Thanks to rolling delays due to poor weather in Beijing, I ended up spending seven hours in the China Southern lounge in Guangzhou. It wasn’t great, but could have been worse.
Guangzhou is a behemoth airport and it took me 15 minutes to find the lounge…no joke. Whether it ever happens, this airport is ready for a massive influx of flights. Simply huge.
I finally found the lounge and was welcomed by two very nice ladies at the front desk to pointed me to my left toward the China Southern Business/First Class side of the lounge. I’m not sure if the “VIP” side was better, but I certainly noticed right away how crowded it was.
Some of my pictures below are from later in my stay, when crowds dipped down. As you enter the lounge, you encounter a large dinning area with tables and chairs, a buffet, and a live cooking station. I wasn’t hungry, but some of the food looked good…while some of it looked quite bad. And what I was surprised to see a very popular baked potato station. Is eating baked potatoes common in China?
Coffee, juice, water, and alcohol were also available.
Seating was annoying because the lounge was so crowded, power ports were sparse, and even when available, I encountered two “dead” ports that did not even function.
Eventually, I waited out the delay in a small room (too crowded to include a picture) that included a semi-reclining easy chair and a plug. Internet worked, albeit speeds were slow and the Great Cyberwall is always annoying, especially as VPNs have become more difficult to use.
Restrooms and showers are available.
Boarding announcements were made in both English and Chinese for delayed flights (which was just about every flight on this stormy night).
One man decided to shave in his seat…
I go back to my opening paragraph. It wasn’t great, but could have been worse. The crowds were bad. Wi-Fi was slow. But it certainly beating waiting out the long delay in the gate area.