Funky Panyu: Art & History

Explore the beautiful southern Panyu district on our 'Funky Panyu: Art & History' cycle adventure on Thursday 3 February 2022! 

On this full-day trip you start in the morning in the ancient village of Shawan, where you explore the maze of alleyways, family temples, art galleries and oyster shell houses. Meet a famous local wood carver and water painter who gives a demonstration of these traditional arts. Sit down for a luxurious lunch in an old ancestral home, and enjoy the local delicacies. 

After lunch you hop on our retro ‘Phoenix’ bicycles and leave the busy village for the rural areas. Ride past rivers, farms, fish ponds and factories, and find your way to the Baomo Garden. Visit the famous site that was once the luxurious residence of Mr. Bao, a prime minister in the late Qing dynasty. Soak up on fengshui among the lakes, Lingnan bridges, waterfalls, and large collection of antiques. Continue the ride through Zini village to end up at the Zinitang industrial park. The sugar plant has given way to a museum, coffee shops, restaurants, art installations and lots of graffiti and murals. When we look across the river, we see Shunde in Foshan and realize we reached the very edge of Guangzhou. 

Practical info


Wednesday October 5th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meeting point

Shawan Village to Zinitang Creative Park


580 CNY for adults, 280 CNY for kids riding, 80 CNY for kids in child seat

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◆ Explore ancient Shawan village and its maze of alleyways on foot

◆ Meet a famous local wood carver and water painter for a demonstration

◆ Have an exquisite lunch in an old ancestral home

◆ Ride past farms, fish ponds, fields and factories 

◆ Visit Baomo Garden, a stunning example of Lingnan and fengshui architecture 

◆ Discover the former Zinitang sugar factory, now turned creative park, full of street and installation art

◆ Learn about the history, art, culture and lifestyle of the locals

◆ Take amazing pictures, and get inspired to discover more of Guangzhou!



10:00  Meet at DY Coffee (邸韵空间咖啡) in Shawan Village

10:10  Introduction and departure

10:40  Meeting with local wood carver and water painter

11:20  Continuation of walking tour through Shawan Village

12:15  Lunch in a former ancestral home

13:30  Departure of cycle tour, cycling through remote Panyu

14:45  Visit to Baomo Garden

15:30  Continuation of cycle tour

15:50  Visit to Zinitang Museum

16:10  Exploration of Zinitang and its galleries and street art

17:00  End of event 



You can book this tour for 580 CNY/adult, 280 CNY/riding child (including tandem) and 120 CNY for children in child seats. Included in the price is everything you need: bike, helmet, guide, lunch, snacks, water, entrance to sights and swimming pool. 

Please book by clicking the large green button at the top of this post. Full payment upfront is required through WeChat Pay or AliPay. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis and a reservation is not complete until paid! For questions you may contact Bram on WeChat (QR code above) or phone:  (+86) 15626406926.



You may cancel your tour free of charge latest 36 hours before departure of the tour. Cancellations after that time are charged 350 CNY, and no refunds apply to no-shows. If we need to cancel the tour due to COVID travel restrictions or typhoon warnings, you will receive a full refund.



We meet at 10:00am at DY Coffee (邸韵空间咖啡) in Shawan Village on No. 3 Huaguang Lu, Shawan village, Panyu District (番禺区沙湾村华光3号). Take a DiDi to 北村治安队, from where you enter the ancient town on a pedestrian street. Walk straight for 3 minutes and you run right into the coffee shop at the street's end. If you have any trouble finding it, you can contact us at 15626406926. We meet at 10:00am and will depart at 10:15am the very latest. 



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 water and local snacks