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Address: Guangzhou, China
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Also known as the Guangdong and Canton river, the Pearl River is the third...
Also known as the Guangdong and Canton river, the Pearl River is the third largest river in China. It is called Pearl River, because it has a stone island resembling a huge pearl. A cruise along the Pearl River in Guangzhou City has become a must for tourists.
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A boat ride on the Pearl River lasts about an hour. The evening is nice so you can see the Canton Tower as it changes color. Cheaper to buy the tickets online for the boat ride... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Fort Bragg, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A boat ride on the Pearl River lasts about an hour. The evening is nice so you can see the Canton Tower as it changes color. Cheaper to buy the tickets online for the boat ride. There is also a lot of night life along the river bank.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A stroll along Pearl River in the morning and/or evening is a good choice. Though there is nothing spectacular about this river, we can the landscape along the river. Certain stretches of this path are planted with beautiful plants and flowers. This path is also a favourite choice of cycling as the path is generally wide and away from main... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Nothing special about this river. You can do a few boat trips and visit some villages away from the city centre which can be more interesting.

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Newcastle
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Nice long walkway, nice city skyline. You can cross the bridge to the Canton Tower or stay on the northside and visit the GZ museum. The one stand stadium set almost in the water is very cool too. A nice, cheap, healthy activity.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

An important river with neon lights sparkling around, and lots of cruises went on and on. Good for a nice, relaxing walk after a day of busy shopping, but some spots were clogged and polluted.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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55 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Whenever in a city, it is difficult to find a good place to relax and walk around. The only place, if available, is a park. Some what in Guangzhou, you can find a place for a walk and relax, and getting to see life goes by in the city - the Pearl River. In the old part of the city,... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

It s always good to go to a place where we can just observe. The view is beautiful and there are many places to walk around for hours.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

it's great for leisure walk in Guangzhou. Lots of local doing their social activities like taiji, dance, chess, cards, etc.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

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... More 

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Kunming, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is an important river from the standpoint of South China commerce. I walked along the banks at several points and crossed two of the bridges to and from Shamian Island. Next time I hope to take one of the cruises.

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