Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Lunch

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Departs from your Guangzhou hotels
    Dates: Daily
    Return point: Returns to original departure point
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Get to know the historical city of Guangzhou on this exciting sightseeing tour by comfortable vehicle and on foot. This private full-day tour with a friendly local guide is a great introduction to the former city of Canton. Youll visit numerous cultural attractions and historical landmarks such as the Chen Clan Temple and its Guangdong Folk Art Museum, the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King and Six Banyan Temple. Your tour includes a visit to Shamian Island and a Chinese-style lunch.


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Lunch included

Know More about this tour

Your friendly local guide will meet you in the lobby of your Guangzhou hotel and drive you by private vehicle to several top attractions in the city. Along the way, hear informative commentary as you stop to explore the famous cultural and historical landmarks.

First, head to Chen Clan Temple, built in the 1890s for ancestral worship by the Chen family. Also called Chen Family Academy, the building was once used by students in preparation for their imperial exams. Inside, admire the wood, brick and ivory carvings, and the elaborate design of the interior beams, ridges, walls and columns.

Currently housing the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, the landmark features exhibits from all regions of Guangdong Province. Your guide will point out the outstanding Cantonese craftsmanship in traditional embroidery and Chinese ink designs as well as rare print arts and ceramics.

Next, stop at the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King to view the Nanyue Royal Tomb, which dates back 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty. Situated on Xianggang Hill, the slope descends 20 meters to the underground tomb, divided into seven separate chambers and filled with more than 1,000 burial artifacts including bone, ash, clothing and arrow tips.

Step back in time and discover the secrets of the tomb with your guide. Within the (100 square-meter) complex, view the wall painting and a number of cultural relics, including King Zhao Mos burial garment. Made of more than 2,000 pieces of jade connected by silk thread, its the only one of its kind in the world!

Around midday, your guide will take you to a local establishment to enjoy a lunch of traditional Chinese specialties. Afterward, walk to Six Banyan Temple, a renowned Buddhist cultural site built in 537. The temples main hall enshrines three giant Buddhist statues, each reaching 6 meters high -- the largest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong Province.

Admire the colorful exterior carvings of the 184-foot Flower Pagoda, which has 17 interior levels although it appears to have only nine from the outside. Your guide will tell you about the decorative copper pillar at the top of the tower, cast during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368),

From here, your guide will drive you to Shamian island, an oval islet situated on the north bank of the Pearl Rivers White Goose Pool. The historical buildings of this quiet island showcase British and French influences on its neoclassical architecture. Designated a key protected relic of the state, Shamian island is referred to as the Ninth Sight of Guangzhou.

When you complete your private tour, your guide will transport you back to your Guangzhou hotel.


Professional English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle

Chinese-style lunch

Professional driver

Entry/Admission - Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum

Entry/Admission - Temple of the Six Banyan Trees & Flower Pagoda (Liurong Temple)

Entry/Admission - Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King



Food and drinks, unless specified

Cruise port pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

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

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  • 10-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.

  • 22-Mar-2018

    This tour was amazing!

  • 08-Feb-2018

    well verse with all the sight seeing location and history, very relax and enjoying tour.

  • 08-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!

  • 14-Sep-2016

    Brilliant, great experience thank you very much, highly recommended

  • 26-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

  • 24-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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  • 27-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!

  • 28-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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