Excursions: combined bus tour and river cruise

Planning a tour of Guangzhou? Looking forward to an evening river cruise? Visitors to the city can now enjoy both of these two activities with the newly launched double-decker sightseeing bus and Pearl River cruise combination tickets.

The package costs only 78 yuan/person and passengers can board the sightseeing bus at any of its stops as many times as they like. This also entitles ticket holders to one full evening river cruise.


The hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing double-decker tour buses are a quick and easy way to explore Guangzhou's most interesting attractions. Resplendent in the traditional Routemaster red, the buses are comfortable and convenient. Each one is equipped with free audio guides in eight languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese.

The sightseeing buses currently run on three routes: the New Central Axis Line (Yellow Line), the Millennium Ancient City Line (Red Line), and the Xiguan Culture Line (Blue Line). These lines cover many of the unique cultural landmarks which are located in both new and old districts of the city. This means that passengers are now able to explore the ultra-modern cyber city as well as the profound sense of history.


New Central Axis Line (Yellow Line)

The New Central Axis Line includes new and modern landmarks and shopping malls, showcasing the prosperity of this 21st-century global city.

Bus stops:

1 Canton Tower Terminus 广州塔总站

2 Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学

3 Dashatou Wharf 大沙头码头

4 Ersha Island 二沙岛

5 Haixinsha Island 海心沙亚运公园

6 Huacheng Square 花城广场

7 TeeMall and Sports Center 天河城商圈

Xiguan Culture Line (Blue Line)

Starting out at the ever popular Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, the Xiguan Culture Line twists and turns through the heart of Lingnan culture, including both Chinese Qilou architecture streets in Lychee Bay and Western colonial buildings on Shamian Island.


Bus stops:

1 Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street 上下九步行街

2 Chen Clan Ancestral Hall 陈家祠

3 Lychee Bay 荔枝湾

4 Shamian Island 沙面


5 Shishi Sacred Heart Cathedral 石室圣心大教堂

6 Haizhu Square 海珠广场

7 Beijing Lu South 北京路步行街南

8 Beijing Lu North 北京路步行街北

9 Guangxiao Temple 光孝寺

Millennium Ancient City Line (Red Line)

By traveling on the Ancient City Line, visitors can learn more about both the ancient and modern history of Guangzhou. Later visitors can disembark at Tianzi Wharf or Dashatou Wharf to enjoy a night cruise on the Pearl River.

Bus stops:

1 Baiyun Mountain Terminus 白云山总站

2 Guangzhou Art Museum 广州艺术博物馆


3 SunYat-sen Memorial Hall 中山纪念堂

4 Yuexiu Mountain 越秀山

5 Beijing Lu South 北京路步行街南

6 Tianzi Wharf 天字码头

7 Dashatou Wharf 大沙头码头

8 Martyrs Cemetery 烈士陵园

9 Huanghuagang Park 黄花岗公园

10 Guangzhou Zoo 广州动物园


A night cruise on the Pearl River

Colorful riverside scenery makes a night cruise along the Pearl River a memorable part of any visit to Guangzhou. Hop off the sightseeing bus, you can climb aboard to enjoy the surrounding scenery on both banks of the Pearl River.

During the two-hour journey, passengers can see the magnificent views for themselves, including the fully renovated White Swan Hotel, Shamian Island, Aiqun Mansion, the Riverside Bar Street, Ersha Island, Haixinsha Island and the Canton Tower.


Price: 78 yuan /person

Where to buy:

1. Any wharf offering Pearl River Cruise tours: Tianzi Wharf, Dashatou Wharf, Canton Tower Wharf, Haixinsha Wharf, Marshal’s Office Mansion Wharf, Sun Yat-sen University Wharf, Xidi Wharf and Fangcun Wharf

2.  At the ticket center near each sightseeing bus stop

3. From the bus driver

Source: Life of Guangzhou



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