'Water, Ships & Guns' Cycle Tour of Guangzhou

18 kilometers; 10:00am - 5:00pm

This tour can also be booked for other days, with a minimum of 10 guests. 

On this NEW TOUR, we start at the Huangpu Ancient Port, the entry point to Imperial China for foreign traders. We cross the ferry to Changzhou island, and visit historic sights, including the Huangpu Military Academy, an architectural highlight, and a hidden fortress used during the Opium Wars. Criss-crossing through urban villages, and along a canal some call the 'Venice of Guangzhou', we have a sumptuous local lunch, overlooking the farms and fields of the rural parts of the island. After cycling through fields, greenways and more urban villages, we visit a small hill for spectacular views of Guangzhou. Finally we explore the first foreign graveyard of China, the final resting placing of many foreign diplomats, traders and sailors, including the first US Minister to China, who lie here since the late 1700s. We finish with a refreshing, well-deserved beer at the local village. An epic tour, exploring the rusty fringes of the city that is still partly rural. Everything you need, from bike to water, and lunch to guides, is included and taken care of.

Practical info


Sunday May 30th, 9:50 am

Meeting point

Huangpu Ancient Wharf to Nantian Village, Changzhou Island


560 CNY for adults, 280 CNY for kids riding, 80 CNY for kids in seat


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10:00  Meet at the entrance of the Huangpu Ancient Port Museum

10:05  Introduction of the tour, visit to the museum

10:25  Departure of cycle tour, visit to urban villages and Pearl River

11:00  Ferry across Pearl River to Changzhou Island

11:25  Outdoor market, urban villages

12:00  Visit to hidden fortress

12:35  Ride through the 'Venice of Guangzhou'

13:00  Lunch at a famous local restaurant with views over surrounding fields

14:20  Visit to Huangpu Military Academy

15:10  Ride through fields, greenways and urban villages

15:50  Short hike up a small mountain for a 360 degree view of Guangzhou

16:25  Visit to foreign graveyard

17:00  Finish in the local village for cold drinks




This tour is offered for 560 CNY/adult, 280 CNY/riding child and 80 CNY for children in bike seats. Included in the price is everything you need: bike, helmet, guide, water, drinks, lunch and snacks. For inquiries and reservations you may add Bram on WeChat at user ID bram_wechat (QR code above) or phone number (+86) 15626406926. You may also direct questions on email: info@cyclecanton.comFull payment upfront is required through WeChat Pay or AliPay. A reservation is not complete until paid!



Full refunds are provided when cancelling or changing the date more than 48 hours prior to departure. Cancellations between 24 and 48 hours before departure can claim a 50% refund. No refunds are provided for no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of departure. We never cancel tours in case of rain, since it very rarely rains for more than 15 minutes. We never cancel tours in case of rain, since it very rarely rains for more than 15 minutes.



We meet at the entrance to the Huangpu Ancient Port Museum. The Chinese address for DiDi is: 粤海第一关纪念馆, or Yuehai First Pass Memorial Hall if you use the English version. Please note you will need to walk the last few minutes. If you have any problems finding the place, you can contact Bram at 15626406926. We meet at 10:00am and after finishing the museum visit we will depart from there at 10:25am at the latest. Several days before the tour you will be added to a WeChat group with all participants on the tour. 



Ride on China’s classical Fenghuang ('Phoenix') bicycles. These are what Katie Melua refers to when she sings about "nine million bicycles in Beijing". We replaced most parts for increased safety and comfort, while retaining its famous look. The locals will be giving you jealous looks!
We have done, and continue doing, extensive research into the Guangzhou's past, present and future. Besides the dozens of books, magazines, and articles we went through, many of the stories we learned from talking to the locals on the streets along our route. The stories we share with you, are the real folk stories that cannot be found in travel guides! Furthermore, we share old pictures of the places we visit, showing you the immense change of this thriving city! Along the tours we provide you with local lunch, water and snacks