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Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen February 5th 2022

I headed back to Nanshan to try a different hiking route. On a side note the toilets at the start of the hike are probably the nicest and cleanest I've come across in all my time in China. I decided to take the trail up that I had taken down the first time I was here. I did think that this route was easier, but going up I changed my mind. There were some pretty lanterns near the start of the trail to mark the new year. It was only a few steps to the first pavilion, which since I'd just started, I didn't take a break at. Since it was the holiday, it was busier than the last time I was here. I hiked up and up the stairs were pretty steep and each set ... read more
Shenzhen
Shenzhen
Nanshan

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 30th 2022

Shenzhen Bay Park has its own metro station so is very easy to get to. I had been in the area before, but since the weather that day had been pretty bad, I'd skipped having a look around the park. Since the weather was better today, I decided to stretch my legs with a nice walk in the park. When I came out of the metro station it was quite busy with people having a look at the view and deciding where they wanted to go. The park stretches for 13 kilometres, I though it was 16km, and is a popular spot for walking and cycling. There was some stuff to the north, but since that wouldn't have been much of a walk and I didn't want to retrace my steps. I headed south. I had ... read more
Shenzhen Bay Park
Shenzhen Bay Park
Shenzhen Bay Park

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 27th 2022

The walk from Xianhu Road subway station to the entrance to Fairy Lake Botanical Garden was about ten minutes. There wasn't much to see as it was through a residential area. I had already bought my ticket online through their WeChat account, and it looks like this is the way to go as the ticket offices are closed due to Covid. The ticket was 15 RMB. I made my way through the large gate and scanned my ticket and started my walk to the centre of the park. There are buses that take you around the botanical gardens if you don't want to walk. I followed the path for about ten minutes or so. There were some nice little boardwalks that branched off from the path so you could walk through them. I had spotted a ... read more
Fairy Lake
Fairy Lake
Fairy Lake

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 6th 2022

From Seaworld Station exit B, it was a short walk about 5-10 minutes to the entrance to Nanshan Park. I passed a few nice looking apartment blocks. The walk to the start of the trail wasn't too bad, as it was on a nice gently sloping paved road. There were some pretty trees lining the walk with pretty red flowers. It was nice to look at those and made up for the fact there was no view of the surrounding area. I think I must have walked along the path for about ten to fifteen minutes before I reached Longevity Culture Square. This was a nice little square with some kind of rock feature/waterfall that was missing the water and plenty of exercise equipment in the shade. The trail, the No. 1 Climbing Path, started here. ... read more
Nanshan
Nanshan
Nanshan

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 5th 2022

Dafen Oil Painting Village is a pretty well known place in Shenzhen. It is quite far out of the city centre, but right next to the subway station. The village is famous for recreating famous paintings, so that you can get them at a fraction of the cost of an original. Since I went on a weekday, it was pretty quiet. There were a few other tourists taking a look around. I imagine it gets pretty packed on the weekends. The village is pretty small and I spent about an hour to an hour and a half wandering around. I made my way to what I think is the main street/square in the centre of the village. There were a few galleries and shops there. I had a look in a couple of them. I wasn't ... read more
Dafen Village
Dafen Village
Dafen Village

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




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