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Guangzhou Urban Village Tour

There're 138 Urban villages in Guangzhou, they are rural villages in decades ago that have been surrounded by the rapid outward expansion of China's cities. After the Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour, if you would like to extend the tour a bit longer with us, we will be heading to one of the urban villages in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou Urban Village Tour - Shipai Urban Village

As their farmland was converted to new urban uses, the cores of these villages remained intact, as often did their systems of collective ownership and government. To survive in the city these farmers lacking farmland used their remaining land for housing rental and industry. In many Chinese cities, these informal housing rentals have come to provide a home away from home and space of operation for migrants from other regions, especially given the challenges of China's hukou household registration system, which regulates migrant's access to more formal markets.

Urban villages are commonly inhabited by the poor and transient, and as such they are associated with squalor, overcrowding and social problems. However, they are also among the liveliest areas in some cities and are notable for affording economic opportunity to newcomers to the city.

With respect to the representation and ideological construction of a stereotypical urban villager, urban village residents are identified as migrants, who have come to pursue the Guangzhou dream of a better life. There are different people, different dialects, different living styles, you can see a vibrant scene with hustle and bustle. Thousands of workers from other small cities or remote villages live here because the lower rent.

A series of portraits literalizes this understanding as young workers pose next to a sign in which they have written their job, salary, length of time in Guangzhou, and dream. These scenes of everyday life relentlessly publicize what in middle class homes are kept private. We see, for example, people sleeping and eating, children playing and urinating, friends playing cards, local security apprehending someone, and prostitutes resting.

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;
  • Explore one of our traditional religions: worship ancestors;
  • Experience the Chinese characteristics Slum;

Tour Information

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

Tour Departure Date: Available year round on request

Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours

Price

1 Guest 2  Guests 3~4 Guests 5 Guests & above
USD $90 USD $110 USD $130 Price available upon request
  • ★ The price is the total amount for your group and not per-person charge;
  • ★ Tour will be finished at metro line 3 Gangding station;

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. We are also able to provide a driver and a vehicle minus the amount of walking distance.

Private Tour
This tour can be mixed with a variety of local food. We will have chances to try the Ginger Milk Curd and Mixed Seafood Congee along the journey. 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 (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

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 Guangzhou Urban Village 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 Meeting Up and Greeting
Please note that hotels located in the suburbs of Guangzhou will incur a certain extra meet up charge; No extra charge if meet at Wanshengwei metro station; No hotel meet up service in Conghua District and Zengcheng District. We would recommend that you book your hotel at the downtown areas (Yuexiu district, Liwan district, Haizhu district and Tianhe district). We don't provide return service, but we will help you call a taxi and ask the driver send you back to your hotel.