its Opium War perioid relics (虎门销烟). It is a bridge away from the Nansha District. Most trains to Shenzhen or Hong Kong stop at Humen.
  • Shenzhen (深圳) is less than an hour away by bus or train, on the border with Hong Kong. Check out theme parks such as Windows of the World and the China Folk Culture Villages and Splendid China.
  • Zhuhai (珠海) is another special economic zone to the south, bordering Macau. You can get a bus from any of the major stations in the city. You can also take a high speed train at the South Station (Metro 2 Guangzhou South Railway Station) and it only takes about 45 minutes (¥64).
  • Chaozhou famous for its wood cutting art, city walls, river bridge and nice parks. Take a high speed train at the South or East Station and it only takes about 3 hours to Chaoshan and the high speed train station between Chaozhou and Shantou. Frequently running city buses connect to downtown (take north exit).

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