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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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Guangzhou Tour
Guangzhou, known to many as Canton, is dubbed as the southern gate of China, close to Hong Kong and Macau. Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong Province, the third largest city in China just after Beijing and Shanghai. It is China's busiest transport and trading hub. It may serve as your springboard to get to the other parts of China.

More than a springboard, Guangzhou boasts the strong foodie culture, the picturesque Pearl River, rich historical relics and its pretty city landscapes. One day side trip brings you to the Unesco-crowned watchtowers in Kaiping,the ancient city of Foshan and modern city of Shenzhen.

Whether you are a leisure or business travler, Guangzhou is worth your exploring for quite a few days. This is the one-stop place for planning your trip to Guangzhou no matter you are a very independent traveler or local travel agency frequent user.



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» Guangzhou Car Rental
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» Guangzhou Half Day Tour
Guangzhou Half Day Tour Attractions: Canton Tower, Six Banyan Temple
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-01
Price: from US$75 p/p


» Guangzhou Highlight Day Tour
Guangzhou Highlight Day Tour Attractions: Chen Clan Temple, Nanyue King Museum, Six Banyan Temple, Yuexiu Park, Huacheng Square, Haixin Sha Park
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + lunch as listed
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-02
Price: from US$80  p/p


» Guangzhou Classic Day Tour
Guangzhou Classic Day Tour Attractions: Chen Clan Temple, Nanyue King Museum, Yuexiu Park, Peasant Movement Institue and Beijing Road
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + lunch as listed
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-03
Price: from US$75  p/p


» Guangzhou Night Cruise on Pearl River Tour
Guangzhou Night Cruise on Pearl River Tour Attractions: One hour cruise (the sparkling lights on both banks of the river)
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. one hour
Tour Code: GZPT-04
Price: from US$60 p/p


» Guangzhou 3 Day Highlight Tour
Guangzhou 3 Day Highlight Tour Attractions: Shamian Islan, Chen Clan Temple, Nanyue King Museum, Six Banyan Temple, Yuexiu Park, Peasant Movement Institue, Huacheng Square, Haixin Sha Park and Night Cruise on Pearl River
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + meals as listed
Hotel: Yes
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 3 days  
Tour Code: GZPT-05
Price: from US$215  p/p


» Guangzhou Day Trip to Kaiping
Guangzhou Day Trip to Kaiping Attractions: Watching Towers in Zili Village and Li Garden on Kaiping
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + lunch as listed
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 9 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-06
Price: from US$95  p/p


» Guangzhou Day Trip to Foshan
Guangzhou Day Trip to Foshan Attractions: the Ancestral Temple, Nanfeng Ancient Kiln in Foshan and Foshan Folk Art Institute
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + lunch as listed
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 8 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-07
Price: from US$70  p/p


» Guangzhou Day Trip to Shenzhen
Guangzhou Day Trip to Shenzhen Attractions: Window of the World, Shenzhen Splendid China and Cultural village
Tour Type: A private tour
Service: Personal Guide + Private car + entrance fees + lunch as listed
Hotel: No
Departure: Daily
Duration: Approx. 10 hours
Tour Code: GZPT-08
Price: from US$120  p/p


Guangzhou Travel Information

When to Visit
Guangzhou has a humid subtropical climate with much enfluence from the Asia Monsoon (June through Setemper). Summer is humid and hot (July and August). Winter is mild and dry. The best time to visit Guangzhou is between October and November. April and May is also good in terms of climate.

Avoid traveling Guangzhou during the the Canton Fair which is held annually during the Weeks from Mid-April to Early May and Mid-October to Early November. Hotel booking at those times can be difficult and expensive.

Getting There and Away
Travel to Guangzhou by train
Guangzhou has four major railway stations - Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station, Guangzhou North Railway Station, and Guangzhou East Railway Station. Make sure you are on the right train station.
• Guangzhou East Railway Station: Through Trains between Guangzhou and Hong Kong Hom Railway Station in Kowloon; intercity trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Metro line 1 ends here.
• Guangzhou Railway Station:for normal trains to Lhasa, Harbin, Shaoguan, Zhaoqing. (Metro lines 2 and 5)
• Guangzhou South Raiway Station: for higspeed trains, to Beijing, Changsha, Qingyuan, Wuhan. (Metro Line 2)
• Guangzhou North Railway Station: Most of the highspeed trains from Guangzhou South Railway Station will stop at Guangzhou North Railway Station.

Overland Travel to Guangzhou
There are four main long-distance bus stations in Guangzhou connecting Guangzhou to all the major places within Guangdong Province and the major cities in China.

• Guangdong Long-distance Bus Station (省汽车客运站), to the right side of Guangzhou Railway Station.
• Fangcun Passenger Station (芳村客运站) (Metro 1 Kengkou Exit B).
• Tianhe Passenger Station (天河客运站站)(Metro 3) This station offer long-distance services to the major cities in China.
• Guangzhou East Station Bus Station (广州东站客运站), just behind the Guangzhong East Railway Station.

Shuttle Coach services are available to take passengers from Hong Kong International Airport to several places in Guangzhou such as Jinan University (暨南大学), Garden Hotel (花园酒店) and China Hotel (中国大酒店).

Travel to Guangzhou by Flight
China Southern Airlines has its head office in Guangzhou. It has flights for the major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin and Chengdu. It also has several international flight for Bankok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Los Ageles, Melburne, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Singaopore and Sydney. Some foreign airlins open flights for Guangzhou including Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways Interntional, United Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is about 28km north of the city center. Airport shuttle buses run from the airport to several locations in Guangzhou including China Southern Airlines office at Guangzhou Railway Station, Tianhe Mansion (天河大厦) and Fangcun Bus Station. The taxi ride costs about RMB150.

Travel to Guangzhou by Boat
• The Zhoutouzui Ferry Pier (洲头咀码头): Scheduled ferry and hovercraft service is available from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, Macau, and Haikou (Hainan Island)
• The Dashatou Pier (大沙头码头): Boats are available from other mainland cities, such as Xiamen, Shanghai, and Qingdao.
• New Nansha Port(南沙港客运): Also offers ferry service traveling from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, Macau, and the Hong Kong International Airport.
Get Around in Guangzhou
Taxi
It is very convenient to find a taxi on the street in Guangzhou. The models of taxi in Guangzhou include Jetta, Volkswagen, Santana, Red-flag, Sonata, Buick, Golden cup and Citroen. The taxi demand in Guangzhou is high, especially during the peak hours ( 8-9am and 5-7 pm). If you are going to catch a flight or train, it is better to book a taxi in advance.
Guangzhou Taxi Fares:
• RMB8 flag-drop for the first 2.3km
• RMB2.6 per each km beyond2.3km.
• RMB1 for fuel surcharge

Subway
There are 8 subway lines in operation at the moment in Guangzhou covering much of the city center. The metro fares range from RMB 2 to RMB 12. All the signs in the metro lines are both in Chinese and English. If you are going to stay in Guangzhou for a long period, you may buy a Yang Cheng Tong transportation cards and get 40% off on any rides.

The most 4 useful metro lines in the central city of Guangzhou:
• Metro Line 1: the most useful for tourists, going through the center of Guangzhou from east to west with major stations like Chen Clan Temple.
• Metro Line 2: Goes from north to south connecting Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangzhou South Station, and to Baiyun Airport by interchanging for Metro Line 3.
• Metro Line 3: Goes roughly from north to south paralling Metro Line 2 and connect Baiyun Airport, Tianhe Passenger Bus Station and Panyu Square.
• Metro Line 5 Goes east-west from Jiaokou (Liwan District) to Wenchong (Huangpu District) , linking Guangzhou Railway Station, the Garden Hotel and Zhujiang New Town.

Top 10 Attractions in Guangzhou
• Chen Clan Temple: An ancestral shrine for the Chen clan built 1894 with exquisite carvings, paintings and ornate scrollwork .
• Nanyue King Museum: The mausoleum of the Nanyue King dating to 2000 years ago and accidentally discovered in 1983.
• Six Banyan Temple: Originally built inAd537 to enshrine the Buddhist relics.
• Yuexiu Park: The park is a green belt in the city center of Guangzhou housing gardens, shaded wood paths and musuems.
• Haixin Sha Park: The site of the 2010 Asian Games with amazing landmarks.
• Huacheng Square: A new and trendy large city square along the new city axis of Guangzhou.
• Canton Tower: A 600m-high sightseeing and TV Tower, the fourth tallest tower in the world.
• Pearl River: The third longest river in China cuts through Guangzhou from west to east with stunning views.
• Shamian Island: Fomer British and French cncession on a tiny island on Pearl River linked to the mainland by several bridges. • Peasant Movement Institue: The Institute was set up in 1924 by the CCP at a site of a former Confucius Temple. Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai both taught here.

Where to Stay in Guangzhou
Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich: No.988 Guangzhou Avenue Middle, Guangzhou
Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou: No.1 Huizhan East Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Guangzhou: No.3 Xing'an Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Oakwood Premier Guangzhou:No.28 Tiyu East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
The Westin Guangzhou: No.6 Linhe Middle Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Chimelong Hotel: Panyu Avenue, Panyu District, Guangzhou
Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe: No.215 Linhe Xiheng Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport: North of Airport Terminal of Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou
Four Seasons Guangzhou: No.5 Zhujiang West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel: No.122 Liuhua Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Garden Hotel: 368 Huanshi East Road, Guangzhou Tel: 020 - 83338989
White Swan Hotel:1 Shamian South Street, Guangzhou Tel: 020 - 81886968
Grant Hyatt Guangzhou: 12 Zhujiang West Road, Guangzhou Tel: 020 - 83961234
Guangzhou Youth Hostel: 2 Shamian 4th Street, Guangzhou Tel: 020 - 81218606
Guangzhou Riverside International Youth Hostel:53-54 Shamian North Street, Guangzhou Tel: 020 - 22392500

Where and What to Eat in Guangzhou
Guangdong food or Cantonese cuisine originates from Guangdong Province in the south of China. Apart from the normal ingredients like pork, beef, and chicken, Cantonese food makes use of almost all edible meats, including organ meats, chicken feet, duck tongue, snakes snails and more.

What to Eat:
Sweet and sour pork with diced pineapple 菠萝古老肉
Congee with lean pork and century egg 皮蛋瘦肉粥
Cantonese fried rice 炒饭
Steamed frog legs on lotus leaf 荷叶蒸田鸡
Steamed ground pork with salted duck egg 咸蛋蒸肉饼
Blanched vegetables with oyster sauce 油菜
Deep-fried marinated pigeon 烧乳鸽

Wonton noodle 云吞面
Beef chow fun 干炒牛河
Chow mein 炒面
Lo mein 捞面
Noodle soup with beef brisket
Rice noodle roll 猪肠粉
Rice noodles 河粉
Silver needle noodles 銀針粉
Yi mein 伊面

Char siu 叉烧
Roasted duck 烧鸭
Roasted goose 烧鹅
Roasted pig 烧肉
Minced beef patty over rice 肉饼煲仔饭
Pork spare ribs over rice 排骨煲仔饭
Steamed chicken over rice 蒸鸡肉煲仔饭
Meat and Preserved chinese sausage over rice 腊味煲仔饭

Where to Eat:
• Pan Xi Restaurant (泮溪酒家): 151 Longjin West Road (龙津西路151号), serving good dim sum.
• Datong Restaurant (大同酒家): 63 Yanjiang Road (沿江路63号), a favorite place for locals.
• Taotao Ju Restaurant (陶陶居): 20 Dishifu Road (第十甫路20号), an old dim sum restaurant.
• Four Seasons Restaurant (中国大酒店四季厅): 122 Liuhua Road (流花路122号中国大酒店), offering classical Cantonese cuisine.
• Liuhua Congee House (流花粥城), Renmin North Road (人民北路903号流花湖公园), offer nice dim sum with beautiful surroundings.
• Lian Xiang Lou (莲香楼): a famou Cantonese restaurant in China.

With many migrants, international travbelers and expats in Guangzhou, there are many restaurants serving international cuisines: Southeast Asian, Indian, Western, African and Foreign chains.

Shopping in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is a trading and manufacturing hub in the Southern China with a wide range of goods on the markets and shopping areas - street markets and shopping malls.

Street Markets
Qingping Market (清平市场): Qingping Road (清平路), Famous for its animal trades and dry herbs.
Xiguan Antique Street (西关古玩城): near Liwan Park (荔湾湖公园). Selling all kinds of antiques - ceramic teapots, Tibetan rugs and many more.
Household Merchandise Street (日用百货街): at Gaodi Street(高第街), a famous local shopping center selling everyday goods. Cultural Street (古玩字画街): Wende Road east of Beijing Road. This is a good place to look for calligraphy, paitings, and antique books.

Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers
Grandview Mall (Zhengjia Plaza) (正佳广场): the largest mall in Guangzhou in the heart of Tianhe District.
Taikoo Hui (太古汇): A trendy shopping mall that targeting at high-end customers
Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (上下九商业步行街): also a window showcasing the traditional Cantonese architecture Qilou (骑楼
). Beijing Road Pedestrian Street (北京路步行街): a pedestrian street, the most popular shopping street in Guangzhou.

Nightlife in Guangzhou
Guangzhou has a relatively large population of foreigners and Guangzhou nightlife is growing fast with clubs and pubs springing up everywhere. Guangzhou has a rich culture of tea drinking, also known as Yum Cha with tea houses dotted everywhere. Nightlife venues change fast, so check "That's PRD" for the latest information.

Hill Bar: (Outside Baiyun Hotel and across from Garden Hotel).
Covent Garden: a British pub in the Zhujiang New Town.
Tavern Sports Bar: 2 Huajiu Road, Zhujiang New Town.
Sapphire Lounge: 122 Liuhua Road (China Hotel)
The Cave: 360 Huanshi East Road. A favorite expat hangout.
True Colors: 276 Yanjiang Zhong Road, Yuexiu District



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