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How to Spend 1 Day in Guangzhou

How to Spend 1 Day in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is a city with a long, rich history and modern outlook. With one day in Guangzhou, there is enough time to experience several of the top attractions in the city. From temples and museums to skyscrapers and parks, here's how to make the most of 24 hours in Guangzhou.

 

Morning: History and Culture

Make the most of your limited time in Guangzhou by taking a half-day or full-day guided sightseeing tour. Travel by bus, car, bike, on foot, or by public transit and visit top historical and cultural highlights, such as the Chen Clan Academy, the Nanyue King Mausoleum, Yuexiu Park, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall.

 

Those with an interest in China’s religious traditions may want to spend more time at some of the main temples, such as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, the Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), and the Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Guan).


Afternoon: Foreign and Modern Influences

Spend the afternoon experiencing a more modern side of the city. Start with Shamian Island, and stroll along the streets of European-style architecture, remnants of the foreign concessions made after the First Opium War. Afterward, head to the Zhujiang New Town area and Flower City Square, home to the 1,908-foot (600-meter) tall Canton Tower. Be sure to take in panoramic views from its observation deck. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring other modern landmarks, such as the Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Library, or the Haixinsha Asian Games Park.

 

Night: Local Flavors and Views

Get a different perspective on Guangzhou and enjoy illuminated skyline views on a nighttime sightseeing cruise along the Pearl River. If you opt for a cruise that does not include dinner, head to Beijing Pedestrian Street, a popular shopping and dining destination, for food and souvenir shopping. For a more authentic eating experience, sample local favorites, such as dim sum and roast duck, on a walking food tour. Then, get a taste of Guangzhou’s nightlife at Binjiang Lu or Bai-e-Tan bar streets. Alternatively, spend the evening watching a dazzling performance at Chimelong International Circus, one of the largest permanent circuses in the world.

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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
Price varies by group size
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$149.00
Price varies by group size
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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

Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou

Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou

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Explore the best of Guangzhou during this 4-hour small-group cycling tour of the city’s center. Start in the oldest parts of the city and meander through hutong alleyways and outdoor markets, stopping for visits at places such as the City God Taoist Temple, People’s Park and Ersha Island. Approaching present-day Guangzhou, visit the Canton Tower and the famous Guangdong Museum and Library. Learn about the city’s rich history from your local guide and travel at a leisurely pace as you bike along, stopping to snack, take pictures and chat with locals along the way. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.98
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$70.98

Guangzhou Highlights Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

Guangzhou Highlights Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

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Skip the lines and explore all of Guangzhou’s most remarkable historic buildings in one day on this guided tour. Instead of tiring yourself out walking from site to site, drive straight from your hotel to the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, a highly-regarded example of local Lingnan Architecture built near the turn of the twentieth century. From there, stop in at Yuexiu Hill, and then explore the fifteen-thousand-year-old Temple of the Six Banyan Trees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$101.54
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$101.54
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Guangzhou City Sightseeing Day Tour

Guangzhou City Sightseeing Day Tour

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See Guangzhou’s major sights in the space of a single day on this introductory tour. Meet your guide directly at your accommodation: traveling around the city in an air-conditioned vehicle makes for a seamless way to explore. With just a small group for company, venture to the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, explore Yuexiu Park and its famed Five Rams Sculpture, see the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees—a significant Buddhist landmark—and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.52
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$100.52
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2-Hour Chimelong International Circus

2-Hour Chimelong International Circus "The Forest Code Show" Including Hotel Pickup

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Watch acrobats perform daring feats, admire state-of-the-art sets and staging, and immerse yourself in Guangzhou’s culture when you see the renowned Chimelong International Circus. Your tickets are for The Forest Code: a varied and accomplished show that features hundreds of elite performers, and has been performed since 2006. Book admission in advance to guarantee your seats, and enjoy seamless transport to and from your local hotel, too.
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  • 4 hours
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$132.00
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$132.00

Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner

Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner

This private tour will let you enjoy the yummy Din Tai Fung dumplings and the night cruise in Guangzhou with a local guide. At 5:30pm, you will be picked up from your centrally located Guangzhou hotel, then transfer to a Din Tai Fung restaurant in the downtown. Din Tai Fung is a famous Taiwanese dumpling restaurant where you will taste the yummy steamed dumplings with different fillings including shrimp, meat, and vegetables. After the delicious dumpling dinner, it is time to view the fabulous lights on both sides of the Pearl River on a cruise. Sailing along the river in the evening, you will view the bridges, buildings, islands, stadium, and CBD area etc. The most impressive building is the Canton Tower changing its color in the sky, which is 600 meters in height. The must-do cruise will let you enjoy the nightview on the river. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel where the tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Guangzhou Afternonn Private Tour: Canton Tower, Buffet Dinner, River Cruise

Guangzhou Afternonn Private Tour: Canton Tower, Buffet Dinner, River Cruise

This afternoon tour in Guangzhou will let you enjoy the full package tour in the Canton Tower and taste the buffet dinner at Carousel 360 Restaurant. Centrally located Guangzhou hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
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$378.47
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$378.47
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Nightlife Tour of Guangzhou

Nightlife Tour of Guangzhou

Just Call me , you can get what you want.Hope you can understand. In Guangzhou? Do you have any ideas where to go ? my name is Albert. a Guangzhou local tour guide. I have been serving my customers from all over the world for more than 8 years and I enjoy doing this job as much as I did from day one. Being very fluent and eloquent in both English and Chinese, I am able to enhance communications and solve problems for customers so that they can have an effective and enjoyable trip in China. I always get positive feedbacks for my service.
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  • 7 hours
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$299.00
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$299.00

Guangzhou Half Day Tour: Canton Tower and Chen Clan’s Academy

Guangzhou Half Day Tour: Canton Tower and Chen Clan’s Academy

Discover Guangzhou’s highlights on this private tour. During this half-day experience, a personal guide takes you to the 19th-century Chen Clan Academy to see its elaborate Canton architecture and folk art, and includes a ride up the Canton Tower to experience bird’s-eye views over the city. Air-conditioned transport, central hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.00
Price varies by group size
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$177.00
Price varies by group size