Pearl River

Night Cruise on the Pearl River
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The Pearl River in Guangzhou has a length of more than 2,000 kilometers (about 1,243 miles) and is the third longest river in China. It is composed of four separate river systems: the Xi River (originating from the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau), the Liuxi River (originating from Conghua City in Guangdong Province), the Bei River, and the Dong River (both originating from Jiangxi Province). These four rivers join up in Guangzhou, flow for about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles), and then pour into the South Sea. The section flowing through Guangzhou City is the 'Pearl River' that most people are familiar with. In ancient times, it was called 'The Pearl Sea' for its 2,000 meters-wide (about 2,187 yards) channel. Later, the channel gradually shrunk, and now it is only 180 meters wide (about 197 yards). Its name is said to derive from a huge boulder in the river bed. This rock, with the name of 'Sea Pearl', is so round and smooth that it looks like a large, shining pearl.

Today, with the modern development of Guangzhou, ten bridges span the river. Along both banks of it, high-rise buildings such as star-grade hotels and modern shopping malls stand in great numbers. Passing through such a prosperous city, the Pearl River, unlike other rivers displaying only natural beauty, boasts the type of scenery that only belongs to a modern urban area. When night falls, it immediately starts to look more interesting. The bridges, decorated by colorful shining neon lights, seem like fantastic rainbows spanning the river. On both banks, the nightlife of the city awakens. It becomes gorgeous with a blaze of lights. The water in the river reflects the magnificent lights in shimmering patterns. Cruise ships full of tourists ply the waters at a leisurely pace. Visitors enjoy the gentle cool breeze and soak up the colorful night view. The night scene there is almost on a par with Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

Guangzhou Pearl River
Pearl River

During the day, people can walk the 'Scenery Corridor' alongside the Pearl River, enjoying the beautiful water scenes. The corridor, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) long, is actually a dike built especially for appreciating the scenery.  In addition to the attractive water scenes, people can also find historic and artistic buildings in Guangzhou including the Huangpu Military Academy (the first military academy in Chinese history), the Xinghai Concert Hall (which boasts an unusual elegant appearance), the Historic Site in Shamian (which includes hundreds of buildings in different architectural styles), and Tianzi Dock (which was used for greeting officials hundreds of years ago).

The river is like a ribbon that connects the historical sites and beautiful scenery along it and shows people both the modern culture and the historical legacy of Guangzhou City.


Wharfs for Pearl River Cruise

Tianzi Wharf

A Wharf for Pearl River Cruise
A Wharf for the Cruise
Address: Yanjiang Middle Road, Taikang Street
Bus Route: Take bus 4, 57, 128, 131A, 208, Tour Bus 2, or Sightseeing bus Ancient City Line to Tianzi Matou (Tianzi Wharf) Station.
Metro: Take metro Line 2 or Line 6, get off at Haizhu Square Station and get out from Exit A.

Xidi Wharf

Address: Yanjiang West Road
Bus Route: Take Sightseeing bus Xiguan Style Line to Xidi Matou (Xidi Wharf); or take bus 1, 31, 57, 64, 128, 131A, 186, 208, 209, 217, 219, 552, 556, Guang 281 or Peak Express Line 78 to Nanfang Dasha.
Metro: Take metro Line 6 to Cultural Park and walk southeast for 5 minutes to get there.

Dashatou Wharf

Address: 466, Yanjiang East Road
Bus Route:  Take bus 12, 35, 36, 57, 61, 80, 89, 125, 128, 131B, 184, 192, 194, 208, 211, 221, 229, 247, 546, 864, or B21 to Dashatou Youchuan Matou (Dashatou Wharf) Station.
Metro: Take metro Line 6 to Donghu and walk south for 10 minutes.

Fangcun Wharf

Address: 20, Changdi Road
Bus Route: Take bus 782 or 965 to Fangcun Matou Zongzhan (Fangcun Wharf Terminal); or take bus 19, 52, 64, 181, 202, 206, 217, 236, 275, 309A, 309, 312, 780, 812, 838, 965, 966, 990, Guang 275A or Peak Express Line 22 to Fangcun.
Metro: Take metro Line 1 to Fangcun and walk northeast for 10 minutes to the wharf.

Zhongda Wharf

Address: 135, Xingang West Road
Bus Route: Take bus 8, 11, 121A, 131A, 131B, 182, 229, 247, 266, Tour 1, Tour 2 or Peak Express Line 59 to Zhongda Beimen Xi Station.

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Further Reading: 12 Best Places to Visit in Guangzhou
- Last updated on Mar. 23, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Pearl River
Asked by Stefanie from INDONESIA | Sep. 27, 2019 20:54Reply
How to get the ticket of Guangzhou Pearl River?
Answers (1)
Answered by Judy from MALAYSIA | Sep. 29, 2019 02:59

You can buy the ferrt ticket at Dashatou wharf, which is located at No.466, East Yanjiang Road, Yuexiu district.
Asked by lovena from MALAYSIA | Aug. 20, 2018 21:10Reply
name of the mall in pearl river site.
the name of the mall that selling gadget item in pearl river area and the nearby hotel and also halal restoran nearby?
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Answered by Eglise from SWITZERLAND | Aug. 20, 2018 23:38

I remember there are many 7-11 convenience stores near the river cruise wharfs. As for hotels, you may go to Dongcheng Hotel in 421, East Yanjing Rd. Near the hotel in 413, East Yanjiang Rd is a Halal restaurant, Lanzhou Beef Noodles, you may have a try!
Asked by yeechong from SINGAPORE | Dec. 13, 2017 05:36Reply
Which hotel has the best view of the river and fireworks on new year eve in Guangzhou?
Interested in going there during new year eve.
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Answered by Gloria from ITALY | Dec. 13, 2017 20:06

For the river view, you can stay on Ramada Pearl Hotel in 9 1st Zhongmingyue Rd, Guangzhou Avenue.
But sorry to tell you fireworks show is forbidden in the city.
Asked by Jen from SINGAPORE | Sep. 25, 2017 23:43Reply
Which wharf is the nearest from Canton Tower?
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Answered by Rita from CANADA | Sep. 26, 2017 20:10

The nearest one is Canton Tower Wharf, about 300 meters northwest to the tower.
Asked by Layla from MALAYSIA | Jul. 06, 2017 17:07Reply
How can i go to pearl river from beijing lu by metro with beat view?
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Answered by Michelle from CANADA | Jul. 07, 2017 04:47

So you are going to enjoy the pearl river scenery, right5? Well, the Tianzi Wharf near Beijing Lu is the best choice for you. It is easy to walk there and take a boat or cruise.
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