The deal taking him back to Guangzhou contains an option for the Chinese Super League side to purchase the midfielder outright.
He has also won a Copa Libertadores and a Club World Cup with Brazilian club Corinthians.
His form, coupled with the sizeable transfer fee spent just a year ago made the announcement of the 12-month loan all the more puzzling.
Paulinho has agreed to a move from Barcelona to Guangzhou Evergrande. The 29-year-old played a huge role in their title-winning campaign but most importantly, he provided a physical presence in midfield, which Barcelona were lacking for quite a long time. But, with Paulinho's departure to China and Yerry Mina's potential exit, it could open the door for future signings.
Out of 13 Rescued from Flooded Cave in Thailand
Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday. Narongsak said experts told him the new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to 108 square feet.
Antonio Conte returns to take Chelsea training
And the Spanish duo were both involved as Chelsea FC underwent their first pre-season training session on Sunday. Chelsea endured a rather frustrating season last term in the Premier League as they finished fifth on the table.
Woman behind Trudeau groping claims speaks
Trudeau said he apologized at the time because the woman felt something wrong had happened - even if he felt otherwise. Hehr's event drew a big crowd of Calgarians keen to have their photo snapped and shake hands with the prime minister.