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Things to Do at Night in Guangzhou

Guangzhou (also known as Canton) is located in the Guangdong Province in the south of China. Guangzhou is one of the biggest and the most development cities in the country. It's got a great night life, with bars and clubs, cruise, shows, etc.

Here TCT would like to introduce some popular fun things to do at night in Guangzhou, such as night shows, night cruise, bars and clubs, shopping streets/malls. Hope the nightlife guide can help you have a better time in your Guangzhou trip.

Activities/Entertainment at Night in Guangzhou

There are quite a few fun things to do at night in Guangzhou. For example, you may experience the Pearl River Night Cruise to admire the breath-taking night view on the sides of Pearl River in this international metropolis, or watch Cantonese Opera to learn traditional Canton culture. If you are having a family trip with children, you can also go to watch Chimelong International Circus.

Experience the Pearl River Night Cruise

As the third largest river in China, the Pearl River measures 2,129 meters in length, with its name deriving from the Haizhu Rock (Sea Pearl Rock). When the thousand-meter long 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. The river just flow through the central area of Guangzhou, and there are many old featured building on the both sides of the river. Taking the Pearl River Night Cruise can help you get to know about Guangzhou culture and history.

The night scene viewed along the Pearl River is so chroming that you must take a look at it. The best way is taking a night cruise. There are two recommended docks for you to board the cruise boat: Dashatou Dock (大沙头码头) and Xidi Dock (西堤码头) . The trip will start from the Xidi Dock and end at the Guangzhou Bridge then sail back to the starting dock or vise versa. The cruise takes about 1 hour. Below is a timetable of Dashatou dock cruise for your referance.

Timetable of Pearl River Night Cruise Embark at Dashatou Dock
Code/Name of Cruise Ship Embark Time Disembark Time Duration
G28--455 18:30 20:10 1 h 40 mins
G28--455 19:00 20:10 40 mins
G28--455 20:20 21:30 1 h 10 mins
G28--455 21:40 22:50 1 h 10 mins
Crystal of Pearl River 19:40 21:00 1 h 20 mins
Crystal of Pearl River 20:00 21:00 1 h
Crystal of Pearl River 21:10 22:30 1 h 20 mins
Crystal of Pearl River 21:30 22:30 1 h
G24--450 19:20 20:30 1 h 10 mins
G24--450 20:40 21:50 1 h 10 mins
G24--450 22:00 23:20 1 h 20 mins
28--461 19:40 20:50 1 h 10 mins
28--461 21:00 22:10 1 h 10 mins


  • Passports are need in purchasing tickets.
  • The disembark dock will be the same one you embarked, which is Dashatou Dock.
  • If you book tickets on line or through your travel agent, it is wise to take the ticket from ticket office at least 30 mins before the ship departs.
  • The fares vary from 58 to 1380 CNY according to different packages you order, like deluxe sightseeing seats with quality coffee & snacks, ordinary seats, etc.
  • Children above 1.2m are required with an adult ticket.
  • During holidays or peak seasons, a slightly rise of the cost is inevitable.

things to do at night in guangzhou pear river cruise

Watch Cantonese Opera (Yue Opera)

Cantonese opera, Chinese local opera, formerly known as Guangdong Drama, is Guangzhou traditional theatrical pieces. Since AD 1522 to 1566, it has spread in Guangdong. It is a performing art collecting singing, reading, playing, music played by musicians, drama stage and costumes, abstract body, etc. Known as "southern red beans," its performance is flexible and delicate, its music for voices is varied and its melody is graceful and harmonious, making it deeply loved by the Guangzhou people.

You can enjoy Cantonese opera at Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Theater, Huang Huagang Theatre or Guangzhou Opera House. But the operas are all in Chinese. It may be a little hard for foreigners to understand.

things to do at night in guangzhou watch canton opera

Watch Chimelong International Circus

Chimelong International Circus is put on every day in Chimelong Tourist Resort in Guangzhou. It is the first one in the world that uses a live-action circus stage. Chimelong International Circus has been the world’s largest and well-renowned permanent circus, and has received more than ten million guests since its opening in 2000. The circus features more than 300 award-winning performers from over 20 countries in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, along with 500 animals of 40 different species. The opening hours of the circus are from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (circus show starts from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). That means you can get into the stage 1.5 hours in advance to wait for the start of the performance.

things to do at night in guangzhou watch chimelong international circus

Do Shopping at Night in Guangzhou

Guangshou is also one of shopping paradise in the country, especially for cheap clothing, jewelry and electric products. There are quite a few shopping streets or malls for you to enjoy your shopping time at night in Beijing, such as Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, Beijing Road Pedestrian Street, Taikoo Hui Canton, etc.

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

Address: Shangxiajiu Street, Liwan District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
What to buy: Local snacks, Guangzhou clothes, jewelry

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture, especially pretty at night when it's lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Road, but be prepared to bargain. Remember to visit Liwan Plaza located at 9 Dexing Road on the east end of the street. You will find a good selection of crystal there.

It is the first pedestrian mall approved by the ministry of commerce of china in Guangzhou. Its daily traffic is as high as 600000 person-times. You’d better not look down on this small street, for it is a collection of lingnan architectural culture, lingnan dietary culture and lingnan folk customs.


Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

Address: Beijing Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
What to buy: fashion clothes, local snacks, craftworks, antiquity

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street in Guangzhou is a busy place with shoppers packing both sides of the road, and an array of neon lights dazzling your eyes. It has been one of the major commercial streets in Guangzhou.

There are a few well preserved ancient stone roads of Song and Yuan Dynasties from 11th to 14th centuries. There are many different business stores, shopping malls, flavor snacks and delicacy plaza. Many famous brand clothing stores gather together so that you can shop one by one without wasting time. The flavor snacks there you can't find in other places, even though they look like the same, they don't taste as delicious as they are in Beijing Road. People walk along the ancient street and appreciate the variety of life while enjoying their delicacy.

shop at beijing lu street in guangzhou

Shopping in Tee Mall

Address: #208 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
How to get there: take Subway Line 1 to Tianhe South (Nan) Station, then walk there.

Tee Mall is a large-scale, full-featured modern integrated shopping center in Guangzhou. It is praised as "China's first mall". The mall collects shopping, sightseeing, food, entertainment facilities, leisure activities, exhibition, etc.

Shopping in Hualin Jade Market

Add: Hualin Street, Xiajiulu District
What to buy: Jade wares, jewelry

Hualin Jade Market mainly deals in retail, wholesale and jade and jewelry processing. It is said that the history of this street can be traced back to the early Qing Dynasty. At present, hundreds of jade ware stores are found here. Best-quality jades from Burma and Yunnan Province are made into jade bracelets, rings and other wares Beijing Road is simply a must to visit when one is in Guangzhou.

The market covers an area of 10,000 square meters and the vast majority of Guangzhou's jade traders can be found in the area. With an annual turnover exceeding RMB100 million, the market accounts for over 90% of the cities jade sales. Here, one can find not only small jade items costing a few money but also rings, bangles, pendants and sculptures, with price tags ranging from about RMB100 to tens of thousands of Yuan.


Have Fun at Bar Streets in Guangzhou

After a full day city tour in Guangzhou, you may want to get a drink in a bar or club to relax, and see what local people usually do at night. Life in Guangzhou is quite busy with work pressure. After people are busy out after a day's work, they always want to find a place to talk to a group of friends, reduce stress, and the bar is a good choice. You can make friends here. Here are quite few famous bar streets in the city, such as bar street at Huaishi Road, bar street at Yanjiang Road, Bai’E Tan barstreet, etc.

Bai’E Tan Bar Street

The buildings in Bai’E Tan Bar Street are in accordance with the European classical architectural style. The continental designed houses and scenery is unique in the country. European style buildings, bell towers and water tower windmill make this place beautiful. The visitors can come to this bar street to experience the unique view of Guangzhou. The price of drinks here is much cheaper than other places. But it is a little bit far away from the central area, the public transport is not so convenient. Although Subway Line 1 can take you directly to the place, but if you come back to late to the downtown, it might not be very convenient.

Bar Street at Yanjiang Road

A lot of bars on the street are transformed by old buildings, which is quite distinctive. Take the Flower Street 90 for example, it is located around the corner of South Liberation Road. Many years ago it was an idle plant, and later through simple planning, you can enjoy the night into the open-air bar. Bar along the road features in closely following the trend of fashion with advanced facilities and new games. The transport is very convenient and you can enjoy the fantastic Night View of the Pearl River.

Ba Ti Bar Street

Ba Ti Bar Street is near to the Brewery of the Pearl River, and across the Zhujiang New Town and Haixinsha Island. And it is near to Guangzhou Tower, consulates area of Asian countries, Pazhou International Exhibition Center.

Here has the perfect combination of creative arts, beer culture and entertainment. It is sounding by beautiful Pearl River view, and neat to Zhujiang- Inbev International Beer Museum. In the daytime, you can bask in the sunshine with comfortable blowing wind, admire all kinds of creative arts exhibitions, and learn the beer culture. At night, you can enjoy fresh beer, cuisine from all over the world and attractive night view here.

Bar Street at Huaishi Road

Location: Huaishi Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

There are many bars from west to the east in Huaishi Road. The majority of people spending the night here are foreigners who work in this area, especially black people. At night in weekends, a large number of foreigners gather here, which make this place like a downtown district in western countries. When some important football matches in the year are held, some bars in the street will spare special area for those who love to watch the matches. The distinctive feature of this bar street is that almost all bars are separated blocks of garden villas.

The above are recommended things to do at night in Guangzhou for your reference. Hope you enjoy your nightlife time in Guangzhou.

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