Pearl River (Zhujiang)

Attraction Liwan District, Guangzhou 510000, China Published on: 18-09-2016

1 hour
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
0.00 USD

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The Pearl River, also known by its Chinese name Zhujiang and formerly often known as the Canton River, is an extensive river system in southern China.

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Why Pearl River (Zhujiang) is special ?

The Pearl River went through Guangzhou City, a huge rock island in the center of the river was scoured time and again and became smooth and bright like a pearl, called ‘Sea Pearl Rock’, hence the name ‘Pearl River’ for the river with this rock. There is another legend about the naming of the ‘Pearl River’. It was said that a Persian businessman stole the valueless pearl of his country and came to auction it in Guangzhou. Since it was the treasure of the nation, the Persian State sent people carrying lots of money to Guangzhou and buy the pearl. When they took out the pearl for appreciation on their way back by ship, the precious pearl flew up suddenly and fell into the river. Later the pearl changed into a huge stone, shinning. People called it Sea Pearl Island, thus the name of the Pearl River.

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What to explore at Pearl River (Zhujiang)?

Standing along the banks of the river are star-graded hotels and commercial buildings, White Swan Hotel, Hotel Landmark Canton, Nanfang Mansion, … , all like sky-scrappers. In the evening, both banks are lit brightly joined occasionally by the bright moon hanging in the sky. Full of passengers, pleasure boats for the Pearl River cruise travel from the west to the east elegantly on the river, like playing happy melodies all together.

At night, you can join the Pearl River Night Cruise, cruise is even more fascinating under the sparkling lights.

How to get to Pearl River (Zhujiang)?

You can take bus 182, 184, 188, 125, 36, 44 543 to get to the dock

Subway: Take Subway Line 2 to Haizhu Square Station, Get out from exit A and walk eastward along the river bank to Tianzi Wharf

Bus: Take bus 1, 128, 131B, 184, 219 or 238 and off at Haizhu Square (Qiaoguang East) Station.

Selling points

  • A great place to walk in the evening
  • Beautiful Boardwalk
  • Lovely lights to see on the Pearl River
  • Fascinating river cruise - must do at night for sightseeing
  • Good thing to do in the evening
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Tips for you

  • You can just buy a ticket on the waterbus from 1yuanya and ride along the river.
  • Take a local commuter ferry for 2 yuan - avoid the dinner cruises. Two yuan will get you a seat on the lower deck, but if you want some 'fresh' air, splash out and pay three yuan to sit on the open upper deck (with complimentary bottle of water)
  • In the center of several bridges and all beautifully illuminated! Beautiful lighting on the waterfront, the gentle lighting trees. Eyes happy! Many street restaurants!
    What to see
  • This is a beautiful ride at night with many colorful buildings and bridges. Especially when you pass the Canton Tower - incredible colors and design.
  • Change money at the hotel, because after 18.00 in the city do not work exchangers and hotels are mostly only change to their customers. Nobody knows English, so if you want to get somewhere, it is better to take a card, so that you can poke a finger in the right place.
  • Beware of traffic when cross the road. And normal precautions applied for your belongings, though basically
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the walk can take you for miles on both sides of the river with lots of do and see
    What to wear
  • Some might even ask you for money when you wish to get off.
  • One more note -the North Gate is a great place to hang out-there is usually music and dancing at night and during the day lots of activity along the Pearl-Tai Chi, exercise groups, and games like kicking the shuttlecock, sword and fan choreography and even calligraphy with water on the pavement.
    Things nearby
  • The night cruise was wonderful. You can also rent bikes and roller blades at some places along the river.
  • If you rent a tourist boat, the price is more expensive
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Only cost $60 local dollars for a top deck seat, so reasonably priced for the 50min trip.
    Ticket and Pricing


TripAdvisor View more

I wandered/strolled for a whole hour on both sides of the river. Very nice stroll with loads of locals walking, jogging, biking or just sitting and enjoying the sights it has to offer. You can also get a cruise and otherwise looked at those cruises up and down the river with a majestic background of high rise towers & bridges lighted up with all colours of the rainbow

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It's best to come at night during the weekends. Music, performances, dancing, and singing. Can rent bikes and roller skates for really cheap. A great place to visit in Guangzhou.

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