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Historic Canton (now known as Guangzhou) Weekend trip - 3 days/ 2 nights

 

 

 

This exciting guided weekend visit will introduce you to the fascinating city of Canton (Guangzhou), so near and accessible to Hong Kong and yet so different, enjoyable and unexplored by many Hong Kong residents.

 

Day 1           Friday   -  Evening departure

We will leave Kowloon KCR Station (Hung Hom) on Friday evening (exact time to be confirmed, but approximately 7:30pm departure) on the express through-train to Guangzhou East Station. On arrival we will connect to the Guangzhou Metro and proceed to either the White Swan Hotel (5 Star)  or the Victory Hotel (3/4 Star), both on or near Shamian, the former Anglo-French Concession Island on the Pearl River.

NOTE Dated 2014; the White Swan is currenly closed for major refurbishment, but is expected to reopen soon.

 

Day 2            Saturday

After breakfast our morning will be spent on a guided walking tour exploration around fascinating Shamian – now preserved as a national historic area. Along the way we will hear stories of the many foreign trading houses formerly based at Shamian, most of which had close connections to early Hong Kong, and see many surviving buildings.

 

After a light Chinese lunch on Shamian we will walk along the tree-shaded Canton Bund on the Pearl River. Highlights will include a visit to the Roman Catholic Cathedral, built by the French in 1863 from stone quarried in Hong Kong, the old Customs House, and the well-preserved 1920s-1930s skyline. We will then go on by Metro to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Set within superb grounds, this is an excellent example of Republican-era architectural styles which opened in the early 1930s. If time permits, we will continue on by Metro to the Orchid Garden for a late-afternoon cup of tea in the pavilion overlooking the ornamental lake.

 

After returning to Shamian by Metro and time for a wash and change we will walk across the river for a view of the Canton Bund at night, followed by a delicious Chinese dinner at the Guangzhou restaurant overlooking the Pearl River. The Guangzhou Restaurant is a branch of a very well-known local restaurant established in the nineteenth century.

 

Day 3            Sunday

After breakfast we will check out of the hotel, store baggage and take the Metro to visit the Five Genies Temple and the Flowery Pagoda, renowned among visitors to the city since the eighteenth century, as well as the magnificent Chen Clan Academy complex at Lai Wan.

 

We will return to Shamian in time for a late lunch (this will be at individual expense), and then have a couple of hours at leisure to enjoy Shamian and the nearby Ching Ping Market at individual pace.


We will then return to Guangzhou East Station by Metro, and catch the early evening Through Train back to Kowloon.