Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, formerly known as Chen Clan Academy, situated on Zhongshan Qi Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, is a traditional Chinese ancestral complex built in the Qing Dynasty. The large, gorgeously decorated and well-preserved Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is symbolic of the folk architecture style in Guangdong in late Qing Dynasty. It was added to the list of "Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State" by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in 1988.
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall was built between 1888 and 1894 (the 14th year and the 20th year) during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty. Covering a total area of 15,000 square meters, a floor space of 6,400 square meters, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is a symmetrical complex comprising of 5 main blocks in 3 rows, total 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards. On the main axis lie the Head-entrance, the Gathering Hall and the Back Hall. The central axis is flanked on both sides by halls and wing-rooms; and the single buildings are interspaced by courtyards and connected with verandas. Buildings are separated with “Qingyun alleys” and connected with corridors.
By MTR: Chen Clan Academy Station of Metro Line 1By Bus: Take the bus No.85, 88, 104, 107, 109, 114, 128, 193, 204, 233, 250, 260, 268 or 286. Get off the bus at Chen Clan Academy Stop and reach Chen Clan Ancestral Hall.
Canton Tower, also known as New Guangzhou TV Tower, has a nick name of “Slim Waist”. In November 2005, the groundbreaking of the Canton Tower took place. On 1 October 2010, it was officially opened to the public. With a total height of 600 meters, Canton Tower is the tallest tourist sightseeing tower in China and the 3rd tallest in the world, and has been successfully included in the “World Federation of Great Towers”. Canton Tower is located at an intersection of Guangzhou New City Central Axes and Pearl River, facing directly Haixinsha Island Asian Games Park and the new city CBD of Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town. With its unique shape and design, Canton Tower has become a magnificent scene on the New City Central Axes, adding beauty and charm to the Pearl River. As a new city landmark of Guangzhou, Canton Tower has become one of the most must-go tourist sites in Guangzhou.
By MTR: Take APM Line to Chigang Pagoda Station.By Bus: Take Bus No.121, 121A, 204, Night Bus No.42 or Tourist Bus Route 2 and get off at the stop of Chigang Pagoda.
Observation deck (Zone C and Zone E): 9:00-23:00Ferris wheel: 17:00-23:00 (Monday), 10:00-23:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
Pearl River Night
Pearl River is 2129 kilometers longa and is the fourth longest river in China. It is named after the “Pearl Stone in the Sea”. There are 11 bridges and 1 tunnel along the Pearl River, including Renmin Bridge, Haizhu Bridge, Haiyin Bridge, Luoxi Bridge, Zhujiang Bridge, Guangzhou Bridge, and the newly built Jiafang Bridge, Jiangwan Bridge, Huanan Bridge, Hedong Bridge, Liede Bridge, and Zhujiang Tunnel, connecting the southern side and northern side of the river as well as Fangcun District. From west to east along the Pearl River, you can see many cultural sites and historic relics. The “Pearl River Corridor” looks beautiful both in the daytime under the blue sky and bright sunshine and in the nighttime under the resplendent lightings on both banks. If you have enough time and efforts, you may also walk along the Pearl River to see the historic side and trendy side of Guangzhou City. You will certainly be impressed by the culture and customs in Guangzhou.Pearl River Night Cruise is an activity you cannot miss whenever you come to Guangzhou, a metropolitan having both a long history and a fashionable style. Come out at night and see this bustling city. It also looks charming when you can see its tranquil side under the dazzling neon lights. The scenic spots along the river, such as White Swan Estuary, Canton Tower, Aiqun Mansion, Xinghai Concert Hall, and Tianzi Wharf, can all be viewed during the cruise.
The cruise starts from Tianzi Wharf and lasts for around 70 minutes.Tianzi Wharf is located at the intersection of Yanjiang Zhong Road and Beijing Road S. in Yuexiu District (on the north bank of the Pearl River)By Bus: Reach Tianzi Wharf by Bus No.1, 4, 57, 61, 183, 194, 208, 219, 281, 544 or Tourist Bus Route 2.By MTR: Take the Metro Line 2 to Haizhu Square Station. Come out from Exit A and walk towards east for 5 minutes to reach Tianzi Wharf.
Shamian Island, previously known as Shicui Sandbank, is situated by the White Swan Estuary of the Pearl River on the southwest of the downtown in Guangzhou, covering an area of 330mu. It is not a true island, but a sandbank on the Pearl River. It was a key post of commercial significance and a tourist site for merchants from both home and abroad in Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. After the Opium War broke out, it became the British and French concessions in 1861 (the 11th year under the reign of Xianfeng Emperor in Qing Dynasty). It was also once an important trade port in Guangzhou. From the end of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th century, Shamian concession already had complete public facilities including consulates, churches, banks, post office, telegram office, trade firms, hospital, hotel and residence, as well as clubs, bars, pitches and swimming pools.At present, Shamian has become a famous tourist area, a scenic spot and a leisure place in Guangzhou, and it is also the place where the White Swan Hotel is located. The island has a nice greenery environment, more than 150 old trees, fresh air and very good hygiene. It can be called the Shangri-la in Guangzhou. Most of the buildings on the island are heritage buildings of wester styles built by the end of the 19th century.
By MTR: Take APM Line to Chigang Pagoda Station.
By Bus: Take Bus No.121, 121A, 204, Night Bus No.42 or Tourist Bus Route 2 and get off at the stop of Chigang Pagoda.
Observation deck (Zone C and Zone E): 9:00-23:00
Ferris wheel: 17:00-23:00 (Monday), 10:00-23:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)