Moving house is always stressful, but what if you are moving almost 6,000 miles from the UK? If you are looking for a removals firm that will help make your relocation easier, Greens provides the answer. We have 40 years experience in international removals to the Far East, including removals to China, so you can be fully confident in the safe arrival of your furniture and valuables.
If you are moving to the Far East, you can expect exciting times ahead. The low cost of living and excellent business opportunities are among the many benefits of living in China and more and more expats are deciding to follow suit. Although settling into a new way of life takes a bit of getting used to, expats will still stumble across all sorts of home comforts in the city – including western food (in some places) and, of course, western sized clothes and shoes, for those who love to shop.
Whether you are moving to the more popular cities for UK expats, such as Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing, or the other big cities such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou or Suzhou, Greens Removals are the people to call. We offer full and part load household moves to China and we can also arrange long or short term storage if you don’t need all your possessions to hand on arrival.
Our aim is to ensure your move to the Far East goes smoothly. So if you have any questions about your service, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01473 215532, or contact us for a free quotation using the link below.
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Removals to Guangzhou, China: Living in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai, and is home to around 13 million residents. With its bright lights and skyscrapers looming from the water’s edge, it is a very modern city. However, lovers of history won’t be disappointed as there are many fascinating gems to discover too, such as ancient temples, colonial buildings and amazing historical parks.
As capital of the richest province in China, Guangzhou is a wealthy city, and plays an important role in the global economic system. It is one of China’s leading manufacturing regions and is a hub of international trade, with biotechnology, heavy industry, computer software and technology among the major industries. In addition to this, the city plays host to the twice yearly Chinese Import and Export Fair, which has been a much celebrated event since the 50s.
Guangzhou enjoys a strategic position on the banks of the Pearl River, about 75 miles from Hong Kong. As such, it plays a key role in national trade and transportation. However, as an industrialised city, it is also one of the most polluted.
That said, Guangzhou it is not without its attractions, and if you have time to spare, these are well worth a visit. If you are not afraid of heights, the Canton Tower, the tallest building in China, has an observation deck for sightseers and you can enjoy a bite to eat at one of the restaurants with spectacular views over the city. Among the attractions closer to the ground is the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, a beautiful, harmonious building dedicated to the founder of the Republic of China.
For those who like to get up close to nature, there are numerous parks and mountains to explore. Yuexiu Park is China’s largest city park and it is as beautiful as it is vast, consisting of several lakes and hills. White Cloud Mountain is another place to relax and enjoys fantastic views over the city. If you enjoy getting active, it is the place to go for racket sports, football – and even bungee jumping.
Relaxation time isn’t always complete without a spot of shopping. For the shopaholics among you, head to Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street, the main shopping street; it’s also home to Mayflower Plaza, which attracts a younger crowd. Popular among expats is Taikoo Hui, which has a host of western style cafes to relax in, and you can simply sit and read (there’s a bookshop selling English books here), or just people watch.
If you would like to jet back to the UK to see friends and family, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s second busiest airport, is just 17 miles from the city centre. It is easy to reach via a frequent metro service to and from the airport.
Removals to Guangzhou: Accommodation in Guangzhou
There are various accommodation options for expats in Guangzhou, although most people live in apartments. As well as unfurnished flats, you can also find serviced apartments (for more luxurious living) and furnished flats, which cost less. The popular expat districts are Huangpu, Yuexiu, Liwan, Luogan, Haizhu and Tainhe (the last two are the most sought after and command higher rent prices, but are closer to various amenities such as restaurants and international schools).
Getting Out and About in Guangzhou
If you enjoy exercise, it is possible to get about the city by foot in some areas, especially in the main tourist attraction area around Zhongshan 6 Road. Bikes can be rented by the day, and are also cheap to buy. Motorcycles can also be used, although they are not permitted in the city centre.
However, if you would rather take public transport, the bus and metro are easy ways to get about and benefit from announcements in English as well as Chinese. Car travel can be quite hazardous to the unfamiliar, so if you want to brave the roads, the best way is by taxi or to hire a car with a driver which is cheaper than you think.