Enjoy your free day at leisure exploring the city. Or you can join one of the following day tours to learn more about the history of Guangzhou (standard admission(s), transportation, tour guide and lunch are included).
Optional Tour: Cantonese Culture Day Tour ($150 per person, at your own expense)
After breakfast, visit the Chen Clan Academy, an academic temple built in 1894. It was built by the 72 Chen clans for their juniors’ accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations in Qing Dynasty. Then, tour Xiguan (Saikwan), literally the Westgate of the old walled city of Guangzhou. Xiguan Area was the commercial centre of the whole Guangdong Province (previously called Nanhai) back to Ming & Qing dynasties. The Thirteen Factories trading ghetto located on it southern shore was the only trading port of China in 17th Century. You can still see lots of heritages of Xiguan including buildings of Xiguan Residences and arcades, as well as tea houses and restaurants. Then you will visit Liwan Museum, where you can actually get into a Xiguan Residence and learn about how wealthy businessmen used to live. Later, visit the Cantonese Opera Art Museum. In the afternoon, you will have some free time strolling around the Shamian (Shameen) Island before transferring back to hotel.
Optional Tour: Whampoa Military Academy Memorial and Lingnan Impression Garden Day Tour ($150 per person, at your own expense)
After breakfast, travel by coach to visit the Whampoa Military Academy Memorial. Whampoa Military Academy was established in 1924 at Changzhou Island, aiming to train military officials during the period of first cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. The former site was bombed in 1938 during China’s War of Resistance against Japan, and was restored in 1965. There are many attractions such as the main gate, classrooms and dormitories of military officials, and the former residence of Sun Yat-sen. Enjoy yourself with some free time. In the afternoon, you will visit the Lingnan Impression Garden. Located in the south of Guangzhou University Mega Center, Lingnan Impression Garden is a tourist resort integrating leisure, sightseeing, recreation, shopping, catering, Lingnan Culture and folk customs. Traditional alleys and lanes, ancestral halls, houses and temples of distinctive Lingnan style can be widely seen around the garden. This garden shows the real living sceneries of Lingnan people.
The Chen Clan’s Academy
Xiguan Old Buildings
Whampoa Military Academy