Xiangjiang Safari Park (I)
You do not have to travel far to see Panda, China National treasure, they are right in Guangzhou, Panyu! Located in Panyu, Xiangjiang Safari Park Guangzhou is home for 5 pandas. Beside pandas being the highlight, you will also see many other animals hardly seen in other zoos. Some for examples: White tigers, Koala, Golden eagles and Golden monkeys.
They also have free animal shows at different time of the day, so plan well your travel route to get the most of everything!
As for the place, this zoo is BIG. The place is divided into 2 area, the Drive In area where you hop on into their little train and into their safari area where animals will be roaming near you. You can even drive in using your own car! The other area is the pedestrian area where you walk to different "zones" to see different species of animals, like the African Gallery, Australia zone etc. The place is well managed, clean and have easily understandable signboards. Finding a toilet is not a problem, getting a translator to bring you around the zoo is also not necessary, they have explanation boards in Chinese and English.
If you're interested to visit the zoo, read on my part (II) on how to go and the zoo details.
Lucy's dining options.
The food at Lucy's is a combination of typical Western options as well as various items from Asian countries. I've had the hamburger, various Italian-style pastas, quesadillas (pictured here), Hungarian goulash stew, and Malaysian-style noodles. They also make a good hot ginger Coke and have fresh fruit juices as well as a wide selection of alcoholic drinks...
Gone to Canton
Guangzhou or Canton is the city that is for me so near and yet so far. Being based in Fenggang, Dongguan, this Guangdong Province capital, is just too far for me to go to in the weekend. Anyway, my first trip here finally happened but only for business purpose. I arrived late afternoon, stayed inside an office building until 10:30P.M. checked in at the Ocean Plaza Hotel, strolled and looked for a place to dine, got back and pulled out early next morning.
In that short time, I felt the atmosphere in Guangzhou is really different - it is alive like a bustling city. A lot of restaurants line the streets and lots of foreigners go about their business here. People, especially the young ones, are dressed like those from HK - some are trendy, some are hip, but some are just outright silly.
Now that I've tested the waters, I will surely make another visit soon. Guangzhou has a lot to offer to tourists - plenty of historical/cultural stuff like museums, parks, and temples.
"Guangzhou Facts from Wikipedia"
Based on the 2000 census, the city population was 9.94 million making it the fifth most populous in China.
The city was formally known as "Canton" after a French transliteration of the city name in Cantonese.
Guangzhou has one international airport called the Baiyun International Airport in Huadu District. It opened in 2004.
Guangzhou is connected to Hong Kong by ferry, bus and train services.
Tourist attractions include:
Guangdong Provincial Museum,
Museum of the Tomb of the King of Southern Yue in Western Han Dynasty,
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees,
Shishi Holy Heart Cathedral,
and Huaisheng Mosque