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. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

This is how we weekend

Late night dumplings and cocktails. Early morning granola and coffees with Suzi. Kite flying, yum cha, and kitchen ware rummaging. Champagne sun sets and night time walks. River strolls followed by galleries and old style mansions. More markets then the best combination late lunch of all time.

Friends and fun.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Yuexia Park Lantern Festival

If you ever find yourself in Guangzhou for Chinese New Year, make sure you head to  Yuexia Park Lantern show. It's pretty busy but it is also pretty fun!

Catch the mets to Yuexia Park and follow all the people. For a taxi - go to Jiefang North Road and enter West Gate 3. The festival is on for a full month - so you can see it this year until March 11.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Guangzhou Flower Market

I posted about the flower markets here  but I didn't really make any reference to where they are or how to get there. 

Catch line 5 (the red one) all the way to the very end at Jiaokou. When you exit the station, you go to the right and walk towards the overpass. Basically towards all the people walking TO the station with their trollies full of flowers. Walk down the overpass and again turn to the right and you'll find yourself walking past some shops and cafes. At the first set of lights cross the road to the other side, walk under a little kind of tunnel and there you are! 

The flower markets start with shops full of pots and things, but after a block if you veer to the left and eventually you'll get to a massive under cover area full of flowers! 

Watch out for the beep beeps!