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There is an efficient and expanding public transportation system that makes getting around in Guangzhou relatively simple. The Yang Cheng Tong card, available from convenience stores throughout the city, offers discounted travel using local buses, subways, and even some taxis. The subway covers much of downtown, and the stations are clearly marked with the Guangzhou Metro logo. The bus system has a more comprehensive service, but is slow if you travel long distances. Buses require exact change or a Yang Cheng Tong card. Taxis are a popular form of transport in Guangzhou for visitors, as they are cheap and reliable. Many drivers will not speak English, however, so it is best to have your destination written in Chinese to show them. Renting a car is possible, but driving in the downtown area can be confusing and possibly dangerous for those unfamiliar with Chinese as the road signs are not in English. China has a reputation for being bicycle-friendly, but Guangzhou does not have necessary amenities like bicycle lanes. You can rent a bicycle on Shamian Island, but for longer stays it is preferable to buy one, as rentals are often in bad repair. It is also possible to explore some areas of the city on foot, but the various districts are far apart.
Local time is GMT +8
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary, but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.
China's currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because you may have difficulty exchanging the currency outside China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. It is not possible to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce in rural areas.
The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.
110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance)
There are 5 Airport Express lines and 6 Airport Non-stop lines to round-trip between airport and downtown. There are also local taxis that transport passengers to and from Guangzhou city.
Rental cars are available at the airport, or in downtown Guangzhou.
There are taxis available at Guangzhou Airport.
There is a post office, bank, business centre and information desk at the airport, as well as leather, cosmetics, and local speciality stores. The airport also has dining facilities and a wine and cigarette shop. Special facilities for the disabled are provided.
There is both covered and uncovered parking at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
Free wifi is available in the terminal.