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Below is some practical information which you may find useful for your trip to Guangzhou
next June. For more information and further inquiries, please contact Red Ng
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.
1) Climate Mid 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.
2) Currency Chinese 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.
The 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.
5) Visa Pease 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.
If you need a referral or contact person when applying your VISA, you may write our IACMR Local Arrangement Committee's contacts:
7) Nearby Cities Shenzhen -- 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.
Hong 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 Xian.
Here is a brief introduction to the tourist sights in Guangzhou.
The 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.
White 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.
Bright 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.
The 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.
Yuexiu 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.
There 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.