Four Great Water Town Getaways

In summer, towns along the water attract a constant flow of visitors with their well-preserved old houses and picturesque landscapes of crisscrossing waterways. Guangzhou is surrounded by waterside communities where you can experience your summer days in typical Lingnan-style fashion.

1. NanWan 
NanWan, located in Huangpu district, has strong classic Lingnan-style architecture. The beauty of this town is seen largely in the style of its ancient buildings and its waterside lanes. You can spend half a day walking along alleys, crossing bridges, visiting the Wenchang Tower, which was built in the Ming dynasty, and resting under the shade of 400 years banyan.

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How to get there: 
Take metro line 3 to Gangding station. Get out from Exit C, walk to BRT Gangding station, and take bus “b1 express” to BRT Xiayuan station and then walk to NanWan.

2. Dongchong 
Located in Panyu district, Dongchong was built during the Song dynasty. Boat tours have featured a local characteristic that a girl who rocks the boat will improvise singing local folk songs. Also the town has a well-deserved reputation as a dining paradise, with steamed chicken and rice dumplings being popular local specialties.

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How to get there: 
Take metro line 3 to Panyu Square station. Get out from Exit C, walk to Government East Gate station, and take bus “Fan141/Fan11” to Liye Road station, and then walk to Dongchong.

3. Fengjian 
With exquisite architectural design, Fengjian is a popular leisure spot in Shunde. Each step in the town reveals new sceneries with gardens, pavilions, bridges and streams arranged together. Bridges in different sizes and shapes are the great eyes-catching features in these picture-prefect landscapes.

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How to get there: 
Go to Shunde bus terminal. Take bus “281” to Xingtan bus station and then take a tricycle to Fengjian (cost: 2-3 yuan).

4. Gulao 

Gulao is located in Jiangmen City, Guangdong province. Streams flow through every corner of NanWan, creating the pulse of local life and making the town look like a watercolor scene painted with a Chinese brush. Because of its beautiful natural landscapes, Gulao has been acclaimed as the “Venice of Lingnan”.

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How to get there: 
Self-driving only: Self-driving only: Shenhai expressway-Dayan mountain Road-325 national highway-Renmindong Road-Xincheng Road-Xinhua Road-Xinhuan Road-Y917-Shenggu Road-Gulao.


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