Before you consider booking: The apartment is not connected to the subway lines, it can only be reached by bus and by taxi. Also, it is not near the locations of the Canton fair.
We bought this place a few years back to have a homebase when travelling to Guangzhou on business. It is not far from the airport, (20 to 30 minutes by taxi, CNY 60 plus 10 CNY for the highway fees), located in one of these typical busy, super-densely populated metropolitan neighborhoods, which only Asia offers in this sort of craziness. There’s lots and lots going on for at least 24 hours a day, I guess that is what people had in mind when they created the term “hustling and bustling”! Do not expect the quietness of the nature (if this is what you are looking for, check my other Airbnb listing in Switzerland which will offer an abundance of just that…). Here in Guangzhou and especially in this area, the only quiet space you’ll find is in the apartment itself! There are plenty of little local shops and restaurants and all sorts of weird enterprises, which not always seem to make sense in the eye of a foreigner. All is very Chinese and certainly rather “non-expat”, though there are the international chains like Macdonalds and Pizza Hut etc in case you long for something a bit less daring. There is even a Carrefour department store, most certainly the wildest and most challenging Carrefour on the planet - after a grocery-shopping errand there you’ll probably need a few days off – or maybe a massage which is provided in one of the many recreational complexes in the are which I haven’t had the courage to explore just yet…
Guangzhou is a great place for doing business. In my many years of experience I have not come across a place with such a choice of products and materials and opportunities. It is the perfect destination if you are trying to do your own production, even for small quantities, if you are wholesaling goods or buy for your own shop - or just go fun-shopping to find things that nobody else had even thought they might exist. Not only are there i.e. numerous fashion markets with endless varieties, but perfectly specialized markets to suit your needs. In the field of the apparel industry for example there’s markets for textiles, markets for accessories and hardware, markets for ready-made products such as shoes, sports wear, kid’s clothing, leather goods, watches – everything! And the same for all other product fields I can think of!
This might all sound a bit overwhelming and in reality is just is, but luckily we have an English speaking Chinese girl working for us who can show you around, translate for you and assist you in whatever desperate situation you might find yourself stranded – be it for tourist purpose or business requests.
The apartment itself is rather… humble :-)
It is on the 8th floor of an 8-storey condo with security guard and security badge to enter at the front gate, so it is certainly safe and quiet. Since it is located on the top corner of the building and has big windows in the bedroom, there is a somewhat intriguing view to all the other small-spaced “rabbit hutch” apartments in the buildings opposite, which gives you the poetic opportunity to lie in bed, look at the hundreds of lights switching on an off in your neighborhood and contemplate how it must feel to be part of this 1.2 billion nation.
The rooms provide everything you might need, a sofa, a little table, a desk, two beds and an extra mattress, kitchen, microwave, laundry machine, flat-screen TV with DVD players and an exciting selection of DVD’s (mostly on the more Sundance side of the movies world). There is nothing fancy or stylish though, the furniture and the fittings are old and partly falling apart, though I wish to call it “charmingly rustic”. It feels very lived-in and in my opinion has the slightly enchanting appeal of a place “where things happen…”. It is small, about 50 m2 with 3 rooms, though one of bedrooms is built on a sort of second floor on top of the kitchen ceiling! Rather unusual, but one of the reasons we bought the apartment in the first place: We were impressed with how the Chinese were able to optimize space, I have seen families of 8 people living in the same set-up apartments in our building.
This is not a hotel nor a place which is run to make money on Airbnb. Me and my friends and business partners have used it as a base to do business. We stay there a couple of times for a few days throughout the year. So I thought we can as well offer it to other people too. There might be boxes stored and garment samples hanging around, but overall it is clean and cheap and it offers you the potential to benefit from our 10-years experience in doing business in Guangzhou, which we are more than happy to share!
... and I'm Swiss. But for more than 10 years i am mostly based in Bangkok, Thailand. We run our own business in the fashion industry, with shops in Switzerland and our own little clothing brand called Ark Works.
For a very long time already I have been "commuting" between Switzerland, Thailand and China, which means depending on where I am, there are two of my places empty most of the year. This is why i came across the idea of Airbnb.
There is the house back home in the beautiful mountains of the Bernese Oberland, very quiet and with a great view of the lake of Thun, close to all the famous tourist spots in the Interlaken region. This is where I stay in spring and autumn - to catch a good portion of seasons and of nature... Bangkok is rather the opposite, and an even more different place is the 14 million city of Guangzhou in the south of China, where we have a little apartment, perfectly suited for business trips.
For all three destination I can assist with whatever questions may arise, especially because i become a good mix of local and tourist over the years and experienced (sometimes the hard way...) what makes sense and what doesn't make sense at these places.