Published: May 20th 2012April 17th 2012
Ladies and Gentleman,
This particular entry will be about a city as a whole, the different places I have visited within the city. Unlike， Dongguan where I made an entry for each place I visited Gaungzhou will be different because I do not live there nor do I travel there often. So with each new place i have visited within Guangzhou I will add it to this particular entry. Yes it will be long.
The first stop on the trip is the Mausoleum of the NanYue King. The admission to the museum is 12RMB at the time I went. Its open year round except for two days. There are 8 separate areas of the place which are vast and very informative. The ticket office is off to the side of the main entrance. As I approached the main entrance, I was greeted by two stone animals and the much awaited and needed AC, although it was early in the morning I knew that it was only going to get hotter. As we proceeded up and inside the building we were greeted by a security officer that is ever present at most museums and as we slowly made our way
up the stairs to the second floor where we started our view of this marvelous place. We ran into another patron of the museum a local Chinese woman whose name I forgot, we spent most of the time there with her talking about a variety of topics. The first section we viewed was entitled "Exhibition hall of the Ceramic Pillows" as you may have guessed it was pillows’ but not normal pillows’ but Ceramic pillows. Oh glorious day. It was interesting as it contained many different kinds that were used during this time frame. From here we walked across the hall to the other side of the museum that was in the main building. At the back of the main building was another set of stairs that lead up and out to a vast courtyard and in its center is a pyramid of class and steal. As I walked along the carefully laid bricked pathway that was around the pyramids edges in a square pattern we walked to the main stairwell we proceeded to the entrance of the pyramid to find that it lead to the actual tomb of the Nanyue King. We walked down the steps into the tomb
itself which was excavated only leaving several signs telling the tourists what was in each room along with some of the artifacts that were found. The tomb itself was found in 1983. It was a chance discovery of great impotence for the Chinese people to see their history in the center of a great city. From there we proceeded to another exhibition hall that show cased the relics that we found in the tomb itself. For this humble traveler, I feel it was well worth the price of admission. I strongly suggest any visitors to Guangzhou to put this place and the list of places to see while in China.
From here I proceeded to Yue-Xin Park to see the 5 ram (goat) statue situated in the peak of the park. The park itself was a splendor of beauty and peacefulness located in a bustle of a city known to house close to 13 million people. As I walked around seeing the splendor of this park it brought some peace, by just being around nature. It brought some order to the thoughts to what I wanted to say here in this particular part of the blog. Even then, being
the view from the bus on the way to Gaungzhou
the perfectionist I am when i do my writing it would not be good enough for you, my dear readers. Thus it is why it has taken me so long to finish this particular entry. I wanted it to be just right to convey the feelings and the thoughts that went through my mind when I went here. As you can see from the photos of this blog it was quite a area, even though it was in the central part of the city. The final stop on this day trip of mine was to the Canton Tower, one of the tallest towers in China and I believe in the world, standing a mere 600 meters high I do believe there is one taller in Dubai standing 601 meters but I could be wrong about that. I did not go inside the tower because there was a fee and I was short on that, but being able to see it and eventually I will go in and do a few of the activities in the tower itself will be noteworthy. I had sat down and had a smoke, then decided to check out the local attraction at the base of
the tower and some of the local shops. That was interesting and worth looking around. The shops at the base of the tower were well decorated and nicely stocked with a variety of items that would be wonderful souvenirs for family back home. As we slowly strolled over to the Subway stop to make full use of it to bring us to our next destination, Canton Tower, one of the tallest towers in the world. I didnt go in but walked around the base of tower
There are more photos below