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Home Tour Options Guangzhou Walking Tours Whampoa Anchorage Tour

Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour

Whampoa anchorage is 10 miles beyond Bocca Tigris (known as Humen today, see Dongguan Historic Day Tour) 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 the 1820s and 1830s, as many as 100 sailing vessels were 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 artists. Artists often combined the most prominent features of the Whampoa anchorage, such as the nine-story pagoda, the junks, sampans, and Dane's Island.

Whampoa Anchorage and Village Walking Tour - 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.

Itinerary of Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour

Your tour begins at Wanshengwei metro station. After that we transit to Whampoa village by bus, from Whampoa you could see how prosperous the village was during the Qing Dynasty, at that period Whampoa was the only seaport 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.

Whampoa Anchorage and Village Walking Tour - Huangpu Village Traditional Cantonese Family Ancestral HallWhampoa Anchorage and Village Walking Tour - Guangzhou Whampoa Ancestral hall
Traditional Cantonese Family Ancestral Hall

In the Whampoa ancient village, you can experience the history of the 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 ancient architecture, traditional art, and tasty local snacks.

Whampoa Anchorage and Village Walking Tour - Meet local people in the Whampoa Village
Meet local and have Chinese tea in his ancient house if the local happen to be at home

Highlights of Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour

  • 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;

Information of Whampoa Anchorage Walking Tour

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

Tour Departure Date: Available year round on request

Duration: Approx. 3 hours

Price

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;
  • ★ Tour will be finished at metro line 8 Wanshengwei station;
    ★ This tour can be blended with the Rural Hakka Village Tour with Local Family Visit, please email us for the quotation.

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 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 Whampoa Anchorage Walking 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.