Known as the 'Flower City', Guangzhou is an enchanting city where ancient temples, glistening skyscrapers and natural beauty meet to create an unforgettable experience. As you embark on this seven-day journey through China's second-largest city, you'll discover historic landmarks, indulge in rich culinary traditions, and explore stunning natural landscapes. Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will captivate your senses and leave you with lasting memories.
Day 1: A Warm Welcome to Guangzhou
Start your Guangzhou adventure at the iconic Canton Tower. This 600-metre tall tower, one of the world's tallest structures, offers a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city. Hop on the Bubble Tram or make your way to the 450M Look Out for spectacular panoramic views of Guangzhou. As dusk falls, take a stroll along the Pearl River, with the city's dazzling skyline reflecting beautifully on the river. Guangzhou is home to more restaurants than any other Chinese city, so it’s the perfect spot to taste Cantonese classics like dim sum, char siu, and crispy roast duck. Round off the evening with a visit to a traditional Cantonese opera, a vibrant blend of music, drama, and performance art.
Day 2: Discovering Guangzhou's Rich Heritage
Delve into Guangzhou's rich history with a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, a magnificent structure dedicated to the 'Father of Modern China.' Explore the intricate Guangdong architecture and art at the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall before getting a taste of Guangzhou's street food scene on Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street – a bustling hub with delicious local treats like shrimp dumplings and egg tarts. The day concludes with a serene evening at Yuexiu Park, home to the Five Rams Statue, and a visit to the ancient Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple dating back to AD 537.
Day 3: Exploring the Charms of Kaiping
Journey South to Kaiping to discover the UNESCO-listed Diaolou in Zili Village and Li Garden. These multi-story towers blend Chinese and Western architectural styles and are a must-see when travelling to Guangzhou and the surrounding region. Sample local delicacies for lunch, wander along narrow streets lined with Qing Dynasty buildings in Chikan Ancient Town and end your day with a hands-on cooking class, where you'll learn to prepare traditional Cantonese dishes.
Day 4: Journey to the Picturesque Guilin
Travel to Guilin, a city celebrated for its natural beauty and otherworldly landscapes. The Reed Flute Caves, known as the 'Palace of Natural Arts', are a highlight, with their stunning formations and illuminated interiors. Afterwards, a guided culinary tour introduces you to Guilin's unique flavours – don't miss trying the famous Guilin rice noodles. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Two Rivers and Four Lakes system in the evening, offering a serene view of the city's natural and urban vistas.