Skip to content

Guangzhou

City of Rams

Guangzhou was formally known as Canton, which is the name Europeans called the area. It was a modification derived from the Portuguese adaptation of the Chinese regional name of the surrounding area. It is located in Southern China near the top of the Pearl River Delta, over 90 miles (145km) inland from the South China Sea. As its location is at the intersection of inland rivers and the sea, it has historically been one of China’s main commercial, manufacturing and trade centres.

The flights from Auckland to Guangzhou take over 11 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

At the top of one of the hills in Yuexiu Park, there is a sculpture fashioned from over 130 pieces of granite representing the five rams that gave Guangzhou its nickname “City of Rams.” There is also the Temple of Five Immortals, it is a Taoist Temple situated in the Yuexiu district. Its history stretches back hundreds of years to ancient China. Legend has it that five immortals rode colourful goats into Guangzhou bringing rice farming to the area. As their impact was significant and momentous, these immortals were worshiped and their goats were turned to stone and they continued to be worshiped as protectors of the yearly harvest.

As Guangzhou is one of China’s most ancient cities it has a varied architectural landscape. Shamian Island is a great place to experience this, back in the 19th Century the Qing government divided the territory into two concessions and gave it to France and the United Kingdom. The area is a reminder of the Colonial European period and it mirrors a small European township. This pedestrian only island was an essential trade port on the Pearl River, now it has hotels, restaurants, shops selling trinkets, ornaments and souvenirs. There is also modern construction which demonstrates how the city has evolved into the powerhouse it is today. Huacheng Square is home to the Zaha Hadid Architects designed Guangzhou Library, the modern Guangdong Museum and the towering International Finance Centre. Over the river is the stunning, twisting Canton Tower.

Guangzhou claims to be the birthplace of Cantonese cooking and there are plenty of fantastic dim sim locations, high end restaurants as well as snack stalls around the city. Some other popular dishes are Wonton Noodle (Yuntun Mian) consisting of cooked wonton, fish broth, dried shrimp, chicken, scallops and bamboo shoots. Seafood is plentiful due to the proximity to the sea with salt and pepper shrimp, salmon sashimi and minced garlic or curry crabs.

 

 

 

Honest, efficient and reliable, all the qualities you need when you are in business

 

Jamie Currin
Simply Travel

A truly outstanding independent travel agency group and ticketing consolidator and one I am so proud to work alongside. The team at GTN are knowledgeable, helpful and just generally interested in your business success and offer support where others have failed. Highly recommend!

Shona Bracey
Amped

Candid, transparent, approachable, proficient, proactive, dependable and impartial are a few words that describes this organisation. A real partnership and a great bunch of people.

 

Rupan
Avatar Travels

We have used GTN since the beginning and find them very professional, quick and reliable. Never had any issues!

Scott Wagstaff
Silverstream Cruise & Holiday Centre

GTN is “Awesome” ………..awesome staff, awesome deals just an awesome company that I am very lucky to work with.

Denise Holmes
Travel Partners Ltd

Go Global! Strong partnership, friendly staff, competitive deals, prompt responses!

Stan Zhang
Pro Travel

As a niche tour operator we are able to remain independent while enjoying the benefits of the GTN network and family.

Jill Grant
A Walker's World/CYCLING EUROPE

We have been with the GTN team since they first started and they are professional, caring, willing to assist with any query and will go above and beyond to find fares to suit, even when we have the most ridiculous of destinations. Even in the hardest of times, they reach out to each and every one of their agents to make sure we are ok. Thanks for your ongoing support team.

Natalie Tambolash
World Expeditions

Our agency has been with GTN from the beginning because it is such a great team with great values and vision for the travel industry. They’re honest and fair and really get to know your business to help you grow. Over the years we were able to mutually grow our businesses together through their encouragement and excellent advice. We had so many opportunities for Famils and conferences. Would 100% recommend joining the GTN family.

Peter Carpenter
Planet Earth Travel

Super team to work with and excellent support, the great team never fail to deliver.

Evelyn Lee
Midday Travel

The Consolidation team at GTN are excellent to deal with.  They are efficient and friendly, and when there has been queries with airlines or airfares, they have always sought answers and found solutions to the problem wherever possible.  The QuikTravel system is easy to use, as well as the additional information on the system around commissions, airline contacts, policies, as well as the summary of recent changes in fares & rules from airlines.  GTN is an excellent partner, and the small personal nature of the team is a good fit for our business

Paul Brydges
The Terrace Travel

Exceptional! A professional, friendly, dedicated team. GTN, working with you is a real pleasure.

Lukas Napravnik
CZECHKiwis

Great company to work with – they get the best deals possible!

Virender Bakshi
Sky Travel

I am really impressed the way GTN proactively work to grow my business with theirs. I’ve GONE GLOBAL and am loving it!

Terri Small
Supreme Tours and Travel

GTN provides exclusive deals and offers, with a team of experts to support in every situation.  They are polite and quick to respond. We strongly recommend GTN services.

Preet
Gill Travels

We moved to GTN in 2019 and have not looked back. We have found the entire GTN team fantastic to work with, honest, reliable and proactive. The GTN team have gone out of their way during the current COVID crisis, ensuring continued support and excellent communication.  Without hesitation, we highly recommend GTN

Tanya Roddam
YOURTravel & Tours, Kapiti Coast

Mondo Travel have been a customer of GTN since 2016. The big difference with GTN, is that they actually care about our business. We get great support and advice when required and the team are responsive to our needs. Our team of Brokers are also very complimentary of the service GTN provide.

Chris Hammonds CEO
Mondo Travel

Back To Top