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From Guangzhou: Zhaoqing Full-Day Private Tour

1. From Guangzhou: Zhaoqing Full-Day Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Guangzhou at approximately 07:00, and then journey to the historical city of Zhaoqing at the foothills of Dinghu Mountain in Guangdong Province. Learn the origins of the mountain's name from its resemblance to a Chinese bronze vessel known as "Ding." Upon arrival, climb the mountain, where the peaks rise above ancient towering trees, and get spectacular views of the waterfalls, historical buildings and trees of verdant green. Continue to Seven Star Crags for a closer look at the limestone rocks situated in and around Star Lake directly across from Paifang Square in downtown Zhaoqing. Wander around the park and soak up the natural splendor. The crags are naturally arranged in the same formation as the 7 stars of the Big Dipper constellation and offer spectacular views of Star Lake and its migratory birds. Return to Guangzhou and get drop off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

From Guangzhou: 4-Hour Guided Afternoon Tour

2. From Guangzhou: 4-Hour Guided Afternoon Tour

With pick-up from your downtown hotel at around 13:30, you will enjoy a comfortable transfer to start your afternoon trip in Guangzhou. Proceed to Guangzhou’s largest park, Yuexiu Park, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Then marvel at the Five-Ram Sculpture carved from 130 pieces of granite and visit the Zhenhai Tower, also named the Five-Storied Pagoda, both of which are symbolic sites in the city. After that you will visit the 1500 year old Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The highlight of the temple is the 57.6 meters high Flower Pagoda. It appears to have 9 storeys, but inside there are actually 17 storeys. Discover its history and its importance to Buddhism. Afterwards, return to your hotel to conclude the half-day trip before 17:30.

Guangzhou: Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner

3. Guangzhou: Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Benefit from pick-up at your downtown Guangzhou hotel at around 17:30, and then board a comfortable vehicle to journey to the start of your Pearl River cruise. Stretching for more than 2,000 kilometers, and the third longest river in China, the Pearl River is a gem of Guangzhou city. Admire the breathtaking sights and illuminated monuments after dark as you feast on a buffet dinner. See the tall Canton Tower floodlit for the night. Built for the 2010 Asian Games, the tower topped out in 2009 at 595.7 meters, briefly making it the tallest tower in the world. Journey along the ribbon of the Pearl River as it connects historical sites and the beautiful scenery. Get an insight into the modern culture and historical legacy of Guangzhou as you relax into the delightful experience. Return to the wharf after approximately 1.5 hours, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Guangzhou: Full-Day Private City Trip

4. Guangzhou: Full-Day Private City Trip

The Guangzhzou English guide will be holding a sign with your name written on it and wait for your group at your centrally located Guangzhou hotel at 09:00 in the morning. Then, visit Guangzhou Five Rams Statue and Zhenhai Tower. This five ram concrete sculpture is just like the symbol of Guangzhou, hence the “City of Five Rams” reference. Many products use "Five Rams City" for its branding. Some citizens also like to go there to do some morning exercises, to dance and go jogging etc. Zhenhai Tower is a special collection and exhibition of cultural relics and historical sites of Guangzhou history. Then, have a typical Guangzhou snack for lunch. The lunch fee is at your own charge, which is not included in the tour package. Later on, go to Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and Chen Ancestral Temple. The Baozhuangyan Temple was first built by the monk Tanyu under orders from Emperor Wu 1500 years ago, and the Buddhist holy land at Guangzhou, which is also regarded as one of Guangzhou's scenic spots and historical sites. Chen Ancestral Temple is the most famous of existing ancestral temples in Guangzhou known as the "Guangzhou's cultural card." Head to Lychee Bay and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is a memorial building to commemorate Sun Yat-sen, the great revolutionary leader. Finally, return back to your hotel.

Kaiping Private Day Tour From Guangzhou

5. Kaiping Private Day Tour From Guangzhou

At 8.00 am, your guide will pick up you from your hotel and take a ride 2 hours to Kaiping where you visit Liyuan Garden, Zili Village. In Kaiping there are many Diaolou(Watch towers) that are listed as cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2007. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages were built by overseas Kaiping people during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These buildings take three forms: communal towers built by several families and used as temporary refuge, residential towers built by individual rich families and used as fortified residences, and watch towers to defend agaisnt local banditry. Then you will visit Chikan old town to view the local rural life before lunch. Afterwards you will be transferred back to Guangzhou, drop off at the hotel where the wonderful day trip concludes.

8-Hour Coach and Walking Tour of Guangzhou's Highlights

6. 8-Hour Coach and Walking Tour of Guangzhou's Highlights

With pick-up from your downtown hotel at around 08:30, board your comfortable vehicle and head to Guangzhou for a day's sightseeing. Follow your guide to visit the ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, famed for its exquisite craftsmanship, including wood, stone, and brick carving, and metalwork using copper and iron. Admire the most characteristic Guangdong architecture and learn its history. Continue to explore the European style buildings on Shamian Island, which used to be the concession area in the 19th century. Wander around the most exotic place in Guangzhou to enjoy the quiet and beautiful environment. After having lunch in a local restaurant, move on to Guangzhou’s largest park of Yuexiu Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Marvel at the Five-Ram Sculptur carved from 130 pieces of granite and the Zhenhai Tower, also named Five-Storied Pagoda, both of which are symbolic sites in the city. After that you will visit the 1500 year old Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The highlight of the temple is the 57.6 meters high Flower Pagoda. It appears to have 9 storeys, but inside there are actually 17 storeys. Discover its history and importance to Buddhism. Afterwards, return to your hotel to conclude your Guangzhou highlights trip.

Pearl River Night Cruise with Private Transfers in Guangzhou

7. Pearl River Night Cruise with Private Transfers in Guangzhou

At 19:00 PM, your guide will pick up you at the lobby of your centrally located Guangzhou hotel with GetYourGuide signage with your name. Then you will take a private vehicle to the Dashatou Pier where you will take a cruise. It takes about 40-50 minutes to cruise from Dashatou to Canton Tower, then come back along the Pearl River. On the cruise, you will view the Ersha Island, Canton Tower, International Finance Center etc. which are lit with colorful lights in the evening to construct a stunning night landscape in the city. Your guide will tell you different names of the bridges and buildings and afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel where the trips concludes.

Guangzhou Night Tour

8. Guangzhou Night Tour

Meet your guide at 4:00 PM pm in the lobby of a centrally located hotel, and start the night tour in Guangzhou. Head to Lychee Bay where you will view the old Xiguan buildings with traditional Canton Style, arch bridge and stage. Be transferred to Beijing Road to wander around the shopping street. Enjoy a Dim Sum dinner at local restaurant. Afterwards, take a cruise on the Pearl River for about one hour and enjoy the fantastic river views and the lights on both sides of the Pearl River. Later, visit Canton Tower which is the third highest TV tower in the world. If you are interested, you can buy the entrance ticket to the top of the Tower.  Be transferred back to your hotel at around 10:00 PM.

Guangzhou Day Tour By Metro & Boat

9. Guangzhou Day Tour By Metro & Boat

At 9:30 am, your guide will wait for you at outside Exit A, Yuexiu Park station for Metro Line 2. Then you will climb up Yuexue Park to view the token of the city, 5 Rams Sculpture.The local legend goes that five immortal beings wearing robes of five colours came to Guangzhou on the backs of rams. Each being carried rice and gave it to the people as a sign that Guangzhou would be free of famine. A sculpture was erected in Yuexiu park in 1959 to pay tribute to this story, and to the origins of the name Guangzhou (meaning five rams). Afterwards you will walk to the Museum of the Tomb of the Nanyue King of the Western Han Period, where you will go inside the original tomb that was excavated in 1983 while constructing a hotel here. The tomb proves the long history of Guangzhou that can be tracked back to 2200 years ago. There is an exhibition hall to display all kinds of relics excavated in both the tomb and Guangzhou. Then you will take metro to Academy of Chen Clan, or The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, which is an academic temple built by the 72 Chen clans for their juniors' accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations in 1894 in Qing Dynasty. Academy of Chen Clan is a complex with traditional Canton architecture style, and notable for the rich decoration which exist inside, outside the halls and in almost every beams, ridges, walls and columns including a large collection of wood carving, stone carving, brick carving, pottery, plaster and iron engraving. Afterwards, take the metro to Shamian Island to wander around the European architectural style area which was former colony for British and French 100 years ago. Your guide will take you to a local restaurant to taste yummy Cantonese Dim Sum for the lunch. Then you will take a public boat from here to Canton Tower on the Pearl River, view the river, buildings and bridges on the boat. The impressive Canton tower is 600 meters in the height; you can view it on the square. If you are interested, you can buy a ticket to overlook the city. The pleasant day trip concludes at the Canton tower where you can take taxi or metro back to your hotel.

From Guangzhou: Mount Danxia and Nanhua Temple Full-Day

10. From Guangzhou: Mount Danxia and Nanhua Temple Full-Day

Benefit from pick-up at your Guangzhou hotel at 07:00 and transfer with your guide to Guangzhou Nan Railway Station (Guangzhou South). Catch the bullet train to Shaoguan, about 1 hour's journey to the north. Upon arrival in Shaoguan, travel to Danxia Mountain, declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of "China Danxia" in 2010. Climb to the summit of Zhanglao to experience the highest peak of Danxia Mountain, and get bird's eye views of the surrounding outcrops of the mountain range. Marvel at the curious rock formation of Yang Yuan Stone, ("Male/Father Stone") and its remarkable resemblance to a phallus. After a quick snack, continue to the Buddhist monastery of Nanhua Temple. Known for its Buddha statues of Sakyamuni Buddha, Medicine Buddha and Amitabha in the Grand Hall. Enjoy a complimentary light lunch before returning to Shaoguan Railway Station to catch the bullet train back to Guangzhou, where on arrival a vehicle will take you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Guangzhou

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 32 reviews

The history of Guangzhou is incredible, and learning about the culture, the background to the creation of the city and the vibrant and successful city is today was great

Good but expensive for 1 person.

Lovely friendly helpful guide, though cost for private tour for 1 person for 3 hours was expensive, & more than private day tour for 1 person for 6 hours!!??

Had a great time

Had a wonderful time. Our guide Miss Lin was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely look into future trips here

It was a very nice experience. It worth every cents

It was ver wonderful and helpful tour. Thank you!!