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Hiring a car in the southern China city of Guangzhou allows you to explore the Guangdong province at your own pace. You can discover remote villages and hidden attractions and enjoy some remarkable views of the region.
As you need a Chinese driving licence to drive in Guangzhou, you should consider hiring a car with a driver. This is a common practice for overseas visitors to Guangzhou, and easily available through various car hire companies.
With a European driving licence or International Driving Permit, you may have to do further tests before having an EU licence converted into a Chinese driving permit.
While you could go on a 75-mile rental-car road trip to Hong Kong, there is so much more to see just around Guangdong. Drive to ancient villages, many of which date back to the Song dynasty in the first century, for a fascinating insight into Cantonese life.
Spend an afternoon bird watching in the Nansha Wetlands, a 200-hectare reserve just north of Guangzhou, which attracts migrants birds from Eastern Europe. While you’re there, stop off at the Nansha Tin Hau Palace, known locally as the Palace of the Heavenly Queen. It’s a stunning ornate temple dating back to the Ming Dynasty.
Bruce Lee fans might enjoy the Bruce Lee Park in Foshan, east of Guangzhou. Continue driving east to get to Xigiao Hill, where you’ll see the 203-feet tall Guanyin Statue rising out of Nanyue Confucian Hill. Enjoy the park and all its Guanyin statues before driving back to Guangzhou.