Guangzhou Layover Guide (CAN)

Guangzhou Layover Guide CAN

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Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) is Guangzhou’s major airport and one of the busiest airports. It is located in the province of Guangdong in southern China at 28 km (17 mi) from the country center. This airport was established in 2004 and served as a nexus for nine different businesses. Guangzhou, also known as the “flower city,” is noted for its semiannual Canton Fair, Cantonese cuisine, and historical treasures.

Can you leave Guangzhou Airport (CAN) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport during a layover. But some travelers may require visa. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

China Organized Tours

8-Hour Coach and Walking Tour of Guangzhou’s Highlights

Admire and learn about Guangdong’s most distinctive architecture. Continue your exploration of Shamian Island’s European-style structures, which were originally the concession area in the nineteenth century. Wander around Guangzhou’s most exotic location to take in the tranquilly and beauty of the surroundings. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou’s largest park, to take in the gorgeous environment. Admire the 130-piece granite Five-Ram Sculpture and the Zhenhai Tower, also known as the Five-Storied Pagoda, both of which are important landmarks in the city. » book this tour

Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus Evening Tour

Take a bus or train to Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus and sit in the open-air amphitheatre. As soon as the show begins, put everything else aside and immerse yourself in the concerto performed by skillful acrobats, dancers, and agile animals. The lights, colours, noises, and, most importantly, the incredible performers combine for an unforgettable experience. From clown shows, dances, and magic to carnival parades and thrilling stunts like high-wire tricks and burning wheels, there’s something for everyone. » book this tour

Mount Danxia and Nanhua Temple

Mount Danxia and Nanhua Temple Full-Day

Travel to Danxia Mountain, which was designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “China Danxia” in 2010. Climb to the summit of Zhanglao for a bird’s eye perspective of the Danxia Mountain range’s surrounding outcrops and to experience the highest peak of Danxia Mountain. Admire Yang Yuan Stone’s strange rock formation, which bears a striking phallus-like appearance. Continue to Nanhua Temple, a Buddhist temple, after a quick snack. The Grand Hall is known for its Buddha statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, Medicine Buddha, and Amitabha. » book this tour

China Things to do / Sightseeing

Night Cruise on Pearl River

The Pearl River, China’s third longest river, is made up of the Xi River, the Bei River, the Liuxi River, and the Dong River. They eventually meet in Guangzhou and form an appealing scene. Cruising on the Pearl River at night is unquestionably one of the nicest things to do in Guangzhou. The Haizhu Square, the famed Canton Tower, and many towering skyscrapers are well worth seeing. The stunning night panorama illuminated by neon lights will have a memorable effect on you.

Time required: 3 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 35 minutes via Private transport.

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Because of its historical significance, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is one of Guangzhou’s must-see attractions. It was constructed in honor of China’s renowned revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen. The Memorial Hall, which has witnessed many historical events, is currently a major location for huge gatherings and performances in Guangzhou. The main structure is a spectacular octagonal palace with Chinese architectural features. The introduction of Sun Yat-sen and his life experience can be seen in the hall. In addition, the yard contains the city’s oldest kapok tree and the two largest magnolia trees.

Time required: 3 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 30 minutes via Private transport.

Hiking in White Cloud Mountain

White Cloud Mountain, the city’s most well-known mountain, provides excellent hiking opportunities. For the locals, spending a weekend there is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Guangzhou. It comprises more than 30 peaks, the highest of which is Moxing Ridge. Standing on the summit, you can take a breathtaking view of the entire city. White clouds can be seen drifting over the peaks, especially after rain, which is why it is known as White Cloud Mountain. There are 7 picturesque sites, with electric cars available in some of them if you become tired of hiking. Spring is the greatest time to visit the mountain.

Time required: Half day to Full day.

Airport to here: 29 minutes via Private transport.

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

The Chen Family Ancestral Temple is a must-see in Guangzhou, especially for history aficionados. The temple, erected in 1888, is still quite complete and was built to accommodate students from all over the empire who were taking part in the imperial test. Aside from the old building, several delicate sculptures are must-see sights. Wood carvings, stone carvings, brick carvings, and pottery sculptures will draw your attention. Furthermore, the vibrant paintings of various styles and features are worth looking at.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 31 minutes via Private transport.

Guangdong Museum

It is worthwhile to spend your time visiting a museum that can teach you about the city’s culture and history. Tourists can visit the new Guangdong Museum, located close to Huacheng Square, to learn more about Guangzhou’s history and culture. The museum’s core exhibitions are Guangdong History and Culture and Guangdong Natural Resources, but it also holds a variety of temporary exhibitions.

Time required: 4 to 5 hours.

Airport to here: 41 minutes via Private transport.

Strolling in Yuexiu Park

One of the free activities in Guangzhou is strolling through Yuexiu Park. In addition to enjoying the untouched nature, visitors to Yuexiu Park can see the Five Rams Sculpture, one of the city’s most famous sculptures and a symbol of the city. The bright trees, peaceful lakes, and green mountains provide a relaxed atmosphere to spend your leisure time. After seeing the lovely scenes, you can go to the Guangzhou Museum and the old city wall in the park.

Time required: Half day to Full Day.

Airport to here: 31 minutes via Private transport.

Shamian Island

The Shanmian Island, where you may enjoy an architectural tour, is one of the top sites to visit in Guangzhou. Statues, pavilions, wooden benches, and fountains line the streets. On the island, there are over 150 buildings in European styles, including 42 new baroque, pseudo-Gothic, and neo-classical structures and some buildings with Chinese and European elements. You may easily enjoy the foreign ambiance when strolling about there, and the stunning scenery will leave a lasting impact. Furthermore, several good bars may provide you with a vibrant nightlife.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 35 minutes via Private transport.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral that took 25 years to build and was completed in 1888. It is one of only a handful of cathedrals made entirely of granite. Morning and weekend masses are held in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and English. It is a popular tourist site for everyone who likes magnificent buildings at other times.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 32 minutes via Private transport.

Things to Do in Guangzhou Airport (CAN)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
"Golden Century Lounge" is located at the Central Terminal, Landside, 1st Floor of Main Departure Terminal, near Entrance Door 23. "Premium Lounge" is located at Multiple Locations in Terminal 1 & 2 » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
"Aerotel Guangzhou" is located inside Terminal 2, Airside. Another best hotel i.e. "Hourly Passenger Lounge" is located inside the Terminal 1, Departures Hall, on B1» view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones at the Guangzhou Airport.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Guangzhou airport for 300 minutes per session. Connect to the “AIRPORT-WIFI-FREE” network.

SIM Card: You can buy SIM card by reaching the various shops at the Guangzhou Airport (CAN). » buy a global sim card for China, Guangzhou that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Metered taxis are available for hire, to and from the airport. At the airport, taxi stops can be found in Arrival Area A, outside of Gate A5, and in Arrival Area B, outside of Gate B6.

Train: Train service is available at the airport. (more info).

Bus: Five Airport Express lines and six direct Airport lines connect Baiyun Airport to the city center, departing in 20 – 30 minute intervals. (more info).

Shuttle: Many companies are providing shuttle services at the Guangzhou Airport (CAN).

Car rentals: You can store your luggage in 6 locations. Domestic baggage hall (Gate 16), International departure hall (Gate 8), Domestic arrival hall zone B (2 locations), International arrival hall (2 locations). » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: You can park your vehicle at the Guangzhou Airport (CAN).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There is no luggage storage service at Guangzhou Airport (CAN). » book a luggage storage or locker at Guangzhou Airport (CAN) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Guangzhou Airport (CAN) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks