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Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour

Historical Background

Whampoa Anchorage As Seen From Dane's Island

This panoramic view of the anchorage from Danes Island includes two famous pagodas used as navigation points and a variety of vessels. Peabody Essex Museum ca. 1850 by Youqua.

Whampoa anchorage is 10 miles beyond Bocca Tigris and 10–16 miles from Canton. Here the merchants hired a Chinese agent, or comprador, to manage the needs of the ship and crew, and paid the customary taxes and bribes. Western sailing ships could not go beyond this area because the water was too shallow, so sampans and other small craft ferried goods to Canton, 10 to 16 miles farther up the river. At the height of the seasons in 1820s and 1830s, there were as many as 100 sailing vessels lying at Whampoa anchorage for three months or more, awaiting their cargos of tea. This area became one of the primary scenes of inspiration for artist. Artists often combined the most prominent features of the Whampoa anchorage, such as the nine-story pagoda, the junks, sampans, and Dane’s Island.


Your tour begins with a dock, a ferry ride will help appreciate the contrast between classical Old Guangzhou and modern Guangzhou. After that we transit to Whampoa village, you will see the largest trade fair in the world on the bus, from there you could see how prosperous the village was during the Qing Dynasty, at that period Whampoa was the only sea port opened for those sea cargo vessels of international trade from abroad. At the same time, many tycoons and distinguished officials used to live there such as the consul of Singapore and so on.

Huangpu VillageGuangzhou ancestral hall

Traditional Cantonese Family Ancestral Hall

In the Whampoa ancient village, you can experience the history of ancient port, aquatic life and explore the nostalgic and peaceful residences of China's Qing and Ming dynasties in the past 200 years. The trip will let you have a good chance to review the ancient architecture, traditional art, great countryside view and the tasty farm food.

Farmland in Guangzhou
Suburban view

Guangzhou meet local tour
Meet local and have Chinese tea in his ancient house

Tour Highlights

  • Local bus experience;
  • Meet the local and visit his 150 years old house, garden and his collection treasures;
  • Slurp on some Traditional Guangzhou snacks;
  • Tastes locally grown seasonal fresh fruits;
  • Walking in the countryside paths, see the good views over farmers and their crops.
  • Explore one of our traditional religions: worship ancestors;

Tour Information

Type of tour: Private Tour -- Just for you and your travel mates

Tour Departure Date: Available year round on request

Duration: Approx. 3 hours


1 Guest 2  Guests 3~4 Guests 5 Guests & above
USD $60 USD $80 USD $100 Price available upon request
  • The price is the total amount for your group and not per-person charge. We can provide you a receipt for the payment of the tour for your tax records or expense reimbursement, please let us know in advance if receipt is needed.

Tour Starting Time: 1 pm OR under your request (not earlier than 12 pm and no later than 3 pm)

Walking Distance: 4.5 km (3 mi)

What's Included:
1. Meet and greet at downtown hotel;
2. Unique souvenir produced by us;
3. Professional guide;

What's NOT Included:
1. Transportation fee;
2. Personal expenses;
3. Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program;

Who May Attend
This experience is not recommended for young children or people who find it difficult to walk for long periods of time.

Private Tour
This tour can be mixed with a variety of local food. We will have chance to try the Ginger Milk Curd and Mixed Seafood Congee along the journey, also we will have chance take sampan to another village try the authentic roasted goose. Please advise us if you’re interested in trying different kinds of food when you make your booking. To keep your tour cost low, we have not included entrance fees, food, drink and transport in your tour price, they are usually very reasonable, so that you have more option according to your needs and budget. Please cover my expenditure in the tour (tickets, meals, transports, etc). However, these will be minimal. Based on my experience, except for the transportation fee between hotel and tour starting point. Usually the additional costs as follows:

  1. 1 guest without trying any food spends CNY¥0
  2. 2 guest with local snack tasting spends between CNY¥18 to CNY¥35
  3. 4 meat-eating guests with roasted goose and other Cantonese cuisine as dinner spend between CNY¥180 to CNY¥200

Booking Process
To complete your Guangzhou Private Tour booking, a 30%~50% deposit is required via Paypal or telegraphic transfer after we set the tour date and tour duration with you. We will send you a PayPal invoice, you will have the option to use your credit cards or deposit card to complete the payment process (even if you are not a PayPal account holder). Note: A 4.7%~5.79% Paypal transaction fees will be charged on the total amount of the transaction when deposit is made by Paypal. Once payment is made, the booking of your Guangzhou Private Tour is confirmed. The remaining balance is payable in cash only on tour day with us, you can pay in either U.S. Dollar or Chinese Yuan, whatever is convenient for you. We prefer U.S. Dollars without any damage and stain, otherwise please provide Chinese Yuan.

Covered Areas For Pick Up
Please note that hotels located in the suburbs of Guangzhou will incur a certain extra pick-up charge; No extra charge if meet at Wangshengwei metro station; No hotel pick-up service in Conghua District and Zengcheng District. I would recommend that you book your hotel at the downtown areas (Yuexiu district, Liwan district, Haizhu district and Tianhe district). Pick-up service only goes with the tour without stoppage time. We don't provide return service, but we will help you call a taxi and ask the driver to send you back to your hotel.