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Shamian Island
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 practice tai chi.
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Flexible Private Guangzhou Layover Tour with Dim-Sum MealLayover Tours

Flexible Private 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
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Amazing Guangzhou Golden City Tour and Pearl River Night CruiseCultural Tours

Amazing Guangzhou Golden City Tour and Pearl River Night Cruise

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Visiting Guangzhou in one day with a private guide who shows you the city's cultural and historical highlights. Traveling between the landmarks by air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the bustling streets and architecture on the city’s ancient history and culture. Visit top Guangzhou attractions including the Yuexiu Park, Chen Clan Academy, Five Ram statue and Mausoleum of the Nanyue Kingdom; and stroll around the Beijing Road Ancient Avenue, see the colonial buildings on Shamian Island. Enjoy the tasty Cantonese lunch.After that, you will go to take the Pearl River Night Cruise and enjoy the night view of Guangzhou. There is no doubt that it will be a perfect choice for first-time visitors with limited time.
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  • 12 hours
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Local Guangzhou private tour guide service with carCultural Tours

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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
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Amazing Guangzhou Day TourFull-day Tours

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
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Pearl River Night Cruise & Eveing Tour in Guangzhou with Private TransportNight Cruises

Pearl River Night Cruise & Eveing Tour in Guangzhou with Private Transport

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Witness the beauty of Guangzhou at dusk on this 1.5-hour evening cruise on the Pearl River, including private hotel transfers. With your private guide on-hand to point out all the highlights, you’ll glide beneath the striking Guangzhou and Haizhu bridges; pass glittering landmarks like Zhuhai Square, Aiqun Mansion and Shamian Island; and see the magnificent White Goose Pool. Back on solid ground, enjoy a romantic stroll along the illuminated waterfront, before heading back to your hotel. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights with Meal OptionCultural Tours

Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights with Meal Option

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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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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Half-Day Private Tailor Made Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum OptionHalf-day Tours

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
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including LunchCity Tours

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
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Guangzhou Private Tour with After Dinner and Pearl River CruiseBus & Minivan Tours

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
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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4-Night Hong Kong and Guangzhou TourMulti-day Tours

4-Night Hong Kong and Guangzhou Tour

Explore the top attractions of Guangzhou and Hong Kong on an independent 4-night tour that includes 4-star accommodation, transfers and guided tours. During your full-day tour of Guangzhou, visit Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Chen Clan Academy, Zhenhai Tower, Guangzhou Museum, topped off with a Pearl River dinner cruise. In Hong Kong, take an evening city your to visit Victoria Peak and Sky Terrace, Aberdeen Harbor and the night life around Lan Kwai Fong. Includes accommodation, round-trip train between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China visa and more.
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  • 5 days
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Private Tour: Best of Guangzhou Day TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Best of Guangzhou Day Tour

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See Guangzhou in one day with a private guide who shows you the city's cultural and historical highlights. Visit Huacheng Square and Shamian Island, and stop at the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and the Guangzhou Museum. Get an in-depth look at the city's ancient landmarks and modern attractions, traveling by private vehicle and on foot. This comprehensive city tour is perfect for first-time visitors or people with limited time.
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  • 8 hours
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7-Day Independent Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau with TransportMulti-day Tours

7-Day Independent Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau with Transport

Enjoy the best of both worlds on this independent 7-day tour of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau, with guided sightseeing tours of each location, plus plenty of free time and flexibility. Admire the iconic Victoria Harbour skyline of Hong Kong, cruise along the Pearl River delta in Guangzhou and discover Macau’s UNESCO-listed landmarks, including the A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St Paul. This action-packed tour includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, private transfers and transport by train and ferry.
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  • 7 hours
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6-Day Best of Southern China Private Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo Including Pearl RiverMulti-day Tours

6-Day Best of Southern China Private Tour: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo Including Pearl River

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Journey from the gleaming skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the tranquil rice paddies and colonial towns of Southern China on this action-packed 6-day tour. Look out over Hong Kong’s famous skyline from Victoria Peak; cruise along the Pearl River in Guangzhou and learn to cook traditional Chinese dishes with a cooking class. Discover natural wonders like the Longji Rice Terraces and Reed Flute Cave in Guilin; take a scenic bike ride through Yangshuo and hike to Da Zhai in Longji. This private guided tour includes accommodation, meals and domestic flights.
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  • 6 days
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Private Guangzhou City Tour by Metro and Public BoatPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Guangzhou City Tour by Metro and Public Boat

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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
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Guangzhou Private Historical Highlights Tour with Dim Sum LunchCultural Tours

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
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Private Half Day Guangzhou Tour with 9 OptionsCultural Tours

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
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  • 5 hours
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Learn About Guangzhou History.Historical City TourCultural Tours

Learn About Guangzhou History.Historical City Tour

Highlights Visit the old and historical part of Guangzhou and feel the traditional culturePrivate experienced English guide for a more personalized experienceTraditional Cantonese cuisine lunch and snackAll entrance fees includedFree hotel pickup and drop-off includedTransport by public transportation to feel the local life
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  • 8 hours
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Guangzhou Private Tour: Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Shamian IslandPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Guangzhou Private Tour: Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, Shamian Island

See some of Guangzhou’s most interesting places on this 8-hour private tour, including round-trip transport from your hotel. First make your way to Yuexiu Park, and catch sight of the Five Rams Sculpture and Zhenhai Tower. Then visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees and Chen Clan Academy before heading over to Lychee Bay and Shamian Island to see Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
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  • 8 hours
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Guangzhou Day Tour: Flower City Square, Shamian, Chen Clan Academy, etc.Cultural Tours

Guangzhou Day Tour: Flower City Square, Shamian, Chen Clan Academy, etc.

Highlights Visiting the Four Classics Scenic Spots of GuangzhouPrivate experienced English guide for a more personalized experienceAll entrance fees includedFree hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Guangzhou Golden City Tour: Wonderful Guangzhou and the Pearl River Night CruiseCultural Tours

Guangzhou Golden City Tour: Wonderful Guangzhou and the Pearl River Night Cruise

Visiting Guangzhou in one day with a private guide who shows you the city's cultural and historical highlights. Traveling between the landmarks by air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the bustling streets and architecture on the city’s ancient history and cultureAfter that, you will go to take the Pearl River Night Cruise and enjoy the night view of Guangzhou. There is no doubt that it will be a perfect choice for first-time visitors with limited time. Highlights Visiting the Five Landmark Scenic Spots of Guangzhou in 1 Day with leisureTake the night cruise on the Pearl River to enjoy the most beautiful night view of Guangzhou
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  • 12 hours
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Boutique One-day Tour In GuangzhouCultural Tours

Boutique One-day Tour In Guangzhou

Highlights Experience the most traditional Cantonese style alleyTravel around the landmark of GuangzhouPrivate experienced English guide for a more personalized experienceTraditional Cantonese cuisine lunch and snack in Xiguan areaAll entrance fees included
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  • 8 hours
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Ranking No1 Guangzhou Day Tour from Passengers:From old City to Modern CityCultural Tours

Ranking No1 Guangzhou Day Tour from Passengers:From old City to Modern City

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This tour is Ranking No1 Guangzhou One day Tour from Global Visitors. Aiming to show you the essence scenic spots in Guangzhou. Visit Guangzhou in one day with a private guide who shows you the city’s culture and tradition. Introduce the funny story of the city with you in your own speaking language so that will let you have no gap between Chinese. Travel around the famous and popular attractions which will give you totally different idea about Guangzhou. During this tour, you will have a chance to visit Chen Clan Academy, Shamian Island, Shisanhang Museum, Cantonese Opera Museum, Canton Tower. Enjoy the delicious Cantonese lunch and snacks during the tour. It is absolutely the most classic tour route for the first-time visitors.
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  • 8 hours
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Watery Guangzhou Tour: From Flower City Square to Sacred Heart CathedralCultural Tours

Watery Guangzhou Tour: From Flower City Square to Sacred Heart Cathedral

Wander around the local Cantonese street, experience the local Cantonese life, talk with local people and feel the culture here. This absolutely will be an unforgettable experience in your life. The theme of travel is to touch the essence of the local culture and grab the difference between the local and your hometown, and it is one of the most attractive parts of travelling. So in this tour, you will have a chance to experience the local life in Guangzhou, not only will give you a full picture of Guangzhou culture but also will let you have more idea about China. Highlights • Travel in the tram alongside the Pearl River to enjoy the river view• Read about the old Guangzhou history and know about the history of revolution
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  • 8 hours
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Guangzhou Golden City Tour:Chen Clan Academy, Shamian and Canton TowerCultural Tours

Guangzhou Golden City Tour:Chen Clan Academy, Shamian and Canton Tower

Visiting Guangzhou in one day with a private guide who shows you the city's cultural and historical highlights. Traveling between the landmarks by air-conditioned vehicle and absorb the bustling streets and architecture on the city’s ancient history and culture. Visit top Guangzhou attractions including the Yuexiu Park, Chen Clan Academy, Five Ram statue and Mausoleum of the Nanyue Kingdom; and stroll around the Beijing Road Ancient Avenue, see the colonial buildings on Shamian Island. Enjoy the tasty Cantonese lunch and finish at the Canton Tower which is the second highest TV tower in the world. There is no doubt that it will be a perfect choice for first-time visitors with limited time.Highlight:• Visiting the Five Landmark Scenic Spots of Guangzhou in 1 Day with leisure• Private experienced English guide for a more personalized experience
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  • 8 hours
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Guangzhou

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Amazing guide!!!
74verad
, Oct 2019
This guide has an amazing knowledge database, and I could tell that he really cared about his job. I wish, I would know his name---was it Mark? However, this kind of guides are hard to find in China--speaking from experience. This tour takes you to all the places that it mentions, and they are beautiful! I really loved Guangzhou after having this tour! If you have one day in this city--this is a good price for a really good value that you are getting.
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Day Trip
LM1812
, Sep 2019
Guangzhou Day Trip Originally booked a group trip but it was just 2 of us. Picked up on time. Very attentive guide. Spoke good English. Very nice lunch. Can recommend.
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9 Hour Layover
emilybjaser
, Aug 2019
This tour was a great way to spend my 9 hour layover! I had trouble finding a tour that was flexible with my late arrival to Guangzhou, but this was completely customizable as mentioned in the description. Maggie was my tour guide and she was great! Maggie was super knowledgeable and was always providing insight even on the ride from the airport to the city. The dim sum lunch was delicious and Maggie made sure to adjust the order to my preferences. I think the combination of complete customization as well as the fantastic tour guide made my quick Guangzhou trip well worth it!
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Basic tour
Linda T
, Jun 2019
I was expecting to be in a group for the tour, but after waiting 45 minutes for another couple, the guide informed me that they had cancelled and that I would be alone on the tour. The guide and the driver were both very nice and polite, but I left rushed as I was the only person. I was disappointed in the lunch which was supposed to be a buffet, but as it was a holiday, the guide ordered from the menu without asking me what I would like. What he ordered was good, but I definitely left hungry! The places we visited were nice, but I really wanted more shopping.

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