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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou January 9th 2017

As a writer by choice, libraries have always held a special place in my heart. I could not resist the chance to visit the Guangzhou Library. It was an impressive structure to say the less about this “Mecca” of literature I was able to witness. With 10 floors separated into two towers with a central elevator and escalator system, it was a work of art for me. Unfortunately during my visit, I could only enter the North Tower since the South Tower was closed for the evening. I was also only allowed to go up to the 7thfloor because of the time of my visit. I will state the fact that this library never closes fully, running the small section of 7 floors of just the North tower 24 hours a day except for holidays. This ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 28th 2016

Once again my guide and friend drags me out early in the morning for a long metro ride and taxi ride to the edge of Guangzhou with very little explanation from my guide. Maybe I should take this opportunity to explain that my guide never “spoke” because she was deaf and mute. She could understand written English and Chinese but would only sign comments when she couldn’t simply type it up on her phone for me to read. It was sometimes hard for us to communicate but it is less difficult than with most Chinese people if I don’t have a Wi-Fi or WLAN connection. This trip did challenge my legs more than any others because of the sheer number of stairs I needed to climb. Arriving to what appeared as nothing more than a string ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 28th 2016

I discovered Shamian Street on my own and because it was mentioned to me by my Chinese friends in Guangzhou. After a long walk by the Pearl River, I ended up at a coffee shop which is the border of Shamian Street. It is technical more of an island than a single street with it’s own nearly self-contained society. Shamian is an older section of the city of Guangzhou that kept slightly frozen in time because of its value as an open attraction. The older architecture and street style makes a good place to look back at what this city once was like while still seeing some more modern signs of life. The main central street has been turned into a garden of sorts with many statues and giving everyone a good chance to see all ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 28th 2016

During one of my walks to familiarize myself with the area I had moved into for my second month in Guangzhou, I discovered a small museum. It took a few attempts before I actually was there when it was open to the public. The Guangzhou Pugong Handai Ceramic Museum is not a big place with a bit of a limited collection. They do cover indirectly 5 different dynasties (Han, Northern Qi, Tang, Song, and Ming) but mostly focuses on the Han Dynasty. Good reasons to visit it would be first and foremost the small price you pay for admission with your ID (or Passport) to see a good collection of ceramics. It is a small place, yes, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a good place to have your first exposure to what ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 22nd 2016

The Chimelong area is divided into 4 different attractions and a hotel facility, which offers discounts and bonuses to their clients. The Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Paradise (amusement park), the Chimelong International Circus (an evening event), and the Chimelong Water Park (which I will never visit because of my aquaphobia)). It took me two full day trips to see all of the 3 attractions I could allow myself to visit but I do warn you that it is an expensive place to visit but worth every RMB spent. Chimelong Safari Park I will start with the Chimelong Safari Park which, as the name suggest, is a preserve area turned into a profitable entertainment to protect wild animals while exposed them directly (in some cases) to humans. It is a very wonderful place to visit which includes ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 31st 2016

Huanghuagang is more than just a park. Beyond the heavy metal gates you enter a very wonderful collection of sights. Included within the grounds of this park is a protected forest of endangered species of plants, flowers, and trees but that is not all. A section reserved for 72 martyrs of the Guangzhou Revolution (March 29th,1911) can be found here among the trees and lively vegetation. Ancient statues are also noticeable on the grounds of this massive park. I will admit that I visited this park on my first full day in Guangzhou and was not prepared for the distance I would be covering in this park. Pathways both of stone and wood snake around the differing sections of this massive place. Small pagodas and large open areas are places throughout the park to give everyone ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 18th 2016

"Train Ride" As I have stated before, I'm not a fan of train rides. This ride to Shenzhen Dong Station (Shenzhen East Train Station) didn't feel like what I excepted as I waited to board the train alone once more. This ride was not a first for me during this trip and definitely wouldn't be the last. I had a lone subway ride with a transfer waiting for me in Shenzhen. I can say that a ride in a tube underground never sounded pleasant to me but it wasn't that bad. Compared to the black mirror of a night time train ride, it was heavenly in my eyes. I did stare at the same blank reflection in the window but ignored it mostly because I was laying down and writing during the long train ride. I ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 18th 2016

Rapid Trains of China After spending close to 2 days of walking around the area of Luohu, it was time for my journey to continue. I had a few new experience at this moment. First was buying a ticket from an automated ticket dispenser. This machine even gave you the option to have the information presented in English which was a refreshing change for me. I headed to the ticket and ID check post joining a long line of people taking this train which ran very often during the day. I was ready for this since I had faced it a few times now but I was not prepared to this sleeker version of a train known as the “C.R.H.”. The bullet shaped front and back end of the “rapid train” is similar to the photos ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 18th 2016

As I previously mentioned, there are many small parks and a few squares all over the city of Guangzhou. I present to you Tuanyida Square, Haizhu Square/Park, the Huapin Xinfeng art exhibit, and scenes from the multiple small parks of Guangzhou (e.i.: Tian Zi Pier). Tuanyida Square Tuanyida Square (founded on May 5th, 1922) is not a massive area but a small and simple monument to the city and the nation. This purely red structure may look imposing but sit near the metro station that shares it’s name. The heavy concrete tiles are surrounded on three side by trees that give shade to people having lunch upon the back side of and the edge of the square this monument was built. Upon the front, the story of it’s creation and purpose is written while the back ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou September 4th 2016

3-9-16 Flying to Guangzhou to join our Five Stans Trip, our small group tour was organised through Travel Directors in Perth, Australia. Flying time was only 9 1/2 hours, a four movie flight for Alex and a couple beers and snooze for Ron. Guangzhou, is the third largest city behind Beijing and Shanghai and was formerly known as Canton, located on the Pearl river and about 120km north-northwest of Hong Kong. We arrived on Saturday evening and after an hour getting through custom we were happy to check into the Pullman Hotel located at the airport in time for a cold beer and supper before turning in. 4-9-16 Since the rest of the tour group wasn't arriving until evening we set off in the morning to explore the city. Ron liked the challenge of navigating the ... read more
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