Guangzhou is one of China’s most exciting cities thanks to its melting pot of Chinese cultures, delicious food and groovy vibe. Guangzhou is a city of intrigue—there are many layers to discover. From the underground arts scene to some of the country’s biggest city parks, there is no shortage of places to explore.
As one of the most dominant trading posts in Asia throughout the past few centuries, Guangzhou has developed architecturally with a mix of colonial European and traditional Chinese. In neighborhoods like Shamian Island and Liwan district, East and West blend seamlessly together. Other places, like Tianhe, showcase China’s outstanding ability to build a beautiful and modern skyline.
Guangzhou has one the lowest costs of living in any of China’s major cities. Apartments here are brand-new but cheap; dining out costs a fraction of what it could cost back home; and transportation is inexpensive.
- Population: 11 million (urban); 14 million (sub-provincial)
- Public Transportation: 14 metro lines, over 1000 bus routes, taxis
- Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
- Climate: Subtropical
- EF Guangzhou Flagship school opened in 2000
- Teach English in Guangzhou at one of our 16 schools
What Makes Guangzhou Unique?
- Life in Guangzhou moves at a slower pace thanks to the laid-back atmosphere, year round summertime climate and easy access to Chinese countryside scenic areas
- The sub-tropical climate inspires a wild and exciting fashion style seen everywhere and available at many of the city’s clothing markets
- The Pearl River, which divides the city in half, is considered the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road
- The Canton Tower, one of Guangzhou’s most easily recognized landmarks, was the tallest free-standing structure in the world from 2009 to 2011 and has a horizontal Ferris wheel on the top level
- The Chimelong collection of theme parks in Guangzhou has been voted one of the best attractions in China
- In 2010, Guangzhou hosted the 16th Asian Games, organized by the Asian Olympic Committee