Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quick guide to Guangzhou

The final leg of journey took me to Guangzhou. Like every major city in China, Guangzhou is immense!  People Mountain People Sea - 人山人海 comes to mind.  Luckily I stayed in Huangpu, blissfully quiet with not one waiguoren in sight.

After dotting around China for so long (Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Zhanjiang, Fangcheng,  Qingdao, Yantai  -> to name but a few). It was a relief to finally get back to the South. I never realised how different North and South was. The North was incomprehensible Erhua, permanent winter, noodles, dumplings and looking up. The South was never ending summer, feeling tall (haha!), rice, dim sum, the familiar sound of Cantonese (and the usual helpless feeling in trying to speak) .  Stereotypical but this is what I experienced first hand.

Whilst staying in Guangzhou just little things soothed my homesick heart. 粥 and 肠粉 (rice porridge and rice rolls) 叉烧包 and 点心 (roast pork buns and dim sum). Food is the way to my heart and these are all the foods I grew up with. A trip to the local China town just wasn't complete until a Cha Siu Bao was in my hand.
So talking about food, what did I do in Guangzhou?! Eat of course!! With one of my fav eating partners R!
Lunch: Dim Sum
Dinner: Roast Pork Rice and Fried Hofun Noodles.

Besides eating, the weekends were spent exploring the local tourist sights. Sacred Heart Church is a beautiful Gothic church set near a hustling bustling market.

Shamian Island

Yes I spotted 3 wedding couples taking photos at this exact spot. Not so romantic now.. haha.


  1. lols at the prewedding photo. They couldn't even wait for the other couple to finish first!

    1. haha yeah man hilarious! I have loads of these wedding pics taken around china, should just make an album. :D