Favorite thing: Shop and God, is a tip about a shop in Guangzhou where God is involved. In fact, not many God in China but nowadays some peoples installed an altar inside or in front of their shops, it is believe God can bring good fortunes to their business. Although I don't know what kind of God it was but it is definitely a God.
Favorite thing: Dried snake skins, I have heard from 'aunties & uncles' that such materials are good for health, good for body, but it is disputed, some peoples think it is nonsense, but who cares, the responsibility of VTers is to upload photos and build tips, with or without facts is another issue.
Poverty & Street Beggars, this kind of scene is not uncommon, I saw them hanging around especially on the skyway, footbridge or overpass. There was a young boy among them, around 12 years old, healthy, not a disable person, but he probably never had any opportunity to school, I saw him running bare foot, play and smiles in dirty clothes, I suppose there are still a lot peoples like him....
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Favorite thing: San Yuan Li at night is a place where you can see a street full of tables eating drinking and night bazaar. Here is also a place for low cost accomodation, cost RMB120 double bed. If you have been to New Delhi's Paharganj (Main Bazaar), this is quite similar a Paharganj of Guangzhou.
Favorite thing: VTer is the resident of the VTer's apartment, is VTer's apartment's VTer. This VTer is living in Guangzhou and I VT-Met this VTer at this VTer's VTer's apartment and then two VTers taxied to Shamien and strolled to Qingping market (here picture) for photos, this and that. This picture is a picture of VTer, this VTer is [P].
Favorite thing: VTer's apartment is an apartment in Guangzhou, I visited this apartment and I did a VT-Meet here. VTer's apartment is not owned by VT, is not rented by VT, VTer's apartment is just a VTer's apartment. VT has a member live here and so it is a VTer's apartment, now I have just visited VTer's apartment in Guangzhou and so this is a tip of VTer's apartment. VTer's apartment is where I VT-Met another VTer. VTer's apartment is not designed specifically for the sole purpose of VT-Meet, VTer's apartment is a VTer's apartment, is just a VTer's apartment.
2100 years old Tomb of Zhao Mo also known as the Museum of the West Han Dynasty Mausoleum of Nanyue King, Zhao Mo was the ancestor of Cantonese peoples. The museum is worth a visit with more than a thousand pieces of artifacts on display. One of the artifacts was believed coming from ancient Seleucid-Parthian Persia (around 300BCE - 100BCE). The mueseum is built on the actual site of the mausoleum with the real tomb open for public viewing.
Entrance fee 12yuan.
Address: 867 Jie Fang Bei Lu, Guangzhou, China. Phone: 86660885 (Inside city center)
Favorite thing: XiaJiu Lu (Shang Xia Jiu) Go Shopping! Yes this is the place where youngsters in trendy look hang around and also tourists. Trillions of shops, there are about 5 McDonald's and about 4 KFC here, and then many shops with semi-exotic names such as Walentino or Volentino. It is overall a very good place for endurance-shopping.
Favorite thing: Bookshop (Xin Hua) is a good place to 'lepak' at Guangzhou. Lepak means wasting time or spending your time freely. There are many bookshop of large size in GZ with probably 99.99% books in Chinese, books are all open for reading not as in Malaysia where most books were wrapped to ensure customers cannot read the content.
FanFangYiZhi (Ancient site of foreigners’ district)
Ancient site of foreigners’ district (ASFD) is located at Guangta Lu, the street of the oldest mosque Huaisheng Si. Guangta Lu (or Guangta road) during the Tang-Soong dynasty (7th-10th century) was a special appointed lane/road specifically reserved for foreign traders, their families, relatives, workers, etc, where most coming from Persia and Arabs with many stayed decades in Guangzhou, some had families while some married and became permanent resident. Guangta Lu was a gathering point for all foreigners then, the Tang history recorded these foreigners were multimillionaires living extreme lavish lifestyle and once their population reached ‘wan’ (more than ten thousands). I visited Guangta Lu and saw their descendants, they are known as Chinese Hui Muslim. So, if you are looking for Persian or Arabian descendants, this is the place.
Favorite thing: Tomb of Islamic Sage Abu Waqqas is built around the year 629 CE which was during the Tang dynasty of China. Muhammad sent his uncle Abu Waqqas to Guangzhou for business and it was recorded that Abu Waqqas went to Quanzhou, Hangzhou and the capitol Xian, on his way back to Guangzhou, he passed away and was buried at Guangzhou. Location is Lanpu Lu (Lanpu Road) near to the Nanyue Museum, approximately 10 minutes walk. No entrance fee needed but there's a signboard "For Moslems Only".
You too can win bets that there really is a Statue of Liberty in China. Just go to the 72 Martyrs Memorial Park in northeast Guangzhou at Huanghuagang (located near the zoo) and you'll find it.
This is a memorial garden commemorating the revolutionary uprising in Guangzhou on April 27, 1911 which eventually led to the fall of the last dynasty nearly 5 months later. It's a beautiful park with gardens of flowers and bamboo, yet the focal point is obviously the presence of the Statue of Liberty. Even the park's entrance ticket (8 yuan) looks like a souvenir of Ellis Island.
There is a shaded corridor which leads toward the monument. On the left are signboards with pictures that tell about the history of the park and its famous statue. The Statue of Liberty was removed twice; once by the Kuomintang and then again during the Cultural Revolution.
Fondest memory: Another interesting aspect of the Statue of Liberty monument is the different overseas Chinese organizations that donated money toward the park's construction. You will see blocks on the statue's foundation which name the sponsoring organization, including Chinese from all parts of the world. I was surprised to see several American Chinese sponsoring organizations from places in the United States that one doesn't usually associate with overseas Chinese communities; Nebraska and Utah, for example, as well as one from Cuba's Guantanamo! (See additional photo)
For more information, see the following website:
8.5258 million, who live in the urban district. 1.4172 million, who live in the county cities.
Putonghua(Mandrine) and Cantonese are widely spoken
(for government offices):
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
All these offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturdays to Sundays.
In the period of the trade fair: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (undecided)
Renminbi (RMB 8.27 to US$ 1)
220V, 50~AC?@The shapes of the general plug base are as following:
It is very convenient to communicate with outside world. You can dial directly and communicate with more than 500 cities at home and abroad, and in the region of Hong Kong and Macao.
The bandwidth of the direct international outlet for Internet is 400M.
Weights and Measures:
Guangzhou uses the metric system. kilogram, meter, and litre are most commonly used.
1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
1 metre = 3.281 feet
1 litre = 0.220 gallon
Fondest memory: Time Difference (Take monday in GZ for example)
Guangzhou (Beijing, Hong Kong): ?@8:00 (0) (Monday)
New York:?@19:00 (-13) (Sunday)
London (Paris):?@0:00 (-8) (Monday)
Tokyo:?@9:00 (+1) (Monday)
Sydney:?@10:00 (+2) (Monday)
Hot, humid, & rainy in summer; cool, dry, & less rain in winter.
Average Temperature: 21.4-21.9?Ž
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport provides 16 international airlines and regional airlines, flying to more than 70 cities at home and abroad.
If you take domestic flight, please go through the formalities for boarding 90 minutes before the departure time.
(International flight) ?@90 yuan (RMB)
(Ordinary domestic flight) ?@50 yuan (RMB)
(Domestic feeder flight) ?@10 yuan (RMB)
The distance between airport and the trade fair:?@8 km
including motorbuses, trolleybuses, and buses for special lines.
There is no conductor on these buses, and the price of a ticket is 1 yuan (RMB), but the prices for some long lines are 2-4 yuan (RMB).
No. 1 subway line is made up of 16 stations. It begins from Guangzhou East Railway Station in the east to Xilang in the west. The prices are 2-6 yuan (RMB). The whole journey will cost 32 minutes.
The original price is 7 yuan (RMB), 2.2~2.6 yuan (RMB) for per kilometer.
Favorite thing: I'm not sure if there is a Black Market for hard currency any more but in 1987 there was a huge Black Market for FEC's (Foreign Exchange Certificates) (Which are not used anymore) and also US$. I was able to change my FEC's to the local currency of the Renminbi at a rate of 40% higher which made my trip quite cheap! I was approached anytime I got near a big hotel and also by quite a few of these guys that hung out on Shamian Island at a couple of key spots which is where my Youth Hostel was located. They were handy when I wanted to change money but a little annoying when I didn't want to.."Hello, Change Money" got a little old sometimes. But at the same time changing money on the "Black Market" added to the Romantism of traveling!! I know I have one or two FEC's somewhere but I can't find them this 1 Jiao note I have glued into my journal.
Favorite thing: I'm not sure which Temple this was seen in. I thought it was interesting as the Buddhas where from Thailand. At least they had Thai script on the back of them and not Chinese characters. If you know which Temple this is please let me know. I'll add the info. I have the ticket from my entrance fee glued into my journal but I don't have the name or the price that I paid. If you've traveled around Thailand or India or another Buddhist country you won't think this Temple is anything special.
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