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The 117th Canton Fair 2015 April China Guangzhou

 

Canton Fair Invitation Application Visa Application Registration

Invitation

Canton Fair invites overseas buyers by two kinds of Invitation, one is called E-invitation and the other is Paper Invitation Card.

With the Invitation, overseas buyers could:

  • Apply for Visa to China.
  • Get registered and free entry badge to the Fair.
  • For better serving overseas buyers, and to provide easy pass for your Chinese visa application, necessary information including Buyer's Name, Nationality and Company Name will be requested to list on the invitation, please be kindly noted.

Q: Must I get the invitation to attend the Canton Fair?

A:  No. Invitation is use for apply visa and save register time.  Everybody with foreign passport can attend the Canton Fair.

Q: Some hotel booking websites offer free E-invitation service if i book with them, are they cheaters?

A:  Some kind of cheat.They only submit you information to canton fair official  - http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/clientdata/findcompany.aspx . In order to get the valuable buyer information and money.


Overseas buyers could apply invitation for Canton Fair through:

  1. BEST (Buyer E-Service Tool)  Regular Buyers go>>> New Buyers go>>>
  2. Canton Fair Call Centre, China Foreign Trade Centre
  3. the Economic & Commercial Counsellor's Office of the Embassy (The Economic & Commercial Section of the Consulate General) of P.R. China in your region, Add, Tel & Fax No.: Please make inquiries locally.
  4. Canton Fair Hong Kong Representative Office
  5. The Chinese foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with whom you are business-related
  6. By contacting overseas cooperative organizations of China Foreign Trade Centre

* If cannot apply Canton Fair Invitation or it does not work for apply China VISA, You may try Business VISA Invitation Letter. Inquire at: http://www.hkze.com , skype: chinainvitation.

BEST – An Easy and Fast Access 

BEST - Buyer E-Service Tool, the Canton Fair's online free self-service platform specialized for overseas buyers, makes a shortcut for accessible trade fair service including pre-applying IC Entry card, E-invitation, and more. For user name and password to access BEST, regular buyers can obtain online or find them in email, invitation or notice sent by the Fair, and new buyers please make free application online.

'Regular Buyer Recommending New Buyer' Reward Program: The regular buyer can send the recommendation letter of Canton Fair to new buyer through 'BEST' (Buyer E-Service Tool) on Canton Fair official website. The new buyer can apply the first overseas buyer entry badge for free with the recommendation letter. Furthermore, the regular buyer will be richly rewarded.

more information, please check: http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/html/cantonfair/en/buyer/2012-09/73.shtml.

If cannot get Canton Fair invitation official, For company or personal invitation you can inqure: visa@cantonfair.net

 

 

 
Visa

Please go to the Embassy or Consulate General of P.R.China in your country with the Official Invitation of the Canton Fair to apply the visa. The official invitation must list the Buyer's Name, Nationality and Company Name.

1. Please apply visa to China at your country or regular residence place before arriving in China. (Missions Overseas

2. Buyers who need to leave Mainland China and come back again to Guangzhou during the Canton Fair,may apply for multi-entry visa. If necessary, please contact the Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (Add: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou).

3. The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong.  Website  http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/fwxx/wgrqz/ Tel: 852-34132300 or 852-34132424 (available at 10:00-11:00am, 3:00-4:00pm on workdays) Fax: 852-34132345 Email: fmcovisa_hk@mfa.gov.cn

4. Fair visitors can also entrust the visa application to China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. (Add: 1/F., Alpha House, 27-33 Nathan Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong,Tel: 852-2315 7150, Fax: 852-2315 7292).

5. 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

6. You can inquire: visa@cantonfair.net

 
Registration

Apply Canton Fair Buyer ID card

 

When buyers arrive Canton Fair, they can apply the ID cards in Registration department outside Area B.

 

Registration Time

Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex:

Phase I
Oct. 14, 2014 10:30 - 18:00
Oct. 15-18, 2014 8:30 - 18:00
Oct. 19, 2014 8:30 - 16:00
Phase II
Oct. 23– 26, 2014 8:30 - 18:00
Oct. 27, 2014 8:30 -16:00
Phase III
Oct. 31- Nov. 3,  2014 8:30 - 18:00
Nov. 4, 2014 8:30 - 16:00


Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in appointed hotels:

Phase 1
Oct. 14-15, 2014 8:30-22:00
Oct. 16-17, 2014 8:30-18:00
Phase II
Oct. 22-23, 2014 8:30-22:00
Oct. 24-25, 2014 8:30-18:00
Phase III
Oct. 31– Nov. 1, 2014 8:30-18:00
Nov. 2, 2014 8:30-16:00

 

Registration Documents Requested Table

 

Buyers
Documents Requested
Registration Venues

Paper Invitation/E - Invitation Holders

a. Paper Invitation Card or E-Invitation issued by Canton Fair
b. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
c. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
d. Business Card

China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
On-line Pre-Apply for IC Card

a. Notice for Acquiring Cards
b. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
c. Business Card

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Non-Invitation Buyers who have been to Canton Fair

a. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
b. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
c. Business Card
d. Buyer Card for the past Canton Fair

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Non-Invitation Buyers

a. Personal documents (More details please see notes).
b. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
c. Business Card
d. Service Charge: RMB 100

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Representatives of Foreign Company's Representative Office in China

a. Copy of Business Registration Certificate of Foreign Company's Representative Office in China
b. The Employee's ID Card & Copy
c. E- invitation for Representatives
d. A most recent personal photo
f . Business Card
For those without Invitation, 300 RMB /day plus another 30 RMB/card as service fee must be paid besides presenting requested document. Only one local representative is allowed for each overseas company and must be accompanied and signature-confirmed by buyers of relative overseas company)

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex
 

Registration Process Chart

Registar chart

 

Doucuments Note

  • Personal documents include: H.K./ Macao Home-return Permit or I.D. Card, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, Overseas Passport ,valid documents for overseas Chinese or a Chinese passport with the valid overseas employment visa valid for over one year.
  • The personal photo is 5cm X 4cm.
 

Tips for the Entry Badge

If you have got a Buyer’s IC Card, please be informed that: The Entry Badge (IC Card) is valid for the upcoming sessions of the Fair, which surely saves your time with an easy access. If you forget to bring the Card or lost it, re-application will cost you 200 RMB/card as service fee.

Buyer Card is the only official admission to the Fair and is available at China Import and Export Fair Complex. However, to save your time and make the registration easier, we now set 31 Overseas Buyers’ Registration Office at appointed hotels. And,we strongly suggest you to get Canton Fair entry badge in these 31 hotels, considering the registration peak hour that occurs at 9:30am to 12:00am on Oct. 15th , 16th , 23rd , 24th , Nov. 1st and 2nd at China Import and Export Fair Complex. Definitely, it is the best way for you also, for the buyers who stay near these areas, please register in hotels too.

 

Overseas Buyers’ Registration Office at appointed hotels

Overseas Buyer’s Registration Offices in Appointed Hotels of the 115th Session

Star

Sequence No.

Hotel Name

5

1

Garden Hotel Guangzhou

2

Dong Fang Hotel

3

Chimelong Hotel

4

Baiyun Hotel

5

China Hotel By Marriott Guangzhou

6

Jianguo Hotel Guangzhou

7

Chateau Star River Hotel

8

Grand International Hotel

9

Foshan Hotel

10

The Royal Mediterranean Hotel

11

The Westin Guangzhou

12

Shangri-La Hotel,Guangzhou

13

Phoenix Hotel Guangzhou

14

Regal Palace Hotel

15

The Westin Pazhou

16

Grand Royal Hotel

17

Soluxe Hotel Guangzhou

18

Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre

19

Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe

20

Asia International Hotel

21

Four Points by Sheraton Dongpu- Guangzhou

4

22

Hotel Landmark Canton

23

Star Hotel

24

Rosedale Hotel Guangzhou

25

Panyu Hotel

26

China Mayors Plaza

27

Guangdong Victory Hotel

28

Guangzhou Ocean Hotel

29

Ramada Plaza Guangzhou

30

Ramada Pearl Hotel Guangzhou

 

 
FAQ

How can I find the product or exhibitor I need?

I suggest you can check product or exhibitor you want in

Canton Fair Exhibitor and Products link:

http://i.cantonfair.org.cn/en/

 

The Canton Fair 2014 Floor Plan(E-Hall)?

Canton Fair registration link?

Here is registration link that may help you to pre-register before you enter to the Canton Fair, it will be free of charge: http://www.cantonfair.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=285

 

How can I contact Canton Fair?

Canton Fair Call Centre: 4000-888-999 (The Chinese Mainland)

 

86-20-28-888-999 (Outside the Chinese Mainland)

 

Canton Fair Hong Kong Customer Service Centre: (852) 28771318

 

E-mail: info@cantonfair.org.cn

 

Address of the Canton Fair?

Address of canton fair:No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China

Address in Chinese:

中国广州市海珠区阅江中路380号

 

Does the hotel offer free shuttle bus to the Canton Fair complex?

All of the hotel in our hotel list will offer free shuttle bus from and to the Canton Fair complex during the Canton Fair time, our hotel list please kindly check in here: http://cantonfair.net/index.php?option=com_hotel&Itemid=276

 

Where can I find an translator?

You can look for an professional translator at the entrance of the Canton Fair.

 

Premium and gifts, jewelry in which phase of the Canton Fair?

It should be on phase 2 of the Canton Fair, but because Canton Fair has twice a year, so that the dates will be changed in different years, please keep in updated information for help.

 

Pet supplies in which phase of the Canton Fair?

It should be on phase 2 of the Canton Fair, but because Canton Fair has twice a year, so that the dates will be changed in different years, please keep in updated information for help.

 

What kind of products will be displayed at the phase 3 of the Canton Fair?

Phase 3 of the Canton Fair will has these products to display: Textiles & Garments, Shoes, Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, and Recreation Products, Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products, Food & Native Produce.

 

What kind of products will be displayed at the phase 2 of the Canton Fair?

Phase 2 of the Canton Fair will has these products to display: Consumer Goods, Gifts, Home Decorations.

 

What kind of products will be displayed at the phase 1 of the Canton Fair?

Phase 1 of the Canton Fair will has these products to display: Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Equipment, Vehicles & Spare Parts, Machinery, Hardware & Tools, Building Materials, Chemical Products, International Pavilion.

 

Does the Canton Fair's phases are the same products?

No, it doesn't. Different phases will has different products to display at the Fair ground.

 

May I know how to join as exhibitor?

Here is the site link that may help you to look for the exhibitors: http://promoter.cantonfair.org.cn/Default.aspx?version=en

 

Can children allow to get into the Canton Fair?

There has no limitation about the children cannot go into the Canton Fair, so that children is allowed to attend the Canton Fair.

 

How much per booth for the Canton Fair?

Depends on the square-metres, position and product, from about 30000RMB to 3000000RMB, for more information about it, you need to ask for the Canton Fair organisation about it. 

Canton Fair organisation's e-mail address: info@cantonfair.org.cn Canton Fair organsation's hotline: 0086-20-2608 9999/2888 8999

 

I tried to apply for the invitation letter to the Canton Fair of Oct.10 online for my colleagues from France but it's impossible to go over page 3 as computer problem occured.

You need to step by step to follow the requirements to finish the procession. If problem occured, try again or change brownser.

 

Hello,I want to go to the canton fair but i never been in to china, I would like to know all the steps to go to the fair.

Steps that may help you to attend the Canton Fair:

--If you do not have any entry visa to China yet, then you need to apply for an invitation to attend the Canton Fair to get entry visa from your local country's China Consultant, usually it has conditions require and it needs to take about 5-10 working days to do your procession, here is the site link that may help you to apply for an invitation: http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx

--If you have already had an entry visa to China, but you do not know how to attend the Canton Fair, then you can pre-register before you enter to the Canton Fair, here is the site link that may help you to pre-register:  http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/clientdata/findcompany.aspx

--If you do not know how to pre-register and you do not have enough time to do the procession, you can directly buy the entry badge at the entrance of the Canton Fair, the cost will be around RMB 200 per person.

Canton Fair organisation's e-mail address: info@cantonfair.org.cn

Canton Fair organsation's hotline: 0086-20-2608 9999/2888 8999

 

Do I need to buy a ticket to enter the Canton Fair?

No. It is free.

 

Must I get the invitation to attend the Canton Fair?

No. Invitation is use for apply visa and save register time.  Everybody with passport can attend the Canton Fair.


 

Business Card

When you give business cards or pictures, always use both of your hands. When you receive business cards or pictures, always receive them with both of your hands and be sure to look at the card/picture while you are in front of your guest. Sometimes the English translation will be on the back, so take a look. If it is all in Chinese, ask your translator to translate for you, especially the given name. He will also spend some time looking at your card and may try and pronounce your name. Never write on the card in front of the person who gave it to you.

You will notice in China that a persons family name is always listed before his given name. For example, the name Huang Shao Qiang would be Mr. Huang. It is also becoming quite common to find English names on the cards, especially in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing, which makes it very easy!

 

How do I reserve my hotel room?

Making an online reservation with CBS Travel is easy:

  1. You can go on our website(www.cantonfair.net) to choose the hotel and room type you need, and click on the "book now" buttle, and follow the instructions to complete and submit information.
  2. You can send all the detail about the booking by e-mail(book@cantonfair.net),such as :guest name , guest number,check in date and check out date, which hotel, room number, room type, the contaction of the guest. Or you can just send the requiry to us ,and we will recommend the hotel right for you.
  3. You can call us directly ,we will try our best to make a high grade service for you.(86 20 37653678)
  4. You can contact us by Msn messenger(book@cantonfair.net) or Skype(cantonfairbiz) and also livehelp.We will apply customer service 24/7 one and a half mouth before canton fair. Making a reservation through CBS Travel requires payment with a credit card. Please read our Deposit and Cancellation policy before making payment.

 

 

Words of advice and notice

  • Canton Fair is China's largest trade fair and attended by over 160,000 people from 160 countries. Hotel occupancy is extremely high and most hotels are OVER booked. Under this situation, hotel insists on reservation by credit card guarantee or prepayment from guests - and guest paying in advance will be guaranteed a room. We advise you not to wait until last minute to make payment (please understand the situation).
  • Inform us of changes as soon as possible. We understand that guest may cancel, extend, shorten or change your stay. Do inform us to avoid penalty imposed by hotel.
  • Do not double book with more than 1 agent - this will lead to confusion at hotel. Hotel may ignore double booking and guest ended up paying counter rates.
  • Book hotel using guest's passport names and check in using the same passport name. If hotel cannot locate guest's name in their computer system, you will be charged counter rates.
  • Ask for address of hotel in chinese - this will be provided in our confirmation email to you but ask for it if we miss out. This is important as most taxi drivers do not speak english.
  • Be careful of unauthorised "agents" at the airport - these poachers would solicit passengers on pretext of cheaper accommodation for same hotel - only to send guests to different hotel. Pls note prevalence of this practice during the Guangzhou Trade Fair period - you will be at their mercy - beware of poachers around airport and railway station.
  • Do not send money until you receive a call or email from us that your rooms are booked.
  • One night penalty will be charged for no show during canton fair.
 

I am going to Guangzhou to attend Canton Fair first, then to Hong Kong (or Macao) and back to mainland China again. Will single entry visa suffice?

No! You need to apply for a double entry visa in this case. Because, Hong Kong and Macao are Special Administrative Region. Once you go there from mainland China, you are considered to exit China already. Therefore you need another visa to go back in. You may apply for re-entry visa to the Visa Section for Aliens of the Commissioner mentioned in Item 2 or Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (Add: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou.)

 

How Can I extend my VISA in Guangzhou?

If you need to stay longer while you are in Guangzhou, please submit your passport to the Foreign Affairs Department of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau or the Foreign Affairs Department of Guangdong Public Security bureau. Allow one or two days for the extension to be processed. Do not overstay.

 

Do I need a VISA for a visit to Hong Kong?

Passport holders of certain countries or holding certain passports DO NOT need a visa during the specified visa-free period. Travelers who are not from those countries or those who want to stay longer need to apply for the appropriate visa or entry permit from the nearest Chinese Embassy. As an alternative, you may submit your visa or entry permit application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor. More detailed information can be accessed at the website of the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the following page:  http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm

 

Do I need a VISA to visit Macau from Guangzhou?

There are more than 50 countries and territories, whose passport holders can enter Macau without a Visa within the 'visa-free period'. For those who need visas, they can get visa approved upon arrival at the airport. For details, please visit the website of the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region at the page:  http://www.dsi.gov.mo/index_e1.html

 

 

Keep Passports & VISAs

Always keep your passport with you. If you are traveling outside a group and entering Hong Kong or applying for a visa to enter mainland China, you will need a passport that will not expire in the next 6 months.

All foreigners entering mainland China require visas. If you are traveling to mainland China, whether for business or tourism, you require a Chinese visa.

 

 
Guangzhou

How many airports does Guangzhou has?

Guangzhou only has one local and international airport, which will be: "Guangzhou Baiyun International airport", and it is located at the Huadu district at Guangzhou.

 

Time

GMT/UTC plus eight hours(GMT+8), all of China is set to Beijing time. For a less complicated way, use New York time as an example. In the middle of the summer, New York will be exactly 12 hours behind China. If it is 8 am Monday morning in Guangzhou then it is 8 pm Sunday night in New York and 60 minutes is just ending. When clocks are set back, it becomes 13 hours behind East Coast time.

 

Currency

The Chinese currency is Renminbi, issued by the state bank, the People''s Bank of China. The standard unit of the Renminbi is Yuan, with jiao and fen as subsidiary units. One yuan equals 10 jiao, and 1 jiao equals 10 fen. Yuan, jiao and fen are issued both in bills and coins. The Renminbi features the following denominations: 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan; 1, 2 and 5 jiao; and 1,2 and 5 fen.

Foreign currency and travelers'' checks can be changed at the main branches of the Bank of China, the tourist hotels, Friendship Stores and some department stores. Hotels usually charge the official rate. You will need your passport to change money and/or use travelers checks. You also might want to keep your money exchange receipts if you plan on changing any of your remaining RMB back to U.S. dollars at the end of your trip. Or you can spend it on souvenirs and other gifts to bring home. You may even want to hold onto some new, crisp Chinese bills to take home and keep with your pictures.

Important note: Write down your traveler''s check numbers on a piece of paper and keep this paper inside your luggage or back at home, separate from your traveler''s checks. If you lose your traveler''s checks, you can easily replace them using the numbers! There is an American Express office in Guangzhou, and they are very efficient.

 

Tips for Getting Around & Taxi

Getting around in Guangzhou is quite easy and not as challenging as it was back in the late 90''s. Guangzhou  also has a great number of street signs in English. It is easy to take a taxis, which are quite cheap. Now there are 4-lines of the Metro (subway) running. They are brand new and clean. But taxis are still the best way for tourists and foreigners to get around, as they take you right to your destination. A good map will do wonders if you are going to a landmark or hotel by subway. Maps can be picked up in most Hotels and book stores around Guangzhou. Make sure to pick a newer one and one with ENGLISH and CHINESE so that you can point to the location regardless of the language and someone can point you in the right direction.

Always bring your hotel address in both English and Chinese with you. It makes it so much easier if you get lost to just get in a taxi and have the driver take you to the address on the card. DO NOT give your card with your room information to the taxi driver. All the hotels have "Please Drive Me To" cards and "Return Cards" for your use. Go over your destination with the hotel before you leave and make sure they explain it to the taxi driver. Usually the bellboy will make sure the driver understands, and the taxi driver will take a sort of responsibility for you.

It is not unheard of for a taxi driver to give back fake money, especially if you are a tourist, as they get a lot of it passed to them. Generally, 10s, 20s and 50s are the easiest to pass undetected. When making payment with a 50 or 100 yuan note always keep an eye on the driver and your money. If not then there is a possibility that he will try to switch the note you gave him with a fake note then tell you that yours is no good and return the fake note to you.

If you have a problem with a taxi driver, there are two numbers you can take note of in order to file a complaint. One number is on the driver’s license card on the passenger side dashboard. It will have his picture and his ID number. The picture does not necessarily have to match that person?they sometimes lend out their ID cards.

This is the view from the back seat of a Guangzhou Taxi. As you can see on the Dashboard, you''ll find the Driver Qualification Certificate. On this certificate there will be a picture of the driver and his certification number.

As of this post on November 19, 2005 there is a 1-Yuan fuel surcharge for every trip. The sign is usually found on the Dashboard and somewhere in the back seat area for passengers in the back.

The second set of numbers is located on the driver''s side rear door window. It is usually a stamped number on a blue and white colored decal.

If you do have a problem, make it a point to show the driver that you are writing down the numbers, and your problem will usually go away.

Rules about driving: In mainland China, driving is on the right side of the road and in Hong Kong it is on the left side of the road. If you are from the U.S., be careful in Hong Kong! Do not step out into the street until you have looked both ways? You do not want to look right when you should be looking left and vice versa. In Hong Kong, you will see double-decker buses and taxis roaring down the road very close to the pedestrians waiting to cross the street. This is especially evident on Nathan Road in Tsim Tsha Tsui. Do not get caught up in the "awe" of the city and forget where you are.

 

Credit Cards and Traveler Cheques

The following foreign credit cards are acceptable in China’s hotels, department stores, restaurants and many shops: (1) Master Card; (2) Visa Card; (3) American Express Card; (4) JCB Card; and (5) Diners Card. Credit cards can be used in most mid- to top-range hotels, Friendship Stores and department stores.

ATM card and credit cards can be used quite often in Guangzhou. Make sure that your credit cards are programmed and your PIN is verified by your credit card company so that you can use it at an ATM machine for cash withdrawals. Do not wait until you travel to try the cash withdrawal card. Try taking out $20 at home before traveling abroad. If you do not have a credit card with a PIN, you can go to a Bank of China branch and get a cash advance using your credit card. You can even get a lot of RMB depending on the type of card you have but remember the credit card Companies will charge you quite high interest if not paid in full upon your return.

For the convenience of travelers in China, the Bank of China cashes travel cheques sold by international commercial banks and travel cheque companies in the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Britain, France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries and regions. The Bank of China also sells travel cheques issued by American Express, National Bank of New York, Thomas Cook, Sumitomo Bank, and Swiss Bank.

 

Bargaining

Bargaining is definitely OK. You can bargain in shops and street stalls but usually not in large stores or restaurants (unless they offer you a discount, then you know to bargain). If you do bargain, start at about 50% of the original price, and you''ll be shocked at how many times you''ll get it for that.

If you are from the U.S., most prices will be quite acceptable. Try bargaining for fun, but don''t take it too seriously, especially if you are at a street vendor.

Important note: If you go to a street vendor, the prices are geared more towards the local Chinese consumer (unless you are on Sha Mian Island) and not the foreigner who makes 10 times the average Chinese customer. Besides, you are bound to see the same exact item 10 or more times during your trip! Patience goes a long way here in China.

 

Changing Money

There is counterfeit money everywhere, so no matter what anyone tells you always change money at a bank. It is better if you remember to carry small change with you, especially if you are taking a taxi. Before you leave your hotel, get 200 or 300rmb in small notes (5s, 10s, 20s and 50s) to pay for the taxis and small purchases on the streets. The driver will not have to give you back change larger than a 5rmb note. Many counterfeit bills will be 10s, 20s and 50s. If you happen to give the driver a 100rmb note, watch him like a hawk, as he will find a way to return a fake bill because they get them all the time. Of course not everyone is like this, and it varies from place to place, but you must always keep this in mind. One day you will give the cashier a 100rmb note to buy some cookies at 7-11 and you will be told that your bill is counterfeit, and you''ll wonder for hours how you got a fake note! Now you know. And if you try to check its authenticity at a Bank of China branch, it will be confiscated and will not be replaced.

If you are in Hong Kong, never change money in a hotel, as there are many exchange booths outside with great rates. In China, though, banks are the safest and have the best rates.

If you do change money in China then a quick conversion example would be: $1 = 7 RMB. For example, if you give $100 U.S. dollars to exchange, you will receive 700 RMB. Conversion rates change so check with banks for current rates of exchange.

 

Electricity

Keep in mind that no matter what type of plug an outlet might accept, voltage in China is 220v, 50 hz and not acceptable for your U.S. purchased appliances. You will need a converter for this.

The electrical current in China is 220 volts, 50 cycles (AC). Wall outlets take American-style plugs, with two flat parallel prongs; however, the outlets may not take the third, oversized prong used for grounding now in general use in the U.S.

To use your U.S. purchased electric-powered appliances, you will need a converter (see below), unless they are dual voltage, in which case you will need only the adapter for the plug. Most laptops operate equally well on 220 or 110 volts and only require an adapter. Make sure you use a power surge protector.

Do not use the 110 volt outlets in the hotels marked "for shavers only" with high-wattage appliances, such as blow dryers.

You may want to forget your electric shaver and bring along disposable razors, such as the Gillette/Schick custom disposable razors to save space in your suitcase. If you forget razors, you can always get them while in Guangzhou at Watsons or Friendship Stores.

Important note: Adapter plugs do not convert electricity. The picture below illustrates the male end of the adapter that will plug into the wall socket. The male prongs of the converter will plug into the adapter and the male prongs of the hair dryer will plug into the converter. Keep in mind that no matter what type of plug an outlet might accept, voltage in China is 220v (50 Hz) and is not acceptable for your U.S. purchased appliances.

 

Toast

Should you choose to toast or receive a toast from a Chinese professional or friend, remember to hold your glass lower than theirs when clinking glasses together. It shows respect, and the Chinese will be quite impressed that you are such an expert in Chinese etiquette!

 

Tips for Eating and Drinking

You will be using chopsticks for most meals in Chinese restaurants here in Guangzhou, so practice before coming. You will find Western utensils available in most restaurants (fork, spoon and knife). Guangzhou has the best cuisine. There is no other province that can compare to Guangzhou. Guangdong Province has some of the best and fertile land in China.

In Guangzhou, Cantonese restaurants are the most prevalent, but Guangzhou also offers excellent opportunities to enjoy cuisine from Thailand, Korea and Japan, to name a few. Of course you will also find Western food in Guangzhou, but there is generally more of it in Shanghai and Beijing, where there are many more expatriates. The noodle and dumplings still rule in Guangzhou.

Eating in a Cantonese restaurant or home is quite an experience for the new arrivals or tourists to Guangzhou. The food is always fresh from the market and prepared the same day it was purchased. The Chinese are not big on refrigeration and like their food fresh.

Try to place your chopsticks on the holders that are provided or on your rice bowl. You can also use your chopsticks to signal you that are done with that dish by placing them on the table and not on the rice bowl or holders.

Do not eat from street vendors. The cleanliness of such food cannot be guaranteed. No matter how good it looks or smells. Always, always, always drink bottled water!

 

 
Transportation

Guangzhou Metro to Canton Fair

Guangzhou Metro opened in 1999. The network covers much of the city center and is one fo main transportation vehicles in — Guangzhou. The fare ranges from RMB 2 to 12. Most of the signs and announcements are also in English. Tickets are bought from vending machines in the stations. Bills from RMB 5 —10 or coins from RMB 0.5 — 1 are accepted at ticket vending machines. Smaller bills can change at the customer service counter. The ticket is a small plastic token, which use at the gate entering the platform, and at the exit.

More detail please visit Guangzhou Metro Offical website

 

 

Guangzhou Airport Express Schedule

Guangzhou New Baiyun International Airport Traffic Line
Airport Express Line 1AirportCivil Aviation Booking Office):
Approach Airport Live Districtcan stop at Central Hotelevery 20 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 30 minutes if no traffic jam to Approach Airport Live District ,price is 13RMBCentral Hotel , price is 15RMBto Civil Aviation Booking Office ,price is 16RMB.
Airport Express Line 2Airport-Guangyun Building):
Every 20 minutes once. Approach Baiyun Hotel(Bus stop:Garden Hotel). From Baiyun Hotel to New Baiyun International Airport may take about 35 minutes if no traffic jam,to Guangyun Building may take about 1 hours。From New Baiyun International Airport to Garden Hotel Stop, the price is 17RMB and to Guangyun Building is 22RMB.

Airport Express Line 3Airport-Fangcun Coach Terminal):
Every 30 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 40 minutes if no traffic jam,Price is 19RMB.

Airport Express Line 4Airport-Pearl Garden Hotel):
Every 1 hour once. Total Journey may take about 1 hour if no traffic jam. To Guangyuan New village ,price is 15RMB,to Guangdong University of Technology, price is 18RMB,to Da Sha Di, price is 23,to Pearl Garden Hotel ,price is 28RMB。

Airport Express Line 5AirportGlobelink Hotel):
Every 15 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 30 minutes if no traffic jam. Get on from Dongfang Hotel, price is 16RMBGlobelink Hotel is 20RMB.

Airport Express Line 6AirportThe Pearl River New Town):
Bus can stop at Tianhe Building on its way
every 20 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 1 hour if no traffic jam, price is 20RMB.

Airport Express Line 7Airport-Panyu Shiqiao):
Bus can stop at White Palace Hotel on its way
every 30 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 1 hour if no traffic jam, to White Palace Hotel , price is 28RMB,to Panyu Shiqiao ,price is 32RMB.

Airport Express Line 8Airport-Zengcheng Xintang):
Bus can stop at Guangyuan Coach Terminal and Phoenix City Hotel on its wayevery 30 minutes once. Total Journey may take about 1 hour if no traffic jam, Get on from Guangyuan Coach Terminal, it may take about 30 minutes, price is30RMBfrom Phoenix City Hotel may take 27RMBfrom Zengcheng Xintang may take 31RMB

 

 

Guangzhou Airport Passenger Guide

Best way from Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou

1. Flight to Guangzhou

a. Form Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou Airport. Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Price: HK$380-1400

b. Guangzhou Airport to Guangzhou City. Duration: 1 hour Price: by taxi, RMB$140 by Bus, RMB15-30

 

 

2. By Bus

http://www.hongkongairport.com/CBT/Controller?locale=eng
Duration: 4 Hours
Pirce: HK$200-250

3. By Taxi then Train

There is not train from Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou, you have to follow the steps below.

a. By taxi to Hung Hom Station .  Duration: 35 minutes  Pirce: HK$225

b. By Train Hung Hom Station to Guangzhou.  Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes  Price: HK$190

http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/

 

4. By Airprot Press then Taxi then Train

There is not train from Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou, you have to follow the steps below.

a. By Airprot Press to Kowloon Duration: 30 minutes Price: HK$90

b. By Taxi to Hung Hom Station Duration: 15 minutes Price: HK$40

c. By Train Hung Hom Station to Guangzhou Book here Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes  Price: HK$190

 

 

How to get to Guangzhou - Train

Many travelers arrive from HongKong to mainland China will take train from HongKong to Guangzhou directly. The Kowloon-Canton (guangzhou) Railway runs between Hung Hom in Kowloon and then Shenzhen city , Dongguan city of Guangdong Province and reach at Guangzhou East Railway Station, linking mainland China to Hong Kong. The whole journey will take about 2 hours.Traveling by train is a good alternative for casual budget-conscious travelers as the train ticket price is one-third that of an air ticket.

Online ticket booking:
http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/

 

How to get to Guangzhou - Coach

Diversity coach routes are available between HongKong and cities in pearl river delta including Guangzhou . There are shuttle buses between HK airport and Guangzhou downtown, also between HK downtown and Guangzhou downtown.
Hong Kong Airport-Guangzhou Coach Service Timetable
Hong Kong Downtown - Guangzhou Coach Service Timetable

Highways link up all cities in Guangdong provinces now. It is fast, convenient and comfortable from Guangzhou to major cities by coach at some Coach terminals in Guangzhou .

From HK
Travel to Guangzhou ( Canton ) through the Hong Kong International Airport is easy and convenient. Airport-Guangzhou coach services are available in the Arrivals Hall. Regular services depart from the airport between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Passengers are reminded that presentation of valid travel document for the entry of Mainland of China is required before boarding the coaches.

From Guangzhou
There are also lots of non-stop bus from Guangzhou ( Canton ) to Hong Kong . You can take a direct bus from Guangzhou to Hong Kong from some hotels in Guangzhou such as: the China Hotel, Garden Hotel, Guangzhou Hotel and Hotel Landmark Canton.

Bus departs from 05:30 to 20:00, every half an hour
Price: 100 yuan (single ticket), 160 yuan (round-trip ticket)
Time: 3-4 hours

 

 

 

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