Welcome to Guangdong

Northern Guǎngdōng (广东) is home to some wild and wondrous landscapes. In the blue pine forests of Nánlǐng, the music of waterfalls and windswept trees boomerangs in your direction. If it’s Unesco-crowned heritage you’re after, Kāipíng’s flamboyant watchtowers and the stylised poses of Cantonese opera will leave you riveted. What's all the fuss about Hakka and Chiuchow cultures? Well, find out in Méizhōu and Cháozhōu.

Historically Guǎngdōng was the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road and the birthplace of revolution. On the scenic byways of the Pearl River delta, you’ll uncover the glory of China’s revolutionary past. While on the surf-beaten beaches of Hǎilíng Island, an ancient shipwreck and its treasures await.

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Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Shekou, Shenzhen, GuangdongHop aboard a fast ferry and explore mainland China on this full-day trip from Hong Kong. Your guide takes you to some of the nation’s most iconic destinations, and to meet pandas at the Shenzhen Safari Park. Tour the thriving metropolis of Guangzhou and learn more about the Qin Dynasty’s terracotta warriors and their horses. Experience the beauty, history and excitement of China’s third largest city—formerly known as Canton—before returning by train. Lunch, transportation and visas are included in the cost of this half-day trip. • Full-day trip to mainland China from Hong Kong with a professional guide• Ride a fast ferry to Shekou Industrial Zone in Shenzhen • Observe a Chinese panda at Shenzhen Safari Park • See terracotta warriors from Xian at Shekou’s Exhibition Hall • Visit the children at a local kindergarten (not available during school holidays)• Take a guided afternoon tour of Guangzhou, including the Temple of Six Banyan Tree and Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall • Enjoy Chinese lunch at a local restaurant Duration: 14 hours

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Guangzhou Private Historical Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

Your friendly local guide will meet you in the lobby of your Guangzhou hotel and drive you by private vehicle to several top attractions in the city. Along the way, hear informative commentary as you stop to explore the famous cultural and historical landmarks.First, head to Chen Clan Temple, built in the 1890s for ancestral worship by the Chen family. Also called Chen Family Academy, the building was once used by students in preparation for their imperial exams. Inside, admire the wood, brick and ivory carvings, and the elaborate design of the interior beams, ridges, walls and columns.Currently housing the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, the landmark features exhibits from all regions of Guangdong Province. Your guide will point out the outstanding Cantonese craftsmanship in traditional embroidery and Chinese ink designs as well as rare print arts and ceramics.Next, stop at the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King to view the Nanyue Royal Tomb, which dates back 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty. Situated on Xianggang Hill, the slope descends 20 meters to the underground tomb, divided into seven separate chambers and filled with more than 1,000 burial artifacts – including bone, ash, clothing and arrow tips. Step back in time and discover the secrets of the tomb with your guide. Within the (100 square-meter) complex, view the wall painting and a number of cultural relics, including King Zhao Mo’s burial garment. Made of more than 2,000 pieces of jade connected by silk thread, it’s the only one of its kind in the world!Around midday, your guide will take you to a local establishment to enjoy a lunch of traditional Chinese specialties. Afterward, walk to Six Banyan Temple, a renowned Buddhist cultural site built in 537. The temple’s main hall enshrines three giant Buddhist statues, each reaching 6 meters high -- the largest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong Province. Admire the colorful exterior carvings of the 184-foot Flower Pagoda, which has 17 interior levels although it appears to have only nine from the outside. Your guide will tell you about the decorative copper pillar at the top of the tower, cast during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), From here, your guide will drive you to Shamian Island, an oval islet situated on the north bank of the Pearl River’s White Goose Pool. The historical buildings of this quiet island showcase British and French influences on its neoclassical architecture. Designated a key protected relic of the state, Shamian Island is referred to as the Ninth Sight of Guangzhou. When you complete your private tour, your guide will transport you back to your Guangzhou hotel.

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Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou

This tour tells the story of Guangzhou from old to new. From the old parts with forgotten heritage where life is still lived the traditional way, to the shiny, glitzy new city center with its world-class modern architecture and Ferrari's. Discover the contrast and get a better understanding of China's history, future, culture and lifestyle. Visit popular attractions including the City God Taoist Temple, People’s Park, Pearl River, Ersha Island and the futuristic architecture in the new city center, including the Canton Tower, Opera House, Guangdong Museum and Library. The tour almost entirely follows quaint hutong alleyways, greenways, parks, outdoor markets and riverside boulevards, making it a safe and pleasurable experience. The 4-hour ride from Taojin to Pearl River New Town is done at a leisurely pace and is suitable to people of all ages and fitness levels. You get to meet the locals and have plenty of opportunities to mingle and take pictures. Guides share insightful stories about the places you visit, provide water and snacks and keep you safe from traffic. Also ask guides for recommendations on where else to go in Guangzhou!

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4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportBefore 8:30am, please meet up your friendly guide at the accommodation counter of China Southern which beside No 50 gate in Terminal 2 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Then, embark for a 4-hour sightseeing tour in downtown Guangzhou. It is recommended that the departure time of your connecting flight be after 4pm.Stop At: Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, Guangzhou, GuangdongFirst, you will visit the Chen Clan Academy which is listed as "Cultural Relics of National Importance" since 1988 and currently under preservation of the State. Built by 72 families of Chen clan in 1894 to accommodate the need of their sons for imperial examination preparation, it also served as an ancestral temple. The academy or ancestral temple was later converted into Chen Clan's Industry College before becoming a middle school. Today, it is home to Guangdong Folk Art Museum housing a massive collection of southern Chinese art including intricate wood carvings and potteries. The Chen Clan Academy exemplifies traditional Chinese architecture and decoration styles and greatly influences cultural and architectural developments worldwide. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lychee Bay Scenic Area, Guangzhou, GuangdongNext, your will visit Haixinsha Island which is located in the southern tip of Zhujiang New Town, a newly developed CBD just north of the iconic landmark, Canton Tower, and east of Er Sha Island. Haixinsha island was once used as garrison and warehouses for the People's Liberation Army until it was selected as an development site for the stadium hosting opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Asian Games. The island also sits at the new city center surrounded by new CBD and Pearl River. You will make stops at LiChi Bay, Canton Tower, and Canton Opera House for photo opportunities outside of the structure.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, GuangdongThe construction will become the 3rd largest Opera House in China, next to Beijing's and Shanghai's. It is designed in grey and black by British female designer Zaha•Hadid and features natural, rustic shapes and distinctive materials in sharp contrast to neighboring buildings. It is a state of the art post-modernist building.The opera house will cover 42, 000 square meters and provide a floor area of 46, 000 square meters. It will comprise a 1,800-seat theater, a 400-seat multi-functional hall and a 4,000-square-meter front parlor and lounge. It will have an underground parking lot for over 250 vehicles, connecting with the underground parking lots of nearby Guangdong Museum and Guangzhou Children' s Place.Stop At: Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou, GuangdongHuacheng Square in reference to Guangzhou's nickname as the "city of flowers," the huge square occupies 560,000 square metres augmented with trees, plants and even an artificial lake.The spokesman for the Guangzhou government was proud of the name chosen by the fact that it could easily be pronounced in Mandarin and Cantonese and sounded fashionable, active and energetic.Huacheng Square is surrounded by 39 modern buildings including the 2nd Guangzhou Children's Palace, the Guangzhou Opera House, Library and the Guangdong Museum.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Canton Tower, Guangzhou, GuangdongThis new TV broadcast tower of Guangzhou, 610 meter and 37 floor high, is the highest tower in the world. It was used for the TV program production and broadcast forthe 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.The elegant structure stands on the southernwaterfront near Xingang Road in Haizhu District, facing the Zhujiang New Town. Its construction was commenced on the "May Day" in 2006, and was scheduled for completion 2010 June. It costs about RMB1.6 billion yuan. It covers about 84,000 square meters, including a 454-meters-long body and a 156-meter-long aerial on top. The project is technically challenging and demanding, according to the constructor.At the end of your tour, enjoy delicious Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the airport. Dim Sum is a Cantonese style bite-sized cuisine traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. It is also known for its unique way being served at some restaurants where waitstaff carting them among tables of guests for their convenience to pick the dim sum dishes that suit their tastes.

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Pearl River Night Dinner Cruise in Guangzhou

Pick you up from your hotel about 6pm, and transfer you to board the luxury ferry and start the cruise ride. Enjoy the dazzling night view of Pearl river.The Pearl River is 2124 kilometers long and it is the longest river in Guangdong province, it is also the third longest river in China. In its course running across Guangzhou, there is a huge stone island standing in the way of the flowing water. The island has been washed by the river water for thousands of years and is polished and nowadays looks like a big shiny pearl. That is why it is called as the “pearl stone in the sea”. Therefore, the river is also named as the "Pearl river".Among the cruise ride, you can see Xinghai Concert Hall, Haixinsha Island, pass by Haiyin bridge, Guangzhou bridge and Liede bridge.After the cruise ride, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Guangzhou.

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Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel around 9 am, and proceed to Chen Clan Academy; named the pearl of Architecture of South China.Located in the west of the old town, the museum displays an interesting selection of traditional crafts. The building presents typical Lingnan architectural features with a balanced layout and exquisite and richly-decorated interior. It is now the biggest, best preserved and decorated complex in Guangdong. Next, visit Shamian Island and Lizhiwan brook, one of many old canals running through Liwan. Then visit the Yi Yao Qi Arts and Crafts Center. Take a break to enjoy a traditional Cantonese snack lunch. In the afternoon, visit Five Rams Statue-symbol of the city, and then visit Guangzhou Museum and Six Banyan Temple. After your trip, you will be dropped back off at your hotel.