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Winged Victory of........ Guangzhou!?

Guangzhou, the most important trading city in South China for more than 2000 years, once the mecca of the ancient Yue Kingdom, nestled in the tangled strands of the Pearl River Delta, is lately transforming itself into a modern metropolis... I hazard to add that it is becoming even just a little bit... dare I say it... cosmopolitan...

Construction of brand new skyscrapers and shopping malls is a never ending process here that cannot be escaped... Many of the big international names have taken up residence, with many more soon to come... Still far from the futuristic majesty of Hong Kong, GZ occupies a middle ground between the Asia of yesterday and the Asia of tomorrow...

The dining and nightlife scene has expanded and diversified tenfold in the last 10 years, with something for just about every taste, all centered around the grand culinary kaleidoscope of Cantonese cuisine... Thai food, Indian, Brazilian, French, Italian, Vietnamese, you name it... The fashion scene is fascinating, especially for its multitude of independent Chinese designers who own their own stores in trendy spots such as Tiyu Xilu and Taojin Lu...

And for those sinophiles out there, GZ offers a great deal of historical and cultural points of interest, including ancient Buddhist temples as well as sights important to the development of China in the 20th century...

Some famous persons who have resided in Guangzhou at one time or another include:

Bodhidharma - Indian Buddhist monk and ancient founder of zen philosophy, lived in GZ circa 520 C.E. and built a well in Guangxiao Temple of GZ
Hui Neng - Famed 6th patriarch of zen buddhism in the Tang Dynasty, became enlightened while living in GZ when hearing a passerby reciting the Diamond Sutra.
Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas - Maternal uncle of the prophet Muhammad, lived in GZ during the Tang Dynasty, established the first Chinese mosque in GZ and entombed in GZ.
Sun Yat-sen - Cantonese leader of the democratic revolution which overthrew the last emperor of Qing Dynasty China in 1911, he studied medicine in GZ and attempted his first 1895 insurrection in GZ as well.
Mao Zedong - Hunanese Marxist revolutionary and founder of People's Republic of China, he established the Peasant Movement Institute while living in GZ.

Pictured above, a reproduction of the famed "Winged Victory of Samothrace", poised within Guangzhou's brand new Grandview Mall in Tian He.

Shown here, a typical residential balcony in central Guangzhou, full of botanical beauty...

The Greenery Cafe, in central Guangzhou, which is decorated with huge wall size reproductions of Salvador Dali masterpieces.

  • Last visit to Guangzhou: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 30, 2008
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  • Aug 19, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    We took a table whose glass shattered. In 15 min abt 25 bouncers came. In mins, they surrounded us. Whn the sec tape showed tht we didnt break the glass, they started shouting screaming wildly. Out of fear for our lives we paid 2000 & left

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Thanks Paul but I wasn't an expert. Maybe I am, on inertia, because I have so much to write before new travels.

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    Jan 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    hahahaha ... I am sure ;-)

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    Jan 20, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Paul, I've been reading your GZ page. Thanks for all the effort you've put into your advice. I'm there in late March before venturing further into China. You were lucky to have such a personable travelling companion. Chris

  • Apr 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    the quality are very bad. lot of bad copys. the prices are higher as in germany. cost a 500gb hdd 62euro at ebay 64euro, or a 250gb 2.5inch 66euro. a psp2 black 140euro. in ebay 160 but with game. to expensive and only *** 22.04.2008

  • Feb 4, 2008 at 6:25 AM

    Great Page and picture!!!

  • Dec 18, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    hi friend, i am coming to GZ on 23rd dec 2007. question, are stuffs there like electronics & watches cheaper than those in shenzhen ? i been to shenzhen & find the prices cheap as well. maybe you can share some thoughts? thanks & merry christmas!bondzz.

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    Feb 20, 2007 at 7:07 AM

    i like very much the photo of the colorful porcelain elephant and the rain... puts in a very special mood...

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    Jan 31, 2007 at 5:24 AM

    Hello Paul. Fantastic tips here, especially the local customs. Really fascinating & my ratings are definitely with you. Greetings from another crazy place, Dubai :-) Jess

  • Sep 28, 2006 at 12:43 AM

    Love Guangzhou very much especially the food be it the street food or a simple restaurant good and cheap. going back in October as the food and shopping is a paradise.

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