Guangzhou (Canton), a prosperous metropolis full of vigor, is the capital city of Guangdong Province located along the south coastline of China. Being an excellent port on the Pearl River navigable to the South China Sea, and with fast accessibility to Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou serves as the political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural center in Guangdong area.
Guangzhou is the third largest city in China and southern China's largest city, with a population of approximately 13 million. Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate, and its winter is mild and comparatively dry. The average high and low for the month of December when ROBIO 2012 is held are 20°C and 12°C respectively. In 2010, Guangzhou hosted the 16th Asian Games from November 12 to 27 and the first Asian Para Games from December 12 to 19, which were the largest sports events the city ever hosted. The city benefitted significantly from the hosting of these events, both in terms of its economic development and transportation infrastructure. Guangzhou is a higher learning city in southern China, and home to many universities, colleges and technical institutes. Among them is the South China University of Technology, the local host of ROBIO 2012.
Guangzhou, the south gate of China, has an excellent transport system radiating to all major Chinese cities, and many key Asian and international destinations. It has frequent flights with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, Hanoi, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam and Paris, etc. If you are already within China, a wide range of vehicles can facilitate your travel to and from the city, including the airplanes, trains, long-distance buses and ships. The urban transportation is generally good due to the orderly planning roads and the developed city-buses, taxis and the metro system. Guangzhou is 120 km from Hong Kong, and ROBIO attendees can also consider traveling to Guangzhou through Hong Kong International Airport with which Guangzhou has direct bus services.
Air transportation to Guangzhou is served through the Baiyun International Airport opened on August 5, 2004. This airport is also the 2nd busiest airport in terms of traffic movements in China. Railway travel to Guangzhou is provided through four train stations from which one can access our conference hotel via the city's metro system. In particular, the one-hour high-speed train service between Shenzhen and Guangzhou runs every half an hour during the day, and is a convenient way of reaching Guangzhou (via Guangzhou East Station) from Hong Kong. Guangzhou's metro system currently supports eight lines including Line No. 3 that connects the city with the Baiyun International Airport. Taxis are readily available on Guangzhou streets. All running on LPG, a taxi ride has a minimum charge of 10 RMB for the first 2.5 km and 2.6 RMB per additional km.