Located in south-eastern Guangzhou, Nansha (南沙) is a beautiful district on the estuary of the Pearl River Delta (PRD). The region is an undiscovered haven with a wide area of water and mountains which attract thousands of birds every year. In 2011, Nansha district won the gold medal of The LivCom Awards presented by the United Nation's Environment Program. Nansha was chosen out of a group of 14 finalists in the category of cities with a population of 150,000 – 400,000.
As an ancient battlefield of the Opium War, Nansha contains a number of historic relics of war including fortresses. What's more, a beautiful 80-kilometer greenway for bicycle enables you to visit the area easily.
This early summer is the best season for visiting the Southern China city. Amiable weather without the disturbance of rain and heat in April and May make perfect conditions for a day trip with friends. If you have a whole day to visit the the area, then you can plan a one-day journey according to our suggestions from Life of Guangzhou.
One-day bicycle trip
By renting a bicycle you can easily explore the area from Jiaomen metro station (蕉门地铁站). The bicycle paths are considered the best in Guangdong province as most of the paths are really green flat paths and far away from the busy roads.
Note: renting time is 8:00-19:00 on Mondays to Fridays, 7:30-19:30 on weekends and public holidays.
Seven renting stops
Jinzhou metro station (金洲地铁站), Jiaomen metro station (蕉门地铁站), Huangge (黄阁地铁站) Tianhou Temple (天后宫), Longxuedao Island (龙穴岛), Zhujiang Jie 5 Yong (珠江街五涌), Xinken (新垦)
Nansha Wetland Park (南沙湿地公园), Tianhou Temple (天后宫), Sunflower Garden (百万葵园), Seaside Park (滨海公园), Nansha Beach (滨海泳场), Yongle Villa (永乐农庄), Huangshanlu Forest Park (黄山) and The Nineteenth Yong (十九涌)
(By Jessie Huang, Richard Glauert, photos by Guangzhou Daily and Life of Guangzhou)