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2 Days Guangzhou Best Essence Savory Tour

Perfect Layover Close up with Guangzhou City

What does Guangzhou have? Lingnan culture, old commercial history, modern urban view, fresh and delicious Cantonese food, etc. This 2 days trip is a perfect choice for people who are on business, make a short stay with the 144-hour visa free transit, have only 2-3 days traveling in Guangzhou, etc. As the itinerary covers all those essences and more in the best arrangement, you will have a fresh and comprehensive impression of this thriving metropolis in Southern China, besides its Cantonese language and business. We will show you not only the beautiful traditional decorations on Lingnan architectures at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, but also the proud Guangzhou landmark of Canton Tower. What’s more, mouthwatering Cantonese food is arranged of course for you to feel the "flavor" of the charming Guangzhou! Everything is well prepared just for your "yes"!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-GZ-02
  • Price : from request
  • Trip Length : 2D/1N
  • Theme : Architecture / Culture/ History

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Have real close appreciation of the outstanding and exquisite architectural decorations on the old houses and courtyards and learn Lingnan folk culture at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall.
  • Savor the fascinating Guangzhou Cityscape during your fresh wandering at its urban central axis - Huacheng Square and admire the pretty landmark - Canton Tower of 600 meters high.
  • Witness historical change and cultural absorbing of Guangzhou from Western Han dynasty 2,000 years ago, Qing Dynasty and colonial period in 19th century, to Republic of China decades and modern 21st century.
  • Make an old and new contrast exploration of this ancient but modern commercial metropolis to feel its vibrant power of development and praisable insistence on its original tradition.
Itinerary Day by Day
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Day 1 Guangzhou (B, L)

Yuexiu Park - Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall - Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King - Huacheng Square

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Good morning! After breakfast, your local guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Start to explore the old and new Guangzhou City from Yuexiu Park, the largest city park in Guangzhou. Stroll leisurely in the verdant park to see the Five Rams Statue from which you will savor the interesting legendary story of the five rams and know why Guangzhou is called the “City of Rams”. Then, continue to appreciate a five-storey ancient structure in red - Zhenhai Tower which was changed as Guangzhou Museum. Have a brief learning about Guangzhou’s over 2000 years’ history and if you like, climb up the tower to get a bird’s-eye view of Guangzhou city. After the morning stretching with fresh air, move your steps to the nearby Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall which was built in memory of the great revolutionist Sun Yat-sen. Enjoy the Chinese and Western combining styled octagon-shaped main building in bright red and blue from outside. Enter the hall to know Dr. Sun deeper with excellent exhibitions of his biography and contribution to the country and people, and get a simple learning about the contemporary history of China in the 18th - 19th centuries. Before leaving, admire the 5.5-meter tall bronze statue of Dr. Sun outside in the yard and show your respect to this world famous great Father of the Nation in China.

In this afternoon, pay a visit to Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King which was built at the real tomb site of Zhao Mo, the second King of Western Han Dynasty 2000 years ago. The tomb is the largest and the best preserved color-painted stone chamber found to date in the Lingnan region in South China. Discover the burial chamber and appreciate the precious historical relics found there in the exhibition halls to learn the culture, history, economy, etc. of Lingnan area. Among all the 1,000 pieces of cultural artifacts, you won’t miss the spotlight “Jade Burial Garment” which is made up of 2291 pieces of jade, and also a collection of over 400 delicate ceramic pillows.

After the historical exploration, e transferred to the urban central axis in Zhujiang New Town to see the modern cityscape of Guangzhou at Huacheng Square. Have a leisure stroll between the glittery skyscrapers and peculiar shaped modern buildings to feel the fast development of this metropolis, including Guangzhou IFC Tower, CTF Finance Center, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Grand Theater, etc. Most importantly, appreciate the slim outline of the iconic Canton Tower on the opposite bank of Pearl River.

After the tour, be escorted back to your hotel.

  • Yuexiu Park Five Rams Statue Yuexiu Park Five Rams Statue
  • Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Guangzhou Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Guangzhou
  • Jade Burial Garment at Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King Jade Burial Garment at Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King
  • Huacheng Square - To See Stunning Guangzhou Skyline and Canton Tower Huacheng Square - To See Stunning Guangzhou Skyline and Canton Tower

Day 2 Guangzhou - Guangzhou Departure (B, L)

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall - Shamian Island - Cantonese lunch - Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street - Goodbye to Guangzhou

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Today after breakfast, you will first be escorted from your hotel to visit the must-see Chen Clan Ancestral Hall. It is regarded as the largest, most beautifully decorated and best preserved traditional ancestral temple in Guangdong Province. Roam among the tranquil houses and courtyards built during 1888-1894 to discover its architectural origin and find out whether it was an ancestral hall or an academy for the Chen Family in Guangdong initially. Since it is famous as the “Pearl of Lingnan Architectural Art”, you will taste the super exquisite colorful decorations of vivid patterns of various flora and fauna, figures and immortals to feel the highly skillful construction and decoration of Lingnan people and know their typical folk culture and best wishes of harvest and prosperity in ancient China. Later, be transferred for about 10 minutes’ driving to see the quite different Shamian Island where over 150 European styled old buildings from the colonial period from 19th century are well preserved for a nice savory. Take a relaxing walk in the strongly exotic street block in emerald and imagine the past life and changes of Guangzhou told by those historical remains.

After that, have a break and enjoy the specially arranged Cantonese lunch in one of the best reputed local restaurants to know why Cantonese food is so famous and popular around the world. (Note of Today’s Lunch: Cantonese food is arranged as lunch of Day 2, and it can be adjusted on Day 1 of this tour according your needs. If you are interested in other kinds of food, please tell your needs to your guide directly.)

In this afternoon, visit Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street which is one of the oldest and most famous shopping pedestrian streets in Guangzhou but has featured arcade buildings housing a rich array of reputed restaurants and snack bars and diverse kinds of great clothing, shoes, ornaments and souvenirs. Enjoy a nice walk or try some snacks along this street.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will send you back to your hotel or to the airport / train station to catch the flight / train to your next destination or home. Service ends!

  • Exquisite Decoration of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Exquisite Decoration of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
  • European Styled Historical Architecture at Shamian Island European Styled Historical Architecture at Shamian Island
  • Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Shopping Street with Featured Arcade Buildings Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Shopping Street with Featured Arcade Buildings

The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary: Zhenhai Tower in Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Domestic/International flights or high-speed trains to/off Guangzhou;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.;
  • Personal expenses.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hello Tiffany,

Thank you for your follow up email. I have returned to the US and it has been a good trip in Chengdu!  We enjoyed every part of the tour, and our tour guide was very helpful. We will definitely recommend to our friends if they are making their own travel arrangements. 

Thank you,

Xue‚ USA, June 1, 2019

Hello Rita,

It took some time to answer, because i had a problem with my computer.

I much enjoyed the time in Zhangjiajie, the park was amazing, tiamen mountain, glassbridge…

Although for me it was a bit short, because of the problems with the flights.

And i know this is not your fault, but because of that i found the tour quiet expensive after everything.

The hotel in the city i stayed in was not ok. Poor hygiene, and the breakfast was horrible, so i don’t know what they charge,

but this is definitely not how it should be for a 3.5 star hotel.

For the rest Wendy was a very good guide, nice transport and good service.

Just a pity i also had some trouble getting home, therefore i ended the trip a bit with negative thoughts about China.

But this has nothing to do with China discovery.

I will recommend your services to other people, but please make a complaint to the hotel,

My standerds are less than other foreigners, so if in the future , you put people there to sleep, you will have more complaints,

i’m sure.

My photos are not yet on my computer, so sorry for that, but Wendy also took some, so maybe she can give you.

Best regards,

Marleen Neyens‚  Belgium, May 31, 2019

Hi Riley,

Not home till end of May so will then. Had a great time and will do reviews when we get home. 

Merilyne‚ USA, May 31, 2019

Hello Lyn,

I arrived to Beijing... Thanks for everything, all good.

The guide in Xian, Jahana, was excellent.

Best wishes,

Francisco‚ France, May 30, 2019

Hi Vivien,

The trip to China was amazing!  We all had a great time and my kids still talk about it daily and say they wish they were back in China.  The tours went perfectly as planned, tour guides were waiting for us as promised at each airport / train station and each morning before each days activities.  The drivers were reliable and courteous.  

The Zhangjiajie portion of the tour was a favorite.  I don't think we could have navigated that area on our own without China Discovery.  Our tour guide, Lily, was wonderful and my 6 year old son really enjoyed her.  In fact, they held hands during many of long hikes.  The driver was great as well as my other son was sick one day and the driver had no problem driving him and his father back to the hotel (half hour away) after lunch, while the rest of us enjoyed the afternoon's activities.

We enjoyed the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian.  Tour guide Waldner was very knowledgeable with perfect English.  

In Beijing, the highlight was definitely the Great Wall.  We choose to go in the afternoon as tour guide Eric gave us the option and said the afternoon would be less busy.  He was absolutely correct and we felt like we had the Wall all to ourselves as to our surprise and delight there was hardly anyone there.  Eric was funny, knowledgeable and accommodating.

Thank you Vivien for arranging the tour for us.  I appreciate all your help and prompt replies.  It was such an easy process to book the tour.  Once I get some of the pictures from my family, I will send some your way.

Jenny‚ Canada, May 30, 2019
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The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

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We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Yuexiu Park Five Rams Statue Yuexiu Park Five Rams Statue
  • Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Guangzhou Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Guangzhou
  • Jade Burial Garment at Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King Jade Burial Garment at Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King
  • Huacheng Square - To See Stunning Guangzhou Skyline and Canton Tower Huacheng Square - To See Stunning Guangzhou Skyline and Canton Tower
  • Exquisite Decoration of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Exquisite Decoration of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
  • European Styled Historical Architecture at Shamian Island European Styled Historical Architecture at Shamian Island
  • Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Shopping Street with Featured Arcade Buildings Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Shopping Street with Featured Arcade Buildings

Most Important Guangzhou Travel Notes

1. Convenient Guangdong 144-Hour Visa Free Transit

Guangzhou City and the whole Guangdong Province has implemented the 144 hour visa free transit policy, which enables visitors from the specific 53 countries with valid travel document & connecting (flight, ship, trains) tickets to a third country/region to enter and via Guangdong Province no more than 6 days without applying for Chinese Visa. The 32 valid ports include 5 airports (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport…), 4 railway stations (Guangzhou East Railway Station…), 8 highway / road ports (Luohu Port in Shenzhen…) and 15 harbor / sea ports (Guangzhou Port, Nansha Port, LianHuaShan Port…). And the countries include 25 European Schengen Visa Agreement countries (Austria, Germany, Italy…), 14 Other European countries (Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland…), 6 America countries (United States, Canada, Brazil…), 2 Oceania countries (Australia and New Zealand) and 6 Asian countries (South Korea, Japan, Singapore…)

2. How to Get to Guangzhou

As one of the busiest transportation hub cities in China, Guangzhou is connected with the world with many international flights to and from countries including America, Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. Besides, high speed bullet trains are well served to and from most domestic cities like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Shenzhen, Guilin, Guiyang, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Wuhan, Changsha, etc.

3. Best Time to Visit Guangzhou

Guangzhou situated in southern China is suitable to visit all around the year. The best time for tourists is from March to early May and from September to December when sunny days appear most and comfortable temperature around 24℃ can be easily enjoyed. Also, lots of flowers are blooming to beautify this city for a better traveling mood. However, It changes some cold with humid during January and February. And high temperature and reason period occur more during June and August. Umbrella and sunblock are advised anytime to Guangzhou.

4. Accommodation in Guangzhou

Since Guangzhou is a super modern and prosperous city, countless hotels, hostels and homestays from extremely luxury, like Sheraton, Shanri-La, Crown Plaza, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, etc. to real budget can be easily found. Top international brands gather most in Tianhe District where you can also savor the very modern cityscape of Guangzhou. Yuexiu District and Liwan District have most tourist attractions, and various kinds of accommodations are offered with relatively better prices. If you visit Guangzhou for Canton Fair, Pazhou and Haizhu District is a wise choice with a lot of high standard 4-5 star hotels and comfort ones. Besides, a series of good and cozy hotels are arranged around Baiyun International Airport in Huadu District for your convenient early flight catching.

5. Meals of Cantonese Food or Other Types are Flexibly Arranged

Eating in Guangzhou! There are quite diverse kinds of food, such as traditional Cantonese cuisines, morning tea with delicate dim sum, Cantonese old fire soups, sea food, snacks along the streets… All the meals of this tour can be arranged flexibly according to your likes and needs. Besides, if you want to enjoy other kinds of food like American food, French food, Italian food, Japanese Sushi, Southeast Asian food, Sichuan food, etc. Just tell your guide directly!

6. Tailor Make Your Guangzhou Trip Based on Your Interests and Budget

The itinerary of your Guangzhou trip can be tailor-made according to what you like and how much budget you are planning. For most visitors, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is the top one to admire excellent architectural arts and culture of Guangzhou and whole Lingnan area, Yuexiu Park tells you how Guangzhou changes to a city and about her nickname, Shamian Island keeps the look of Guangzhou during the period of war, and Huacheng Square as well as Canton Tower show the nowadays brand-new prosperity of this trading city. If you like, you can choose to ascend Canton Tower to have a bird’s eye view of Guangzhou. Moreover, if you have more time and interests, you can travel to more places near Guangzhou get an in-depth enjoyment, such as Foshan with Ancestral Temple, Lion Dancing, Kung Fu Martial Arts, Shunde with diverse kinds of gourmet, Kaiping with Kaiping Diaolou and Villages listed as World Cultural Heritage, Shenzhen with the newest appearance of China, etc. If you like, tell us your needs directly!

7. Customizable Extension to Other Chinese Destinations from Guangzhou

As there are quite a lot of popular tourist destinations in China and Guangzhou has really convenient transportation by air, railway and road with them, you can totally consider traveling beyond Guangzhou to catch more beauty, culture, history and other highlights of this vast country, such as the imperial constructions and great wall in Beijing, amazing and remote Terracotta Warriors in Xian, subtle Karst landform view in Guilin, world-class fascinating skyline and shopping paradise in Hong Kong, to name but a few. Please feel free to tell us any idea you are thinking about, and our professional travel expert from China Discovery will help you plan your Guangzhou China trip with sincerity and rich experience and knowledge!

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