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Pearl River Cruises in Guangzhou

By Viator, July 2018

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Life in the massive metropolis of Guangzhou moves at breakneck speeds. For those worn out after a long day of digging into the city’s 2,000 years of history, consider taking a leisurely cruise along the Pearl River.

At 1,376 miles (2,214 kilometers) long, the Pearl River is the longest river in Guangzhou and the third longest in China. It gets its name from a small, stone island polished from the passing current in the shape of a large pearl. While cruises along the stretch of river passing through Guangzhou are available throughout the day, the best sites come at night when the riverside promenade is lit up by Chinese lanterns and the city’s skyline seems to come to life. With many of the city’s most famous locales clustered along the banks of the Pearl River, a cruise is a great way to get an overview of the city.

Starting from the Night Goose Pool, cruise vessels make the one- to two-hour voyage past Xhuhai Square, the Aiqun Mansion and the colonial mansions of Shamian Island while passing beneath ten scenic bridges. The thin, hourglass-shaped Canton Tour with its 7,000 rainbow-colored LED lights makes for quite a sight, especially at night when the spiraling lights come to life.

Many of the ships cruising the river offer packages including a buffet dinner, but unless you want to spend your time aboard elbowing your way through a crowded buffet line, skip the dinner and head to the top deck with a camera in tow. If you opt out of the dinner option, bring along some snacks, as non-dining passengers are only served water, tea, biscuits or fruit at best. When planning your trip, keep in mind that cruise prices may go up and availability may be limited during the spring Lantern Festival and the summer Dragon Boat Festival.

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Buffet Dinner at Canton Tower Revolving Restaurant with Pearl River Night Cruise

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Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transport

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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Pearl River Night Dinner Cruise in Guangzhou

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transfer

This night tour takes you to experience the stunning evening view along the Pearl River by the river cruise. You can choose with an English-speaking tour ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Guangzhou Private Tour with After Dinner and Pearl River Cruise

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Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Guangzhou City Tour by Metro and Public Boat

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Pearl River Night Cruise with Cantonese Opera

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Diandoude Dim Sum Dinner with Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou

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