This was only my second visit to that city in the south of China. I am a Shanghai fan and prefer to find smaller suppliers in the north of China. But me starts to think I have been unfair in my assumed dislike of Guangzhou after my first visit. It was during the world's largest commodities fair a few years ago and of course everything was a whirl. Plus too many people visit that city for the exhibition which makes Las Vegas weekend room rates seem a bargain......I just did not have a good time back then.
This trip was a bit more focused on a single product group, which gave me some time to see the city as well, not just the hotel room and a trade fair. Being not familiar with Guangzhou, I focused my search for a room online not just on price but also on location, preferably close to a METRO Station. This would allow me to zip around China's third largest city and avoid the traffic. Which always tests my patience......
Definitely not in the central business district, more in a real living neighborhood I found a place on top of a station and the hotel elevator went direct from the 41st floor (my room) all the way down to the Metro. Cool stuff. Time saved big time.
And every morning when I looked out the window I had this view of a neighborhood in the neighborhood. While the buildings around the hotel and the square were all high rise and of recent age, the block behind main street seemed old and even more residential.
So one afternoon I made the trek across 8 lanes of traffic to see it up close. And it was not disappointing. Imagine a village. Where everything is available to enjoy daily life without leaving the village. Just set inside a 12 Million people city. I took some images, but could have taken many more. I have an iPad now, Victoria left me hers and while I enjoy it, I still feel that my pictures are not as good as they could be. Isabella needs to travel with me.
Enjoy the pictures
THE VIEW FROM MY ROOM
I NEED ISABELLA TO TAG ALONG FOR BETTER PICTURES
RISKY STREET FOOD. BUT VERY VERY GOOD CALAMARI
THE ORIGINAL FOOD TRUCK
HAIR DRESSER NEXT TO DENTIST
7/11 - 24/7
PEACE, HE YELLED
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
APPLIANCE REPAIR SHOP
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
THEY COOK IN THAT BIG POT
WATCH REPAIR (I THINK)
TAKING A BREAK