By the time you read this, the eight-day holiday for National Day and the Mid-autumn Festival is about to end. Haven’t yet decided where to spend the last one or two days of the holiday? Worrying that you might be bored if you stay in Guangzhou? Don’t worry, with the following one-day tour routes, even staying in Guangzhou can be a blast. The following one day itineraries are prepared on eight different themes, so take your pick.
No. 1 Cultural Tour
This tour route takes you to experience some of the city’s cultural landmarks.
While Guangzhou was still a walled city, Yuexiu Park served as a natural defense point in the northern part of Guangzhou together with Baiyun Mountain. Within the Park you can still find a good-sized stretch of the Ming city wall, and the five story Ming structure known as Zhen Hai Lou which now houses the small but intriguing Guangzhou museum. The park marks the most northern point of Guangzhou’s Traditional Central Axis. Yuexiu Park consists of seven peaks with the main peak being the Yuejing Peak, and three artificial lakes—Beixiu Lake, Nanxiu Lake, and Dongxiu Lake. If you are in Guangzhou, why not spend some time here?
Opening Hours: 6:00 – 22:00
Nearby metro station: Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Yuexiu Park Station (越秀公园).
Chen Clan Academy (or Chen Jia Ci) or the Ancestral Hall of the Chen’s in Guangzhou, was built by 72 different Chen families for their juniors’ accommodation and preparation for the imperial exams in 1894 in the late Qing Dynasty. Later it was changed to be an Industrial College, and finally a middle school. Currently the building houses a folk art museum which does feature some examples of traditional artwork from the province, but be warned that the shopping here is a little ‘touristy’ and overpriced. The main attraction, however, is the stunning architecture of the complex iteself, featuring incredibly detailed brick and tile reliefs which are hallmarks of the ‘Lingnan school’ and a lovely collection of bonsai trees in the courtyards.
Admission: RMB 10 per ticket
Opening Hours: 7:30 – 17:30
Nearby metro station: Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Chen Clan Academy Station (陈家祠), exit D.
3. Pazhou Tower (琶洲塔)
The Pagoda at Pazhou, along with that at Chigang (situated nearby the Canton tower) were once icons, for sailors arriving from Europe. Being at that time, amongst the tallest structures of the Qing city.
Nearby metro station: Pazhou Station (琶洲), Line 8
Located in eastern Haizhu District of Guangzhou, Huangpu Village enjoys a profound history as it came into being as early as the Northern Song Dynasty(960-1127). A number of historical homes and temples with Lingnan architectural styling have been preserved in Huangpu Village: their brick carving, wood carving, clay sculptures, wok ear roofs can be seen throughout, as you wander the flagstone-paved roads.
Nearby metro station: Wanshengwei Station (万胜围), Line 4 or 8