Guangzhou is the capital and the largest city of the Guangdong Province in southeastern China – located along the Pearl River, just eighty miles northwest of Hong Kong. Once a major trading terminus of the maritime Silk Road the city has continued its traditions and is now one of the world’s major ports and transportation points. The city’s main seaport is currently the sixth largest in the world. Guangzhou is a sub-provincial city and has direct jurisdiction over eleven districts, including Tianhe, Yuexiu, Haizhu and Liwan districts.
With a population of around thirteen million and being situated along the heavily populated area of the Pearl River Delta means the city is one of China’s most important railway and aviation terminals. Guangzhou Station, along with the four other stations found in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western parts of the city, aligned with Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport support the flow of passengers from Guangzhou to the rest of China and the world. Currently there are nine metro lines in operation serving the city public transit, but the city hopes to expand to fifteen lines by 2020.
References: JLL Guangzhou Property Market Review 2016 and Vision 2017