Business and Travel in Guangzhou

The city of Guangzhou is the capital of the province of Guangdong in China, covering an area of over 16,000 square kilometres and with a population estimated at 6.7 million. Guangzhou, which is strategically located on the Pearl River Delta, has been established as an important trading and business center. With a busy port, Gaungzhou is also considered to be one of the key centers for foreign commerce in South China.

Guangzhou is accredited as being one of China’s most liberal, prosperous and cosmopolitan cities. In the first half of 2006 Guanzhou’s GDP was up by 14%, which was the best increase yet when compared to the same period in previous years. This is an indication of the steady growth that the economy is enjoying and there is every reason to expect this to continue.

One of the things making Guangzhou an appealing business destination is the Chinese Import and Export Commodities Fair. This business fair in Guangzhou, which was inaugurated in 1957, is held each spring and autumn and is an event that draws business people from all over the world. This is ranked as the largest trade fair in China, having the highest attendance, biggest variety of products and the greatest number of business deals being concluded at the fair. Taking part in the fair are China’s best foreign trade enterprises, as well as manufacturing companies, wholly foreign-owned companies, private enterprises and scientific research institutions. The 101st fair had 314 different companies from 36 countries as exhibitors.

Transportation in the city of Guangzhou makes business travel easy and convenient. The Guangzho Metro underground railway system, which opened in 1999, has several stations throughout the city. Guangzhou is set to hold the 16th Asian Games in November 2010. The city is expected to spend approximate 220 billion yuan (US$26.5 billion) to build an athletes’ village, improve the infrastructure and build a new railway station. There are also plans to complete the second phase of the Baiyun International Airport which serves Guangzho. This is sure to further boost the local economy.

There are many compelling reasons for a business person to visit the city of Guangzhou, and while you are there, take time out to enjoy the many tourist attractions as well.

The city of Guangzhou is filled with greenery and boasts stunning flowers that bloom throughout the year. Guangzhou has the largest urban park in South China, along with many renovated colonial buildings, as well as galleries and exhibitions that rank as world-class. There are tourist attractions that welcome visitors to peer into the 2,800 year history of Guangzhou, with its many interesting legends. Places of interest in the city include White Cloud Hill Scenic Spot, Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou Zoo, Six Banyan Temple and Flowery Pagoda. City dwellers, business people and tourists alike find a visit to the suburbs an enjoyable experience. There you can explore Conghua Hot Springs, Xiqiao Hill Scenic Spot, Seven Star Crags and Foshan City.

Should your purpose be for business or pleasure, you will find both in Guangzhou.