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Population

8.5258 million, who live in the urban district. 1.4172 million, who live in the county cities.

Language

Putonghua and Cantonese are widely spoken

Office Hours
(for government offices)

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
All these offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Banking Hours

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturdays to Sundays.
In the period of the trade fair: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (undecided)

Service Charge

Restaurants and hotels 0~20%, Government hotel tax 5%.

Electricity

220V, 50~AC The shapes of the general plug base are as following:
    Electricity

Communications

It is very convenient to communicate with outside world. You can dial directly and communicate with more than 500 cities at home and abroad, and in the region of Hong Kong and Macao. The bandwidth of the direct international outlet for Internet is 400M.

Weights and Measures

Guangzhou uses the metric system. kilogram, meter, and litre are most commonly used.
1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
1 metre = 3.281 feet
1 litre = 0.220 gallon

Time Difference (Take Monday in GZ for example)

Guangzhou (Beijing, Hong Kong):8:00 (0) (Monday)
New York:19:00 (-13) (Sunday)
London (Paris):0:00 (-8) (Monday)
Tokyo:9:00 (+1) (Monday)
Sydney:
10:00 (+2) (Monday)

Climate

Hot, humid, & rainy in summer; cool, dry, & less rain in winter. Average Temperature: 21.4-21.9

Transportation Aviation Service

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport provides 16 international airlines and regional airlines, flying to more than 70 cities at home and abroad. If you take domestic flight, please go through the formalities for boarding 90 minutes before the departure time.
Airport tax:
(International flight):
90 yuan (RMB)
(Ordinary domestic flight):
50 yuan (RMB)
(Domestic feeder flight):
10 yuan (RMB)
The distance between airport and the trade fair:
8 km

Trains

Guangzhou Railway Station: the starting station of Beijing-Guangzhou Railway
Guangzhou East Railway Station: the starting station of Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train (KTT) and Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou Railway

Motor Vehicle

Straight buses between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. You can get on the bus at China Hotel, Hotel Landmark Canton and White Swan Hotel.

Urban traffic

Bus service:
including motorbuses, trolleybuses, and buses for special lines.
There is no conductor on these buses, and the price of a ticket is 1 yuan (RMB), but the prices for some long lines are 2-4 yuan (RMB).
Subway service:
No. 1 subway line is made up of 16 stations. It begins from Guangzhou East Railway Station in the east to Xilang in the west. The prices are 2-6 yuan (RMB). The whole journey will cost 32 minutes.
Taxi service:
The original price is 7 yuan (RMB), 2.2~2.6 yuan (RMB) for per kilometer.

Editor: Yan

By: Source:southcn.com
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