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As the third longest river in China, the Pearl River measures 2,129 kilometers (1,323 miles) in length. The Guangzhou section of the river is where many famous sights are clustered and a night cruise on the river is a highlight of your tour.
No matter whether you want to see Guangzhou’s historical and modern sights in a row, or just want something to do at night, a night cruise on the Pearl River is just for you.
The beauty of the Pearl River at night can be compared to that of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The section from the White Goose Pool to Liede Bridge is the essence of the Pearl River cruise where you can observe the past, present, and future of this vibrant city.
During your cruise, you can admire the European architectural complex on Shamian Island, Canton Tower, which looks like a slender lady, the artistically-shaped Xinghai Concert Hall, the futuristic Liede Bridge, as well as sceneries with romantic names, such as "Night Moon over the Goose Pool" and "Red Heart of the Pearl River".
The best season for a cruise is September to December as there will be a warm climate and less rainfall in Guangzhou.
As for the time of day, taking one of the ferries that depart from 19:00–20:00 is the best choice.
There are eight wharfs along the Pearl River offering night cruise experiences. Tianzi Wharf and Dashatou Wharf are the two largest with more ferries available.
About 1 hour
The ticket prices and services depend on the ferry you take and your seat, but the price generally ranges from 58 to 198 yuan (approximately 10 to 30 USD) per person per cruise.
Use the following list as a reference for the prices and services you may expect:
The tickets for ferries are limited and sell out quickly during weekends and holidays. Moreover, a lack of English services could be a problem. A good idea is to travel with a local guide who will help you to pre-order your ticket and be your interpreter during your journey.
Although some ferries provide a meal or buffet, the taste and price may not be favorable compared with restaurants. One suggestion is to have your dinner before boarding the ferry.
Enjoying a Pearl River cruise with us saves you time and effort: we book your ticket, drive you to the wharf, and provide a local guide to travel with you.
Check out our customizable Guangzhou tour and add a Pearl River cruise as one of your experiences:
Alternatively, try to create your own tour.