Saturday, April 12, 2008
Luckily I didn't bring any summer clothing for this trip, as it turn out to be raining almost everyday in Guangzhou! It was raining season and with an average temperature of 18-26°C everyday. Taking photos is almost impossible as it's almost raining or cloudy each day. Apart from the lack of sunshine, the street is wet and muddy.
The first thing we did was to visit Bei Jing Lu (Beijing Road). It was madness as there's so many shops there. A shopping paradise for some people, but nightmare for me. After exploring almost a quarter of the shop there, I found something interesting in the middle of the road. There's an ancient road from Ming and Song Dynasty underneath Beijing Road.
I ask Su Ling to pose in front of the ancient road but unfortunately the photo turn out bad (due to cloudy and dark sky). The ancient road is actually underneath the glass panel.
Apart from Beijing Road, we also went to Shang Xia Jiu Pedestrian Street. It's a shopping place like Beijing Road, but in a much smaller scale. of course other than Beijing Road, I had also visited the other places such as Comic City, Jade Market, Antique Market, etc. I even took this opportunity to eat their local McDonald's meal. The set meal is a grill chicken burger dipped in spicy sauce (Sichuan pepper) and milk tea (not coke). Quite spicy if you ask me. The food in Guangzhou is amazing! We had tang yuen almost every other day, street food, sichuan food and of course cantonese food.
Another interesting thing is I get to watch the latest TVB series on their TV. Their TV network is showing D.I.E. at the moment. Unfortunately, I don't have much time watching TV there as I need to spend all my time on business related matter, and sight seeing the city. I even saw a pickpocket incident while walking on the street. It's not only muddy and wet on the street, but also dangerous and dirty. Maybe the city is just too big, over populated, and the people are just desperate. Luckily we are not the victim (but what they say about beware of pickpocket and bag snatcher is true).
After coming back, I did a research on this building, and I found out it's actually call Jinlun Guild Hall. It's actually 300 years old. Well, I think I was walking along the jade or craft market, and suddenly I found this old building. At least it's a bonus as I didn't get to go to "The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum".
To compensate for that, I actually went to eat dim sum at one of the oldest restaurant in Guangzhou, Tao Tao Ju. But it's a short dim sum session, as we need to rush off to Shenzhen. Coming up next ... Shenzhen.