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Updated by Erin Hunter on Apr 27, 2016
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Top Things to Know About Pearl River in Guangzhou – 'Sea Jewel' of China

Pearl River is legendary as being the central focus of Guangzhou; a city nicknamed as the 'Sea Jewel' or Haizhu as per local legend. Tours of the city are predominantly centred round this attraction.


The Legend of Pearl River

According to ancient legend at the place from where the Pearl River flowed was a huge stone; this was gradually eroded over time by water to take the shape of a pearl and thus was the birth of Guangzhou. The city is aptly nicknamed 'Sea Jewel' or Haizhu in local dialect. This name is annexed out to the iconic landmarks dotting Guangzhou such as Haizhu district, Haizhu Square and Haizhu Bridge.


Demographics of Pearl River

The Pearl River is the third longest river in exotic China. Originating from the Maxiong Mountain in the county of Zhaniya it is 2129kms in length; in terms of the annual flow capacity it is classed as the second largest. The Pearl River converges in Guangzhou and has 3 main tributaries; these are the East River, West River and North River. As all these 3 rivers converge in Guangzhou the place is home to an unimaginably beautiful landscape. At the start, the body of water from Guangzhou to the bay was referred to as Pearl River; however over time the East River, West River and North River as well as other contributory rivers running along the Pearl delta were called the Pearl River. The tributaries eventually flow into the South China Sea.


Scenic Spots Around the Pearl River

Whether you are in Guangzhou on leisure or business, a tour of the city and attractions along the Pearl River are a must. And for convenience and comforts of a home, stay consider accommodation at one of the service apartments in Guangzhou. The best offer modern amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living space; look for a Guangzhou apart hotel that is well placed. Apartments like the Ascott Guangzhou located within the Tianhe Financial district are ideal for business, leisure and family stays. From the convenience of your well located Guangzhou serviced apartment you can take on a romantic Pearl River night cruise, tour Shamian Island, check out Haizhu Square, explore Tianzi Pier and enjoy the verdant confines of Dongshanhu Park. Other places of interest include Haixinsha, the Canton Tower and Haiyin Park.


The Pearl River Night Cruise

The Peal River Night Cruise lets you take in the city lights from the water. The tour takes place aboard a luxury cruise liner which departs from Xiti Pier. The pier is located close to the Remin Bridge. The cruise sails towards the east of Guangzhou affording you with sights of iconic city landmarks. You will also pass under the Haizhu Bridge, Jiefang Bridge, Guangzhou Bridge, Jiangwan Bridge and Hedong Bridge; each location offering unique sights. Each tour generally lasts around 2 hours and covers the city's top attractions; both natural and manmade. You will head past White Swan Lake, the White Swan Lake Bar Street, Shadow Tower and Er'sha Island.


Historic Lures of Guangzhou

Guangzhou is an ancient city and touring the place is a treat for all culture buffs. The place is resplendent with many vintage buildings and cultural attractions. There are plenty of shopping malls and restaurants for enjoying the best lures of any holiday.