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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

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

Asia » China » Guangdong » Zhuhai March 2nd 2019

Hi All, Time for some warm weather. We took the bullet train down to Guangzhou and then the commuter train to Zhuhai. We stayed in the Jingjiang Inn on Fenghuang street which has a great location close to the beach, parks, shops and restaurants. We had one day of lovely sunshine and I even managed to get sunburnt on my neck and arms. Zhuhai is a very new city, much like the other cities in the Pearl River Delta, with it being a fishing village only 30 years ago. It's a very spacious city, very different to other Chinese cities, with palm tree lined streets and lovely parks full of colourful flowers and with very few people. We went up to the top of Jinshan park in the chairlift for wonderful views of the city and ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Dongguan February 5th 2019

Hong KOng, CHina is the best and easiest city to travel to in CHina! No visa required. I love CHina just because it's a massive country ranked the number #2 by largest url= read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shaoguan November 16th 2018

First of all, I published a blog yesterday but for some reason an email didn't go out to all my subscribers, so make sure you read yesterday's blog first. We began our journey north today. Now that the rooting is over, we're off to the Shaoguan Pass, which sounds kind of like the name of the pass in Disney's Mulan where everyone gets bulldozed by an avalanche. Luckily for us, winter hasn't arrived yet and Mushu wasn't there with dragon-shaped weapons. The Shaoguan Pass is important to us Chinese from the Pearl River Delta (the "Alabama of China" as we've been told, minus the alligators) because it's where our ancestors migrated from thousands of years ago (sometime after we all left Africa and before 500 B.C.) Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor had a beautiful ... read more
Please Don't Poop Here
Owyeungs on the Pass

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