World Routes 2018

The 24th World Route Development Forum

Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
15 - 18 September 2018

Complimentary Tours

Our hosts have provided a number of complimentary tours to help delegates explore Guangzhou. Booking information for the tours will be available in due course. 

Tour 1: Baiyun Mountain—Chan Clan Academy—Shamian Island—Shang Xiajiu Shopping Steet—Pearl River Night Cruise

Pearl River Night Cruise

The tour will begin at Baiyun Mountain, which is located in the north of Guangzhou city. Known locally as White Clouds Mountain, the area is one of the best examples of natural beauty in Southern China. Delegates will continue on to the Chen Clan Academy, which was built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Tang Dynasty. Built between 1890-1894, the Chen Clan Academy is the largest, best-preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in the Guangzhou province.

Delegates will then visit Shamian Island, an area with great historical significance.  The island is home to a number of colonial-era buildings, including a restored French Catholic church, Our Lady of Lourdes; its British Protestant complement, the Christ Church Shamian; and many former hotels, embassies, trading houses, and residences. The tour will then continue to Shangxiajiu Shopping Street, which is located in the Liwan District and is one of the four downtown districts of Guangzhou.

The tour concludes with a night cruise down The Pearl River, the third longest inland river in China. Delegates will be captivated with the charming views of historical sites and unique architecture that the city has to offer.  

Tour 2: Yuexiu Park— Nanyue King Museum—Beijing Road—Pearl River Night Cruise 

Park

The tour will begin at Yuexiu Park. Built in 1952, the park is home to many of Guangzhou’s famous cultural relics including the Statue of the Five Rams. Delegates will then visit the Nanyue King Museum, which houses the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo. The museum, which opened in 1988, has been named a Major Historical Site and is renowned for its assemblage of rare funerary artifacts.

Delegates will then visit Beijing Road, located in Yuexiu District, it was the original construction location of Guangzhou. Once the most prosperous business center in the city, the commercial street is packed with shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

The tour concludes with a night cruise down The Pearl River, the third longest inland river in China. Delegates will be captivated with the charming views of historical sites and unique architecture that the city has to offer.

Tour 3: Lingnan Impression Park—Haixinsha Island—Canton Tower—Taikoo Hui

Lingnan

The tour will begin at Lingnan Impression Park. This magnificent park covers more than 40 acres and epitomises the design culture of the Lingnan area. Delegates will be able to enjoy visit the Lingnan style architecture, culture, and customs and visit the elegant, Cantonese style houses and temples in the park.

Delegates will then be able to visit Haixinsha Island, which was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Asian Games. The tour will then continue on to the Canton Tower. Guangzhou's newest landmark is part of the large-scale infrastructural development of the city. Delegates will be able to take a ride on top of the tower on the Ferris wheel as the sunsets, before being treated to an afternoon tea.

Designed by the world-acclaimed architect Arquitectonica, TaiKoo Hui is set to become one of South China's most iconic landmarks and a social, shopping and lifestyle destination. The tour concludes with a night cruise down The Pearl River, the third longest inland river in China. Delegates will be captivated with the charming views of historical sites and unique architecture that the city has to offer.  

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