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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 12th 2019

Days 75 to 77 from 81 Wednesday, and still the temperature and humidity is relentless. We headed a small distance out of town this morning, to another temple - Pip 'whoopee!' The Nanhai God Temple, also called the Boluo temple, was originally built in 594 AD in the Sui Dynasty. Y'all realise there's a test when we return to see if you can match Dynasties to dates! It's the largest and most complete of the 4 Sea God temples preserved today in China, and as a birthplace and origin port of the Maritime Silk 'Road', the temple is an important historical location. Just inside its entrance are the well preserved remains of a Ming Dynasty wharf - a stone base on the bank of the Pearl River - essentially the same as a Tudor Wharf for ... read more
Sea God Temple
Sea God Temple
Sea God Temple

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 9th 2019

Day 69 to 74 of 81 Journey by bullet train from Hangzhou to Shaoguan was smooth. Top speed was 310 kph, but you wouldn't know it. Whatever happened to the old clackerty-clack clackerty-clack of rail tracks of old? Arriving at our hotel in Shaoguan what a pleasant surprise. Paul has booked a proper hotel 😊 A brand new-build Holiday Inn in fact. 4 storey atrium entry, 3 restaurants and a tea/cake lounge, proper clean carpets with a plush pile, CNN on the tele. But taking 500Y - £55! - as a 'security deposit' for a room that is already fully paid for feels very low rent though. We spent 3 nights / 2 days in Shaoguan. What can we say about it.....Paul is reminded that in a Guardian review of an early Spice Girls' arena gig, ... read more
Noodles anyone? Shaoguan
No idea what they were spraying in town for
Memorial for those killed by Japanese attack

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 4th 2019

My flight wasn't until the afternoon, so I had the morning to see a little more of Guangzhou. I didn't end up leaving as early as I would have liked, but I still had a few hours to see something. After a quick breakfast, I hopped on the subway and made my way to the South China Botancial Garden. It took around 40 minutes to get there, and the garden was a short walk from the subway. It was raining when I got there, which was rather annoying. I had to wear my jacket to stay dry, but it was too hot. There were two different types of ticket available for the garden; the cheaper one and the more expensive one, which allowed you access to the green houses. Since I was short on time, I ... read more
South China Botanical Garden
South China Botanical Garden
South China Botanical Garden

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 3rd 2019

To save money, I headed to McDonald's for breakfast, the whole thing (hash brown, McMuffin and coffee) was cheaper than the coffee I'd had in Starbucks the previous day. Saving a little cash is always good. The McDonald's was rammed, too, I didn't expect it to be so popular for breakfast. I had decided to see a couple of temples that morning. The first one wasn't too far away, so I headed there. The City God's Temple was built during the third year of the reign of Emperor Hongwu in 1370. The temple was originally an altar devoted to the enshrining and worshipping the guardian spirit of the city. However, during the Qing Dynasty, it was upgraded and rebuilt to become the City God's Temple. Only the main hall and pavilion survive from that time. The ... read more
The City God's Temple
The City God's Temple
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 2nd 2019

I had slept badly during the night and I was shocked to wake up and find that it was 9 am. I couldn't even remember pausing my alarm that's how out of it I must have been. I quickly got sorted and headed out for some breakfast. I had located a Starbucks about a ten minute walk away, so I went there as I needed a caffeine fix. The place was pretty busy, but the tables outside were pretty empty, so I grabbed one of those. I think I must have been the only paying customer using them as the rest seemed to be filled with homeless looking people. There was even one guy who looked like he coyld have worked at Starbucks, but also looked like he could have been homeless. It was weird. Feeling ... read more
Chen Clan Academy
Chen Clan Academy
Chen Clan Academy

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 1st 2019

Labour Day holiday! Four days off work! I had booked an early flight to take me south to Guangzhou. However, when I turned up the airport my flight had been cancelled. Cheers Air China. I am seriously contemplating about whether I will use them again in the future as they also messed up my flight at the National Day holiday. I headed to the ticketing desk and was rebooked onto a flight 5 hours later, so much for getting to spend the day in Guangzhou. Instead I spent most of it in Beijing airport, which is a pretty boring place. At least, I got to try a chain noodle place that I have been meaning to try for while. Ajisen Ramen was quite nice, not the worst Japanese style noodles I've ever had, but not the ... read more
Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Guangzhou

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 13th 2019

After a long Friday, leaving our Beijing hotel at 4am, Angela left for her flight home via Hong Kong on time at 8am. I, on the other hand, suffered a 2 hour delay on my flight to Guangzhou, eventually departing at 10.45am. Arriving at the President Hotel by taxi after my driver failed to show, a miserable drizzly day, and now sitting in my room on a rainy Saturday morning after catching up on much needed sleep, I'm slightly disappointed that our magical Glories of China Tour has ended. From seeing the magical sights of Shanghai, the Silk Factory, Huangpu River cruise, The Bund, Shanghai Museum & Zhujiajiao (old water town) to Guilin, the Li River cruise, Yangshuo and the local village, the Pearl Factory, Cormorant Fishing to Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors, the Xi'an Ancient ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 29th 2018

I'm baa-aaack! Back by popular demand, for three weeks only, I'm bringing you my travel blog as I travel through southern China in search of the Owyeung village. And by popular demand, I mean my uncle requested it. Gotta keep the fans happy. He's currently dog sitting for me for three weeks, and I have a pretty stupid dog (but very cute!), so this is the least I could do. And I also am hoping this puts me in good favor for being allowed back in our college football fantasy league next year, because TBH I've forgotten to select all my weekly picks every single time. My excuse is Stockholm Syndrome. In the past six years since I last blogged, I've graduated from Babson (they made me stop studying abroad to graduate, can you believe it?), ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou September 5th 2018

So, to give a bit of a background, I am going to tell you a story. About Mid-May I received a text message from my husband. It simply said “Call Nick. I want to talk to him.” Nick is a friend of mine from high school; we also went to the same college together and had similar circles of friends. Since we moved to Richmond, I told Blake that if he ever had questions about God, that my friend Nick could give him the best advice (sorry man, but I did). So hearing this, my heart lept. I had been praying to God that Blake’s heart would be healed and he could fully rely on God. Blake is a Christian, we had gone to church together most of our relationship, but there’s a difference betweeen knowing ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou August 29th 2018

I will be honest. I have no idea how to title my blogs. But the hubby and I did routine maintenance the other We took it back to the basics All of the hustle and bustle of city living, metro hopping, appointments for things like internet and light fixture replacement, locating a grocery store AND locating things in a grocery store .... and we were worn down. And it was only Monday! So, like teenagers, we wandered around the mall with no destination. We ignored our phones unless it was to take photos of the scenery. We held hands and meandered through the different food stops...and even contemplated catching the train like we would do if Madison and Carter were with us. Fashion Plaza Tianhe is unlike any mall I have stepped foot in. There are ... read more
Snails
Veggies and bacon.
Closest thing to a rickshaw ride




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