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    Ride a boat on canal in Li Yuan Park

    by DaHongHua Written Sep 27, 2013

    When the Li Yuan or Li Zhi Wan Park is crowded with local citizen and tourists, some tourists who do not want to walk crowded can chose to relax by taking a boat ride, there are many of them ready to serve you to bring you to round the whole park seeing the park from the boat.

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    Morning walk at Li Yuan People's Park

    by DaHongHua Written Sep 18, 2013

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    We were there very early according to the tour guide to avoid crowd. It may be true as we met many local citizens who did their morning exercises and many shops still not open for business. The park has some old heritage buildings which is protected, a stage for cultural show and there are boats on the canal ready to serve the tourist to tour the park around. Our early arrival here could be due to we have tight schedule to follow in a tour group.

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    No 9 SPA

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 24, 2013

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    Guangzhou No 9 SPA has been operating the water spa and massage business since 2009. This is the biggest water spa in Guangzhou, just right next to the Guangzhou East Railway Station. When you arrive the building, take the lift up to the 4th floor. It has four storeys of facilities including:

    4th Floor: Main Lobby, Male Sauna area, Female Sauna area, Children Playground, Female Sleeping Zone.

    5th Floor: Male sleeping Zone, Thailand massage area, Aromatherapy massage area, Chinese medical massage area, Japanese massage area and Aplha wave.

    6th Floor: Shi Yue Restaurant, Jun Rui Hotel, Multifunctional room, VIP business room, Chess room, and Beauty Room.

    7th Floor: Buffet Restaurant, Resting area with individual TV set, Fruit Bar, Lover Cinema, Stereo Systems Cinema, and Internet rooms.

    This is a great place to rest and relax. The staff would welcome you at the main lobby on the 4th floor. You will be given a locker key and a staff will accompany you to your locker to change. You can proceed to the huge water spa facility, consists of several huge massage pools with cool and warm water. It also has a sauna and a steam room. The shower rooms come with branded shampoo and bath liquid. After you have enjoyed the pool facility, staffs might ask you whether you would want the massage service, Chinese, Thai, or Japanese. Other than the massage service, you can go to the rest area to watch your favorite TV Channels. You will be served with free drinks and fruits. If you are hungry, you can have buffet on the 7th floor. There are varieties of food choices including Chinese, Japanese and Western. You can have Chinese herb shop in the dining hall. You are allowed to stay overnight in their sleeping area. The sleeping area has comfortable beds with blanket in small parlors.

    Other than a great place to rest and relax, this might be a good option for transit passenger to stay overnight as it is next to the East Railway Station. It was a coincidence that I was watching a great news about the first speed rail arrived Guangzhou from Beijing for just 8 hours in the massage pool. It was a great news for the nation that they can travel on speed rail from North to the South for just 8 hours.

    How much? Well, I only spent RMB218 as the admission cost of the facility as I did not spend extra for professional massage and services. RMB 218 includes the sauna, massage pools, rest area, unlimited buffets breakfast lunch and dinner, and sleeping area, which you can stay overnight without paying extra.

    Check out its official website to learn more...

    In Chinese: 九号行馆, jiu hao xing guan

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    Chigang Pagoda

    by cal6060 Written Aug 20, 2013

    Chigang Pagoda is a four hundred year-old pagoda, built in 1619 in the reign of the Emperor Wanli, Ming Dynasty. It is a 53.7 meter high tower, with 9 layers outlook from the facade. It has an octagonal shape.

    Chigang Pagoda is located near the Canton Tower, even the Canton Tower is using the name as its metro station name, Chigangta Station. I got out of the metro station and walked around 10 minutes to see the tower on the roadside. The interesting part is I saw an airplane was frying through the Pagoda like going to hijack the Pagoda. It is a beautiful contrast between ancient and modern architectures in this part of Guangzhou.

    In Chinese: 赤岗塔, chi gang ta

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    Haixinsha Park

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 19, 2013

    Haixinsha is a tiny island south of the Huacheng Plaza of Zhujiang New Town. You can walk in the Haixinsha Park from Huacheng Plaza. Haixinsha was completed in 2009 and used as the venue for the Asian Game 2010. They had a spectacular opening ceremony at this location and had the Zhujianh New Town as the background. Haixinsha consists of an outdoor stadium facing a park with modern design, gardens and fountains. The park has a good view of the Pearl river and Liede Bridge (猎德桥).

    Unfortunately after the Asian Game, this park has not been well maintained. But the surrounding views of Zhujiang New Town, Canton Tower and the Stadium are worth your time stopping by. Nowadays, the stadium is mostly used as a concert venue or any local sport events.

    In Chinese: 海心沙公园, hai xin sha gong yuan

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    Guangzhou International Finance Center

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 19, 2013

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    The Guangzhou International Finance Center Tower Building is one of the iconic buildings in Guangzhou. It is also the second tallest building in Guangzhou after Canton Tower. It is a 103-storey building, 440.2 meters high. It is part of the skyscrapers at Zhujiang New Town, facing the Pearl River. The entire building is lit up after 20:00 with different light patterns and colors. The symbolic building of the Zhujiang night scenery.

    I was walking by the building and seeing this beautiful art sculpture in front of the main entrance. The huge multi-legs golden shape art sculptures underneath a water fountain. Five young men and women look up the sculptures to admire the big golden insect fly stand above the sculpture that is ready to fly up the building.

    You can check out its website to learn about the hotel, shopping, conference Hall, and etc.

    In Chinese: 广州国际金融中心, guang zhou guo ji jin rong zhong xin.

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    Guangdong Museum (New)

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 19, 2013

    The New Guangdong Museum is located at the Zhujiang New Town with modern architectural building. This modern artistic structure looks like a combination of many rectangular shape boxes. It does not reflect any form of Chinese or Guangdong art and culture. It wrote as the building looks like a delicate ancient openwork container of treasure. To me, this is simply a modern art structure.

    This new building for the Guangdong Museum was officially opened to the public on 18th May 2010. It has a land area of 47,027 square meters, and the built-up area of 66,980 square meters with 21,000 square meters space for displays and exhibitions. It has the permanent exhibitions in term of Guangdong history and culture, natural resources, and the arts including the Duan ink stone, Chaozhou Woodcarving, and Pottery and Porcelain. The exhibition halls has modern displays and using technology to illustrate items and histories. A cafe and a gift and bookshop are available inside the museum.

    Really worth your time checking it out the museum!

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00, closed on Monday.

    You can get the Free Ticket at the gate between 8:50-16:00.

    In Chinese: 广东省博物馆, guang dong sheng bo wu guan.

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    Guangzhou New Library

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 19, 2013

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    This could be the most beautiful Library I have seen in China so far. The Library was opened to the public on 27 Jun 2012, I was there on the 26 Jun 2012. The staffs were getting trained in front of the library to serve the public tomorrow. So, I did not get to see the interior of the library. What an amazing building, a curve shape like a beautiful book. It uses a lot of panel glasses for central part of the building that allows the natural sunlight bright up the hall. The exterior has a classical brown color wall like a carton box. The architect has built a building with green concept of modernity and artistic design in mind.

    Don't miss... How lucky Guangzhou!

    In Chinese: 广州图书馆, guang zhou tu shu guan.

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    The Second Children's Palace

    by cal6060 Written Aug 18, 2013

    Seeing The Second Children's Palace in Guangzhou, it directly reminds me that the Chinese Government has done their best to nurture their future generations to reach the first world status. This building is showing the creativity in mind with first class facilities. It has a land area of 16,530 square meters with 46,008 square meters total build-up area of 7 stories. The first floor is the main lobby. The second to sixth floors consist of classrooms for various activities like computer, art, calligraphy, chorus, and dancing. The seventh floor is a multipurpose hall that can hold up to 20,000 visitors.

    The architectural building has a smiling face of a child with a hat, how cute!

    In Chinese: 广州市第二少年宫, guang zhou di er shao nian gong

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    Guangzhou Opera House

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 18, 2013

    Guangzhou Opera House is the third largest performing art center in China after National Centre For the Performing Art in Beijing and Shanghai Grand Theatre. It was completed in May 2010, during my visit It was still under major renovation. This architectural building is designed by Ms. Zaha Hadid, the first female winner of the Pritzker Architectural Prize, and Sir. Harold Marshall, an Australian top architectural design.

    I think it will look beautiful in the evening, but I came here during the day. It has a futuristic structure and more western or modern water landscaped surrounding the building. There are many art statues dotted around the theater. I was not allowed to enter the building due to renovation.

    For upcoming performance, please visit its official website

    In Chinese: 广州大剧院, guang zhou da ju yuan

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    GRC Bank Building

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 18, 2013

    GRC Bank Building is a unique building in Zhujiang New Town. The architectural building has a modern design with transparent lifts and a spine with a hole in the center part of the building. It looks stunning in the evening when the office lights are turned on. This is one of the landmark buildings in Zhujiang New Tower. The restaurant, SKY No 1, is located inside the building. It might be a good restaurant to have a romantic dinner with the city views.

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    Zhujiang New Town

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 18, 2013

    Zhujiang New Tower is new finance and tourist town located west of the Tianhe district, or mainly South of Tianhe Sport Centre. It consists of 6.44 square kilometer land area, which Huangpu Avenue in the North, Pearl River in the South, Guangzhou Avenue in the West and South China Expressway on the East.

    This modern town consists of office towers, service apartments, shopping malls, museums, library, hotels, and etc. Huacheng Plaza is the outdoor pedestrian park, gardens, underground shops, outdoor performance stage with a straight landscape with Haixinsha Park (海心沙公园)before the seeing the Pearl River and the Canton Tower. Guangzhou Opera House and the 2nd Children Palace are on the West side of the park. Guangdong Museum and the New Library are on the East side of the park.

    Zhujiang New Town is not only built with modern road infrastructure but a complete metro line, APM, that links through the important places of this town. Plus, there are so many art statues dotted around the area.

    If you enjoy the modern city lifestyle and great views of the city, this would be the place to come.

    In Chinese: 珠江新城, zhu jiang xin cheng.

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    Canton Tower

    by cal6060 Written Aug 17, 2013

    Canton Tower is also known asGuangzhou Ta or Guangzhou Tower in Chinese. It is a 600 meter-high observation tower in south of Zhujiang New Town or Pearl River New Town, a straight landscape with Haixinsha Travel Park, Flower City Square, and the Tianhe Sport Centre. You can't walk from Haixinsha to Canton Tower because they are between the Pearl River. The easiest way to travel between them is taking the APM metro from Haixinsha Station to Chigang Pagoda Station.

    Canton Tower is ranked the second tallest tower in the World after Tokyo Skytree Tower completed in 2011. It is taller than the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower and the Kuala Lumpur tower. The tower becomes the iconic structure of Guangzhou since it was completed in 2009. The Tower has a huge complex based with metro station, car parks, shops, cafes, outdoor square and a public sitting area looking out to the Pearl River and the Zhujiang New Town. I did not take the lift up to the observatory deck cause it was very crowded on the day I visited, Christmas day. I enjoy the night scenic views of the tower because it changes colour every minute.

    Don't miss, especially in the evening.

    Check out its official website to learn more.., and you will see the views from the website.

    In Chinese: 广州塔, guang zhou ta

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    Guangzhou Liberation Monument

    by cal6060 Written Aug 14, 2013

    The Guangzhou Liberation Monument is located at the roundabout of Haizhu Square. It was originally built in 1959 to commemorate the liberation of Guangzhou by Yin Jin Chang (尹积昌)。During the cultural revolution in 1969, the monument was removed and replaced with the Statue of Mao Zedong. In year 1979, Liang Ming Cheng remade the new liberation statue and completed the new statue in 1980 as the current status.

    It is a granite stone carving statue. The base is a square block , 3.6 meters height, 4.3 meters width. The statue has 11.5 meters height. The statue is facing south. The statue is a People's liberation army with arm. Underneath the statue the four corners were engraved with " All belongs to the people" .

    In Chinese: 广州解放纪念塑像, guang zhou ji fang ji nian su xiang

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    Guangzhou City Hall

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    Guangzhou City Hall is located North of the People's Park. The building is facing south to the park. This building was built under the leadership of Chen Jitang (陈济棠), and the architect was Lin Ke Ming (林克明). The building is a reinforced concrete structure of 33.3 meter height or five storey building. The structural roof is painted with yellow glazed and embedded with tile green ridge. It looks like a classical version of imperial structure.

    In 1989, this building is classified as the municipal heritage conservative building.

    This building is not open for the public.

    In Chinese: 广州市政府大楼, guang zhou shi zheng fu da lou

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