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14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

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14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Hi guys,

I'll have 14 hours between flights at Baiyun airport (7am - 9pm on a Thursday). I want to be back at the airport 3 hours before the flight. I plan to use the subway for getting into town and back. That should give me some 8-9 hours to explore.

I'd like to experience the modern architecture, incl. the skyline, as well as a bit of the historical part. Can you please give me tips for an itinerary, if possible please with subway references?

As I understand from other forum posts I don't need to worry about a visa. I will check through my luggage, but are there luggage boxes at the airport, where I could put my carry on bag into?

Thanks in advance. José.

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11. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

You can take 2 taxis, cost about 200 yuan(100x2=200=US$30). 45 minutes taxi ride. 2- or you take airport bus from curbside, about 140+ yuan for 7 people. That hotel is at a major transportation spot, airport bus should stop at front door. That is not a cheap hotel, take the taxis. If you take bus, you save 50-60 yuan, less than 10 yuan saving per person. Tying to set up a special van/bus for 7 will cost a lot more plus extra work.

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12. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Thank you that makes a lot of sense, but the last time I was in Guangzhou the Taxi into town was old and decrepit. Have they got good modern cars now? We also have quite a bit of Luggage--- any problem?

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13. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

They are still old and dirty, but at least the drivers seem to be more polite, or at least not as rude as before. Many with a big propane gas tank in the trunk which limits the luggage space. The trunk can handle 2 25" suitcases, max, maybe 1. You may need front passenger seat for suitcase. 3 taxis is a bit messy, regardless of the cost. I see some logic for airport bus, at least it is door to door. If money does not matter and company pays for it, ask hotel to get a van for you, or send their mini bus, I saw it when I stayed there. You will pay a lot more, but not a big deal relative to the hotel room cost.

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14. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Your discription of the Taxis is very accurate. We just might have to stand around till a good one (or Two) come along. They are very honest and turn the meter on-- not like the Vagabonds in Rome.

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15. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Thank you, and lyoo of curse, very much!!!!

i just planning the same, 15 hours guangzhou with my daughter (7 years orld) and my sister. Your posts will be very helpfull i'm sure!

lyoo, is it possible to go to Xiaozhoucun directly from the airport? Because we will also have 8 hours break on the return flight...

I will tell you our trip when we are back,

thanks

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16. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Hi Anna,

They are doing some construction in Xiaozhoucun at the moment. Not very pretty. Also it has no metro and there are several buses to it. From airport either take taxi, or metro+bus. 8 hours' transfer time to Xiaozhoucun is too rush. A around trip to and back from the city to airport will be around 2 hours, and you need to be back to airport 1.5-2 hours earlier.

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17. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Hi Lyoo,

thanks a lot, that is good to knew about constructions in Xiaozhoucun. You seemed to be the top specialist of Guangzhou, you're great! So have you another idea of some more calm place to visit? actually we have 8 hours to stay there (the stopover is 12 hours). We are not interested in shopping, but a marked with some lokal stuff can be fine. And the most important, we want to eat good food ;).

On the first way we will visit Guangzhou, with yours and Josés suggestions (stopover 18 hours), but on our way back we prefer a calm trip, perhaps a national park? But we can also just come back to our favorite places decouvered on first visit ;)

And i have another question: Are the metro stations only written in chinese signs or also in latin letters??

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18. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Hi Anna,

I think everyone is good at his/her own area :) All the metros in China have latin letters for station names. Some buses in Guangzhou also have latin names.

I thought you had 8 hours in total. Since the 8 hours are the free time you have, Xiaozhoucun might still be an option. I don't know where you learned it. It is an old village and have some old houses. But to me it has too many artifical things (and that is why it is often under construction), not as good as how it marketed (personal opinion). If you are still interested at it, we can discuss the transportation option.

The main tourist sites I did not list in post #1 are Shamian Island and Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral. Shamian island has some colonial houses. The church was built by French and it is the most beautiful church in the city. But if you are from Europe, you have seen too many better ones.

There's no national park close by. When I was small I liked the old zoo a lot a lot. Now though some say the cages are too small for the animals, I still like it a lot. It is not easy to keep a zoo in downtown of such a crowded city. There's also panda there.

The most famous park in the city is Yuexiu Park. There's a statue of five goats, which gives Guangzhou the nickname "the Goat City".

Several universities have pretty campuses and I personally like them more than parks. South China U of Tech and the Agriculture U's campuses are very pretty, but a bit far from the center. Sun Yat-sen U's is smaller but also pretty, and closer to the city center. It also has some pretty old style houses in, much better than the ones in Xiaozhoucun in my opinion. One route can be metro to Sun Yat-sen U station, enter the campus through the south entrance, walk across the campus to its north entrance, from there take ferry to Tianzi Wharf which is close to Beijing Road and Haizhu Square (for food, metro or shopping). The ferry runs from 7-18 daily, one for every 30 mins.

Close to Haizhu Square there is a Onelink Plaza (closes by 6 pm). It is a shopping center for toys, decorations and gifts. Nothing fancy or speical for local (the real local Cantonese stuffs are food), but women and kids can always find something cute and cheap there. If you go to other Chinese tourist sites, most likely will see the same stuff with higher price.

Another alternative is Dongshan. Tourists rarely know or go there. But there is what Canton means to me. lifeofguangzhou.com/node_10/node_228/node_23… I think it is much better than Xiaozhoucun or even Shamian Island, and the only thing is no one markets there.. Some more pictures of Dongshan: 360.mafengwo.cn/travels/info_weibo.php…

For food, check the "Top Question" of the right hand side please. Basically food is everywhere in GZ.

bon voyage.

Edited: 05 May 2014, 23:15
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19. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

If you are German, see if you like the pig feet in Guangzhou :)

A very good pig feet street tiny "restaurant" is close to Shangxiajiu Road. From Changshou Road 长寿路 Metro station, exit A, walk through Baohua Road 宝华路 until the end, turn left, keep walking a bit and will see a Pizza Hut, on the other side of Pizza Hut there is a small street (picture 3 is the entrance:http://bbs.ip1840.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=24455). Inside that street you will see a little street restaurant as shown in picture 1. Cantonese pig feet is made by sweet vinegar and ginger. The vinegar is brown and thus everything is brown (picture 2). I consider it very good. In case you don't like it, continue walk a little bit from the Pizza Hut is Tao Tao Ju 陶陶居 and Lian Xiang Lou 莲香楼, both are century-old restaurants. Nanxin Milk Desserts Expert 南信甜品店 is also right next. Double layer milk curd 双皮奶 and ginger milk curd 姜撞奶 are famous (double layer one is the most famous, while I like the ginger one more, less sweet). The only problems are there are forever so many people, and also you only have one stomach.

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20. Re: 14 hour stopover in Guangzhou

Thanks again!!!

now we have enought material for visiting guangzhou 4 times :) I think we will surly visit the old zoo, cause my daughter loves pandas so much...And the trip you proposed from sun yet-sen U to Haizi square seems a very good idea! If my sister is ok i'm curios to taste the pig feet ;)

We will do the best with one stomac, two eyes each and two days to explore... Many thanks for your precius aid!