A centre for trading and cultural exchange, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing & Shanghai. Formerly known as ‘Canton’, the city is divided into ten districts – with ‘Tianhe’, ‘Yuexiu’, and ‘Tianhe’ serving as the city centres. If you’re attending the Office 365 Summit, this will help you plan your travel and sightseeing in Guangzhou better.
Citizens of most countries require a Chinese visa to travel to Guangzhou. If you’re wondering whether you need to apply for one, you could check out this list, which will give you a better idea.
Weather in January
Unlike cities in Northern China, such as Beijing and Harbin, it seldom rains in Guangzhou in January – and the sunlight is relatively soft, making January one of the best times of the year to visit Guangzhou.
Average Temperature: 14°C / 57°F
Average High Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
Average Low Temperature: 10°C / 50°F
Electricity & Voltage
The electricity in China is generally 220V & 50HZ. As the shape of a socket varies, a portable plug adaptor may also be necessary.
Most sockets in China use a three-pronged plug.
Places to Visit
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.
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the memorial was constructed in 1931, and built on the original site of Sun Yat-sen’s presidential office on Yuexiu Hill.
The Temple of Six Banyan Trees, which includes the 17 story, eight-sided Hua Ta, or Flowering Pagoda, is one of the most popular attractions in Guangzhou. The temple dates back to the 6th century, while the pagoda predates it by about 300 years,
Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Discovered accidentally in 1983 during the construction of proposed shopping mall, this impressive mausoleum proves to be the most important historic discovery in South China, making it a must on any itinerary. The highlight is the King’s burial suit made of thousands of jade tiles.
Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud Mountain)
A great place to relax, and enjoy great views over the city. The road to the top in most of the daytime is restricted to park trams and pedestrians. To get to the top lookout point, you can use the main roads or trails. There are many places to rest and refreshments are available along the way.
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