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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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My trip to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xiamen & Fuzhou

Hi everyone. Me and my friend went to a trip to China in the end of last year and beginning of this year. We started in Hong Kong and went by train to Guangzhou in mainland China. From there we went by night train to Xiamen. From Xiamen we took a fast train to Fuzhou and back. Then we flew from Xiamen back to Hong Kong to celebrate New Year's Eve there. Then finally back to the cold and darkness in Sweden.


So, first Hong kong between December 19-21. We stayed at Nathan Road on Kowloon and didn't visited Hong kong island at this time.









International Commerce Center at Kowloon



The very exclusive mall on the entry floor of ICC.




ICC from the outside








Mong Kok at Kowloon






Near Natan road




Night market on Temple street





So, next stop was Guangzhou on december 21. I will upload those pictures soon.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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Passing Shenzen on the train from Hong kong to Guangzhou













More pics from the train to Guangzhou












Arriving with Taxi










After looking for the hotel in 3 hours (our map sucked and people didn't knew where the hotel was located) we finally manage to find it with some help of two girls in the reception at another hotel.

The view from the room was acceptable.





Not as nice the morning after.




The subway was very convenient and modern. Built in 1997. And the prices was good.




Beijing Lu & downtown






























Then we made a visit to Canton tower



The LED lightning



We didn't went to the highest observation deck. This is from 428 meters.







Pearl river



Model at the entrance of the tower



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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Very nice!!
Great cities and more is yet to come?
Btw, in those views from your hotel room and trian you can see very well the contrast between rich and poor.
On most threads here about cities like Guangzhou you only see the rich, beautiful side of it,
but those pictures show the other side.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:26 AM   #4
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Very nice!!
Great cities and more is yet to come?
Btw, in those views from your hotel room and trian you can see very well the contrast between rich and poor.
On most threads here about cities like Guangzhou you only see the rich, beautiful side of it,
but those pictures show the other side.
Yes, that contrast between rich and poor was quite striking in Guangzhou. The rich areas looked like European cities while the poor areas was totally different.

From the hotel room looking left:






It was the same in the traffic. Some were driving exclusive cars while others were walking on the high way.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:37 AM   #5
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Nice tour, would really like to visit these cities! Interesting with the high class differences of modern China.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 12:40 AM   #6
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Shopping around Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street



You wouldn't see this store in Europe I think...












Then we took a ferry on Pearl river





















The tower was not leaning like the one in Pisa for your information




Can somebody tell me what kind of arena this is?

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Some more pics from Guangzhou



Pictures below is taken from Teemall



The Pinnacle & Leatop Plaza in the background.


Same pic in black & white









Victory Plaza


What are they building? I don't know.



CITIC Plaza in the background

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So, we took the night train to Xiamen





The toilet on the train. You had to bring your own--> .


Zhongshan Road






Gulangyu island
































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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:36 PM   #9
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More from Xiamen










The treatment of animals in China is horrible. The animals below were alive...








Propaganda sign on Kinmen, Taiwan


Entertainment on the boat







South Putuo or Nanputuo temple. It's a Buddhist temple in Xiamen Island.
















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Nice tour, would really like to visit these cities! Interesting with the high class differences of modern China.
Thanks for commenting. Yes I also found it interesting to see the rise and development of modern China. The cities I visited were less "exotic" than I thought they would be. The income differences are still big but the Chinese middle and upper class is raising the country to a new level.
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Then we took a trip to see Fujian Tulou (UNESCO World Heritage)


The lunch



The Chinese seem to like those plastic stools. I saw them everywhere.






Tianluokeng tulou cluster



Yuchanglou earth building




















Banana farming






Xiamen port


Brand new Kempinski hotel Xiamen. There is a Rolls-Royce dealer in the building.


Xiamen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) opened 2008. And yes...that kid is taking a piss.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #12
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very nice, thanks for the wonderful photos from your trip.
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Thank you very much.
This kind of photographing i found more appealing than from taking photos in distant points or panoramic,i like the fact that your photos was taken from street level and generally are very nice photos
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Brilliant shots
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very nice, thanks for the wonderful photos from your trip.
Thank you very much!
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Thank you very much.
This kind of photographing i found more appealing than from taking photos in distant points or panoramic,i like the fact that your photos was taken from street level and generally are very nice photos
Thanks! I wish I would have taken more of those shots, of people instead of buildings, because when you have people in you pictures they tend to be more vibrant and interesting. But I'm very inexperienced as a photographer so I'm learning.
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From Xiamen we took a day trip to Fuzhou by high speed train


Waiting for the train






In China there is construction going on everywhere!








Getting closer to mountainous Fuzhou


We went to Drum Mountain (Gu Shan)






First vantage-point



The view that rewarded us after some exhausting walking up the mountain...was not really what I expected. Damn smog


Walking further up to see if the view is better from there


Nope...


Luckily you can go with this up and down the mountain if you don't want to walk




There are stairs all the way up to the main vanish-point around 2000 meters above sea level.








The historic street Sanfang-Qixiang "Three Lanes and Seven Alleys" in downtown Fuzhou.




In the end of the day the cab driver managed to drive us to this oversized train station. It was cool, unfortunately it was the wrong one. Our train departed from the central station.




Anyway, the staff was very helpful and took us on an earlier train to Xiamen from there.
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We took a flight back to Hong kong.


The view from the hotel room on Johnston Road was acceptable.





New years eve and polices everywhere!



Lan Kwai Fong was crowded before midnight





We had a plan to watch the fireworks over the skyline from Kowloon but were a little naive and arrived there to late. I believe you will have to wait for several hours before midnight to be able to get a descent view of the skyline.

So when we arrived the place was totally crowded.

Nathan Road




Like 10 minutes before midnight me and my friend desperately had to take a leak so we sneaked in to The Kowloon Hotel. I took a picture from the restroom.


So, the celebration on midnight was kind of an anticlimax. We saw nothing of the fireworks!


Finally, around 15 minutes after midnight we managed to take us forward to get a view of the skyline. It was quite spectacular.












Thousands of people were taking pictures of the skyline. It's almost sad to see that people (like myself) were eager to get a good shot instead of just enjoying the moment.


Then headed back to Lan Kwai Fong again. It was even more crowded than before midnight.

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The roof of Sheraton Hotel





















Avenue of Stars


Bruce Lee statue


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Here are my last pics


Protests against Hong kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying, accusing him of being a puppet installed by Beijing.


Luk Yu Tea House. It was established in 1933. On 30 November 2002, businessman Harry Lam Hon-lit was shot dead while eating breakfast at Luk Yu.





The lady in the table next to us was quite funny. Bringing her own tea to a tea house.


Central–Mid-levels escalators


A flat duck.




Hong Kong Subway




Lockhart Road with lots of strip clubs and brothels.



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