As I've alluded in other contexts, Guangzhou is one of the world's most fascinating architectural space, on a par with the world's greatest cities... What is really unusual about it is the variety of contrast available between the aging decaying buildings of centuries past and the brand new ultra-modern buildings of very recent construction, such as the beaming gold towers you see in this photo, part of the China Mayors Plaza...
Six Banyan Temple
Six Banyan Temple and Flowery Pagoda is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. Built in 537, the temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues, the biggest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong Province. The 57 metre high Flower Pagoda has nine storeys viewing from the outside, 17 storeys viewing from inside.
The thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is kept on the top storey of the pagoda. In the temple there are also three large bronze Buddhist sculptures made in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), each standing six metres high and weighing 10 tons.
Guangzhou(Canton): South Gate of China
"China's Economic Reform"
As part of China's economic reform to help improve this country's standard of life, the Pearl Delta Region, including Guangzhou was designated as a Special Economic Administrative Zone. It was an experiment to see if China would benefit from a new economic system.
Apparently, the results have been positive, & China seems to be headed for the next Golden Age.
Anyways, this is the capital of the province of Guangdong, & before the 1940s, it was way more prosperous than Hong Kong. Now it is regaining economic strength, as it was the first area in China that welcomed foreign investments.
Personally, the best attraction in Guangzhou is food, for it is China's culinary capital. Dim Sum & many Chinese delicatessens first developed here.
"Land Of My Ancestors"
Until my first trip to Guangzhou, I never knew that this was where generations of my ansectors were living. Though it felt really weird, it would explain why the people in my ancestor's hometown look strangely similiar to me.