Leave your Guangzhou hotel by air-conditioned minivan, and then travel south to Shenzhen with your private guide. The journey lasts just under two hours, so as you travel, your guide will keep you entertained with tales and trivia about the intriguing city. Hear how it turned from an insignificant fishing village to one of China’s boom cities, thanks to the government’s re-birth of the city as an SEZ– an act that attracted lucrative foreign investment to Shenzhen.
Swing past Shenzhen's sleek high-rise buildings as you enter the city, and then head inside Splendid China Folk Village – an acclaimed cultural center that comprises two sites: Splendid China Miniature Park and China Folk Cultural Village. Start with a visit to the miniature park, and see human-sized replicas of China’s iconic landmarks, from the Great Wall of China to the Forbidden City. Hear the history of the landmarks while walking around and make the most of personalized attention from your guide; learn about Chinese art, architecture, culture and customs, or anything else that grabs your attention as you explore!
Stop for lunch in the park, and then head inside China Folk Cultural Village and get to know about the different people of China. Some 56 ethnic groups are united in the country, and the site exhibits examples of their different cultures (architecture, cuisine, crafts and festivals) with replicas of their typical villages. Explore sites like Gao Shan Village to learn about the Gao Shan’s mountainous farming communities, or visit Zhuang Village to see their community’s skillful weaving and embroidery work. As you walk around, browse the villages for handicrafts to take home, or sample some of the local snacks that are on offer.
After spending roughly five hours at Shenzhen's Splendid China Folk Village, leave Shenzhen and travel north back to Guangzhou. Your tour ends at your hotel in the early evening.