At 1,376 miles (2,214 kilometers) long, the Pearl River is the longest river in Guangzhou and the third longest in China. There’s no better way to escape the breakneck speed of this massive metropolis than by taking a leisurely cruise along this waterway. Here are some of your best options.
With many of Guangzhou’s most famous landmarks clustered along the banks of the Pearl River, a sightseeing cruise is a great way to get an overview of the city. Most river cruises depart from the Night Goose Pool for a one- to two-hour voyage past Xhuhai Square, Aiqun Mansion, Shamiam Island, and the Canton Tower, as well as 10 scenic bridges.
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 aglow from Chinese lanterns and glittering skyscrapers. Make a night of it by combining your cruise with a buffet dinner or Cantonese opera performance.