Guangzhou

Guangzhou Guangdong canton tower night pearl river

广东,广州

After spending most of my time up in north China, I had decided to spend the majority of my summer in south China and boy, did I love every millisecond of it. It had reminded me of home, something I oh so dearly miss. Heading to Guangzhou, the capital of the Guangdong province, had felt like I was back in Hong Kong without having to cross the border. While being able to hear Cantonese everywhere alongside Mandarin, it was like a breath of fresh air, therefore, I had instantly gone straight back into my comfort zone just by speaking Cantonese to get me everywhere. Just being able to see and smell authentic Cantonese cuisine, I had felt like I had died and gone to heaven even without the deliciousness touching my lips. Everything and anything Cantonese is something I had grown up with and had been exposed to along with Hakka (another Chinese group, I am of Hakka origin). I had felt like I was home.

As it was summer, it was also rainy, thunderstorm and scorching hot season which meant that I had to reorganise certain visits on my itinerary which wasn’t really a problem. I had played it by ear the majority of the time. A week was definitely not enough for me, there’s so much to see that isn’t within the main centre of Guangzhou. I definitely need to plan another visit, and probably wouldn’t want to leave. If you just want to go and see the must visit attractions, a few days would probably be considered enough.

The highlight of this trip was that I had learnt a new technique in capturing the day and or night view through the window without capturing the room’s light, people’s and or object’s reflections. Said technique is to put your phone on the window and snap away. You can slightly tilt it to get the correct angle as you please. The further you are away from the window, the higher the chance in capturing reflections. Seeing fellow tourists using this approach, I was intrigued whilst thinking, erm what are they doing then attempted it myself. Now, it’s a game changer.

I could talk more and babble on every little thing but it’s picture time.

Guangzhou Guangdong canton tower sunset pearl river
Guangzhou Guangdong canton tower night pearl river

guangzhou guangdong canton tower pearl river jiang he night city view
Guangzhou Guangdong shaman island
Guangzhou Guangdong huacheng guangchang square

Guangzhou Guangdong huacheng guangchang square canton tower
Guangzhou Guangdong Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Guangzhou Guangdong baiyuan Shan white cloud mountain city view
Guangzhou Guangdong baiyuan Shan white cloud mountain city view
Guangzhou Guangdong baiyuan Shan white cloud mountain city view
Guangzhou Guangdong baiyuan Shan white cloud mountain
Guangzhou Guangdong yuexiu park
Guangzhou Guangdong yuexiu park
Guangzhou Guangdong metro quote
Guangzhou Guangdong metro quote

Places featured in this post
Canton Tower (广州塔)
Pearl River (珠江)
Shamian Island (沙面公园)
Huacheng Square (花城广场)
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (陈家祠)
Baiyun Mountain (白云山)
Yuexiu Park (越秀公园)

Other places I’ve visited
Beijing Road (北京路)
Guangzhou Library (广州图书馆)
Tianhe Festival Walk (天河又一城)
Comic City (动漫星城)
Shangxia Jiu Lu Pedestrian Street (上下九商业步行街)

Places I didn’t get the chance to visit
Lychee Bay Scenic Area (荔枝湾)
Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall (中山纪念堂)
Baomo Garden (宝墨园)
Temple of the Six Banyan Trees (六榕寺)
Nansha Tin Hau Palace (南沙天后宫)
Xiaozhou Village (小洲村)

and many more…

17 Comments

  1. 20th October 2018 / 2:45 pm

    This place is beautiful! It was never on my bucket list, but I have to add it now!

  2. 20th October 2018 / 8:46 pm

    This looks and sounds like an incredible place. I’ve never been to China, at all. But I have a very good friend from Hong Kong, whom I hope to travel with one day. And when I do, I hope to get to see some of mainland China as well!

  3. 20th October 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Omg this place looks beautiful!! All your pictures are breathtaking and I am so glad you had a great time 🙂

  4. Hazel
    21st October 2018 / 2:03 am

    What an exciting trip you had! Sounds like you had a fun learning experience too 🤗💖

  5. 21st October 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Guangzhou looks fab! I really want to visit it oneday, most likely on huge trip to China. I would love to spend as much time as I can there

  6. 21st October 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Those photos make beautiful artwork. I need one for my wall.

  7. Preet
    22nd October 2018 / 11:05 am

    Sounds like an amazing trip to China that’s very much worth it. I’ve never been to Guangzhou and this post makes me want to go there now. I’d love to try all the good food!

  8. 22nd October 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I love the reminders on the steps that keep you going. I haven’t seen these areas of China before, but I will have to make note of these places next time we’re there.

  9. 22nd October 2018 / 5:16 pm

    China is such an amazing country. Guangzhou is beautiful during the day and at night, enjoyed your pictures.

  10. 22nd October 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Wow! This looks like such an incredible place! I love how the cityscape is so bright and then there are also such quiet serene areas too!

  11. Marcie
    22nd October 2018 / 6:52 pm

    My FIL is Hakka! We visit family in Hong Kong every few years, but haven’t made it to Guangzhou yet. Sounds like we’ll need to add a stop on our next trip!

  12. 23rd October 2018 / 3:49 am

    I had no idea Guangzhou is so beautiful. It is similar to Hong Kong. Lots of buildings but surrounded with green.

  13. 23rd October 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I visited China before but did not see Guangzhou. I will definitely add to my places to visit in the future. Looks absolutely stunning.

  14. 24th October 2018 / 9:54 am

    Wow! This city looks really beautiful. I wish I could go visit there Guangzhou.

  15. 25th October 2018 / 5:04 pm

    This place is so gorgeous!! I’ve never been to China before but now i need to add it to my bucket list lol !! You had a wonderful trip, right?

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