You will see several Friendship Stores around GZ, these are nice "mall" like stores that cater to the upper class. Just do some price shopping before making your purchases. There are also several huge malls in GZ that have every kind if shop under the sun. I did notice that "American" products tend to be about par with our prices, for example Nike shoes are about $10 less than in the USA so was not a huge savings. I liked the Jackie Chan mens clothing, the teas and teapots. Jackie Chan mens clothing is expensive, I bought 2 3-button shirts and a pair of pants and it cost me $140 USD but the local items were really cheap.
Day Tour - Hong Kong To Guangzhou Return
Our day trip to China was during October, 2005, a long day with pick up, transfer to ferry terminal for fast ferry to Shekou and transfer to bus for sightseeing in Shekou and then trip to Guangzhou with a stop in transit to view 4 Terra Cotta Warriors which were on exhibit at a porcelian factory.
Traditional lunch was provided at a nice restaurant and after lunch a short walking tour through side streets typical of old China.
Much of the sightseeing stops were of traditional temples, monuments, and included a visit in Shekou to a preschool for gifted (wealthy) children, aged 18 monts to 5 years. These children live full time at the school with most seeing their parents on Sunday afternoon.
Our return journey Guangzhou / Hong Kong was by train.
Tour cost was HK$1230 per adult, plus additional cost for China Visa HK$60 per adult. Passports required when booking.
Nuthin' But a "GZ" Thang
"Winged Victory of........ Guangzhou!?"
Guangzhou, the most important trading city in South China for more than 2000 years, once the mecca of the ancient Yue Kingdom, nestled in the tangled strands of the Pearl River Delta, is lately transforming itself into a modern metropolis... I hazard to add that it is becoming even just a little bit... dare I say it... cosmopolitan...
Construction of brand new skyscrapers and shopping malls is a never ending process here that cannot be escaped... Many of the big international names have taken up residence, with many more soon to come... Still far from the futuristic majesty of Hong Kong, GZ occupies a middle ground between the Asia of yesterday and the Asia of tomorrow...
The dining and nightlife scene has expanded and diversified tenfold in the last 10 years, with something for just about every taste, all centered around the grand culinary kaleidoscope of Cantonese cuisine... Thai food, Indian, Brazilian, French, Italian, Vietnamese, you name it... The fashion scene is fascinating, especially for its multitude of independent Chinese designers who own their own stores in trendy spots such as Tiyu Xilu and Taojin Lu...
And for those sinophiles out there, GZ offers a great deal of historical and cultural points of interest, including ancient Buddhist temples as well as sights important to the development of China in the 20th century...
Some famous persons who have resided in Guangzhou at one time or another include:
Bodhidharma - Indian Buddhist monk and ancient founder of zen philosophy, lived in GZ circa 520 C.E. and built a well in Guangxiao Temple of GZ
Hui Neng - Famed 6th patriarch of zen buddhism in the Tang Dynasty, became enlightened while living in GZ when hearing a passerby reciting the Diamond Sutra.
Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas - Maternal uncle of the prophet Muhammad, lived in GZ during the Tang Dynasty, established the first Chinese mosque in GZ and entombed in GZ.
Sun Yat-sen - Cantonese leader of the democratic revolution which overthrew the last emperor of Qing Dynasty China in 1911, he studied medicine in GZ and attempted his first 1895 insurrection in GZ as well.
Mao Zedong - Hunanese Marxist revolutionary and founder of People's Republic of China, he established the Peasant Movement Institute while living in GZ.
Pictured above, a reproduction of the famed "Winged Victory of Samothrace", poised within Guangzhou's brand new Grandview Mall in Tian He.
Shown here, a typical residential balcony in central Guangzhou, full of botanical beauty...
The Greenery Cafe, in central Guangzhou, which is decorated with huge wall size reproductions of Salvador Dali masterpieces.