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Dongguan Historic Day Tour

Dongguan Historic Day Tour | Dongguan Day Tour - Itinerary of DongguanDongguan was founded in 757, it has a history of more than 1700 years. The dialects of Dongguan include Cantonese and Hakka dialects. The population of the Cantonese dialect accounts for a large part of the city. Today, Dongguan is one of the prefecture-level cities of Guangdong Province, it plays an important role in the communication line between Guangzhou and Hong Kong as well as with the cities lying along the Pearl River. Gongguan has a population of 8.392 million people. At present, there is a large population speaks Mandarin due to the influx of economic immigrants during the economic reform and opening-up.

This Dongguan day tour will take you to visit the ancient city of Dongguan, also known as Guancheng, and one of the famous townships - Humen, literal meaning the Tiger Gate, which is known historically by Europeans as the Bocca Tigris or Bogue. Weiyuan Island (historically known as the Anunghoy Island) of Humen was an important historical site in the Opium Wars.

Itinerary of Dongguan Historic Day Tour

We will meet you at 10 am at your Guangzhou downtown hotel, then drive to Dongguan, about 1 hour arrive the first destination, the Humen Opium War Museum. You will have a great time learning history and love this place if you are interested in opuim wars history. The site is free to enter, you have to show your passport to obtain the admission.

Dongguan Historic Day Tour | Dongguan Day Tour - Weiyuan Battery
The Vulture Passing the Battery Upon Tygris Island. The image shows the Vulture, with a lorcha in tow, passing the Weiyuan Battery on Anunghoy Island in the Bocca Tigris, 9 April 1847.

Then walk to the Weiyuan Fort. The battery was constructed in 1835 and was in use during the Opium Wars. Once there were 44 cannons to defend against the British. The Humen Bridge just above the Weiyuan Fort, the construction was finished on the 1st of July 1997 in celebration of Hong Kong's return to Mainland China.

Dongguan Historic Day Tour | Dongguan Day Tour - Xicheng Tower, The West Gate of the ancient walls
This West Gate Tower was the west entrance of the ancient city walls, and it is the only ruin of the Dongguan city walls remaining today. We reproduce the walls on both sides of the Tower by using digital models to synthesize photos according to the direction of the ancient map.

Dongguan Historic Day Tour | Dongguan Day Tour - Architectures in different ears

Architectures in different eras in Dongguan Guancheng

Next, we leave the museum and drive 45 minutes to the ancient city of Dongguan. We have lunch at a local restaurant, then follow our heritage trail, we will walk around the historical city center, know about the history of the city and see the local's daily life, there will be many authentic snacks along the way. The historical ancient city center allows you to see architecture throughout different eras of a hundred years. Can you feel the past and present of the city? This is an open, living museum of urban architectures.

Dongguan Historic Day Tour | Dongguan Day Tour - Dongguan Keyuan Garden
Dongguan Keyuan Garden

The last destination, we will visit the Keyuan Garden. Keyuan Garden was started construction in 1850 by Zhang Jingxiu, a Dongguan native. Zhang Jingxiu was sent to Guangxi to serve as an officer because he had done a great service to build coastal-defense forts in Humen, Dongguan. He resigned and returned home to build Keyuan Garden, the complex was completed in 1858, we will explore the leafy glades and see local architectural styles at one of the Guangdong Province's most famous gardens.

Information of Dongguan Historic Day Tour

Starting Time: 9:30 am;
Type of Tour:
Private Tour -- Just for you and your travel mates;
Meeting Point: Your hotel entryway;
Maximum Participant: 5 people;
Duration: Approx. 7 hours;

Group of 1 to 3 participants: USD$200 for 1 person, each additional person USD$20;
Group of 4 to 5 participants: USD$280 total;

1. Private Car;
2. Entrance ticket;
3. Toll fee and parking fee;
4. Hotel pick-up and drop off;

Guide and Driver will be the same person;

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 Private Dongguan Historic Day 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.