Stuck on a Guangzhou layover at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in China? The airport is a main hub of China Southern Airlines and is located roughly 18 miles from downtown Guangzhou, which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Guangzhou layover, click here for useful tips.
As of 2007, passengers who are in Guangzhou for less than 24 hours, do not need a visa as long as they have a booked seat on a connecting flight. For additional visa inquiries, you can check the widget on the right side of the site to check visa requirements.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Guangzhou layover, the airport has many facilities and services including business centers in both the A and B Departure areas. In addition, there is shopping and restaurants (Food Street is located by Gates 17 and 18 in the Departure Hall), a medical service, a post office, as well as banking facilities and currency exchange. There are also childcare rooms in the departure areas on the third floor.
If you’re looking to drop off your bags while you explore during your China layover, there are Left Luggage facilities open from 6:00am to 10:00pm.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the Pullman Baiyun Airport Guangzhou is located inside the airport and offers restaurants, bars, tennis courts, a fitness center and spa, and more. In addition if you are looking for a comprehensive list of hotels nearby in Guangzhou of varying price points, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
There are many transportation options from the airport into Guangzhou. If you don’t speak Chinese, taxis are recommended and it suggested that you have someone write the destination on a piece of paper to prevent mix-ups. Taxis charge CNY7 for the first 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles), and CNY2.6 for additional kilometers. Additional transportation options include subway, bus, train, water bus, shuttles and even ship. For additional transportation information, click here. Private transfers can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Guangzhou Layover:
There are many Guangzhou tours to choose from including everything from bus and walking tours to plane rides and private tours.
Xiangjiang Safari Park
The Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park is the largest animal park in Asia with more 400 species of wild animals including more than 70 white tigers (1/3 the population of these animals).
For a nice afternoon stopping in shops, eating, colonial architecture and people watching, head out to Shamian Island.
Bright Filial Piety Temple
The Bright Filial Piety Temple is considered to be one of China’s grandest temples, dating back over 17000 years. In addition to the Temple, make sure to check out the grounds where you’ll find additional stunning buildings and relics.
White Cloud Mountain
About 10 miles from Ghangzhou you’ll find the beautiful natural setting of White Cloud Mountain. At about 382 meters high, White Cloud Mountain is 10 square miles of over 30 peaks. It’s a great place to get some air, do some hiking, and check out some gardens and natural scenery.
The Liurong Temple or Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is a well known Buddhist site in Guangzhou. Check out the three large Buddha statues at the pagoda.
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