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    The thriving Olympic Park area of Huangpu District is only a short journey from the city centre.

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  • World-Class Curriculum

    Premium British international education through the globally-respected English National Curriculum.

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  • Highest quality staff

    Our teaching staff are the finest in Guangzhou. All are fully qualified with UK or international experience.

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  • Welcome to Guangzhou!

    You won't just receive an excellent education for your child, you'll also be joining our growing international community.

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  • New Opportunities

    From our choir to our sports teams, every day something wonderful happens at Nord Anglia International School Guangzhou.

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Living in Guangzhou

Cosmopolitan, diverse and exciting is the best way to describe Guangzhou. Considered to be a key manufacturing and export hub of southern China, Guangzhou attracts expats from all around the world.

Chinese culture and way of life

Whether you focus on language, religion or culture, Guangzhou offers a colourful blend of tradition and modern conveniences.

The local way of life is quite unique and very different from that of other cultures. You may experience some culture shock and may not be prepared for the initial loss of independence if you can't read or speak the language. Feeling comfortable in a new culture takes time, but with patience and an open mind, you will soon adjust.

Neighbourhoods in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is comprised of eleven distinctive districts, each offering their own unique areas of discovery. Here is an overview of some districts where many of our families live, to assist you in making your decision:

Tianhe District

The majority of our families live in Tianhe in downtown Guangzhou. There are plenty of international restaurants, shopping malls and child-friendly residential compounds. Zhujiang New Town, with its wider, tree-lined roads, is home to the Canton Tower and Opera House. 

Yuexiu District

Plenty of wholesale markets and older residential compounds are located in this area. Locals prefer it due to its close proximity to the traditional streets of the city. Ersha Island is also located in this district, featuring large houses, parks and bike lanes.

Panyu District

For the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Guangzhou, Panyu offers low-rise residential compounds and villas at reasonable prices.  

Baiyun District

Just north of the city centre and near to the school, this picturesque area has several lakefront compounds and larger living spaces.

Family life and wellbeing

Traditionally, Chinese family life was structured and patriarchal. In recent years, family life has moved toward a more typically Western, nuclear style with fewer restrictions. Despite these changes, modern Chinese families still retain some traditional values such as respect and helpfulness for elders.

Getting around

Guangzhou is quite a sprawling city, making it tough to get around by foot. 

Fortunately, the city is well-serviced by a very efficient public transportation system. Its excellent infrastructure makes it easy to get around using the metro, public buses or taxis.

The metro is easy to navigate and well-signposted in English. There are several lines and tickets can be bought at the stations, ranging from RMB2 to 14.

Buses are the cheapest option and are efficient, although it will take some getting used to.

Taxis are the easiest and preferred choice for most. However, you must remember that most drivers do not speak English so bring along a name card of your destination. Flag fare starts at RMB10 and can be hailed anywhere.