Dongguan is an industrial city in China which is well-known for its historical relics and beautiful natural landscapes. It was awarded “The National Excellence in Tourism” and is well worth a visit if you’d like to experience a different side of China.
Tours and activities in Dongguan
With so much to see during your trip to the city, it might be an idea to book a tour or the services of a guide, particularly if you want to go wandering in the picturesque but maze-like Keyuan Gardens. Guides will be able to suggest the best places to stay and where to sample the local cuisine. They will also be able to help you book tickets for sports events and cultural activities such as the Yulan Theatre. Take a look at our selection of Dongguan tours below, or get in touch for further information.
Best time to visit
Dongguan has a humid, subtropical climate, with rainfall all year round. Heavy rainfall falls in the wet season between April and September with very high humidity and the threat of typhoons, so summer months may not be the best time to visit. Luckily, it's autumn and winter climates are sunny and mild, making September to February the ideal months for travelers.
Top Attractions in Dongguan
Dongguan is popular for going beyond the expectations of the visitors. It offers dozens of fantabulous sites which are linked with history and culture of China. On the other hand, the city is full of exciting activities, amazing food, fun parks, greenery and everything in between these.
Getting here and getting around
Most foreign visitors to Dongguan fly into Hong Kong airport, where they can apply for a visa to visit the mainland. Travel from Hong Kong is easy, with the choice of bus, ferry or train.
The city itself serves as a regional railway hub, within lines servicing travel to and from Beijing, Meizhou, and Kowloon.
Dongguan’s highway system is considered to be the best in China, and you can take long-distance buses from the city to other Provinces in China. There is also a ferry service based in the estuary of the Pearl River, which allows travel to southern China. Fares start from ¥250 for adults.
Travel within the city is straightforward too; the subway currently has one line, with two under construction and a further four to follow by 2030. Blue taxi cabs run within and out of the city and have a flag-down rate of ¥7m while yellow cabs, which can only travel in suburban areas between 6 am and 11 pm, start at ¥6.
Eating and drinking
Dongguan dining is varied, taking in cuisine from all over China. However, the local dishes are most definitely worth sampling. Consisting mainly of snack food, local dishes such as Lai Fen, a noodle dish with a roast goose that can be sampled on Houjie Street, and Zongzi, dumplings made from sticky rice and wrapped in bamboo leaves, which can be tried in Daojiao Town, are highlights.
The city is also well known for its distinctive seafood dishes, including green crab, mantis shrimp, and stone grouper. Every town in the city has its own unique dishes, so there’s plenty to whet your appetite if you enjoy sampling the local cuisine.
The Flower Garden Gruel City in both the Nanchang and Chengdong Districts are fantastic for Canton cuisine, and their sister restaurant in Dongcheng also has tea art and Canton style mooncake.
For higher-end dining, the Hoi Wan Seafood Restaurant in Tangxia Town gets rave reviews from visitors all over the globe. If you’re on a budget, there’s no end of Western fast food restaurants to choose from and you can always sample local snacks.
Getting a good night's sleep
For 5-star luxury during your visit, you can’t go wrong with the Sheraton Dongguan Hotel. An outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and excellent spa facilities complement air-conditioned rooms that are equipped with modern furnishings and spray showers. The Botanica restaurant offers à la carte dining with soothing classical music and beautiful views of the garden.
For a fantastic mid-price hotel, the Hotel Silverland is worth a look. This also has an outdoor pool and fitness center, with the option of playing tennis in the courts. It’s considered by visitors to be great value for money, offering luxury that’s usually only available in higher-priced hotels.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Dongguan also has a fantastic selection of dormitory accommodation. The Jiaying Chain Hotel Dongguan Nancheng Branch is cozy, with free parking and a cute pastel theme throughout.