D1 Guangzhou city tour, visit Shamian Island, visit Shangxiajiu pedestrian street. Meals: LD
Overnight: Vienna Hotel (Guangzhou South China Botanical Garden) or similar
D2 Visit South China Botanical Garden in the morning and drive to Dinghu Mountain Nature Reserve in the afternoon. Meals: BLD
Overnight: Weihang Hotel or similar
D3 Explore Dinghu Mountain Nature Reserve for plants, afternoon drive（3.5h） to Danxia Mountain. Meals: BLD
Overnight: High Victory Hote or similar
D4 Explore plants and geography in Danxia Mountain. Meals: BLD
Overnight: High Victory Hotel or similar
D5 Return to Guangzhou，our trip ends. Meals: B
Introduction to Trip Destinations:
Shamian is a sandbank island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou. The island's name means "sandy surface" in Chinese. During the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, Shamian was an important place for domestic and foreign trade and tourism in China. After the opium war, in the Qing xianfeng 11 years (1861) it became the British, French's concession. Shamian is an important commercial port of Guangzhou. Shamian witnessed the change of the modern history of Guangzhou and has become the epitome of modern history and the concession history of China. Shamian Island ranks as one of the best tourist attractions in Guangzhou and is a treat for fans of architecture and history alike. Tree-lined quiet pedestrian-only roads make for a wonderful place to visit for a stroll.
Shangxiajiu pedestrian street
Shangxiajiu pedestrian street is located in the liwan district (commonly known as Xiguan) in Guangzhou city, between Shangjiu road, Xiajiu road, and Xifu road. In the long history, it has gradually formed the four styles of Tiguan which are the combination of Chinese and western commercial pedestrian streets, and constructed a unique and colorful Xiguan style painting, creating a beautiful tourist landscape. It gathers the food culture and the folk customs of Lingnan.
Dinghu mountain is the first of the four famous mountains in Lingnan. In 1956, Dinghu mountain became the first nature reserve in China. In1979, Dinghu Mountain Nature Reserve has been approved to join the network of biosphere reserves under UNESCO's human and biological (MAB) program. Dinghu mountain covers an area of 1133 hectares, and the highest peak is 1000 meters. From the foothills to the top of the mountain, gully rainforest, evergreen broadleaf forest, subtropical monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest, and other forest types are successively distributed. The typical zonal evergreen broad-leaved forest in the well-preserved south subtropical forest is a primeval forest with a history of more than 400 years. There are 1,843 kinds of wild higher plants and 534 kinds of cultivated plants, among which 23 are rare and endangered under state key protection. There are 30 species of plants named after Dinghu mountain. Dinghu Mountain is famous for its special research value and has been regarded as the "gene repository" and "living natural museum" of south China.
The South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
The South China Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is located in downtown Guangzhou. As one of the top botany research institutions in China, SCBG has obtained abundant research achievements in the fields of ecology, systematic and evolutionary botany, plant resources, biotechnology, as well as landscape and gardening. There are 30 special nursery gardens, such as magnolia family garden, ginger family garden, bamboo garden, orchid garden, palm garden, and cycad garden, and over 13,000 kinds of plants are preserved, among which 6,100 are tropical and subtropical plants, 5,300 are economic plants, and 430 are endangered wild plants under state protection.
Mount Danxia is a noted scenic mountainous area in Renhua County, in the northern part of Guangdong province. It is described on the local signage as a "world-famous UNESCO Geopark of China". The Danxia area is formed from reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of outcrops surrounded by spectacular cliffs and many unusual rock formations known as Danxia landform. There are several temples located on the mountains and many scenic walks can be undertaken. There is also a river winding through the mountains on which boat trips can be taken. The flora of Danxia Mountain is mainly composed of the tropical and subtropical flora. The special landscape and the humid monsoon climate permit the growth of evergreen broadleaf forests, endemic plants, endangered and new species such as Danxia Viola, Danxia orchid, Danxia Firmiana and Danxia Chiritopsis.