Thursday, April 19, 2018

Yangshou - tomb sweeping festival

Going by the amount of firecrackers, there's a lot of tombs to be swept in this part of the world. From everywhere you would hear them and sometimes, the big ones, you'd be lucky to see.

From the car you could see families scrambling up the hillside to the round rock tombs, covered in red firecracker paper and bright plastic flowers. 

So lucky to have spent so much time in this part of China. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Baiyun Shan

Baiyun Mountain - unless it is a picture perfect day, forget about the views of the city and focus on the view around up above. Beautiful trees and wishes to discover all around.

You can take the metro and walk, but it's easier to take a taxi or didi to the chairlift entrance and buy a ticket up and down. Word of warning, go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fanging around on a bike

If you ever find yourself in Guangzhou and want to see the sites by bike, check out Canton Cycles and join a bike gang tour. We road on the wrong side of the river to exploit around Haizhung and it was the best fun ever! 

We saw monks on mobiles, temples and tiles, and laneways with washing abound. We rode past a man hand making skateboards, though wedding dress street and past a mother cat with her brand new kittens. Old mansions, tiny lanes and huge temples too. Sign up for the next one at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Xian Cun

I've watched this village slowly crumble since I arrived in Guangzhou and I sense there are not many more weeks left for the stoic folk who have held fast to their lot.

A big wall has been build and temporary accommodation for construction workers has been assembled, there are police and security - but some of the residents still hang on. 

Such a gorgeous little community amongst the rubble. Temples, phone accessory shops, vegetable stalls, fish mongers, restaurants, barbers and clothes repair stalls. People gossiping, eating, shopping and living. If you can believe what you read for those residents still hanging on by a thread, their lives have been turned upside down. They can't leave their house for fear it will be demolished. Some have been bullied and hassled and worse. And still they stay. 

I wish they'd at least keep part of this village. It's prime real estate for sure but one day when every little piece of this is gone and replaced by multi-storey units - you just end up with another China big city scape. But then who am I to make wishes when there are probably hundreds of people wishing that they can simply just keep their homes.