The Flower City

  • Village opening
    31 Jan 2018
  • In-Port Race
    3 Feb 2018
  • Leg Start
    5 Feb 2018

City Info

Race Village opening: 31 January 2018
In-Port Race: 3 February 2018
Leg Start: 5 February 2018

Guangzhou is another first for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The cosmopolitan city of Guangzhou has been around for over 2,200 years and has developed into one of China’s four Tier 1 cities. It is the third most populous cities in mainland China after Beijing and Shanghai. It’s a major trading port, its key coastal location makes it one of the most well-connected cities in the country and it’s a growing tourist centre with a cultural diversity that adds to its appeal.

Putting the sport of sailing on China’s Map.
The fleet will be based at Nansha Marina on the Pearl River. This will be the fourth edition in succession to feature a stop in China. The first time the Race came here was in 2008-09 (Qingdao) and Sanya took up the baton in 2011-12 and 2014-15. With Dongfeng Race Team flying the Chinese flag in the Race itself, China has well and truly put the sport of sailing on the map, and Guangzhou will no doubt provide an incredible and traditional Chinese welcome.

How do I get there?

Air: Guangzhou Baiyun International (CAN)
Alternative: There’s a vast system of small streets and alleys, greenways, boulevards and parks that are great for cycling. Over 100 rental outlets are available so you will have no problem renting a bike. 


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