9 Great Things to Do in Luoding, Guangdong, China
Discover 9 great things to do in Luoding. Luoding is a city in the province of Guangdong in China.
China’s National Day gives us a week-long holiday. I decided to go to Luoding to visit a friend whom I used to work with at Guangdong Ocean University.
Ayase also came along.
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9 Great Things to Do in Luoding, Guangdong
1. Rent a Motorbike
The first thing on my list of great things to do in Luoding, Guangdong is to rent a motorbike. Down the road from my friend’s place was a motorcycle rental shop, for 5RMB per hour. Not actually a motorbike, more like a 50cc motorized scooter. Neither the speedometer or the fuel gauge worked. I put 5RMB of petrol in it and it got me around for a couple of hours with fuel to spare.
2. Go to the Lake
The whole purpose of getting the motorbike was to ride to the lake. It was a good 20-minute ride.
The lake is nice. It was a holiday so perhaps there where more people there than usual, but it was still not that busy. There were a few people fishing, and you can take a boat ride for a nominal fee (we didn’t do it).
3. Climb the Hill
After a quick look at the lake, we rode the motorcycles up the hill. There were some nice viewpoints along the way, but the actual top of it was nothing special.
Actually, riding the bikes up this hill was my favorite of my great things to do in Luoding. Here’s a video of us riding up. It’s not great but I took it so here it is. The screeching is the wind, not the tires, the bikes don’t go that fast.
We saw others walking up it. It would take a few hours and is along the road so nothing special. A bunch of kids rode up it on push-bikes also, but I don’t know if they made it to the top.
People drove their cars up, but they would get stuck because the road isn’t wide enough for two cars to pass. Motorbike is the best way to go up the hill.
4. Visit the Schools
The next morning we went for a nice walk around the town. My friend works at the college and it is next to the primary school. Walking around a school doesn’t sound great, but you can get up the buildings for some nice views. Also, there are some interesting murals.
5. Go to the Temple
Despite the cultural revolution and anti-religion government, there are temples in China. This is one we stumbled upon. The architecture in temples is always interesting. They build them nice and strong with no nails or screws.
6. See the Tower
In town there is this tower, overlooking this polluted/muddy river. I couldn’t help thinking that if the river was pristine it would have been beautiful.
You can pay to go up the tower and get a view of the city. We didn’t bother so I don’t know how much it costs. I’m guessing 10RMB.
7. Walk through the Hutongs
Luoding is a nice town. It still has that old school China feel when you walk through the alleyways. Then you come out of the alleyway and you are in a bustling city.
8. The Market
In town, there is the market. At night it turns into a clothes market. We were there during the day so it was all food. It’s about as fresh as you can get. Choose what you want, they’ll kill and wash it for you right then and there. Snakes, rabbits, birds, turtles, and more. It seems cruel to see those animals in cages, but I doubt it is any worse than big corporations in the Western world. At least in the market, they kill them fast.
9. Play Pool. Drink, eat and KTV
The last thing on my list of great things to do in Luoding is actually a few different things.
On the night we arrived we went to play pool (billiards) and have a few drinks. We decided against KTV (Karaoke) but it is something you can do.
Getting From Shunde to Luoding, China
Getting from Shunde to Luoding is a 4 to 6-hour bus ride away. It took 4 hours there, but traffic was a nightmare on the way back so the return journey was 6 hours. There’s one toilet stop. Tickets range from 90 to 110 RMB depending on the time of day you go. I advise you to buy your ticket one day in advance, especially during the holiday season.
The bus leaves/arrives Shunde from the Da Liang bus station. It arrives/departs Luoding from the main bus station in Luoding.
Got anything to add to this list of great things to do in Luoding? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say/ask) in the comments.