Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (former)

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Guangzhou Baiyun
International Airport
Airport type Public, Defunct
Operator Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
Serves Guangzhou
Location Baiyun District
Elevation AMSL  m / 2 ft
Coordinates 23°11′14″N 113°16′5″E / 23.18722°N 113.26806°E / 23.18722; 113.26806Coordinates: 23°11′14″N 113°16′5″E / 23.18722°N 113.26806°E / 23.18722; 113.26806
CAN is located in Guangdong
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,380 11,089 Paved (Closed)
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Simplified Chinese 广州白云国际机场
Traditional Chinese 廣州白雲國際機場

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport or Pai Yuen Airport was the main airport in Guangzhou, China, until August 5, 2004, when it was replaced by the identically named Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, some 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the north. Opened in 1932, "Baiyun" means "white clouds" in Chinese, while the airport took its name from the adjacent Baiyun Mountain.

Aerial views of the old airport show redevelopment is complete with the previous site now fully covered with parks, residential developments (Baiyun New Town) and commercial development. The terminal building is being converted as G5 Mall.[1]


The old airport opened in 1932. Due to the expansion of Guangzhou, the airport could not expand to meet passengers needs as buildings surrounded the airport. On August 5, 2004, the new Baiyun airport opened and the old airport was closed.


Plans for the site of the old airport include a large shopping mall. The former terminal of the airport is being converted into a large shopping mall. Other plans are converting the northern portion of the former airport into a provincial-and city-level functional area integrating conference services. The southern portion will be converted into Guangzhou's secondary center integrating retail business, Cultural, sports, business, and commercial activities.

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