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Flights to Guangzhou take you to China's third largest city, an important commercial and financial centre. But it’s also the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine and boasts a fascinating history dating back to the Qin dynasty. Most visitors to Guangzhou book flights to Gangzhou International Airport in Baiyun district, 17 miles north of downtown Guangzhou.
Getting to Guangzhou is easy, with a number of London airports offering flights to the vibrant Chinese city. China Southern Airlines have direct flights to Guangzhou from London Heathrow, where flights take around 11 hours 35 minutes. Use to Expedia to choose between direct flights and the stop-over options available.
A number of airlines offer one-stop flights to Guangzhou, including Air China, Emirates and Cathay Pacific. Some airlines offer routes with two or more stops, as well as alternative departure points in Europe. You might also consider flying into Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport or Hong Kong International Airport, both with high-speed train services to Guangzhou.
Use Expedia to find the cheapest flights to Guangzhou from a number of worldwide airlines. Search through China Southern Airlines, Air China, Emirates, Qatar Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air France.
Before flying to China, you need to get a visa from the Chinese Embassy. But if you’re travelling from the UK and just stopping in Guangzhou, you can make use of the 72-hour visa-free transit policy, which allows visitors from 51 countries to stay for up to 72 hours without a visa, providing they have an onward flight.
Baiyun is the only international airport in Guangzhou. It’s 17 miles from Guangzhou city centre and 24 miles from Tianhe, Guangzhou’s Central Business District. Baiyun International Airport has an excellent transportation system which includes taxis, many airport express buses and the city’s metro system. Other cities in southern China are also easily accessible from the three major train stations, all of which offer high-speed services to Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Guangzhou’s Central Business District and the sprawling Canton Fair make Guangzhou southern China’s hub for finance and trade. But it has a long, interesting history stretching back thousands of years. Visit Yuexiu Park – home to the dramatic Five Rams statue, a classic emblem of the city – and explore the Guangzhou Museum, a selection of historic artefacts housed in the tiered Zhenhai Tower.
While you’re in Guangzhou, make time to dine in its best-loved restaurants. The city formerly known as Canton is famous for its amazing food. If you're feeling brave, try the local speciality of stewed snake or crocodile dishes, or simply enjoy the fantastic dim sum, roast suckling pig or wonton noodles the city is renowned for.
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