Within four hours of every major city in East and Southeast Asia by plane, Guangzhou has become an international aviation hub in recent years. In 2016, passenger traffic through Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport increased 8.3%, reaching a total of about 60 million passengers, surpassing both JFK International Airport in New York City and Changi Airport in Singapore. Baiyun currently runs 149 different flight routes to over 200 destinations worldwide.
As of July 2017, Guangzhou has 36 sister
cities and 30 friendship cities. Guangzhou’s eleven administrative districts have also forged friendly ties with 48 municipal districts from other countries, and the Guangzhou Port currently has 38 sister ports around the world.
Additionally, Guangzhou is home to 59 foreign consulates, second only to Shanghai in China, which have played a vital role in fostering cooperation between the city and the dispatching countries. Below is a list of the nations that currently maintain consulates in Guangzhou:
- Sri Lanka
- Saudi Arabia
- Coate d'Ivoire
- The Republic of Congo
- New Zealand
In 2016, Guangzhou spared no effort to become a major international conference destination, hosting several influential events sponsored by organizations such as the International Labor Organization and the World Economic Forum.
Looking ahead, Guangzhou will also be the host of the 2017 Fortune Global Forum, 2018 World Route Development Conference, 2019 World Ports Conference, and the 2020 World Conference of World Association of Major Metropolises.
Many annual research reports analyzing city metrics have corroborated the growing influence of Guangzhou in recent years. Below are some of Guangzhou's most recent rankings published in well-established research reports.
- GaWC's World Cities Ranking - Alpha-Minus (40th out of 49 total first-tier world cities)
- A.T. Kearney's Global Cities Outlook - 71st out of 128 total cities (5th among Chinese cities)
- Global Financial Centers Index - 37th out of 88 total cities (6th among Chinese cities)
- Innovation Cities™ Index Global - 97th out of 500 total cities (6th among Chinese cities)
- PwC's Chinese Cities of Opportunity - 1st for two consecutive years