When travelling around, e.g. by taxi, be prepared with destinations written in Chinese (preferably get directions e-mailed to you in the UK before your trip; the concierge at your hotel may also be able to help). Not all restaurant/bar staff will speak English. Some restaurants will have menus in English, in others you will just have to point.
A mobile phone (with international roaming) can be essential if you are relying on taxis if you are to find the right location for meetings - don't forget to programme in contact numbers before leaving home; and don't forget your phone charger will need an adapter!
Safety and security
Keep up-to-date by looking at the China Travel Advice on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's website. Generally, China is a safe country apart from pick-pockets in crowded areas. Always keep your passport and valuable items close to you. If you are at exhibitions, don’t leave your phones or laptops out of your sight.
If you’re travelling to Guangzhou
Taxi drivers in Guangzhou are generally honest, though standards of driving are very poor (for all forms of road traffic), and they don't always know where places are. Yellow, Red and Blue taxis are regarded as more reliable.
At airports and stations, only get taxis from the official taxi rank. The new Guangzhou airport is around 40 minutes away from the centre of town. Expect to pay around RMB140 to get to central Guangzhou by taxi (in addition to the fare shown on the meter, you will have to pay RMB15 for the toll fees). The alternatives are to take one of the airport buses, which cost around RMB19-22 depending on the destination.
The Centre could help booking the transport from/to Guangzhou airport. The travel cost will be covered by your own budget.