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Guangdong Province is famous for its mouthwatering cuisine, particularly Cantonese cuisine. As home to dynamic and modern cities, offering a glimpse into China's fast-paced urban development, Guangdong also boasts a deep cultural heritage, influenced by Lingnan culture and the hometown of ethnic Chinese. Whether you're interested in history, gastronomy, coastal escapes, or urban exploration, Guangdong has something to offer. Take our 6 Days Guangdong Tour to Guangzhou, Foshan, Kaiping Diaolou & Shenzhen to explore the only World Cultural Heritage Site in Guangdong province, Cantonese Cuisine, Lingnan Architecture, Chinese Kung Fu, Lion Dancing, Cantonese opera, stories of Overseas Chinese, Silicon Valley of China (Shenzhen) with us.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. With a history spanning over 2,000 years, Guangzhou is a thriving port city known as the "Flower City" for its lush greenery and blooming flowers throughout the year. Explore the top attractions of Guangzhou, including the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Yuexiu Park, Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum, Huacheng Square, Canton Tower, and the scenic Pearl River. Indulge in Cantonese cuisine and immerse yourself in the rich Lingnan culture during your visit to Guangzhou.

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Foshan City, the birthplace of renowned martial artist Bruce Lee. Best choice to unveil the world of Lingnan culture and Lingnan architecture through the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lingnan Tiandi, and Liang Garden, where you'll be captivated by the exquisite pottery architecture and intricate Shiwan ceramics. Indulge in the enchanting performances of Yue Opera and witness the vibrant traditions of lion dancing. Lose yourself in the beauty of Foshan's stunning Lingnan gardens, and embrace the essence of this culturally rich city.

Explore the captivating land of Kaiping in Jiangmen City, renowned as the Land of Diaolou. A must-visit destination is the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China's top 50 must-see places. These remarkable structures were built by overseas Chinese who brought back Western influences and artifacts, reflecting their global journeys. Step into the Diaolou and listen to the stories that lie within their walls, offering a glimpse into the lives of these visionary individuals.

Enjoy a captivating tour of Shenzhen, China's modern metropolis that transformed from a humble fishing village. Explore the fascinating Shenzhen Museum, admire the panoramic views from the Ping'an Financial Center, experience the cultural diversity at Splendid China Folk Village, and unwind amidst the serenity of Shenzhen Bay Park.

Take our 6 Days Guangdong Tour to Guangzhou, Foshan, Kaiping Diaolou & Shenzhen now! From “Flower City” (Guangzhou) to “Hometown of Kung Fu” (Foshan) , the "Land of Diaolou" (Kaiping), and "Window of Reform and Opening" (Shenzhen), you will have memorable experiences in Guangdong province and have a better understanding about Lingnan Culture.

You Can Experience “Must-see & Must-do” with This Tour
Highlight 1: Eating in Guangzhou, a foodie paradise. It is said that Guangdong people eat everything! So just come and have a bite of Cantonese Cuisine such as traditional Cantonese morning tea, dim sum, Wonton Noodle Soup, Salt-baked Chicken...
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 2: Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, a masterpiece of Lingnan architecture. Admire the meticulous stone, brick, and wood carvings to decorative ceramic and lime sculptures, each showcasing the beauty of traditional craftsmanship and the legendary divine beasts of China shows on the roofs.
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 3: Discover the serenity and historical remnants of Yuexiu Park. Listen to the legend of the famous Five Rams sculpture and learn why Guangzhou got its nickname as the "City of Rams". Ascend the Zhenhai Tower for a breathtaking panoramic vista of the Pearl River and Baiyun Mountain.
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 4: Journey along the ancient central axis and stroll on Beijing Road, where the past seamlessly melds with the present. Revel in the historical allure of millennium-old pathways, while also enjoying contemporary shopping and delightful dining experiences.
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 5: Witness skyscrapers narrating tales of modern aspirations in Zhujiang New Town. Behold the iconic Guangzhou Tower, towering and gleaming against the city skyline. As twilight descends, saunter alongside the tranquil Pearl River, embracing the city's charm night scene.
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Highlight 6: Explore Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, the "Living Fossil of Ceramics", and witness the long-standing ceramic culture in Shiwan Town. It is the oldest and only wood-fired dragon kiln still in operation which has been continuously producing ceramics for over 500 years and is listed in the Guinness World Records.
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 7: Foshan Ancestors' Temple, the "Palace of Oriental Folk Art", is not only the best place to learn more about iconic Kung Fu masters, such as Wong Fei Hung and Yip Man (Bruce Lee's Master), but also the must-visit spot for watching lion dance, pottery architecture ridge tiles, and Cantonese opera.
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Highlight 8: Take a leisurely stroll at Lingnan Tiandi, which was once a prosperous area in Foshan and where each building serves as a witness to the city's history. Lingnan Tiandi boasts 22 cultural relic protection sites, 128 historical buildings, and 8 historical lanes and streets.
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Highlight 9: Explore Kaiping Diaolou and Villages by Zili Village and Li Garden, the only World Cultural Heritage site in Guangdong, to discover what is Diaolou, why there are so many Diaolou, the stories behind the Diaolou, and why it is the first World Heritage project for an international "culture of immigrants".
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 10: Visit Shenzhen Museum and explore the city's origins and the lives of its early inhabitants, witnessing Shenzhen's remarkable transformation from a humble fishing village to a bustling metropolis.
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Highlight 11: Marvel at the impressive skyscrapers that adorn the Shenzhen skyline, including the top three giants. Ascend the tallest tower to behold a panoramic view of the city and even glimpse Hong Kong in the distance.
6 Days Guangdong Tour
Highlight 12: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Splendid China Folk Village, a cultural park that offers a captivating overview of China's vastness and its most iconic attractions. Delve into the customs and hospitality of the country's diverse ethnic groups.
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Guangzhou (2 Days)

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Yuexiu Park, Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum, Beijing Road, Huacheng Square, Canton Tower (Outside View), Pearl River

Foshan(1 Day)

Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lingnan Tiandi, Liang Garden

Kaiping (1 Day)

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (World Heritage Site): Zili Village, Li Garden

Shenzhen (2 Days)

Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen Ping’an Financial Center, Splendid China Folk Village, Shenzhen Bay Park

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day 1 Arrival in Guangzhou | Airport Pick-up and Hotel Check-in

Néih hóu! Welcome to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. Renowned as a major trading and cultural hub in southern China, its culture is deeply rooted in both its ancient history and its role as a port city, which led to its blending of local and foreign influences, creating a cultural symbol that's uniquely its own. Guangzhou is also the birthplace of Lingnan Culture, Cantonese Dialogue, Cantonese Cuisine, Cantonese Opera, etc. Upon your arrival at the airport/train station in Guangzhou, the tour guide and driver will meet and greet you at the exit, and then escort you to the well-selected hotel in downtown Guangzhou. The rest of the day is free on your own so you can have a good rest for the jet lag or explore by yourself around your hotel.

Arrival Ideas:

Guangzhou, being a major hub, is effortlessly reachable via air or efficient high-speed rail. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is a major international hub. Direct flights to Guangzhou are available from a plethora of Chinese cities such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, and more Guangzhou South Railway Station and Guangzhou Railway Station are the main hubs for high-speed trains connecting Guangzhou to other major cities of China. Moreover, the high-speed train network connects Guangzhou with major destinations like Hong Kong (about 1 hour), Shenzhen (0.5-1.5 hours), Guilin (2.5-3.5 hours), Guiyang (4-6.5 hours), Beijing (8-10 hours), Shanghai (7-8.5 hours), Chengdu (9-10 hours), Xian (8-9 hours), Hangzhou (6-7.5 hours), among others.

Free Time Ideas:

You are welcome to ask your tour guide for some useful tips to spend your free time based on your time and interest.

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Day 2 Guangzhou City Tour | Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Yuexiu Park, Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum, Huacheng Square, Pearl River

Full-day exploration of Guangzhou City, the capital city of Guangdong province and the third-largest city in China (after Shanghai and Beijing). Through its Ancient Central Axis and New Central Axis, you can trace back to the "Origin" of Guangzhou and embrace the "Future" of Guangzhou by visiting the top attractions of Guangzhou such as Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Yuexiu Park, Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum, Beijing Road, Huacheng Square, Canton Tower, Pearl River. Sure you will start to enjoy the Cantonese food today from the traditional Guangzhou morning tea to all kinds of Cantonese cuisine, a dim sum meal, and local snacks.

Begin your journey at the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (Chen Family Ancestral Hall陈家祠), representing traditional Lingnan architecture (岭南建筑) and Lingnan culture. The clan concept in the Lingnan Region (which covers Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, and parts of Fujian) is very strong, and people attach great importance to the worship and memorial of their ancestors. The ancestral hall is the place where people worship their ancestors. The Chen Family Ancestral Hall stands as the largest, best-preserved, and most exquisitely decorated ancestral hall-style architecture in China, earning it the title of the "Jewel of Lingnan Architectural Art". The hall showcases the "Three Carvings" (三雕) - stone, brick, and wood carvings; the "Two Moldings" (两塑) - ceramic and lime sculptures; and additionally, the intricate cast ironwork and exquisite color paintings, together recognized as the "Seven Wonders" (七绝). You will love the various legendary divine beasts of China that stand on the roofs. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall uses the famous Shiwan Clay Sculptures (石湾陶塑) on its roof, commonly known as "Shiwan Ridge Tiles"(石湾瓦脊). These ridge tiles are produced in Shiwan Town (石湾镇), where the Nanfeng Ancient Kiln is located (we will visit it tomorrow). Each ridge tile has a unique decorative theme, showcasing legends, stories from Cantonese opera (粤剧), folk auspicious patterns, and a total of 1,109 sculpted figures. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall also houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, where you can witness traditional Guangdong crafts such as ivory carvings, jade sculptures, Guangdong embroidery, and Guangdong-colored ceramics.

Then, you can pay a visit to Yuexiu Park (越秀公园), one of the landmarks of Guangzhou, like the locals. With Yuexiu Mountain in the center, the park has remnants from over 2,000 years ago left by the Nanyue King Zhao Tuo, hence its initial name "Yue King Mountain." Sun Yat-sen used to visit Yuexiu Mountain for reading and official duties. With a stroll to the Five Rams Sculpture (五羊石雕), you will learn why Guangzhou got its nickname as the "City of Rams"(羊城). According to the lore, during a severe famine thousands of years ago, five immortals rode into Guangzhou on five rams and presented the people of Guangzhou with rice stalks held in their mouths and wished the region to be forever free from famine. After their departure, the five rams transformed into stone. Now, it not only embodies the city spirit of gratitude, compassion, mutual assistance, diligence, and bravery but also becomes a symbol of Guangzhou. You will have option to visit the Zhenhai Tower (Five-Storied Pagoda镇海楼self-pay). During the Ming Dynasty (600 years ago), it was the highest building in Guangzhou, and a good place for the ancient people of Guangzhou to enjoy the panoramic view of the Pearl River (珠江) and Baiyun Mountain (白云山). This tower now hosts the Guangzhou Museum, which serves as a crucial venue for collecting and displaying historical artifacts of Guangzhou. Also perched on the mountain is the Sun Yat-sen Monument (中山纪念碑), built to commemorate the democratic revolutionary Sun Yat-sen (孙中山).

After the Yuexiu Park tour, time to explore the Western Han Dynasty Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum(西汉南越王墓博物馆). Here, you'll get to witness firsthand the genuine tomb of Zhao Mo, the second emperor of the Nanyue Kingdom during the early years of the Western Han Dynasty (2,000 years ago西汉). The tomb is the largest and the best preserved color-painted stone chamber found to date in the Lingnan region in South China and has unearthed numerous artifacts. The museum serves as a reminder of Guangzhou's ancient history, the Nanyue Kingdom was a significant regional power and provides crucial insights into the Nanyue culture. Among all the 1,000 pieces of cultural artifacts, you won’t miss the spotlight “Jade Burial Garment” which is made up of 2,291 pieces of jade, and also a collection of over 400 delicate ceramic pillows.

After that, head south to reach Beijing Road (北京路) - one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Guangzhou. This vibrant street offers a combination of global brands and local boutiques, as well as a wide range of dining options, from local street food to dim sum and Cantonese cuisine from high-end restaurants. Known as Guangzhou's "millennium-old pathway", Beijing Road, once the nerve center of Guangzhou's political, economic, and cultural activities, has been the city's central axis since its establishment, with the city expanding outward from this starting point. As you meander down the street, take note of the transparent glass panels underfoot. These panels offer a unique window into the past, revealing 11 ancient road layers from five historical periods: the Southern Han, Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties, as well as the base of the Song Dynasty's Gongbei Tower.

Next, you will shift towards the contemporary heartbeat of the city—the New Central Axis. Start your exploration at the Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城), which is Guangzhou's central business district and the symbol of its modern skyline. Home to towering skyscrapers: the sleek Guangzhou IFC Tower and the majestic CTF Finance Center. Looming in the distance is the iconic Canton Tower, an astonishing feat of engineering soaring to 600 meters. Locally, these three titans are affectionately dubbed "Guangzhou Three Piece Set" (广州三件套). The heart of the New Central Axis, Huacheng Square (花城广场), is a sprawling green urban park and public space surrounded by landmarks like the Guangzhou Opera House, designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid, and the new Guangzhou Library, the Guangdong Provincial Museum. Most importantly, appreciate the slim outline of the iconic Canton Tower (广州塔) on the opposite bank of Pearl River. The square comes alive in the evening, with water features, light shows, and the shimmering reflections of the city's skyline in its man-made lakes.

Lastly, have a stroll along the Pearl River (珠江), the mother river of Guangzhou, especially during the evening. With the city lights reflecting on the water, and the famous Pearl River Cruise passing by, it's a picturesque scene blending the old and new worlds of Guangzhou. As you conclude your journey along the Old &New Central Axis, you're left with an impression of a city that respects its past, yet eagerly embraces the future.

Evening Optional Activity: Pearl River Night Cruise (around 60 min per tour)

Dive into Guangzhou's enchanting night atmosphere with a memorable cruise along the Pearl River. A night cruise (from 19:00 to 22:00) provides an unmatched vantage point to admire Guangzhou's skyline. Drift past iconic Guangzhou landmarks such as the Canton Tower, which shines brilliantly against the night sky, and the beautifully illuminated bridges that stretch across the river.

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Day 3 Guangzhou to Foshan Tour | Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lingnan Tiandi, Liang Garden

This morning you will head to Foshan City (35km, 1h), the hometown of Bruce Lee and a popular tourist destination for Wing Chun style of Kung Fu. As the hometown of pottery, Cantonese opera, martial arts, and lion dancing arts (陶艺之乡、粤剧之乡、武术之乡、狮艺之乡), Foshan is also an ideal place to explore more about Lingnan culture (岭南文化). With a visit to Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lingnan Tiandi, and Liang Garden, you will fall in love with Lingnan Architecture, the traditional world of Chinese ceramics (pottery making), Yue Opera (Cantonese opera粤剧), lion dancing performance (醒狮表演), Wing Chun Kung Fu (Huangfeihong/Yip Man/Bruce Lee咏春拳), Lingnan garden.

After breakfast, head to Nanfeng Ancient Kiln (南风古灶) in Shiwan Town, an important pottery base in Ling Nan. The tall chimney is a landmark here. Foshan is known as the "Pottery Capital of the South" (南国陶都) and Shiwan ceramics (石湾陶瓷) are the shining gem in the crown of Foshan ceramics. The Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, known as the "Living Fossil of Ceramics"(陶瓷活化石), stands as the best witness to the long-standing ceramic culture in Shiwan Town (石湾镇). During the Qing Dynasty, the heyday of Shiwan ceramics, there were a total of 107 dragon kilns (Long Kiln龙窑), of which only three remain today. Built between 1506 and 1521, Nanfeng Ancient Kiln is the oldest and only wood-fired ancient dragon kiln still in operation. It has been continuously producing ceramics for over 500 years and is listed in the Guinness World Records. You will see the dragon kilns built on the slopes, like dragons descending from the sky, which is why the locals call them "dragon kilns". And, you can not only climb the stairs and enter the kiln but also learn about the ceramic-making process. The ceramics produced by the folk kilns in Shiwan Town, represented by Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, cover a wide range of categories, which were popular throughout the Pearl River Delta region and around Asia. At that time, various household utensils such as basins, sugar jars, and ridge ornaments for roofs (such as those seen in the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall) were in high demand, as well as flower pots, glazed tiles, and ridge tile (flower ridges瓦脊/花脊) for garden ceramics. They were all popular and had excellent export volumes, second only to Jingdezhen (景德镇) in Jiangxi Province. Surprisingly, there is a 400-year-old banyan tree standing at the end of the Nanfeng kiln, unaffected by the kiln's temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius.

In addition to visiting the dragon kilns, you can visit the Guangdong Shiwan Ceramic Museum (free admission; closed on Mondays) or stroll along the adjacent ancient streets and alleys, experiencing the red walls, green tiles, and stone-paved roads. This place is perfect for photography and engaging in ceramic art experiences. You can also explore Gongzai Street (named after Shiwan Art Pottery石湾公仔) and find some Shiwan ceramic trinkets (ceramic fridge magnets) to take home.

Optional Activities:
You can enjoy your Foshan cultural experience with intangible heritage by pottery art making (0.5 hours), or paper cutting (1 hour) during your visit to Ancient Nanfeng Kiln.

In the afternoon, move to Foshan Ancestors' Temple, the must-visit place in Foshan. The Ancestors' Temple (Zumiao Temple 祖庙) was built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127) for people to worship the North Emperor - the God of Taoist culture. Also, people of Chinese origin (ethnic Chinese) from all over the world will visit here to follow their ancestors' steps to find their roots. Foshan is famous for the origin of Kung Fu masters, such as Wong Fei Hung (黄飞鸿1856-1925), Yip Man (叶问1899-1972 the first person in the world to be included in the World Record Association for Wing Chun Kung Fu), and Bruce Lee (Li Xiaolong李小龙1940-1973) while is the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu (Chinese Martial Arts), lion dance, pottery, and Cantonese opera, and the Foshan Ancestors' Temple is the best places to include them all in one place. Today, famed as the "Palace of Oriental Folk Art", this Taoist temple is more like a museum of architecture and folk culture which is a combination of Zumiao Temple, Confucius Temple, Calligraphy Corridor, Exhibition Hall, and Gardens. You can not only appreciate its brilliant ridge tiles (use the Shiwan ceramics made in Nanfeng Ancient Kiln) of Lingnan architecture but also see the exhibition halls of two masters of Chinese Kung Fu, Huang Feihong (黄飞鸿the unrivaled master of martial arts, medicine, and lion dancing) and Yip Man (叶问Bruce Lee's Master), to feel the profound culture of martial arts there. By the way, in some famous movies, Kungfu stars like Jackie Chan (成龙) and Jet Li (李连杰) have both portrayed Wong Fei Hung (Huangfeihong) since 1949, while Donnie Yen (甄子丹) and Tony Leung Chiu Wai (梁朝伟) have both portrayed Yip Man (a master of Wing Chun Martial Art). You can also join many folk activities, such as Lion Dance, and Yue Opera. If coming at the right time, you can even enjoy the Chinese Kung Fu show and the New Year's Blessing Ceremony in the temple.

Tips for the Activities inside Foshan Ancestral Temple:
1. Lion Dance Performance
(Free admission at Wong Fei Hung Memorial Hall黄飞鸿纪念馆外) : The performance is held from 10:00 to 10:40, 14:15 to 14:55, and 15:30 to 16:10 every day, except on rainy days.
2. Cantonese Opera (Free admission at Wanfutai Stage万福台): Yue Opera is performed from 13:30 to 15:30 on weekends and on the first and fifteenth days of the Chinese lunar calendar.

The Lion Dance Performance is a highlight of the Ancestral Temple as it is a combination of Chinese Martial Arts, dancing, and drum music. It is a 40-minute performance outside Wong Fei Hung Memorial Hall by professional masters and apprentices from Foshan martial arts schools. You will have a better understanding of the martial arts that have influenced the world greatly and so many Chinese are proud of. As an outstanding representative of Lingnan folk culture listed in China's intangible heritage, the Lion dance is also known as Guangdong People's extreme sport. The lion's head weighs up to 7 kilograms. If the performer lacks sufficient arm strength, they would be unable to operate the mechanism to make the lion blink its eyes and move its ears. Lions are considered auspicious creatures for warding off evil and bringing good fortune. During festivals or major events, lion dances are a must in Foshan, and this tradition has been passed down through generations. There are three traditional colors for the lion in a lion dance: yellow, red, and black. They respectively represent Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei, historical figures from the Three Kingdoms period in Cantonese opera. The black lion, representing Zhang Fei, signifies dominance and valor and often appears as a competitive lion in martial arts competitions. The most common lions seen in celebrations are red and yellow. Typically, it takes over 1,300 steps and at least a week to complete the production of a lion head. It takes three years to become an outstanding lion dance team member.

Note: If you are interested in a Chinese Kung Fu Lesson, please contact us in advance to arrange it for you, as there are many martial arts schools (Wing Chun Kung Fu Schools) in Foshan.

The Cantonese Opera Performance is another highlight of the Ancestral Temple as it is an important Lingnan culture that even affects Lingnan Architecture. Originating in Foshan, Cantonese opera is listed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. You can watch the opera in Wanfutai Ancient Stage on festive occasions. With a history of more than 300 years (since 1685), the stage not only witnessed the long history of Cantonese opera but also reminded us why there are Cantonese opera scenes in Lingnan Architecture. You may notice the photo in your ticket of the Ancestors' Temple and remember the architectural ridge tile on the three gates (三门) which is decorated with Shiwan ceramics of characters and immortals, birds, beasts, insects, fish, miniature bonsai, vegetables, fruits, and utensils... Built in 1450, it is a magnificent 31.7-meter-long and 1.78-meter-high ridge featuring 152 pottery figures, making it the longest surviving ridge tile in China. It is renowned as the "King of the Ridge Tile". The pottery figures are slightly tilted forward to facilitate viewing from below. You can even discover scenes from traditional Cantonese opera performances, such as the Cowherd and Weaver Girl (牛郎织女), Nezha's Battle in the Seas (哪吒闹海), and Mu Guiying Taking Command (穆桂英挂帅). These architectural ridge tiles represent a unique form of decorative art in Lingnan architecture during the Ming and Qing dynasties and are closely related to the popular Cantonese opera art of that time. Incorporating excerpts from Cantonese opera onto the ridge decorations reflects the passion of the people of Shiwan Town for Cantonese opera and represents a significant artistic innovation by the pottery sculptors of Shiwan.

Note: If you are interested in Cantonese Opera and would like to visit Guangdong Cantonese Opera Museum (Free admission, Closed on Mondays; 9:00-16:30兆祥公园内), please contact us in advance to arrange it for you if time permits.

Then, pay a visit to Liang Garden (梁园), a representative masterpiece of Lingnan Gardens, which is the collective term for the private gardens of the Liang family in Foshan. Liang Garden, together with Yuyin Hill House in Panyu of Guangzhou, Qinghui Garden in Shunde of Foshan, and Ke Garden in Guancheng of Dongguan, is recognized as the "Four Famous Gardens of Lingnan". The entire garden was gradually constructed between 1796 and 1850 by four renowned local literati: Liang Airu, Liang Jiuhua, Liang Jiuzhang, and Liang Jiutu. Liang Garden is small in size but with halls, pavilions, ponds, and bridges cleverly seated inside which harmoniously combines residences, ancestral halls, and gardens. Its distinctive feature lies in the use of diverse stone elements as the primary landscaping technique, creating a meticulously designed layout. The interior of the garden showcases exquisite Lingnan-style furniture and Manchu windows, adding to its unique charm. When visiting Liang Garden, you may come across locals taking wedding photos here. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the name "Liang Garden" sounds similar to "good marriage" (良缘) in Chinese, symbolizing an auspicious beginning for couples. Enjoy your leisurely walk in Liangyuan Garden in the tranquility of nature.

In the late afternoon, take a leisurely stroll at the Lingnan Tiandi (岭南天地), which was once a prosperous area in Foshan and where each building serves as a witness to the city's history. Lingnan Tiandi boasts 22 cultural relic protection sites, 128 historical buildings, and 8 historical lanes and streets. As you explore, you'll be enchanted by the Lingnan-style architecture, including arcades, green brick houses, and stone roads. Today, Lingnan Tiandi has transformed into a thriving local street that harmoniously blends traditional Lingnan architecture with contemporary amenities. It offers a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of shops, cafes, dessert huts, restaurants, and entertainment options. Overnight in Foshan.

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Day 4 Foshan to Kaiping Tour | Diaolou, Zili Village, Li Garden

This morning, depart from Foshan and head to Kaiping (120km, 2 hours) for a visit to the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (开平碉楼与村落), the only World Cultural Heritage Site in Guangdong province. Kaiping County is located in Jiangmen City, which has gained recognition in China due to the filming of popular movies and TV shows such as "Let the Bullets Fly" (让子弹飞), "The Grandmaster" (一代宗师), and "Kuang Biao"(狂飙). Locals refer to Jiangmen as "The Hometown of Overseas Chinese" (华侨之乡), while Kaiping in Jiangmen is renowned worldwide as "The Kingdom of Diaolou" (碉楼之乡) for its 1,833 well-preserved Diaolou architectures dating back to 1920s. The oldest existing Diaolou was constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Today you will you visit Zili Village and Li Garden, the best representations of Diaolou, to discover what is Diaolou, why there are so many Diaolou, and the stories behind the Diaolou. And why Kaiping Diaolou is the first World Heritage project for an international "culture of immigrants".

Due to Kaiping's low-lying topography, local people historically built Diaolou as refuges against summer monsoonal floods and social unrest. As remittances from overseas increased, banditry in the area also grew, leading to the popularity of the Diaolou. Primarily categorized into 3 types based on their functions: watchtowers, communal towers (temporary refuge), and residential towers (fortified residences), you can see that the earlier Diaolou structures have thick walls with gun holes, three layers of doors, and four layers of windows. Each window is equipped with glass windows to withstand wind and rain, iron columns to deter thieves, screens to prevent mosquitoes and insects, and feature German-imported steel plates for bullet protection. In 2006, Zili Village was awarded the "Golden Prize for the 50 Places in China Most Worth Visiting by Foreigners".

In Zili Village (自力村), derived from the meaning of "self-reliance自食其力" in Chinese, you will see 15 Diaolou buildings standing in the farmland (rice field), their surrounding village houses, and the agricultural landscape are all authentic. As a living museum of modern architecture, you will discover that many residents still live here today. You can walk into the multi-storeyed defensive buildings like Mingshi Tower (铭石楼open for tourists), showcasing the original furnishings of the owners, and witness a chapter of history where the people of the overseas Chinese community struggled hard and defended their homes. The Mingshi Tower (铭石楼), a must-visit landmark in Zili Village and known as the home of Huang Silang (黄四郎) in the movie "Let the Bullets Fly," is a relatively tall building where many artifacts from that era are preserved. You can step onto the rooftop and enjoy a panoramic view of the entire village. It feels as if you are transported to the 1920s and 1930s, with an abundance of Foreign-style buildings dotted on the contrast Chinese Lingnan local countryside.

Kaiping Diaolou is hailed as a "stylish" rural construction that combines defense, residence, and the art of both Eastern and Western architectural styles. It integrates various elements such as traditional Chinese hard-pitched and hanging-pitched roofs, as well as foreign styles such as the "ancient Greek colonnade," "ancient Roman arches and columns", "Gothic pointed arch", "Islamic cusped arches and iron carvings", "Baroque floral motifs", and "Portuguese arcade," bringing together the essence of architectural styles from around the world. These “ugly” extraordinary Diaolou buildings are the creative outcomes of the collaboration between the owners, local builders, and craftsmen. The owners of Kaiping Diaolou are numerous overseas Chinese or people of Chinese origin who have resided in various countries in South Asia, Australasia, and North America, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When they returned to their hometown, they not only brought back funds but also infused them with Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. During both the design and construction process, they freely imitated, modified, pieced together, and fused elements from both Chinese and Western architectural styles. Many materials, including cement and reinforcing steel bars, were imported through Hong Kong.

Then, move to Li Garden (立园), the Best Overseas Chinese Garden in China. It was built by Xie Wei Li (谢维立), an overseas Chinese in the US, between 1926 and 1936, draws inspiration from the "Grand View Garden" (大观园) depicted in the novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" (红楼梦). With the main garden, small gardens, and the villa area, it cleverly combines the charm of classical gardens and Jiangnan Water town with the distinctive architectural features of contemporary villas popular in Europe and America, presenting a "Mini Grand View Garden". Its aesthetic concept revolves around "small bridges, flowing water, and homes." You can enjoy the beauty of nature, with artificial rivers or walls separating different sections, connected by bridges, pavilions, and covered walkways. You will marvel at the garden within the garden and the scenery within the scenery, which creates a captivating and thought-provoking experience. You will see a statue of Mr. Xie Wei Li, the former owner of the Li Garden, and the name Li Garden is from his name. Can you imagine that he used to come home by boat? He took 10 years to complete the garden and invested a huge amount of money to excavate a 20-kilometer-long small canal, connecting Li Garden to the Tan River (潭江One of the rivers in the Pearl River Delta water system), for convenient transportation of building materials. Don't forget to appreciate the abundant calligraphy and couplets by renowned calligraphers, carrying rich cultural connotations. The exquisite gray sculptures and murals, filled with romantic and legendary elements, transport you to a realm of enchantment. Stay overnight in Kaiping.

Tips for Kaiping Diaolou and Village Photography:
1. March to April is a good time for capturing watchtowers with large-scale golden rape flowers.
2. June to August is ideal for photographing the Diaolou with lotus flowers.
3. October to November is the high season for shooting buildings against golden rice fields.
4. Throughout the four seasons, you can capture different photos of the paddy fields around Zili Village.

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Day 5 Kaiping to Shenzhen Day Tour | Shenzhen Museum, Skyscrapers, Splendid China Folk Village, Shenzhen Bay Park

This morning, you will be transferred from Kaiping to Shenzhen (by private car, about 2-2.5 hours; or high speed train to Shenzhen, about 2 hours). Shenzhen is the most competitive and innovative city in China! Bordering Hong Kong, Shenzhen has transformed from a small fishing village into a major metropolis known as China's first Special Economic Zone. Today, you will enjoy a full-day guided tour with us to witness the fast development of Shenzhen through its impressive skyline and modern architecture. You will also have fun exploring cultural theme parks and relaxing at the beautiful beach park.

In the morning, your guide will meet you either in the hotel lobby in Shenzhen between 08:50 and 09:00 or at the train station (Shenzhen Futian/Shenzhen North). They will then accompany you to the Shenzhen Museum (深圳博物馆) for a comprehensive understanding of the history, folk culture, and development of the city. Inside the museum, you will explore the Folk Culture Exhibition Hall, where lifelike wax figures depict the traditional folk culture, lifestyle, and production methods of Shenzhen, with a specific emphasis on Cantonese and Hakka ethnic traditions. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Shenzhen Reform and Opening Exhibition Hall, providing insights into the rapid growth of the city.

Shenzhen's development has been remarkable, characterized by rapid growth. Despite being the smallest in terms of area among the four major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, Shenzhen boasts the highest number of skyscrapers. Three iconic buildings stand out in the city: the towering Ping'an Financial Center, soaring to 599 meters in height; the impressive KK100, reaching 442 meters; and the notable Diwang Building, standing at 384 meters. The progressive increase in height among these three structures represents the different stages of Shenzhen's development. You will have the opportunity to ascend the tallest building in Shenzhen and the second-tallest building in China, the Ping'an Financial Center (平安金融中心). This 115-story, 599.1-meter skyscraper is surpassed in height only by the Shanghai Tower. Experience a thrilling ride in the world's fastest elevator and reach the observation deck located on the 116th floor. Witness the remarkable "miracle" of this city's ongoing growth and rapid development. Additionally, you will have the chance to take in the breathtaking panoramic view of Hong Kong from afar.

In this afternoon, make your way to Splendid China Folk Village (锦绣中华民俗村) and immerse yourself in history as you explore 5,000 years of culture in just one day. Splendid China is currently the world's largest and most content-rich scenic miniature area, divided into two parts: Splendid China and Folk Culture Village. The 82 miniature scenic spots are meticulously arranged according to the map of China, with a scale ratio of 1:15. Prepare to embark on a journey through five thousand years of Chinese history, all in a single day. Splendid China Miniature Scenic Area holds the title of being the largest miniature scenic area worldwide. As you stroll through the famous attractions of China, you'll find over 50,000 ceramic figurines carefully placed. Whether you're exploring the Great Wall, admiring the Dunhuang murals, marveling at the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, or taking in the impressive buildings of Hakka Tulou, you'll have the incredible opportunity to "step into history and tour China in one day". While, the Folk Culture Village showcases 27 villages representing different ethnic groups, each offering a glimpse into their religious beliefs, languages, folk customs, traditional music and dance, traditional costumes, folk festivals, distinctive architecture, folk artists, and ethnic flavors. It provides a comprehensive display of the unique cultural characteristics and intriguing humanistic charm of the Chinese nation. Seize the rare opportunity to enjoy their dances and live shows and immerse yourself in the joyful atmosphere.

After indulging in the cultural experience, take a leisurely break at Shenzhen Bay Park (深圳湾公园). Whether you choose to take a leisurely stroll or find a tranquil spot to sit and relax, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the bay. Gaze upon the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the awe-inspiring silhouette of the Hong Kong skyline in the distance. If the weather permits, be sure to capture the beauty of the sunset and savor the gentle breeze that adds to the park's serene ambiance.

After the tour, it is time to escort you back to your hotel in Shenzhen.

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Day 6 Shenzhen Departure | Train Station Transfer or Airport See-off

Today, it is time to end your 6-day Classic Guangdong tour. Your guide will escort you to the airport/train station for your flight or high speed train to your next destination.

Thank you for choosing Asia Odyssey Travel (AOT) for your tour, we are always here working for you and hope to see you again for your next trip around China/Asia.

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Have a good sleep everyday is very important during your China tour. In a private tour, you can decide on your own which hotel class you want - luxury 5 star, comfortable 4-star or economic 3-star.
All the hotels in each destination we selected are at good location, close to commercial street or tourist attractions. And, all the hotels we use have a business relationship for many years and they have windows, air-conditioners, hot water, showers, wifi... (except for basic accommodation condition when travel to Mount Everest) to ensure you luxury and comfortable sleep experience. The staff can speak English and they will provide you the high quality service. If you have any requirements, you can ask them to help.

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  • Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
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  • Five Rams Sculpture  in Yuexiu Park
  • Yuexiu Park
  • Beijing Road Pedestrian Street
  • Canton Tower
  • Pearl River Night Cruise
  • Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, Foshan
  • Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, Foshan
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  • Souvenir, Nanfeng Ancient Kiln
  • Foshan Ancestral Temple
  • Foshan Ancestral Temple
  • Foshan Ancestral Temple
  • Lion Dance
  • Yue Opera
  • Yip Man Memorial Hall, Ancestral Temple
  • Zili Village, Kaiping Diaolou
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  • Li Garden, Kaiping Diaolou
  • Zili Village, Kaiping Diaolou
  • Li Garden, Kaiping Diaolou
  • Towering skyscraper located in Shenzhen
  • Enjoy Sunrise of Shenzhen Bay Park
  • Ethnic performance in Shenzhen Splendid China Folk Village

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