Guangdong Transportation

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High Speed Rail

With the fast and extensive HSR (high speed rail) network, visitors can easily travel among cities in Guangdong, or travel to other provinces. The network, with the capital city Guangzhou as the center, is north to Beijing, south to Hongkong, west to Guangxi province, and east to Shanghai and Xiamen.

Altogether sixteen cities in Guangdong has opened HSR stations, including cities in the Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing Jiangmen, Huizhou), eastern coastal cities (Shantou, Shanwei, Chaozhou, Jieyang), northern cities (Shaoguan, Qingyuan), and western city Yunfu. 

Five main routes are operating on current Guangdong HSR network, including Guangzhou-Shenzhen line, Beijing-Guangzhou line, Xiamen-Shenzhen line, Guizhou-Guangzhou line, and Nanning-Guangzhou line. Three more lines are on the planning stage.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the station.

The official booking website: www.12306.cn .

Official Customer Service Line: 12306

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Airports 

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport in Guangdong province. In 2014, Baiyun International Airport was China's second busiest and world's 16th busiest airport by passenger traffic.

Countries served by flights from Baiyun International Airport (includes seasonal, charter and future destinations).

Website: http://www.gbiac.net/en/byhome

Service number: 020-36066999

City Terminal: http://www.gbiac.net/en/jtzy/offsiteCityTerminal

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport is located in Bao'an District, Shenzhen. It is one of the three largest airport hubs serving southern China. The airport has direct ferry routes to Hong Kong International Airport, where passengers can transit without going through immigration and custom checks, akin to transit between two flights.

Shenzhen Baoan International Airport had opened 141 air lines, both domestically and internationally, by the end of June 2013, connecting 103 cities both at home and abroad.

Website: http://eng.szairport.com/

Service number: 0755-23456789

City Terminal: http://eng.szairport.com/szairportyw/lwgd/lwjc.shtml

http://www.szairport.com/szairport/schjl/list_jcjt.shtml

Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport

Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport is an airport serving the cities of Jieyang, Shantou, Chaozhou and nearby areas in eastern Guangdong Province. The airport was put in to service on December 15, 2011.

It has opened airlines to main cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, HK and Guangzhou. International airlines to Thailand and Singapore are put into operation at present.

Website: http://www.cs-airport.com/

Service number: 0663-3933333

Zhuhai Jinwan Airport

Zhuhai Jinwan Airport, formerly Zhuhai Sanzao Airport, is the airport serving the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province It is located The airport hosts the largest airshow in mainland China, the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition.

Website: http://www.zhairport.com/index.html

Service Number: 0756-7771111 0756-7773333

Shuttle: http://www.zhairport.com/raffic_bus.html?n=pj6vv

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Railway

Rail operations are handled by China Railway Corporation. Guangdong railway network is part of the national railway network. It connects all cities in Guangdong and also other provinces in China, except Macao. Guangzhou Railway Station is the biggest train station in southern area.

A number of train classes are provided, such as Direct Express, Electrical Multiple Unit, Fast, Regular Fast, Regular, and Temporary. The class is usually indicated by letter prefix for faster trains, followed by three to four numerals indicating the bureau and region of operation. Travels can choose the class of train they want according to their schedule and budget.

It is especially difficult to get the train tickets during long holiday periods, so reserving tickets days (the exact number will be announced by the official every year) before departure, by phone or by website, is strongly recommended.

The official booking website: www.12306.cn .

Official Customer Service Line: 12306

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Intercity buses

Guangdong’s long-distant highway transportation services cover almost all cities in Guangdong. The transportation services are mostly provided by state-owned companies. For safety reasons, passengers are warned not to take illegal highway buses operated by companies without licenses. 

Stops for long-distance highway transportation service scattering in different cities, but Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Foshan, and Shantou are the main hubs.

During long holiday's period, passengers are advised to take trains or planes in order to avoid serious traffic jams on the freeways. Reserve your tickets as early as possible.

Tickets are available online, by phone, or at the terminal. Bus-route and bus-terminal information can be found by visiting the http://ticket.gdcd.gov.cn/. 

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Metro

The metro system in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Foshan, together with the bus route and railway network, forms a convenient transportation system in the Pearl River Delta area.

Guangzhou Metro system currently has 8 lines, including APM (Automatic People Move system) covering 9 districts in Guangzhou and city center in Foshan. For further information, please visit the official website http://cs.gzmtr.com or add the official Wechat account Guangzhou MTR. 

Shenzhen Metro system operates 5 lines. For further information, please visit the official website http://www.szmc.net/page/en/index.html or call the service line 0755-88960600.

Those cities without metro system, city bus service is available.  

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Taxi

A large number of taxis are available in most major cities. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by the local city government itself, and there are few variations. The meter may not be used for out-of-town or long-distance travel; travelers are advised to confirm the charging method before getting in a taxi.

Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have hotel personnel write both your destination and your hotel's name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip for you.


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