Car Hire in Guangzhou
This information is correct as of August 2015.
When visiting Guangzhou and other main cities in China, the first thing often to be noticed is its industries and fast-paced lifestyle. This port city within China is also the base of various cultural and natural attractions such as the Shamian Island, Baiyun Mountain, Chime-Long Paradise, Pearl River, Huaisheng Mosque, Sacred Heart Cathedral, and Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. It is also worth visiting the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, two of the greatest structures in the city. Checking them out and detouring to other local treasures in the surrounding areas can be possible with driving within Guangzhou.
Where to hire a car in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is served by Shunzhida Auto Rental, 神州租車 (China Auto Rental), Quancheng Car Rental, eHi Car Service, Huachu Car Rental, and Baiyun Group Car Rental Company, to name a few of the operators based in the city. You can contact them for enquiries and reservations, as you decide on your preferred type of vehicle. The commonly offered vehicles here include models by automobile makers like Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler, Citroen, Hyundai, Volkswagen or VW, Peugeot, Mazda, and more, with cars hailing from economy, luxury, SUV, and electric eco-friendly categories.
What to expect when hiring a car from Guangzhou
When in Guangzhou, driving goes down on the right-hand side of the road, with most of them offered in automatic transmission. It is possible, though, to request for a standard transmission vehicle, depending on your preference. See to it that proper communications are made to ensure the right vehicles have been prepared for a quick, no-delay ride upon your arrival at the shop.
Before travelling within Guangzhou, a local driver’s licence or International Driver’s Permits (IDP) even if valid, are not recognised in mainland China. Options for driving are with a chauffeur, or by getting a regular Chinese driver’s licence, which is not the easiest process there is. In general, roads in China are in good condition but can be quite congested most of the time especially within cities. This is especially true in Guangzhou, which is China’s busiest transport and trade hub.
Getting to your destination
Due to China’s status as one of the largest country in terms of size, most of the destinations in the area can be quite far away from one another. Optionally, here are some of the destinations to drive to, albeit these can be reached after a long drive.
Hunan, with its Dongting Lake, Yuelu Academy, Wulingyuan, and Tianmen Mountain, is one of the sought-after destinations in the region. When going here, you can also venture to fascinating natural and cultural landmarks such as Yuelu Mountain, Tianzi Mountain, Yueyang Tower, Changsha Window of the World, Orange Isle, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and more.
Get to Hunan from Guangzhou by driving eight hours for 684 kilometres via G4京港澳高速/G4 (Hong Kong and Macao high-speed G4 / G4); 107国道/清连高速/G107 and S61岳临高速/S61 (State Road 107 / Qinglian / G107 and S61 Yue Lin Superhighway / S61); and S11平汝高速/S11 (Yu Ping S11 high speed / S11).
The city of Shenzhen has various attractions, as well. Among the sights here are Splendid China Folk Village, Window of the World, Dafen Village, Happy Valley, Mount Wutong, Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, and Chek Chau.
Shenzhen is around 143 kilometres from Guangzhou. You can reach it in less than two hours, depending on the route followed. Get down G4京港澳高速/广深高速/G4 (G4 Beijing, Hong Kong and Macao high-speed / GS / G4); G15沈海高速/G4京港澳高速/广深高速/G15/G4 (G15 Shen speed / G4 Hong Kong and Macao high-speed / GS / G15 / G4); or G15沈海高速/G4京港澳高速/广深高速/G15/G4 and G94珠三角环线高速/G94 (G15 Shen speed / G4 Hong Kong and Macao high-speed / GS / G15 / G4 and G94 PRD loop speed / G94).
Jiangxi, towards the south-eastern area of Chinese, is known for its landscapes and tourist attractions that include Mount Lu, Mount Sanqing, Donglin Temple, Star of Nanchang, and People’s Park, to name a few.
Reach the destination after nine hours for 808 kilometres from Guangzhou. The drive will get you down G45大广高速/G45 (Wide high-speed G45 / G45); G35济广高速/G35 (G35 economy wide high-speed / G35); or S11平汝高速/S11 and G60沪昆高速/G60 (Yu Ping S11 high speed / S11 and G60 Kunming Shanghai high-speed / G60).