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Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Comprehensive Guangzhou sightseeing tour with a private local guide
  • Visit Chen Clan Temple to see the Guangdong Folk Art Museum
  • Venture to the royal tomb at the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and find evidence of the ancient city
  • View enormous Buddhist statues and the Flower Pagoda at Six Banyan Temple
  • Admire western architectural influences on Shamian Island
  • Enjoy a traditional Cantonese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable private vehicle included
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Professional English-speaking tour guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle
Chinese-style lunch
Professional driver
Admission tickets
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Cruise port pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Departs from your Guangzhou hotels
Dates: Daily
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After morning pickup from your Guangzhou hotel, your guide takes you to your first destination, the Chen Clan Temple.

Built in the 1890s for ancestral worship, the Chen Clan Temple features fine wood, brick and ivory carvings and elaborate interior beams and columns. The building now houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, which displays examples of superb Cantonese craftsmanship, such as traditional Chinese ink and embroidery designs, rare prints and ceramics.

Next up, travel in your private vehicle to the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. Situated on Xianggang Hill, the Nanyue Royal Tomb sits 65 feet (20 meters) underground. Its seven chambers are filled with more than 1,000 burial artifacts. Discover the secrets of the large tomb complex as your guide shares details about artifacts like King Zhao Mo’s burial garment, made from more than 2,000 pieces of jade connected by silk thread.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then visit Six Banyan Temple, which dates to 537. The main hall enshrines three copper Buddha statues. Each stands 20 feet (6 meters) high, the largest of their kind in Guangdong Province. Then stroll around the 184-foot (56-meter) tall Flower Pagoda to admire colorful exterior carvings and the decorative copper top piece, cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

For your final stop, head to Shamian Island, an islet flanked by the Pearl River and White Goose Pool. In the mid-19th century, the island became an enclave for prosperous expat traders who built Western-style mansions and churches there. Today it houses fashionable cafes and boutiques, and many of the colonial mansions are beautifully restored.

At the end of your 8-hour tour, your guide drops you off at your Guangzhou hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum
Chen Clan Temple is also called Chen Family Academy, which was built in 1890-1894. Chen Clan Temple used to be a private house for Chen family, where people in Chen family prayed for their ancestors. Now it is used as “Guang Dong Local Arts Museum”. There you can enjoy amazing carvings, like wood carving, ivory carving, brick carving, etc.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Mausoleum of Nanyue King, dating back to about 2000 years ago, reveals the very outset and depth of the history. The Nanyue Royal Tomb lies at the Xianggang Hill in north-western downtown. The original slope from hilltop leads you downwards through stone gate into the 20-meter-underground tomb in the hill, as if you were descending into the depth of history. The 100 square meters complex is of huge scale and systematic layout, made up of some 750 grit-stone pieces and divided into 7 chambers for different functions in front and rear parts. Rough colorful cloud painting is found on the walls and ceiling of front chamber while remains of bone ashes, clothes, arrow tips and life items are showed where they were in all chambers. Here you are subject to instant and vivid touch of a living world beneath of historic luxury.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple)
Six Banyan Temple was built in 537. It is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. The temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues -- the biggest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong Province. The thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is kept on the top story of the pagoda. The 184-feet pagoda appears to have nine stories; inside, however, there are 17 levels. Because of the colorful exterior carvings, it is popularly known as the Flower Pagoda.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shamian Island
Located on the north bank of the Pearl River’s White Goose Pool, Shamian Island is an oval islet, covering a tiny area of 0.3 square meters. Thanks to the many buildings of Western classicism on the island, it has recently been designated as a key protected relic of the state, and is called “Ninth Sight of Guangzhou”.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street
Shanghaixiajiu is well known pedestrian shopping street in Guangzhou. With the memory of the people in Guangzhou, it brings you the long history of Guangzhou city, walking along it.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers; infants can join free of charge
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch.

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Beautiful historical sites!
krenzyvergara
, Feb 2020
Kevin Ling was our tour guide. We learned a lot about the main historical sights in Guangzhou because of his very knowledgeable prowess. We managed to fit in a lot of places in one day. Because of this full schedule, it seemed a bit rushed and we weren't able to take our time to take some pictures. Other than that, we still enjoyed this tour. We got to see a lot of amazing and beautiful places in Guangzhou.
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well verse with all the sight seeing...
tonyskng5
, Feb 2018
well verse with all the sight seeing location and history, very relax and enjoying tour.
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This private day tour of Guangzhou...
Gary
, May 2017
This private day tour of Guangzhou was perfect. My guide Nora took me to the Nanyue Tomb, the six Banyan Temple, the Chen Family's School and finished the with afternoon tea on Shamian Island. Nora is very intelligent and well informed. Overall, it was a great day!
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Brilliant, great experience thank you...
Ioan C
, Sep 2016
Brilliant, great experience thank you very much, highly recommended
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Pleasant and knowledgable guide...
Beverly P
, Aug 2016
Pleasant and knowledgable guide. This tour is a very good way to see the scattered sightseeing spots in Guangzhou. I arranged tour online while still in US and all went smoothly
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We enjoyed our historical tour of...
Jean T
, Aug 2016
We enjoyed our historical tour of Guangzhou very much. Our tour guide was very informative and very interesting. The dim sum lunch was delicious! Thank you to Jack for taking us and being so helpful.
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This was a Great Tour, would...
Adam C
, Mar 2016
This was a Great Tour, would thoroughly recommend if you have not been to Gunagzhou before or never scene the sites we had but just for business. It takes you round all the places in the city there is to see and you feel you have a real flavor of what the place has to offer. In all honestly the city only really has heritage wise what is on this tour, as a lot the place is new. By doing this tour you will see all you need to and feel you have discovered what there is to see. You also get a good flavor of the downtown, and the 20th Century part of the city as well. Our guide Katrina a local university student was great, she had good knowledge and buckets of enthusiasm, her English was also very good. So all in all if you don't know the city or were to start this is the tour for you!
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Even the heavy rain could not dampen...
John I
, Dec 2015
Even the heavy rain could not dampen the fascination of this city. The guide was excellent and clearly explained the places that we visited as indeed also the food at the excellent lunch. Highly recommended.
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Lili Lam was our tour guide - she...
cherie.wortley
, Aug 2015
Lili Lam was our tour guide - she was a very pleasant young lady and good company. She was prompt on all occasions. The tour was leisurely and enjoyable. We would have liked a little more history.
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This tour is great as you are taken...
Rita
, Apr 2015
This tour is great as you are taken to the historical sights of the city. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and being a private tour meant that the driver of the van was ready and waiting for us each time. This made you feel special and being taken care of in such a busy and large city where English is not the first language.
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