Top 12 Day Trips From Guangzhou, China - Updated 2024

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Plan a trip to Guangzhou, a beautiful city found along the Pearl River. Take a walk in the city and marvel at buildings showcasing innovative, avant-garde architectural style. These include Canton Tower in the shape of a thin hourglass, and Guangzhou Opera House, which looks like two stones on Pearl River’s edge. Marvel at the city’s panoramic views from Canton Tower’s rooftop viewing deck that spirals at 604 meters (1,982 feet). Art and history lovers can admire Cantonese art and nature, culture, and history artworks at Guangdong Museum. Guangzhou has efficient subways and buses, making it easy to explore the city.

After you’re done exploring, you can stay in a nice hotel in Guangzhou. There are hotels with kitchenette for those who wish to prepare light meals right from their accommodation. Meanwhile, travelers who are all about views and open-air spaces can choose to book at one of the hotels with balconies.

While there Guangzhou is a melting pot for excitement, the surrounding region makes any trip more worthwhile. If you are up for some adventure, scroll down to find out more about the top day trips from Guangzhou, China.

1. Foshan, Guangdong

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Foshan is about 45 minutes’ drive from Guangzhou. This city is known to be the home of ceramic art and Cantonese opera-like singing, martial arts, and acrobatics. Visit Xiqiao Mountain National Forest Park, which features breathtaking natural scenery making it a haven for nature lovers. It is home to Mount Xiqiao, an extinct volcanic mountain with a statue of the Guan Yin Buddha at its summit. Enjoy hiking in the park’s scenic routes with unique rock formations, freshwater springs, waterfalls, and caves. Foshan also has exquisite gardens such as the Sanshui Lotus World and Qing Hui Yuan. Other attractions include Foshan Ancestral Temple and Chuanlord Holiday Manor.

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2. Zhuhai, China

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Zhuhai is a city with a lot to offer. From museums to amusement parks, this city is worth visiting. Admire the unique architecture of A-Ma Temple that was built for the Chinese sea-goddess, Mazu. History lovers can explore Monte Fort, which was Macau’s historical military center. For some fun and adventure, visit Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, a theme park that has amusement rides, animal shows, and a huge oceanarium. This city also allows easy access to islands such as Taipa and Coloane. Xianglu Bay’s coast offers scenic views of Zhuhai Delta and Fisher Girl Statue, a major landmark of this city.

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3. Huizhou, China

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Huizhou is a city that is rich in natural landscapes. From mountains to hot springs, this city has it all. Explore picture-perfect scenery at the sacred mountain, Mount Luofu. See its Taoist relics, Daoist temples, grotesque peaks and rocks, lush vegetation, shimmering lakes, surging waterfalls, hot springs, and caves. Daya Bay has almost 100 islands and reefs. Soak up the sun at the beach or explore their terrain. At Ibis Styles Huizhou Xunliao Bay, you can relax on the beach or hot spring, go fishing, and eat tasty seafood. Reconnect with nature in a fun way.

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4. Jiangmen, China

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Jiangmen is a city known for its cultural treasures and has a significant amount of historical heritage sites dating back to before World War II. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kaiping Diaolou and Villages. Marvel at the unique architecture of its fortified multi-story towers known as Diaolou that reflect a fusion of Chinese and Western architectural styles. Explore the residential, communal, and watchtowers and get to learn about their historical significance. Other attractions include Guifeng Mountain, Xiachuan Island, and Shangchuan Island.

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5. Mount Danxia

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Visit this beautiful area that boasts a picturesque mountainous landscape. Erosion of the sandstone in this area over many years resulted in the formation of unique rocks encircled by cliffs. Marvel at their beauty, which makes a stunning backdrop for photos. Go on a scenic stroll around the mountains and see the temples there. Take in breaths of fresh air while you also admire the flora and fauna in the area. Get on board a boat and enjoy a peaceful and scenic ride along the river that winds around the mountains.

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6. Gulong Canyon Glass Bridge (from USD 198.0)

Conquer your fear of heights by going on this tour that takes approximately 10 hours. It includes transportation, a guide, tickets that allow you to skip the line, and lunch at a local restaurant. Hike on the walkways that wound over Gulong Gorge to the scenic nine waterfall. Feel the adrenaline rush as you walk on the glass bridge that runs 1,080 feet (329.1 meters) across the canyon. Stand on the cantilevered glass platform towering at 236 feet (72 meters) above the gorge and take in the waterfalls’ spectacular scenery. Capture those epic photos for keepsakes.

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Private Day Tour to Gulong Canyon Glass Bridge from Guangzhou

Duration: 7 hours

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7. Dongguan, China

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Dongguan is home to the world’s largest shopping mall measured in terms of gross leasable area. Enjoy walking around the New South China Mall and seeing its various retail and non-retail shops. Using a detailed plan, this mall was designed and constructed with zones representing seven different regions popularly visited by tourists such as Amsterdam and Egypt. With the variety of items available, you will surely find something you will love. The mall also has several restaurants to dine in, an indoor-outdoor roller coaster, and an IMAX-style cinema. Other attractions you can visit in this city include the scenic Songshan Lake, Keyuan Garden, and The Opium War Museum.

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8. Huangteng Gorge Sky Corridor

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Pump up your adrenaline as you walk across the glass bridge that is 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the gorge. Take in the breathtaking views of Huangteng Gorge and the natural landscape from this vantage point. Do not forget to bring your camera to capture some amazing shots of the stunning scenery that will be the envy of anyone who sees them. This is a great way to conquer your fear of heights if you are up for it.

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9. Corridor of Peaks in Western Yingde

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Head out to Corridor of Peaks in Western Yingde, which is located between Jiulong and Huanghua. This scenic area features beautifully shaped limestone peaks, lush tropical forests, a river flowing through the valley, and karst hills in the background. You can go around the human-made pond on a raft. You will also get to see a small hidden underground cave, bamboo forests, and farmhouses. Plan a day trip to this destination and get to explore this exemplary and scenic attraction.

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10. Zhaoqing, China (from USD 299.0)

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Discover the beautiful city of Zhaoqing on this tour that takes an entire day. Learn how the Dinghu Mountain was named and even get to climb it. From the peak, take in the breathtaking views of the waterfalls, historical buildings, and vegetation. Then, proceed to Seven Star Crags, where you will see limestone rock formations around Star Lake. The crags are strategically located to offer stunning views of the lake and its migratory birds. The tour then ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

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From Guangzhou: Zhaoqing Full-Day Private Tour

Duration: 12.0 hour

11. Kaiping, China (from USD 259.0)

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Kaiping is nestled in the scenic Guangdong Province of southern China, boasting a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern architecture that define this hidden gem. Kaiping is famous for its awe-inspiring Diaolou towers and architectural masterpieces recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at the intricate design and cultural significance of these fortified structures, which reflect a harmonious fusion of Chinese and Western influences.

Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the quaint villages and embrace the warmth of the friendly locals. Experience the tranquility of the countryside, where lush rice fields and breathtaking landscapes paint a picturesque backdrop. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Cantonese cuisine, from delectable dim sum to sumptuous seafood. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the renowned “Kaiping-style hot pot,” a culinary delight that will take your taste buds on a flavorful journey.

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Kaiping Private Day Tour From Guangzhou

Duration: 10.0 hour

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12. Qingyuan, China

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Qingyuan is a haven for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking serenity. Prepare to be captivated by the perfect fusion of natural wonders and cultural treasures that await you in this hidden gem. Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the region as you explore the scenic wonders of Qingyuan. Discover the mesmerizing splendor of the iconic Feilaixia Scenic Area, where cascading waterfalls and lush greenery create a magical ambiance.

Immerse yourself in history and spirituality as you visit the historical sites and temples that dot the cityscape. Uncover the secrets of the majestic Taihe Ancient Cave, with its stunning rock formations and ancient rock art. Indulge in the flavors of Cantonese cuisine, savoring mouthwatering delicacies that showcase the region’s culinary prowess. Qingyuan offers a gastronomic adventure that will delight your taste buds, from succulent roasted meats to delectable seafood dishes.

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Discover the scenic beauty of China

Day trips to spectacular locations is always a fun way to spend your day. Go sightseeing and explore breathtaking scenery, museums, and unique architecture. Have immeasurable fun when you do decide to go on these day trips from Guangzhou, China.

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Frequently asked questions about day trips from Guangzhou

1. Which day trips from Guangzhou are ideal for nature lovers?

Feast your eyes on the breathtaking sceneries from the destinations near Guangzhou. Some of the best options that will surely satisfy nature lovers are Foshan, Huizhou, Mount Danxia, and Gulong Canyon Glass Bridge.

2. Which tours are ideal for day trips from Guangzhou?

If you want hassle-free explorations, signing up for a day tour is a smart choice. Consider booking this exciting tour to Gulong Canyon Glass Bridge or this private day tour to Kaiping if you want to make your vacation in the region more memorable.

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Herine is from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. As a travel enthusiast, she always takes interest in learning about and visiting new places. She has traveled to many places within the country,...Read more

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