Lion Dance at the Wong Fei Hung Memorial, Guangzhou

A lion appeared at the opposite end of the courtyard.  Standing for a few moments then dramatically jumping up onto the first set of poles which looked to be around a metre high.  Within moments he had bounded a further two or three times in perfect unison to the beating drum.    This initial burst of…

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Hualin Temple, Guangzhou

You don’t often find many “special” temples in the more populated cities of China anymore.   Most are over-touristed and lack any authentic atmosphere.   The Hualin temple in Guangzhou’s old Liwan district definitely managed to impress me.  To be more accurate, the 500 Arhat Hall was the standout for this entire ancient complex. Walking inside the…

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Latest Article Published

My latest published article has just been released in the June 2011 issue of Qatar Airways inflight magazine – Oryx. It is a short introduction to one of my favorite areas in Guangzhou. To read the full piece, My Favourite Street, Guangzhou – click here.

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Randomness

Having been in China for quite some time now I think I might have become almost immune to the unexpected or unusual sights.   One afternoon recently when strolling across a bridge over the Pearl River, duly accompanied by cars and buses whizzing past I saw this guy pushing his fully laden bicycle along the far…

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Exploring Liwan district in Guangzhou

Recently I was asked to share my favourite part of Guangzhou and without doubt it has to be the old Liwan area.  The sheer diversity and extremes remind me of why I love to travel as well as really being in many ways a great glimpse into the old and new China. As soon as…

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Magical Afternoon of Cantonese Opera & Delicious Dim Sum

I have written about dim sum on this site a few times now and actually, if I haven’t mentioned it already – I love dim sum!!! So the opportunity to sit around eating dim sum and drinking tea in the city that spawned these tasty little morsels was just too much to resist.  Especially, since…

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Guangzhou’s Architecture Favorites

I have literally passed through Guangzhou dozens of times but have been yet to discover any real charm amongst its mammoth sized urban sprawl. This all changed when I stumbled upon a few classic streets in the city’s old quarter which have thoroughly revived my interest.   The stunning qilou that line the peaceful En Ning…

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Guangzhou’s New TV Tower

Stretching some 450 metres into the sky on the banks of the Pearl River is Guangzhou’s newest icon.   Nicknamed the “Supermodel”, the tower is said to mimic the body of a sexy woman. The elevator to the top is a special ride that brings dizzying but intermittent views across the city as you whizz your…

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Shamian Island, Guangzhou

Shamian Island is known in Guangzhou for its beautiful old architecture.   This former UK & French concession area is a great place to enjoy an atmospheric stroll amongst colonial styled structures from a bygone era. It also means this picturesque little spot is a draw-card for photographers adding a layer of vibrancy and interest that…

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Chen Family Ancestral Temple

A Qing dynasty relic of Lingnan culture which seems to have survived the cultural revolution relatively unscathed now houses the Guangdong Museum of Folk Art in a few of its many halls. Elaborately carved Chaozhou styled wooden doors depict classic Chinese scenes while mythological characters feature in the colourful, intricate lime sculptures that grace the…

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The Tangerine Ball

After my first few days of a six week stay in Guangdong province I fear I may have discovered a reality that I was hoping was an exaggeration or myth – there is some pretty serious pollution going on here!  Realistically the sun being a gorgeous tangerine colour in the gray afternoon skies is not…

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