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Shamian Island Tours

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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.
Address: Guangzhou, China
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Private Tour: Best of Guangzhou Day TourFull-day 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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US$266,67 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79,48 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including LunchDay Trips

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
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US$149,00 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Local Guangzhou private tour guide service with carBus Tours

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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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Guangzhou city tour and Pearl River day cruise with a local guide Full-day Tours

Guangzhou city tour and Pearl River day cruise with a local guide

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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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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Guangzhou Private Historical Highlights Tour with Dim Sum LunchCity Packages

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Car service one day TourNature and Wildlife

Car service one day Tour

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.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Half Day Guangzhou Tour with 9 OptionsHalf-day 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
  • Free Cancellation

Guangzhou Private Tour with After Dinner and Pearl River CruiseDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$184,75 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Private Customized Guangzhou Layover Tour with Dim-Sum MealBus Tours

Private Customized 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights Day Trips

Private Full Day Tour: Amazing Guangzhou Old and New Highlights

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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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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Half-Day Private Tailor Made Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum OptionDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$94,36 
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

One Day Old Guanghzou Photography TourFull-day Tours

One Day Old Guanghzou Photography Tour

Immerse yourself in the historical highlights and cultural delights of Guangzhou on a private 8-hour guided tour. Walk around the old quarters of the city like Westside Mansion, Lychee Bay, Shamian Island, and Enning Road; delve into Cantonese Opera Art Museum with exhibitions. Witness the city's rich heritage at Yong Qing Fang and Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family. You'll also do some shopping at Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street before driving back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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US$146,66 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Old Guangzhou Private Day Tour for MuslimFull-day Tours

Old Guangzhou Private Day Tour for Muslim

Experience the old Guangzhou with a knowledgeable guide during this 8-hour private tour designed specifically for Muslim visitors. See the city's historical sites at Xiaozhou Village, Taikoo Wharf, Dongshankou, and Shamian Island that will give you more ideas about Guangzhou Lingnan culture and rich history. Stop will be made for saying prayers at Huaisheng Mosque, and the provided lunch will be halal-friendly to suit your needs. Shop for souvenirs on Beijing Road Shopping District to cap off the day.
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  • 8 hours
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US$180,91 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food TastingHalf-day Tours

5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting

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Participate in this 5-hour walking tour of Sai Kwan area in the western region of downtown Guangzhou where it possesses special architecture of Lingnan style to see delicate handmade article and sample delicious Cantonese cuisine. Experience the local life and customs of Guangzhou off of the beaten paths. Travel the hundred of years old official Wharf, British and French Concessions, traditional Chinese Medicine Market, and Taoist Temple...etc. to learn the history and customs of Guangzhou.
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  • 5 hours
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US$71,80 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from AirportFull-day Tours

1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport

Acknowledge spectacular local customs, history and architecture alongside a guide with extensive knowledge about the city, get to know historical Guangzhou by visiting Liurong Temple, European-style Sacred Heart Cathedral and Shamain Island.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$260,00 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

2 Days Guangzhou Private Tour from AirportOvernight Tours

2 Days Guangzhou Private Tour from Airport

Step into a world where past activities and memories fuel the current lifestyle and also generations to come in the most vibrant environment during your Guangzhou layover. Explore ancient history from Nanyue King Tomb, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Museum, Six Banyan Trees Temple and Chen Family Clan even get to know colonial history at Shamian Island and charming Sacred Heart Cathedral, enjoy shopping and night cruise on beautiful Pearl River. Put your worries aside and take this fabulous Guangzhou layover tour.
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  • 2 days
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US$527,00 
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

3 Days Guangzhou Airport Layover TourMulti-day Tours

3 Days Guangzhou Airport Layover Tour

If you’re wondering what you are going to do during your long layover in Guangzhou, check top things to do on this tour itinerary and experience local history and culture. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide throughout your experience.
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  • 3 days
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US$670,00 
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  • 3 days
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Guangzhou Explore Private Day Tour With A Local GuideFull-day Tours

Guangzhou Explore Private Day Tour With A Local Guide

This exciting sightseeing private tour by private transfer and on foot with a friendly local guide will offer you a great opportunity to know the historical city Guangzhou.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$239,00 
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Guangzhou Half Day Private Tour with Din Tai Fung MealHalf-day Tours

Guangzhou Half Day Private Tour with Din Tai Fung Meal

This private tour will let you have a quick look of the city Guangzhou with included Din Tai Fung meal. There are morning and afternoon departure for the tour, and you can choose either 8:30am or 2 pm departure. You will be picked up from your centrally located Guangzhou hotel lobby, then start the city tour with a local guide. The attractions are Academy of Clan Chen, Six Banyan Temple, Shamian Island, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, Lychee Bay, and Flower City Square. You will also view the stunning Canton Tower before your lunch (morning departure) or dinner (afternoon departure). Din Tai Fung is a renown Taiwanese dumpling restaurant, where you will taste the steamed dumplings and yummy vegetables. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel where the tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$193,85 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Small Group, Guangzhou Day Tour, Cultural Sites, Modern CBD, Local GuideFull-day Tours

Small Group, Guangzhou Day Tour, Cultural Sites, Modern CBD, Local Guide

This is a small group tour to explore the old and modern Guangzhou with a local guide. You will visit the cultural sites including the Tomb of the Nanyue King of the Western Han Period, Academy of Chen Clan, Shamian Island, Pearl River, and Canton Tower...etc.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Guangzhou Private Explore Day Tour From Guangzhou Nansha INTL Cruise Home PortFull-day Tours

Guangzhou Private Explore Day Tour From Guangzhou Nansha INTL Cruise Home Port

Guangzhou Nansha INTL Cruise Home Port is a new port for the cruises. This private day tour will let the travelers explore the historical attractions in Guangzhou to learn the history. Please check your China Visa policy as per your nationality.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Tour: 5-Day Tour from Guangzhou to YangshuoMulti-day Tours

Private Tour: 5-Day Tour from Guangzhou to Yangshuo

Start the tour from the bustle Guangzhou to explore the city, then take bullet train to Yangshuo to indulge into the picturesque river and mountain view. The attractions you will visit include Tomb Museum of Nanyue King, Academy of Clan Chen, Shamian Island, Canton Tower, Li River etc.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation

Private VIP Guangzhou Full-day Tour: Canton Tower Lunch, Night Cruise and MoreDay Trips

Private VIP Guangzhou Full-day Tour: Canton Tower Lunch, Night Cruise and More

Guangzhou is a fantastic city with many things to do. This VIP private day tour will let you visit Canton Tower, Shamian Island, Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum, Beijing Road, and Pearl River Cruise. Buffet lunch on the 106th floor of Canton Tower is included. Pickup time is 9:30am from your centrally located Guangzhou hotel.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$329,00 
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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