A brand-new route for a sightseeing double-decker bus is on trial to link the city centre with the ancient village of Huangpu (黄埔古村) – one of the city's ancient areas in eastern Guangzhou.
Historic residence in the Huangpu Village
A ship from the Huangpu Dock
The orange double-decker bus has 38 seats on the upper layer and 14 seats at the bottom, with some space for wheelchairs and buggies. Why have they been designed to have so few seats? The bus company said few seats on the top are to make the evacuation faster in case of fire or other accident. Children are required to be accompanied by adults when sitting on the upper layer.
Orange double-decker bus
Buses at the terminal Zhujiang Yongchang or Pearl River Swimming Pool (珠江泳场) will depart every half an hour from 7:00 to 21:00, costing RMB 3. During the trail time, you can expect long queues to guarantee a seat on the upper level. If you are willing to stand in the lower layer, you can go as soon as the bus arrives.
The route covers 11.7 kilometer route and has a non-stop fast line that only stops at the Canton Tower as well as a slow line of 19 stops across the North Exit Square of Sun Yat-sun University, Chigang Pagoda, the Party Pier, Pazhou Convention Park, Pazhou Complex and Pazhou Park.
Long queue at the Huangpu ancient village
Green found in the village
The residence for the unmarried women in the past time
Famous Cantonese "Boat Congee"
Villagers sell vegatable and fruits like carrot, star fruit and guava.
In the Huangpu ancient village, you can experience the history of ancient port and aquatic life and explore the nostalgic and peaceful residences of China's Qing and Ming dynasties in the past 200 years (but regretfully most of the buildings are not open to the public). The village has kept a number of ancestral temple and private schools. With relatively lower prices, you can taste the local snacks and buy local agricultural fruits. Another bus No. 229 can reach the village as well.
Clay sculpture on the pillar of the ancestral temple.
(By Jessie Huang, Richard Glauert, photos by Jessie)