American International School of Guangzhou


PTA sponsored lion dancePTA sponsored lion danceOverview of Guangzhou, China (Guangzhou wikipedia page)

Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong province, the largest city in southern China and the third largest in the country. It is a dynamic, international city located on the banks of the Pearl River with a population of over 14 million people. Although Hong Kong is less than two hours away by train, Guangzhou is an exciting center in its own right, rich with history and culture, and offering a myriad of things to see and do in the city and surrounding areas. Guanghzou is located in the heart of China’s Pearl River Delta, which is one of the most rapidly developing regions of the world.  This homeland of the Cantonese language, cuisine and culture also has a long history as an international trade center and boasts restaurants and cultural offerings from around the world. International restaurant, hotel and retail chains can be seen throughout Guangzhou, alongside local establishments, street vendors and markets.  There are fitness clubs, parks, cinemas, museums, art galleries, concert venues, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, zoos – everything you might expect from a city of its size, with lots to do for all ages. There is also a vibrant nightlife scene, with a wide variety of pubs, bars and dance clubs.


Guangzhou’s climate is subtropical. There are four distinct seasons, with some outlasting others. Fall and spring generally offer very pleasant temperatures. Winter temperatures can fall to around 45° F (8° C) in the months of December, January and February. Summer is hot and humid with temperatures around 90-100° F (32-37° C). Summer temperatures generally last from June through September, and the most rain falls in the months of May and June. Guangzhou lies on approximately the same latitude as Havana, Cuba and Calcutta, India. Its longitude is approximately in line with Bali, Indonesia.

The Expat Community

There are approximately 500,000 expats from over 150 countries living in Guangzhou at any given time. Many AISG families have connections to international business, manufacturing or one of the many consulates present in Guangzhou. While a large number of expatriate families live on Ersha Island, more and more families are choosing to live in new housing developments in other areas of Guangzhou.  The Tianhe District is a more urban area closer to many shops and restaurants and serviced by the Guangzhou subway system.