Newlink­be­tween cities of al­lure

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No two coun­tries of­fer the trav­eller more di­ver­sity, more his­tory and more in­trigue than China and In­dia – and now they are less than six hours from each other.

China South­ern Air­ways op­er­ates 15 non-stop flights be­tween New Delhi and Guangzhou ev­ery week which means up to 1680 pas­sen­gers are seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the very dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments that each of­fers.

Guangzhou is the largest city in the south­ern re­gion of China. An im­por­tant trad­ing hub, it also at­tracts vis­i­tors by its prox­im­ity to other tourist hotspots like Ma­cau.

It is a city of three dis­tinct sea­sons – win­ter, sum­mer and mon­soon.

You can dial up the one that is most to your lik­ing.

Those who can han­dle high hu­mid­ity might choose sum­mer; those with a pref­er­ence for more mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures and less hu­mid­ity might select win­ter; the longer pe­riod of choice is that of the mon­soon which stretches from April to Septem­ber.

Whichever you choose, pre­pare for some un­pre­dictabil­ity be­cause, lo­cated just above the Tropic of Can­cer, Guangzhou de­liv­ers tem­per­a­tures that can be var­ied and ex­treme.

Those who be­lieve va­ri­ety is the spice of life will be in their el­e­ment.

And speak­ing of va­ri­ety and spice, the cui­sine of Guangzhou is be­stowed with much of both. For­merly known as Canton, the city boasts some of the world’s most authen­tic Can­tonese cui­sine which is a part of China’s eight culi­nary tra­di­tions.

Among the taste de­lights of the area are lou fo tong (slow­cooked soup), lob­ster and shrimp prepa­ra­tions, won­ton noo­dles, chow mein and siumei, a style of cook­ing with dif­fer­ent types of meat.

His­tor­i­cally, Guangzhou has al­ways been an im­por­tant port, at­tract­ing many for­eign­ers from as early as the 10th cen­tury. Ruled by both the Qin and Han dy­nas­ties, the city’s ar­chi­tec­ture re­tains an­cient Chi­nese el­e­ments as well as mod­ern styles and, in some in­stances, the build­ings are a prod­uct of ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius.

The flight from Guangzhou to New Delhi takes about 5 hours 45 min­utes.

From Septem­ber 1, China South­ern Air­lines will also fly daily from Guangzhou to Kath­mandu.

From Oc­to­ber 30, there will be two daily flights.

China South­ern’s ser­vice to New Delhi flies into Del­hiIndira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the busiest air­port in In­dia. Lo­cated only 16km from the cen­tre of New Delhi, the air­port is named af­ter In­dia’s for­mer prime min­is­ter.

It serves more than 35 mil­lion pas­sen­gers each year.

New Delhi is a sub-trop­i­cal city, cool in win­ter but hot and wet in sum­mer.

Built on the banks of the Ya­muna river, it is a beau­ti­ful blend of a his­tor­i­cal past and a vi­brant present.

The city oc­cu­pies 42.7 square kilo­me­tres and the lat­est fig­ures put its pop­u­la­tion at 18.6 mil­lion peo­ple.

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