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Shamian Island Tours and Activities

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Shamian Island (literally translated as “Sandbar” Island), a 44-acre sandbank separated from Guangzhou by a canal, was given as a concession to the French and British governments after the First Opium War in 1841. The island quickly grew into a prosperous expat enclave where trading companies from Europe, the United States and Japan came to do business.

The stone mansions, churches, yacht club and sporting venues drew the envy of Guangzhou residents, who didn’t even have paved roads until the early 1900s. Local Chinese authorities restricted traders to the small area and forbade them from learning Chinese or bringing over their children and wives.

Today, many of the colonial mansions have been restored to their former glory, and the island, now partly pedestrianized, is home to a series of bars, cafes and boutique shops. The neo-gothic Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church has reopened for worshippers in recent years and is worth a visit; along with the riverfront area along the Pearl River in the center of the island where locals come to fish or practicetai chi.

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Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour

Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour

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Get to know historical Guangzhou on a full-day sightseeing tour. Traveling between the landmarks by air-conditioned coach, absorb the bustling streets and architecture as your driver-guide sheds light on the city’s ancient history and culture. Visit top Guangzhou attractions including the Chen Clan Academy, Five Ram statue and Guangzhou Museum; and see the restored canal of Lizhiwan Brook, and colonial buildings on Shamian Island. Enjoy a tasty Cantonese snack lunch along the way and finish at the Six Banyan Temple, an ornate Buddhist complex crowned by a beautiful pagoda.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.48
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$79.48

Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch

Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch

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Explore important cultural sites in the city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton) on a full-day sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable private guide. Travel by private vehicle and on foot to go in-depth on visits to Chen Clan Temple and the Guangdong Folk Art Museum on-site, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Six Banyan Temple and Shamian Island. Your tour includes informative commentary from your guide, along with lunch at a Chinese-style lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Guangzhou city tour and Pearl River day cruise with a local guide

Guangzhou city tour and Pearl River day cruise with a local guide

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See Guangzhou’s highlights in one day and experience the city like a local on a 7-hour private trip by metro and public boat. Using public transport makes for easy exploring while providing real insight into city life. See the Five Rams statue, visit the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, enjoy a Pearl River cruise to the Canton Tower, and more. A dim sum lunch, selected entrance fees and transport included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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$139.00
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Guangzhou Private Tour with After Dinner and Pearl River Cruise

Guangzhou Private Tour with After Dinner and Pearl River Cruise

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See Guangzhou by day and night on this private, 8-hour city tour, including a 2-hour cruise along the Pearl River. First, explore Shamian Island, and catch sight of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Then, stroll down Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New Town area before popping into a local restaurant for dinner. End your tour by boarding a boat for a ride on the water where you'll take in views of the illuminated city at night, and see main highlights, such as Canton Tower.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.75
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$184.75
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Private Half Day Guangzhou Tour with 9 Options

Private Half Day Guangzhou Tour with 9 Options

Have only a short amount of time to discover Guangzhou? Make the most of your stay, and see only the attractions that interest you most, on this half-day, private sightseeing tour. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and set off directly from your hotel. Create your own itinerary: choose four stops from a list of nine highlights, including landmarks like the Canton Tower, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, and more. At tour’s end, return to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.11
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$204.11
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Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights

Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights

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Guangzhou, also known as “Canton”, one of the most modern cities in the Pearl River Delta, with about 2000 years history. This private one day 8-hour city tour takes you to experience the dynamic Guangzhou and its remarkable old and new historic sites with your own local expert guide .Discover the popular sites such as Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Five Ram Statue, Thousand year old Bayan Tree Temple, Shamian Island , world-class modern architecture such as Canton Tower, Opera House ,Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library and more .Flexible itinerary catering to your own preferences. Enjoy a delightful Cantonese Dim Sum lunch or dinner with the recommendations from the guide. Private transportation ensures a more relaxing and exclusive experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.80
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$151.80
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Private Customized Guangzhou Layover Tour with Dim-Sum Meal

Private Customized Guangzhou Layover Tour with Dim-Sum Meal

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Turn your long layover in Guangzhou into a tour of the city with your local expert guide on this fully flexible private tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the airport. Discover the best of this dynamic metropolis along pearl River Delta. See top attractions such as Canton Tower, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou Opera House,Huacheng square , visit amazing Qing Dynasty Chen Clan Ancestral temple, appreciate the spectacular architectures and amazing local folks ,arts crafts , enjoy a leisure walk in the green lush Yuexiu Park and more alongside a guide with extensive knowledge about Guangzhou; or work with your guide to create a customized itinerary that suits your interests. Additionally savor a delightful Cantonese Dim-sum from the region.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$206.67
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$206.67
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One Day Old Guanghzou Photography Tour

One Day Old Guanghzou Photography Tour

Immerse yourself in the historical highlights and cultural delights of Guangzhou on a private 8-hour guided tour. Walk around the old quarters of the city like Westside Mansion, Lychee Bay, Shamian Island, and Enning Road; delve into Cantonese Opera Art Museum with exhibitions. Witness the city's rich heritage at Yong Qing Fang and Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family. You'll also do some shopping at Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street before driving back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.36
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$146.36
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Local Guangzhou private tour guide service with car

Local Guangzhou private tour guide service with car

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Hi this is Candice and Zack from Guangzhou Local Tours Co.,Ltd and we have been dedicated in providing diverse customized private tours for foreign visitors in Guangzhou for the past 5 years. Born and raised in Guangzhou as local natives, with fluent English and full enthusiasm, we are very proud of our hometown and feel obliged to present the best Guangzhou to any traveller who step on our motherland, and we are keen on sharing with you the profound knowledge and culture of our historial and beautiful city.^_^. The most popular 100 sites in Guangzhou are displayed below in the itinerary, and for a standard 7 hours full day tour we could visit 4-5 places in general with a stop for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant for authentic traditional Cantonese food and Chinese tea. Half day or full day city tour bookings are available on Tripadvisor, but contact us directly by email for custom request or cheaper offer options, thank you and wish you have nice days to Guangzhou:)
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Guangzhou Private Historical Highlights Tour with Dim Sum Lunch

Guangzhou Private Historical Highlights Tour with Dim Sum Lunch

Learn about the history of Guangzhou on this private 8-hour tour of the city, including round-trip transport and a dim sum lunch. Make stops at Chen Clan Academy, the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, and Shamian Island. Plus visit Yuexiu Park, and see the Five Rams Sculpture and Zhenhai Tower.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.34
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$182.34
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Guangzhou Half Day Private Tour with Din Tai Fung Meal

Guangzhou Half Day Private Tour with Din Tai Fung Meal

This private tour will let you have a quick look of the city Guangzhou with included Din Tai Fung meal. There are morning and afternoon departure for the tour, and you can choose either 8:30am or 2 pm departure. You will be picked up from your centrally located Guangzhou hotel lobby, then start the city tour with a local guide. The attractions are Academy of Clan Chen, Six Banyan Temple, Shamian Island, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, Lychee Bay, and Flower City Square. You will also view the stunning Canton Tower before your lunch (morning departure) or dinner (afternoon departure). Din Tai Fung is a renown Taiwanese dumpling restaurant, where you will taste the steamed dumplings and yummy vegetables. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel where the tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Guangzhou Explore Private Day Tour With A Local Guide

Guangzhou Explore Private Day Tour With A Local Guide

This exciting sightseeing private tour by private transfer and on foot with a friendly local guide will offer you a great opportunity to know the historical city Guangzhou.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.00
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$239.00
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Private Tour: 5-Day Tour from Guangzhou to Yangshuo

Private Tour: 5-Day Tour from Guangzhou to Yangshuo

Start the tour from the bustle Guangzhou to explore the city, then take bullet train to Yangshuo to indulge into the picturesque river and mountain view. The attractions you will visit include Tomb Museum of Nanyue King, Academy of Clan Chen, Shamian Island, Canton Tower, Li River etc.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,157.95
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$1,157.95
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26-Day Private Tour from Guangzhou to Chengdu with the Driver

26-Day Private Tour from Guangzhou to Chengdu with the Driver

Visit highlights of China including the Gaungdong, Guangxi, Guizhou,Yunnan and Sichuan provinces with this private 26 days tour from Guangzhou. You will be picked up from Guangzhou hotel and dropped off at Chengdu.
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  • 26 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,102.57
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$4,102.57
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5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting

5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting

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Participate in this 5-hour walking tour of Sai Kwan area in the western region of downtown Guangzhou where it possesses special architecture of Lingnan style to see delicate handmade article and sample delicious Cantonese cuisine. Experience the local life and customs of Guangzhou off of the beaten paths. Travel the hundred of years old official Wharf, British and French Concessions, traditional Chinese Medicine Market, and Taoist Temple...etc. to learn the history and customs of Guangzhou.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80
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Guangzhou Private Tailor-Made Day Tour with Canton Tower and Other Highlights

Guangzhou Private Tailor-Made Day Tour with Canton Tower and Other Highlights

Enjoy a fully guided private day tour to discover the amazing Guangzhou or Canton city from its old and new perspectives. Marvel at the city’s spectacular skylines from 433M tall observation deck at the Canton Tower, visit the ancient ancestral temple at Chen Clan, find Guangzhou’s historic footprints at Charming Island, parks. Fully tailor-made itinerary catering to your own travel needs.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$194.25
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$194.25
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Private Half-Day Guangzhou City Tour with Pickup

Private Half-Day Guangzhou City Tour with Pickup

Maximize your short stay in Guangzhou and get a great overview of the city on this private half day tour. Travel in a private, air-conditional vehicle and discover the city landmarks with a professional guide. Admire the magnificent view of the Pearl River or the city skyline from the observation deck of Canton Tower, appreciate the spectacular architecture at ancient Chen Clan ancestral Hall, learn about the fascinating history of Guangzhou at former “French and British” concession Shamian island or more. Savor a delightful lunch or dinner based your time schedule.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.00
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$98.00
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Hongkong to Guangzhou(by bullet train) one day private tour

Hongkong to Guangzhou(by bullet train) one day private tour

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This tour is suitable for those who come visit Guangzhou from HK by highspeed train in the morning and back to HK in the evening in one same day, without staying a night in Guangzhou.There's highspeed train commuting between HK and Guangzhou so makes it easy to drop a visit to Guangzhou even you have your accommodation and limited time in HK. We will pick you up at Guangzhou south train station(the bullet train station) to start the tour, visit the major sites in downtown Guangzhou and at the end of the tour, drop you off at the same train station for your return train back to HK.This is a tailor-made private tour only for you (your group), highly flexible and the itinerary could be customized based on your interest or special request. The tour incorporates both driving and walking, for sightseeing as well as trying some local food. We will follow up with you to firm up the itinerary after you book this tour on Tripadvisor.^_^.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$190.00
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$190.00
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Private flexible Guangzhou City Sightseeing Tour with Dim-Sum Tasting

Private flexible Guangzhou City Sightseeing Tour with Dim-Sum Tasting

Promising as one of the most dynamic cities in the Pearl River Delta ,with about 2000 years history, Guangzhou has its splendid sounds to offer. This fully flexible city tour take you to visit the popular sites such as Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Five Ram Statue, Thousand year old Bayan Tree Temple, Shamian Island , world-class modern architecture such as Canton Tower, Opera House ,Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library and more .Flexible itinerary catering to your own preferences. Enjoy a delightful Cantonese Dim Sum lunch or dinner with the recommendations from the guide.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.80
Price varies by group size
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$111.80
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Half-Day Private Tailor Made Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option

Half-Day Private Tailor Made Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option

Make full use of your short stay in Guangzhou by taking this fully customized half day tour with the local expert guide. Experience the city like a local by visiting the beautiful parks, famed temple, memorial hall, markets as well as some of magnificent historic sites. Get a great overview of the city’s culture, life and sounds that it has to offer, optional Dim-sum meal allow you to savor the best local delicacies. Enjoy the flexible departure time based on your own schedule.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.36
Price varies by group size
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$94.36
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Private Guangzhou History and Culture Tour with Dim-Sum Option

Private Guangzhou History and Culture Tour with Dim-Sum Option

Explore the wonderful historic and cultures sites in Guangzhou on this exclusive private tour with a knowledgeable guide, learn the city’s fascinating history and culture behind its modern prosperity. Visit Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Hall to admire the great father of Republic China, appreciate the spectacular architectures and amazing local folks ,arts crafts at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall , immense yourself in the fascinating history in the Mausoleum of Nanyue King, take a relaxing stroll along the former “ French and British ” concession at Shamian Island. Upgrade the tour with the delightful local Dim-Sum lunch or dinner to savor the city’s best gourmet.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.47
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$98.47
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Private Guangzhou Best Day Tour with Canton Tower, Baiyun Mountain and More

Private Guangzhou Best Day Tour with Canton Tower, Baiyun Mountain and More

Explore Guangzhou’s top sites on this fully guided private day tour, visit the natural landmark at Baiyun Mountain, city’s iconic building at Canton Tower and marvel at the amazing city skylines at 433Meter star observation deck. In addition, pick some other popular local places you like to visit in the city. Enjoy flexible departure based on your travel scheduled. Travel with your own knowledgeable guide to get great overview of the city, culture, custom and life.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$221.80
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$221.80
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2 Days Guangzhou Private Tour from Airport

2 Days Guangzhou Private Tour from Airport

Step into a world where past activities and memories fuel the current lifestyle and also generations to come in the most vibrant environment during your Guangzhou layover. Explore ancient history from Nanyue King Tomb, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Museum, Six Banyan Trees Temple and Chen Family Clan even get to know colonial history at Shamian Island and charming Sacred Heart Cathedral, enjoy shopping and night cruise on beautiful Pearl River. Put your worries aside and take this fabulous Guangzhou layover tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$527.00
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$527.00
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Old Guangzhou Private Day Tour for Muslim

Old Guangzhou Private Day Tour for Muslim

Experience the old Guangzhou with a knowledgeable guide during this 8-hour private tour designed specifically for Muslim visitors. See the city's historical sites at Xiaozhou Village, Taikoo Wharf, Dongshankou, and Shamian Island that will give you more ideas about Guangzhou Lingnan culture and rich history. Stop will be made for saying prayers at Huaisheng Mosque, and the provided lunch will be halal-friendly to suit your needs. Shop for souvenirs on Beijing Road Shopping District to cap off the day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.54
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$180.54
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Should I book Shamian Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Shamian Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 55 Shamian Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Shamian Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Shamian Island costs USD 71.80. Guided Shamian Island tours start around USD 71.80 per person. See all 55 Shamian Island tickets and tours on Viator.
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