At Cycle Canton, we are intrigued by the history, culture, lifestyle and stories of Guangzhou. We are keen to venture out into the city and countryside ourselves, but mostly, we care to bring fun and meaning to the lives of our guests. We are not the tight-pants, racing bike kind of folks! We prefer to take it slow, on wheels or on foot, and offer personal, professional, full-service trips that make you experience the best Guangzhou and surroundings have to offer.
Our team consists of international and local professionals from a range of industries. For team building and countryside tours, we work with the best local partners to provide excellent service.
As experts of Guangzhou & around, we have been offering tours of Guangzhou since 2013. Founded and managed by a bike-riding Dutchman, our team of local Cantonese and 'local' foreign guides has hosted 20,000+ visitors - expats, tourists, business visitors and an increasing amount of locals - from 108 countries, and maintained a 100% safety record. We are consistently ranked TripAdvisor’s Best Activity in Guangzhou, are preferred partners for many Consulates, Corporates and Five Star Hotels, and have featured in numerous local, national and international media.
Despite its average reputation, we know Guangzhou to be a beautiful and fascinating place. There is so much more than what the travel guides tell you. Every major change in China started in Guangzhou, from trade with the West to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and the rise of Communism to the economic reform and opening up in the 1980s. When you dive deep into the city’s old neighborhoods, hidden away from sight, you find the places and people that tell these stories. Find the soul of the city in the lifestyles and stories of the local Cantonese, that we have come to love. While the city is as modern as any international metropolis, Guangzhou retained most of its historic, 2,200 year old areas. Inspiring are the contrasts between the old and new, traditional and modern, Cantonese and Western, everywhere you go. We are continuously learning about Guangzhou’s history and future, and share our passion for this place with you on all of our tours and trips!
On Guangzhou, from the book 'Heaven is High, the Emperor Far Way' by Valery M. Garrett:
"Canton has always attracted opportunists. From the Arab traders in the Tang Dynasty, to Western merchants in the sixteenth century, and the Hong Kong Chinese in recent times: all came to the city to make money. An international port of great renown for two thousands years. Canton became a mecca for adventurers. In the fourteenth century, with its population of almost 150,000 nearly equal to Beijing, it was made the capitol of Guangdong province and an important centre of government. Powerful mandarins representing the Son of Heaven, the dragon emperor and omnipotent ruler of China, held court within the walled city. In 1759, during the Qing dynasty, when the Qianlong emperor confined trade with the West to Canton, the city grew increasingy prosperous, and by the early nineteenth century it has become the largest city in southern China, the second largest city in southern China, and the nation's biggest port. Its population having grown to nearly a million people, it was one of the great commercial entrepôts of the world."