Being a senior in China

In my first China travel, several years ago, I went to Southern China, near Guangzhou. I didn’t imagine that I would meet that many elderly people hanging out in the streets. Since I’ve never been to Northern China, I thought that it was something typical from the South, since weather is quite warm and because […]

In my first China travel, several years ago, I went to Southern China, near Guangzhou. I didn’t imagine that I would meet that many elderly people hanging out in the streets. Since I’ve never been to Northern China, I thought that it was something typical from the South, since weather is quite warm and because it wasn’t a very big city, so seniors could enjoy the tranquility of the city with their friends. But when I came back in China few months ago, taking a flight to Beijing more precisely was quite surprised to notice the same phenomena here. Seniors are especially active in China; I think that there is a huge gap between seniors in western countries and eastern ones.

In France (where I come from), the Elderly are quite alone, I mean they spend their day at home, reading the newspaper, watching TV, going out sometimes to shop at the supermarket or at the market, and see their family members once a week. They have plenty of time but don’t have the opportunity to meet other a lot of people, or do some regular activities. I think that seniors in China are much happier than in France, they are surprisingly active. Furthermore, most of the times they live in the same place than their children with the whole family or just at the house/apartment next door, they are never very far from their children and grandchildren.

Here is a typical day of a senior in China:
They wake up quite early in the morning drink a cup of tea, have a breakfast and read the newspaper. As they’re up before the whole family they prepare the breakfast for everyone and have it together. Then, while the weather is still fresh, they go to some parks, in the streets, or just down the building to have a walk, gather with the old people in the neighborhood, do some exercise with some punchy music and dance. At midday they go back home to have lunch with the grandchildren they took at school, and then they take a nap because the weather is too hot to go out. And when they wake up they usually spend the rest of the afternoon with their friends chatting outside or play games like mahjong or cards.

Indeed when I go to the parks or when I walk out from my building I like to chat with the Elderly. They are very nice, funny and are happy to speak and meet with a foreigner. They might invite you for a cup of tea in the afternoon and eat some fruits if they like you. Or better, you can spend the afternoon playing with them at Chinese chess, mahjong or cards. I still don’t know how to play Chinese chess, but they already taught me how to play mahjong and cards. First, the rules of mahjong were quite difficult to assimilate, but after few games, I felt like I’ve been playing this game my whole life! I must confess that this is now my favorite game; it requires skill, strategy, calculation and involves a certain degree of chance. Now I can easily “Pung, Kong, Chi” with the 136 tiles.

No surprise that Chinese people are known to have the longest life in the world if they are as happy. I wish I could live like them when I grow old and spend my day taking things easy. So, next time you will see a group of seniors in a park or in the street, don’t hesitate to discuss with them even if they can’t speak English, I’m sure that you will spend a great time and live an amazing human experience. What make your China tour different from others would be the people you met and the experience you’ve shared not only the place you’ve visited.

Hike White Cloud Mountain in Guangzhou

On November 11, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Nature Scenery, Temples, by Jack Li

Guangzhou has many natural beauties for you to discover on your Guangzhou tour. White Cloud Mountain is one of the prettiest places you can visit. White Cloud will help you feel better if you are feeling a little stress. Just remember when you travel to Guangzhou that White Cloud Mountain will help you feel at peace. […]

Guangzhou has many natural beauties for you to discover on your Guangzhou tour. White Cloud Mountain is one of the prettiest places you can visit. White Cloud will help you feel better if you are feeling a little stress. Just remember when you travel to Guangzhou that White Cloud Mountain will help you feel at peace.

White Cloud Mountain

White Cloud is 10 miles from Guangzhou, and is 10 miles big. You will be able to see how erosion affected the rocks over time. In addition you can hike up Star Scraping Ridge (Moxing Ridge) one of the 30 peaks to see the city of Guangzhou and the famous PealRiver.  Or if you just want to relax and be outside then White Cloud is perfect for you.

The reason why the mountain is called White Cloud is because of the airy clouds that circle the mountain throughout the spring. There are six attractions to see in all and all of them are amazing, Bright Pearl Building Park, San Tailing Summit Park, Bird Spring Valley Park, Santailing Park, Lulu Park and Fei’eling Park.

Santailing Park has a garden called Yuntai Garden, if you love walking though flowers and trees this garden is for you. It has many eye-catching flowers and flourishing trees. Sculpture Park coves 113 acres. While walking in the park look for a big birdcage, it will be the biggest one in China. When you do see it, see how many kinds of birds there are and how different they look from another.

Bird Spring Park will give you a change to hike by a river and the mountains. While you are hiking you will want to sing with the birds. Make sure you have a camera with you so when you arrive that the Jinye Lake you can take a picture. The lake is so clear you will be able to see the lovely scenery in the water reflection.

During the different dynasties famous poets would visit White Cloud and write poems about its beauty. These poets where known as Sushi, Yang Wanli, and Wang Shizhen. The Mountain age is about 4,000 million years, which makes it one of the oldest mountains in Guangdong province. Since the mountain has many natural gardens it is known by many tourists. There is a famous poem written that describes its beauty “clouds can be seen in every famous mountain, only the white clouds cover a whole spring like year”.

The best part about White Cloud Mountain is that it is not very far from your Guangzhou hotel. Just take the subway. Make sure you get on line 3 and get off at Meihuayan station. The second best part is that it will only cost you 10RMBs to get in, unless you want to go the rope way then it will cost you 30RMBs. It opens from 6am to 5pm. If you love hiking then White Cloud Mountain is where you need to go.

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Guangzhou Fun Parks

On November 9, 2011, in Adventure Trip, China Attractions, Cool Places, by Jack Li

If you want to make your Guangzhou tour family friendly, then plan on stopping by one of Guangzhou many fun parks. You can pick from Chimelong Holiday Resort, Paradise Resort, Safari Park, Water Park, the International Circus, Crocodile Park and for the family members who love to golf the Golf Center. You can travel from […]

If you want to make your Guangzhou tour family friendly, then plan on stopping by one of Guangzhou many fun parks. You can pick from Chimelong Holiday Resort, Paradise Resort, Safari Park, Water Park, the International Circus, Crocodile Park and for the family members who love to golf the Golf Center. You can travel from your Guangzhou hotel to one of the fun parks by bus or subway.

Chimelong Paradise-

Chimelong Paradise has 60 different attractions. These attractions include rides and shows. One of the roller coasters you can ride  on is called the Ten-looped Roller Coaster it is ranked the best in Asian and second in the world. So if you enjoy fast and loops then this ride is for you. If you love to get excited on rides then make sure you try Motorbike Launch and Half Pipe Coaster they will thrill you. If start to notice that your family needs a break from the rides then try to see one of the shows. There are plenty to choose from, you can chose to see magic tricks, dances, acrobatics or parades. Before you leave the park make sure you see a movie at the 4-D theater. The Price to get in park will cost each person 180RMBs. The park is open from 9am to 6pm Monday thru Fridays on Saturdays and Sundays it closes at 7:30pm.

Safari Park-

The Safari Park is the biggest animal theme park in Asia. It houses 20,000 animals. Pandas, Koalas, pygmy, hippopotamus, black rhinoceros, white tiger and the white lion are some of the animals you can see during your visit. The best part is that you can drive a car inside the stock area to get a closer look at the wildlife, some animals you can feed. If you want to see some amazing performances stop by the performance hall to watch tigers and bear and lions do some tricks. This park will cost you 180RMBs and it opens at 9:30am and closes at 6pm.

Water Park-  

The Guangzhou Water Park is the biggest water park in Asia. It has pools and water rides. Some of these water rides are speedy while others are slow. If you love getting dizzy then the Tornado is for you. You will sit in a four leaf clover shaped ring and it will take you up a tornado. If you enjoy fast rides then ride the Boomerango, it is said it has neck breaking speed.  There are plenty of rides for the family to enjoy. The Water Park will cost you 128RMBs and it opens at 9:30 and closes at 6pm. Each year it will open in April for the hot months and close in October for the winter months.

The Crocodile Park-

The Crocodile Park is a theme park, everything in the park deal with crocodiles. There are over 100,000 crocodile in the park. While you are visiting the park you will be able to see an ecological farm, shows and you can get educated on crocodiles. The shows are exciting. Tamers from Thailand will do the most dangers tricks. If you want to get a thrill try fishing for a crocodile. The park is open from 9:30 to 5:30pm and will cost 60RMBs for each person.

You will be asked to show what is in your bag at each fun park. Some parks will not allow you to take in food, drinks, colorful flags, gongs or drums. When you travel to Guangzhou with the family let the happiness began with world class tourist kingdom.

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Guangzhou- Bright Filial Piety Temple

On November 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Historical Relics, Temples, by Jack Li

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is […]

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is get on the subway and go to line 1. Get off at Ximenkou station and take exit C, be prepared for a seven minute walk.  

Bright filial Piety Temple was built during the Han Dynasty (207BC-24AD). It was first used as a lecture hall in the Han Dynasty. Then in the Song Dynasty it was dedicated into a Zen Buddhist Temple (1127-1279).  The architectural style used in the Temple grounds gives the viewer an insight to Chinese Buddhism cultural history.

There are several main halls you can view while visiting the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The first is the Mahavira Hall. This hall is the oldest and was built in the Jin Dynasty in the year of 401. The Mahavira Hall is to be said to be the best architectural creation in the southern part of China. Since the architectual style of the hall is said to be the best it has influenced other temple designs. The hall is 116 feet long and 81.6 feet wide and 44.62 feet high. The Hall sits on a high platform. Inside the hall you will find three Buddha statues. Protecting the hall is a bell tower and drum tower.

The Sixth Ancestor is another hall you can observe. This hall holds a statue of Master Hui Neng. There is a bodhi tree that is behind the Sixth Ancestor Hall the legend says the abbot of the temple buried Hui Neng’s cut hair under the tree. Hui Neng was the most famous monk who ever stayed in the temple. He was the sixth master of Zen Buddhist Sect.  In the Buddhist cultural Bodhi trees symbolizes wisdom. In ancient China a Pagoda was built in memory of Hui Neng. The Sixth Ancestor Hall was constructed in Song Dynasty (960-1127).   

Heavenly King Hall is the third hall you can examine. Heavenly King Hall is 380 years old it was created in the Ming Dynasty. When you are examining the hall you should notice a Spring Washing Bowl. It was brought in to provide clear water. The Spring Washing Bowl was used by Bodhidhamma so that he could wash is bowl in clean water.

East and West Irons Towers are the oldest irons towers in China. The West Iron  Tower is the oldest out of the two by four years. West upper floors did not survive the collapse of the house. The East tower is still intact it has seven stories. East Iron Towers holds 1,000 shrines and each shrine is housing a statue of a Buddha.

If you want to see ancient China architectural on your Guangzhou tour then visit Bright Filial Piety Temple. The temple dates back 1,700 years. It will only cost you 5RMBs to see the Bright Filial Temple. It is opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:00 daily.

Don’t Forget about Guangzhou

On October 25, 2011, in Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel […]

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel there. During this time you will in counter pleasant rain, sunlight and flowers that bloom all year long.

If you need ideas on ways to travel to Guangzhou, you can take a flight or train. There is one airport called Baiyun International. There are also three railroad stations: Guangzhou Railway, East Guangzhou, or North Guangzhou Railway Station. If you go by train you can choose to get a seat or a sleeper bed. If you travel at night it is a good idea to get a sleeper.

Another name for Guangzhou is Canton. It is the third largest city in China. Guangzhou is located in the south-central Guangdong Province its sits north of Pear River and is close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Macau.  Just Remember if you want to visit Hong Kong make sure you have a multiple entry visa or you will not get back into China. The legend-During the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC-254 BC) the Cantonese people suffered from famine for many years. One day five immortals took pity on the city and came in riding goats. Each goat ears where made out of rice and each one was a different color. The immortals blessed the area, they blessed the weather they also blessed the crops. Days after the immortals visited the Cantonese people the famine ended. The Cantonese people wanted to show their appreciation so they built the immortals a temple and called it the “Five Immortals Temple”.

If you like historic sights then you will like Guangzhou. Some of sights you can visit are ‘Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum’ and ‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’. These sites will tell you about the ancient history of Guangzhou. If you like scenery then you will like Yuexiu Park and Shanmian Island, plus you will be able to see exotic mansions. And it you like to go to museums then you need to make sure you go to “Guangzhou Museum of Art”, the museum is the top art museums in China.   

For all the people who love to shop, there are a massive number of retail stores and shopping malls. The shopper can find top-notch products from all over the world in Guangzhou International Building, but the true shopper’s paradise is the Beijing Road Business Street. If you like food then you will love Guangzhou, since it has the best food. You can find the best Cantonese cuisine there.  Don’t forget about the pastries.

So make sure when you plan your China travel that you don’t forget about Guangzhou. The number one reason why you should not forget about Guangzhou is that it is warm all year long. While you are visiting Guangzhou you can go sight seeing and shopping. Also remember that Guangzhou has the best food.

Go to Guangzhou

On July 13, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Tours, by Jack Li

  When you think of a trip to China you rarely think of Guangzhou, even though it is the 3rd largest city in the country. This is because it is rather unspoilt compared to the other major Chinese cities of Shanghai and Beijing. It is located in the Guangdong province in southern China. It has […]

 

When you think of a trip to China you rarely think of Guangzhou, even though it is the 3rd largest city in the country. This is because it is rather unspoilt compared to the other major Chinese cities of Shanghai and Beijing. It is located in the Guangdong province in southern China. It has been built on the Pearl River, which is particularly beautiful at night with a wonderfully Cantonese ambience. Book Guangzhou Flights and Travel to Guangzhou now!

The population of the city is 6 million which makes it the third most populous metropolitan area in China. The climate is humid subtropical, meaning that summers can be very wet with high temperatures, as it is monsoon season.

Cantonese is the dominant language for 7 million residents in Guangzhou, which is half of the total population. The other half mainly speak Mandarin however another language spoken there is Hakka.

One of the many things that Guangzhou has to offer is the beautiful traditional sculptures. This makes the province popular with Chinese visitors and foreign tourists alike. Some examples include the Guangzhou Ivory Carvings and sculptures made of jade, wood and olive. Other art work that can be found in the city is the colourful handmade pottery which has a history of over 300 years. Cantonese people are also famous for their skill to create intrigate embroidery called ‘Yue Embroidery.’ This literally translates to ‘Guangdong embroidery’ and is one of the four famous types of Chinese embroideries.

The religion practised in Guangzhou is predominantly Buddhism and has remained very influenial in the lives of the people there. Huaisheng Mosque is one of the most ancient mosques in the whole of China online slots and is located in the city of Guangzhou.

One attraction which you must visit when on a trip to Guangzhou is the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. This is an old Buddhist temple which was originally built in the Liang Dynasty in 537. Unfortunately the temple was burnt down however it was rebuilt in the Northern Sond Dynasty. The main part of the temple was built in 1097 and is known as the Flower Pagoda. It was named this because its exterior is bright and colourful. Originally the Flower Pagoda had a square base, however after being rebuilt after the fire it was made into an octagonal shape instead.

When visiting the Guangzhou area you must try the cured meat called the Canton Province Bacon. Wash this down with a Zhujiang Beer which gets it name because of the Pearl River which flows through the city.

Guangzhou is very unique and cannot be compared to any other major Chinese urban area. This is because Guangzhou is in a Southern province and therefore is predominately Cantonese. Cantonese culture is very different to that of any other area of China. The country of China is so vast that it cannot be categorised into one culture, one belief or one way of life.

Guangzhou Tours are available now so why not take a trip to this beautiful city and enjoy the Cantonese culture.

Chen’s Ancestral Temple

On April 28, 2011, in Adventure Trip, More Cities, Must-sees, Temples, by Jack Li

Compared to other historical relics,such as the Forbidden City of Beijing Tour,the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses of QinShihuang of Xi’an tour,Chen’s Ancestral Temple is not known so well.But if you want to understand the Lingnan culture more deeply,there is a need that you should come and visit Chen’s Ancestral Temple. Although there are not many […]

Compared to other historical relics,such as the Forbidden City of Beijing Tour,the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses of QinShihuang of Xi’an tour,Chen’s Ancestral Temple is not known so well.But if you want to understand the Lingnan culture more deeply,there is a need that you should come and visit Chen’s Ancestral Temple.

Although there are not many places for tourists in Guangzhou, Chen’s Ancestral Temple is the ‘must-see’ spot that the city can proudly boast about. Despite being relatively new in Chinese history (it was built in 1890), the temple is known for its superb art that epitomizes Guangdong folk art. This is the kind of building you can imagine ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ filming in.The temple has long been looked upon as the ultimate in Cantonese construction of the past glory.

In the late of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a man named Chen got the third place in the highest imperial examination and had conferred upon him a distinguished office title which made the Family Chen well-known. Later someone suggested that all the Chen’s families raise money to build a temple to sacrifice to the ancestors and encourage their offspring likewise to study hard. Therefore, the temple was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen’s families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas members of Family Chen.

The construction was intended as a family memorial temple for all the Chens in the 27 counties in Guangdong Province. Later it functioned as an academy as well, where students of the Chen clan gathered to study before their going to the capital to take the imperial examination in Beijing. And in the early 20th century, the buildings were used to house various institutions. First, there was the Chen Industrial College and then several other schools were also founded there, including Guangdong Public School and Juxian Middle School. It was also used as a family shrine for the Chens to pay tribute to their ancestors every spring and autumn.

Visitors marveled at the exquisite house decorations and the workmanship of the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family. All the buildings are done with a variety of sculptures of wood, stone and brick relieves modeled in pottery and lime, and frescos and copper-iron castings in various styles. The carving techniques express simplicity and ruggedness, precision and exquisiteness, each setting off the other.

The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family deserves the name of “A bright pearl of the architecture in Lingnan Region”. Visitors are astonished at the perfect skills of the folk artisans. It’s hard to believe such delicate crafts being made with simple and unsophisticated tools. Besides, these carvings are delicate and tasteful reflecting the practice of pursuing elaborate and rich decoration. In addition, some of the contents and forms of expression seem to have been influenced by the foreign cultures, for example, “the image of the little angel”. It is one of the examples of the intermingling of the traditional Chinese culture and Western culture. The local artisans absorbed extensively the traditional techniques as well as the Western skills, not confined to the traditional materials and art tradition. They have enriched the Chinese folk arts and handicrafts, placing them further on the international stage of arts.

There is no need for you to worry about language barrier as most of  the people in Guangzhou are very nice and hospitable ,if at that time you don’t understand what each other talk about ,you can just use body language.So go ahead ,and plan a Guangzhou tour.

Eating in Guangzhou

On January 17, 2011, in Cultural Experience, by Sandy Li

When you Travel to Guangzhou, you will taste so many kinds of delicious food in your Guangzhou Tours. Cantonese Cuisine, or Yue Cuisine, is one of eight famous kinds of dishes in China which include Lu, Chuan, Yue, Min, Su, Zhe, Xiang, Hui Cuisine in China. It is famous for its special taste and types […]

When you Travel to Guangzhou, you will taste so many kinds of delicious food in your Guangzhou Tours. Cantonese Cuisine, or Yue Cuisine, is one of eight famous kinds of dishes in China which include Lu, Chuan, Yue, Min, Su, Zhe, Xiang, Hui Cuisine in China. It is famous for its special taste and types of dish in the whole world. Cantonese Cuisine, including Guangzhou Cuisine, Chaozhou Cuisine and Dongjiang Cuisine, has a long history.

Guangzhou, situated in the south of China and close to Macao and Hong Kong, is an open window to the outside world. The saying “Eating in Guangzhou” has been known all over the world and is a unique cultural slogan attracting worldwide attention. Nowadays there appears a special pattern in Guangzhou’s catering trade, which features various kinds of food styles, including the traditional food and innovative food. In Guangzhou, people could eat Chinese food cooked in western style or Western food cooked in Chinese style, southern style food with northern flavor, northern style food with southern flavor. All these food styles make Cantonese food more attractive.

Major features of Cantonese cuisine are that steaming, braising, frying, baking skills; stressing that dishes should be fresh, tender or smooth; tastes should be raw, crisp, fresh and thin; clear but not tasteless, fresh but not strong, tender but not half-cooked, oily but not too greasy; stressing the use of strong fire to cook to get full tastes and flavors.

Roast Goose is one of Guangzhou’s most famous dishes and is one of the traditional roasted dishes of Guangzhou.The wings, feet and entrails being removed, the body is then blown, besmeared with five fragrant seasonings, sewed in stomach, shortly boiled in water, poured with cold water, besmeared with sugar juice, air-dried and preserved, and then hung and rolled in the oven or above the flame. Then cut it into pieces, arrange on the plate and it can be served. The roast goose colored brown and tasty.

Roasted Sucking Pig is another famous Cantonese dish in dinner. Guangzhou has the workmanship of roasting sucking pig for more than 1400 years. The ancients had given it high praise: colored as amber and also gold; melted entering mouth; shaped as if the snow; tasted uncommon. When the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was in Guangzhou the White Swan Hotel entertained her roasted sucking pig. Roasted sucking pig is the most representational traditional food in Guangzhou and usually served for special occasions. The flesh of the sucking pig is pale and tender and the skin is crispy and highly valued as pork rinds.

Because of Guangdong’s location on the southern coast of China, fresh live seafood is a specialty in Cantonese cuisine. Prawns, shrimps, scallops, lobster and crab are all in plentiful supply. Many popular restaurants have live seafood tanks. From the Cantonese perspective, it is best cooked seafood by steaming. In some recipes, only a small amount of soy sauce, ginger, and spring onion is added to steamed fish.

Unlike other Chinese cuisines, the Cantonese usually serves soup before a meal. The soup is usually a broth prepared by simmering meat and other ingredients for several hours. Sometimes, Chinese herbal medicines are added to the pot. The ingredients of a rather expensive Cantonese slow cooked soup are: fresh whole chicken, dried air bladder of cod fish, dried sea cucumber and dried abalone. The combinations are varied and numerous

If you are interested in Cantonese food and want to try it, please book Guangdong Flights and start your trip of delicious Cantonese food.

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Famous Snacks in Guangzhou Tour Package

On November 1, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

As the Asia Games is coming, do you make a clear plan in Guangzhou? You may say “Yes” since you have arranged your Guangzhou Flights and Guangzhou Hotels. But how about Guangzhou flavors? Do you know much about it? If not, please take the following as reference. Want to try most famous delicacies of Guangzhou? […]

As the Asia Games is coming, do you make a clear plan in Guangzhou? You may say “Yes” since you have arranged your Guangzhou Flights and Guangzhou Hotels. But how about Guangzhou flavors? Do you know much about it? If not, please take the following as reference. Want to try most famous delicacies of Guangzhou? You can go to the shopping pedestrians Shangxiajiu. Shangxiajiu shopping pedestrian is the most ancient and rich customs place in Guangzhou. Surely it has the most authentic Guangzhou flavors.

Silver in mind (Yin-Ji)—Chang Fen

You may know Chang Fen since it’s the most common flavors in Guangzhou. It can be local people’s breakfast and lunch. And Silver in mind is the most well-known shop for Chang Fen. You can order a bowl of Chang Fen without any ingredients or with pork or shrimp. You can taste slithery Chang Fen with fresh meat and sweat soy sauce. Remember that you may line up for it any time.

Linlin Niuza Shop– Radish Niuza (assorted parts of cattle)

It is another one of Guangzhou snacks, enjoyed by both ordinary people and White-collar. The cook will stew up the radishes and assorted parts of cattle in the early morning until night falls. This comes the best time for tasting it. Because it makes the most aromatic Niuza and strong flavored radishes.

Guangdong Cool Tea

I think you may drink the cool tea often if you care a lot about the Asia Games results. Locals like to have some cool tea concocted from different kinds of herbs to get over its sticky weather. If you are not accustomed to this drink taste, you can just taste fresh sugarcane juice to fall your fire.

Ginger Bump Milk (Jiang Zhuang Nai)

Just as the name implies, this drink has incorporated sweet from milk and pungency from ginger perfectly. And it can warm the stomach and body well. You’d better have a cup of drink to prevent influenza.

Shunde Smooth Fishskin of Chen Tian in mind (Chentian-Ji Shunde Shuang Yupi)

Fish skin has rich gelatine and nutrition. It belongs to Shunde snacks in Guangdong. And Chentian- Ji is the most famous one. Because cook there are insisting on family recipe: peel the fish skin by hand, scald and mix up with their own soy sauce. It tastes fresh and smooth without any fishy smell. It is so famous that you can just ask the neighborhood then you can find it.

Taotao Ju Restaurant—Marry- daughter Cake (Jia- Nv Bing)

As one of the top 4 manufacturer for Cantonese moon cakes in Guangdong, Taotao Ju keeps some ancient tradition such as the Jia-Nv cakes for 1yuan per one. It is a traditional pastry printed the Double Happiness character on the surface. You can buy one to just have a taste since it conveys blessing to you. Besides, if you want to have a dinner, you can go upstairs for a rich meal since Taotao Ju is also the most famous restaurant with wonderful food.

Baohua Noodle Shop– Happiness Trotter Noodles (Zhu Shou Mian)

This shop has a long history and has authentic flavor. There has a sentence called that Happiness is a bowl of trotter noodles. If you catch up with A Po who enjoys the noodles, you may understand those words. And you can order a small bowl of noodles with detail request about the fat or skinny noodles. Trotter there is teared by hand and it tastes refreshing as well.

I hope it useful for your Travel to Guangzhou.

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Some Wonderful Historic Scene Spots in Guangzhou

On October 13, 2010, in Cool Places, by Jack Li

This time I want to introduce some place that shows its ancient culture well when Travel to Guangzhou in China Tours. Lotus Mountain Scenic Area Panyu Lotus Hill Scenic Spot, located in the bank of the Pearl River Estuary. It is a wonderful place that rolls ancient rough and modern beauty into one. “Lin Peak […]

This time I want to introduce some place that shows its ancient culture well when Travel to Guangzhou in China Tours.

Lotus Mountain Scenic Area

Panyu Lotus Hill Scenic Spot, located in the bank of the Pearl River Estuary. It is a wonderful place that rolls ancient rough and modern beauty into one. “Lin Peak view of the sea” there is one of “Eight Guangzhou New Century”. China National Tourism Administration has also been classified as AAAA-class tourist area in 2002.

Lotus Hill Guanyin Pure Land looks large and majestic. The Golden Guanyin Status facing the sea is 40.88 meters high. You can enjoy the beauty where the sunshine reflects on the sea and the gold color of the status lightens the sky. It is the largest foil gold statue of the world. With almost 1000 Guanyin status, it is definitely a treasure house of Guanyin culture.

Lotus rocks area has a history of thousand years as the ancient quarry sites since the Western Han Dynasty was founded. There are cliffs, strange rocks and caves with uncanny craftsmanship. It is famous for these “the man wins the God accidently” rocks views, as it is the only place to see the “artificial Danxia” miracle.

Chen Clan Academy

Guangdong folk art museum, also called Chen Clan Academy, was built in 1888, surnamed Chen clan family who donated the construction of the temple in 72 counties in Guangdong Province. This temple could be the representative of both Lingnan architecture and Guangdong’s folk art.

Chen Clan Temple faces south, covering 15,000 square meters. One of the main building flat squares is 80 meters wide and deep, with a total area of 6400 square meters. The building takes the middle road as the main line of the whole and both sides are enclosed with halls and rooms, yards and corridors interspersed. Monomers in each block are separated by Qingyun Lane and connected by galleries. Nineteen buildings there have regular vertical and horizontal construction with strict symmetry. They have tall and majestic halls, beautiful veranda, quiet courtyard, which are very typical of the Guangdong Folk Art ancestral hall-style architecture, known as the pearl of Lingnan architecture.

Chen Clan has become the Guangdong Folk Art Museum, mainly because there are “three carves three sculptures and one cast iron.” “Three carves” refers to the stone lions and Shek Kwu in front of the gate; brick carves inlayed on the both sides of left door walls. Its left is the “Water Margin Juyi Hall” and the right is “Liu Qing Ambushes Wolf-horse”; and a screen door has four large wood carves (including relief, through carving, etc.). “Three Sculptures” refers to the colorful, gray and pottery sculptures that can be reflected everywhere on Chen Clan Temple roof. “A cast iron” refers to the superb cast iron crafts in Chen Clan Temple.

The Clock Tower

The old Customs building is a modern Western neoclassical masterpiece of architecture in Guangzhou, commonly known as the Clock Tower. It has silvery bell ringing, which can be heard 5km away. This tower was built in 1916 by an American architect and the main construction materials were all imported by the United States.

Tower Studio

This building is the former residence of Chen Shao Bai. And Sun Zhongshan had lived here on the second floor in 1920s. In recent years, the fate of this issue by studio tower was controversial in the engineering design of the Pearl River. One view was that “Guangzhou Bund” should be spacious and the floor pan, if not removed yet. However, after considering the factors by relevant departments, they decided to place reservations by converting it to a new concept of modified opening up river floor.

Whampoa Military Academy

During Anti-Japanese War, the former site of the Whampoa Military Academy was destroyed. After a large scale repair in 1964, it had recovered the original condition. The former site of the Whampoa Military Academy in 1984 to establish memorial site to commemorate the military is now building a military entrance, Zhongshan Monument, Zhongshan former residence, clubs, swimming pools and Eastern Campaign martyrs’ tomb. The former site of the Whampoa Military Academy and the school history have vividly demonstrated during the history of the first cooperation betweenr the two parties to develop anti-imperialist and against the warlords struggle. Whampoa Military Academy is a national cultural heritage site as well.

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