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How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the third-largest hub airport of China, which makes Guangzhou an accessible layover destination when traveling with South China. If you have a 12-hour layover in Guangzhou, it is best to get out of the airport and see some of Guangzhou’s amazing sites. Here, Top China Travel guides you how to spend a 12 hour layover in Guangzhou and lists top things to do in a layover in Guangzhou.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


1. Apply for 144-hour Visa-free Transit (1 h)

The 144 visa-free transit policy implemented in Guangzhou, which benefit 53 countries' holders of valid international travel documents who have a fixed date within 144 hours and who have a seat on a connecting flight to a third country (region). The visa-free transit policy will be implemented within the administrative region of Guangdong Province. Eligible passengers can apply for a 144-hour visa-free transit for an interesting Guangzhou layover tour.

Learn more about China 72 Hour Visa Free PolicyChina visa application knowledge and China Entry and Exit Tips.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


2. Store your luggage at the airport (0.5 h)

Baiyun Airport specially sets luggage storage services for the convenience of passengers. Luggage storage is divided into hourly storage (electronic password cabinets) and daily storage (shelf cabinets).

Location: domestic baggage hall No. 16 gate, international departure hall No. 8 gate, two points in domestic arrival hall zone B, and two points in international arrival hall; Call: 020-36066859

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


3. Admire the Guangzhou city View on Canton Tower (1.5 h)

Canton Tower, or Guangzhou TV Tower, is the new landmark of Guangzhou. With the total height of about 600 meters, Canton Tower is the tallest tower in China and ranks the second in the world. You can ride the world’s highest Bubble Tram to the observation deck and enjoy stunning views of the Guangzhou. Canton Tower is the best place to see Guangzhou night view from high place.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


4. Appreciate Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (1 h)

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, located on Liurong Road of downtown Guangzhou, is an ancient Buddhist temple originally built in 537 in the Liang Dynasty. With a history of more than 1,460 years, it has a rich collection of cultural-relics and is renowned both at home and abroad. The main feature building is an octagonal pagoda named Flower Pagoda, which is 57.6 meters high, being the highest old architecture in the city.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


5. Explore Shamian Island (1 h)

Shamian Island is one of the famous tourist attractions in Guangzhou as well as the historical and cultural preserve site, which well preserved numerous colonial European-style architectures of the late 19th century. The island now is the location of several hotels, restaurants and tourist shops selling curios and souvenirs. It is a must visit in your Guangzhou layover tour.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


6. Visit Temple of Chen Family (1 h)

Temple of Chen Family, the largest and best-preserved ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province, is now the site of the Museum of Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts. It houses a large collection of wood carvings, stone carvings, brick carvings, pottery, plaster and iron carvings. Visit Temple of Chen Family will be one of the must do in Guangzhou layover tour if you are fan of history and folk culture.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


7. Taste Local Yummy Foods (1 h)

Except for scenery, the Guangzhou Food is very famous, the soup and morning tea especially. The famous foods in Guangzhou include steamed vermicelli rolls, Wonton Noodles, and Guangzhou morning tea (Cha Siu Baau, Crystal Shrimp Dumpling, Sampan Congee) and Clay Pot Rice. Taste local food in Guangzhou may be a fantastic thing during your Guangzhou layover tour.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


8. Go shopping in Guangzhou (1 h)

Guangzhou is not only a paradise for gourmets, but also a shopper's paradise. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is one of the prime shopping areas located in downtown Guangzhou, where you can find many interesting products and tourist souvenirs. Beijing Road Pedestrian Street is lined with many chain stores, from fashion to leather products to snack bars. Louis Vuitton, Hermes and other high-end products are available in CBD Shopping Circle in Tianhe District. More info about Guangzhou Shopping.

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


9. Experience the Pearl River Night Cruise (2 h)

If you happen to spend the night in Guangzhou, then you should not miss the night tour of Pearl River. Take a night cruise along Pearl River is no doubt one of the top things to do in Guangzhou, you may enjoy a wonderful night view among those modern skyscrapers and also the Canton Tower

Duration: about 2 hours (daily 18:00-20:00, 20:00-21:30 and 20:30-22:30)

How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Guangzhou


10. Return to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (2 h)

You can arrange the Guangzhou tour according to your layover time, but please make sure you have enough time to return to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and check in at the airport. Passengers must check in at the airport an hour before the plane leaves.

More popular Activities in Guangzhou please click Things to do in Guangzhou & Guangzhou Activities 


Creat your Unique Guangzhou Layover Tour

Guangzhou is a famous city with long history and cultural traditions as well as one of the most beautiful cities in China. How to spend a 12 hour layover in Guangzhou? You can arrange your itinerary according to your time and interests. A layover tour in Guangzhou will be unforgetable. Check tours below to easily plan your Guangzhou layover tour.

►One Day Modern Guangzhou Tour
►One Day Classic Guangzhou Tour

Read more Guangzhou Tours. You can also customize your unique Guangzhou layover tour at Free Online Tailor-made Tour, we are so pleased to help you create the most unforgettable memory for your layover in Guangzhou.


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