Conference Venue

Crowne PlazaROBIO 2012 will be held at Crowne Plaza City Centre in Guangzhou (广州中心皇冠假日酒店,原广东国际大酒店), an exclusive international 5-star hotel located on Huanshi East Road (环市东路), the heart of downtown’s bustling commercial and shopping district. An airport express bus station is located at the hotel’s entrance, 32 km to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, 7 km to Guangzhou East Railway Train Station and walking distance to a Guangzhou Metro station. With over 2,000 square meters of meeting space, the hotel's conference facilities include a 985 square-meter pillar-less Crystal Ballroom with an impressive 9-meter high ceiling, the Pearl Ballroom, Diamond Boardroom and eight Jade function rooms.

Hotel Reservation

ROBIO 2012 has negotiated special hotel rates (see table below) with Crowne Plaza City Centre to accommodate the attendees during the conference. ROBIO's technical activities and most of the social events will be held in Crowne Plaza City Centre in its meeting rooms on the 3rd floor. Please note that hotel reservations must be made before November 15, 2012, after which the rates may no longer apply. Please download the reservation form in PDF, and send it to the hotel directly via email (; or fax (+86- 20-81282806) to secure your hotel booking before the deadline.

Special ROBIO Hotel Daily Rates*
  Superior Deluxe Club Superior
King Bed
700 RMB (1)
900 RMB (2)
1100 RMB (2)
Twin Beds
800 RMB (2)
*These rates include service charge, and breakfast for one (1) or two (2) people.

Transportation To/From Hotel

The hotel can be reached from the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport by bus, metro or taxi. An airport shuttle (Line 2A) takes you directly to the hotel, at a cost of 18 RMB in 50 minutes. One-way taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approximately 100 RMB. One can also reach the hotel from the airport by metro, boarding Line 3 at Airport South (机场南), changing to Line 5 at Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城) station, and getting off at Taojin (淘金) station. Then using Exit B, the hotel is approximately 400 meters away (a 7-minute walk approximately). One way metro fare from the airport to the hotel is 8 RMB. Finally, if you arrive in Guangzhou by train at one of the four train stations, metro service is also available. Please consult the middle map below for all existing metro lines.

As well, it is possible to arrange limousine service with the conference hotel for pick up or drop off from the Baiyun International Airport, at 500 RMB per trip with 24 hour advance notice. Please contact the hotel directly for its limousine service (

If you travel to Guangzhou through Hong Kong International Airport, one convenient option to reach the conferene hotel is direct bus service from Hong Kong International Airport to Garden Hotel (see left map below), which is located near Taojin Metro station, about 10 minutes on foot or 10 RMB by taxi from ROBIO's conference hotel. Please consult this page for the bus fare and schedule.

local map Metro Lines Chinese sign
From Metro Station (Taojin) to Hotel Metro Lines in Guangzhou Sign to the Hotel for Taxi Driver

Alternative Budget Hotels

For students or participants on a tight travel budget, there are several 3-star hotels within easy walking distance to Crowne Plaza but with limited amenities and services, at a cost of 200-300 RMB per day. You will have to book these hotels using a travel agent or online yourselves. We suggest the following three hotels to consider.

Note that all three hotels are on Huanshi Dong Road, the same street as Crowne Plaza City Centre, which is located at No. 339 Huanshi Dong (East) Road (环市东路339号).

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