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Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour Hosted by Kate Bagnall & Sophie Couchman

6 March-17 March 2019 | 12 days

Hong Kong | Jiangmen (Kongmoon) | Kaiping (Hoiping) | Taishan (Toishan, Sunning) | Xinhui (Sunwui) | Zhongshan (Chungshan, Shekki) | Zhuhai

Experience the heritage of Chinese Australian hometowns and share in your tour hosts’ informed commentary, extensive research experience and love of travelling in China.

This small group tour has been designed to create the perfect itinerary for a unique holiday, using the expertise, knowledge and skills of Active Travel’s experienced tour hosts, local suppliers and industry contacts.

“The highlight of the tour for me was meeting locals who either welcomed us into their homes, generously offered us food or shared their art/music. Cangdong village and visiting diaolous was special.” – Terry, VIC

Your tour hosts

Dr Kate Bagnall is a Canberra-based historian who specialises in Chinese migration and settlement in Australia before 1940. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is currently an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Kate has visited Guangdong about a dozen times, living in Zhuhai in 1997 and Guangzhou in 2000.

Dr Sophie Couchman is a curator and historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University. Sophie has been active in the field of Chinese Australian history for many years, including as Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne. She has travelled widely in China, living in Wuxi and Shanghai in 2002 and Nanjing in 2013.


  • Explore the history and heritage of Chinese Australian home villages
  • Meet Dr Selia Tan in Cangdong village, a conservation and development project in Kaiping
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed diaolou (watchtowers) in Kaiping
  • Experience traditional Cantonese food, culture and architecture
  • Venture off the tourist track for a unique taste of life in southern China
Experience the heritage of Chinese Australian hometowns.


  • 11 nights twin share accommodation with private facilities
  • Land transportation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (11 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 8 x Dinner)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Tour hosting by Dr Kate Bagnall and Dr Sophie Couchman, assisted by local experts
  • Prepaid gratuities

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