Guangzhou (known as Canton), located in
the north of Pearl River Delta, is the capital of Guangdong Province and
the gateway to the south China. Known as the "City of Flowers",
Guangzhou has covered 1,339 hectares of its area with trees, flowers and
grasses, and wafted with flower fragrance all the year around.
June in Guangzhou is fairy hot, and rainy. The average temperature is
about 28 degrees Celsius (84F), and it could be as high as 38 degrees
Celsius(100F). Usually shirts or at most a jacket will do very well. A
raincoat or umbrella is advised. Most places for the conference
activities as well as the hotel are air-conditioned.
currency is the yuan (RMB). The current exchange rate is about 7.4245
yuan to one US dollar. There are many kinds of currencies which can be
exchanged in the airport, banks and some main hotels. The Bank of China
is located in the hotel lobby of Conference Hotel.
world wide-accepted credit cards, e.g. Visa, Master Card, American
Express and JCB can be used in the main hotels and Convention Center,
while the traveler's checks issued by American, Japanese, European and
Hong Kong banks are accepted. The check from the Bank of China is the
most convenience when you are in China.
3) Exchanging Money
can easily change foreign currency at hotels and banks in Guangzhou;
the Hong Kong dollar is a very acceptable second currency here. For the
most favorable rates, change money through banks. Although ATM
transaction fees may be higher abroad than at home, ATM rates are
excellent because they are based on wholesale rates offered only by
major banks. You won't do as well at exchange booths in airports or rail
and bus stations, in hotels, in restaurants, or in stores.
cannot obtain Chinese currency outside China, and you cannot exchange
it back into foreign currency outside China. This situation will change
when the RMB becomes fully convertible.
4) Electrical Supply
be reminded that you need a visa to enter China. We have consulted with
the Chinese consulate officials. A tourist visa is all you need. Also,
you need to go to the Consulate in person to apply unless you are using
a travel agent which is authorized to apply a visa on your behalf.
Check with the China Embassy in your country or your local travel agent.
For more information about visa and passport, please click here.
you need a referral or contact person when applying your VISA, you may
write our IACMR Local Arrangement Committee's contacts:
Name : Renhong Zhu
Office Tel.: 0086-20-84114986
School of Business, Sun Yat-sen University
135 Xin'gang West Rd.
Guangzhou, P.R.China 510275
national language of China is Mandarin, known in China as Putonghua
(putonghu?). Nearly everyone speaks Mandarin, but many also speak a
local dialect that uses the same characters as Mandarin but whose
pronunciation can vary greatly. In Guangzhou the main spoken language is
is difficult for foreigners to speak Chinese and even harder to be
understood. However, the Chinese will appreciate your making the effort
to speak a few phrases understood almost everywhere. Try "Hello" -- "N?
hao" (nee how); "Thank you" -- "Xi? xi?" (shee-yeh, shee-yeh); and
"Good-bye" -- "Zai jian" (dzigh djyan).
7) Nearby Cities
-- a prosperous city that is the first experimental ground for market
economy in China since 1979. A mere one-hour-fifteen-minute train ride
away south of Guangzhou. Trains depart every 15 to 25 minutes. Shenzhen
is connected to Hong Kong and a popular day-trip destination for
residents of as well as tourists visiting Hong Kong. Shenzhen has a
large migrant worker population from the inland provinces such as Si
Chuan and Hu Nan, making it both a vibrant city and a land for
adventures. Like many other populous cities, visitors ought to be aware
of travel safety and watch their personal belongings closely.
Kong - it is directly south of Shenzhen. You can access Hong Kong by
transit in Shenzhen, or take the direct train that departs from
Guangzhou every few hours. Please be aware if you need a VISA for
entering Hong Kong. RMB and USD are generally well accepted and you can
easily locate a currency exchange store in almost every corner of the
streets in the tourism areas.
8) Tourist Attractions
Guangzhou is one of the twenty-four famous
historical and cultural cities in China. It does not, however, have the
amount of cultural attractions found in some cities such as Beijing and
Here is a brief introduction to the tourist sights in Guangzhou.
Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is famous for its exquisite
craftsmanship including wood, stone, and brick carving, and metalwork
using copper and iron. There are also wonderful murals. As for the
carving techniques, both realistic and imaginative styles were employed
to give the temple a magnificent yet solemn atmosphere.
Cloud Mountain (Baiyun Shan) is easy to reach. Take the public bus, No.
199, 233, 24, 36, 285, or 540. Tourists can take a cable car to reach
the top of the mountain. The entrance fee is CNY 5.
Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si) located at Guangxiao Lu, is the
oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the Lingnan Area. The Bright
Filial Piety Temple plays an important role in Chinese Buddhism history
because many famous Buddhist monks came here to preach religious
doctrines, bringing glory to this temple.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is the most important relic in Guangdong
Province. It was built for Dr. Sun Yat-sen after his death in 1925. It
was completed in October of 1931.
Park the largest park in Guangzhou, gets its name from Yuexiu Mountain,
which is located in the park. Yuexiu Park is famous for its beautiful
scenery and its large number of historical relics such as the Five-Ram
Sculpture, Zhenhai Tower, the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall, and
the Square Cannon Site. You can get to the park by taking bus No. 2, 5,
6, 10, 58, or 101.
Changlong Night Zoo can be accessed through train to Punyu. It's a unique zoo that opens at night time.
are more sites to visit than those just listed. They are Huaisheng
Mosque (Remember the Sage Mosque) , Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and
Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum and more.
used to be unheard-of, but now the custom is taking hold. In
restaurants tip about 3% of the bill. Tip bellboys and room-service
waiters Y10-Y20, or US$1-US$2 (U.S. dollars are always appreciated as
tips). It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you might let
them keep small change.