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How to Travel in Southern China
By:Kelsey Erin Shipman

Southern China is known for its natural rock formations, small villages, cultural festivals and waterfalls. While planes and trains are the quickest methods of travel, cycling and ferry rides provide views rarely seen otherwise. Cruises run throughout the year in southern China and offer international connections. Whatever your method of movement, traveling in southern China promises to be a rewarding experience.

Fly. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport are common ports of entry for all major airline carriers.

Bike. Cycling through southern China is a unique way to experience the natural beauty and daily life in rural villages. Be sure to bring an updated map as cities and roads are always under development.

Take a train. Southern China can be reached by any of its surrounding countries and from as far away as Europe. The Trans-Siberian Railway links Moscow and Beijing, where any number of local train services are available. Internal express trains run from Guangzhou to Kowloon in Hong Kong and Guangzhou to Shenzhen.

Cruise the southern coast of China by boat. Ferry services and schedules are available at the Zhoutouzui Ferry Pier. There are also international cruise lines running from southern China to Japan, Taiwan and Canada.

Ride river boats. Southern China is known for its beautiful water scenes and what better way to see them than a riverboat ride? Routes run along the Lijiang River and the Changjiang River with an endless variety of boats and prices.

Drive. Rent a car or hire a car service to view the sites of southern China. While rural roads exist, many are rough and unlabeled. Urban highways are numerous and easy to navigate for travelers.

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