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Old September 16th, 2013, 04:07 AM   #21
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Baiyun Mountain

As can be seen from the photos visibility was getting worse by the minute. I really wish I could have seen the city from that area during the sunset with better weather

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Old September 16th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #22
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Old September 16th, 2013, 04:17 AM   #23
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After an exhausting (but very interesting) walk at Baiyun Mountain it was time to have lunch at the nearby McD. Only that instead of my usual burger I got McD fried rice with chicken. Although at ą20 (more if you buy meal) it's at least twice more expensive than the same thing at some random noodle house or Chinese fast food. It seems that McDonald's, just like KFC and other Western Fast foods, is seen as being a little bit 'premium' for which it can charge more. It has to be said, however, that the variety and choice of food in Guangzhou (perhaps just like in any other China's major city) is plentiful for any price and any taste
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Old September 16th, 2013, 05:48 AM   #24
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20 yuan for a rice dish in a sit-down sounds about right. Were you comparing against the food stalls and the sidestreet eateries that charge 5 yuan for a fried rice?
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Old September 16th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #25
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I guess so. Obviously I didn't mean luxury restaurants.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #26
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Liwan District

My next urban journey in Guangzhou is a walk in Liwan district along Inner Ring elevated road from Zhongshanba metro station area (where I was living during my stay in Guangzhou) to Shamian Island and slightly beyond along the riverside.

Ground floor of the apartment building where I was staying (not far from Zhongshanba metro station). I guess it's what used to pass for a 'luxury apartment' development at the times it was built. I don't know when it was built but it was there as early as 2004 (can be seen on Google Earth). I suppose it's probably from between 2000-2004. It's located here on SOSO maps street view. A family operate a hostel there which is established on the 15th floor apartment. The reason why I chose it was because of excellent views (there aren't any other highrises nearby which would block the view) and simply out of curiosity to find out how life is in 'real' apartment buildings in Guangzhou. I really loved it despite the fact that the fountains on the ground floor don't work and lights in the lobby area are very dim even during the night. However there is a security post at the compound gate and the area feels very safe in General. A very convenient noodle house and a tiny corner supermarket selling beer and snacks is right next to the entrance where I used to buy my Pearl River beer (defintiely my favorite of all the beer I tried there... maybe 5 or 6) and ice green tea
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Old September 18th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #27
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Liwan District

Shops. There is a variety of trade activity from cheap fast foods to scooter repair shops to small supermarkets
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Riverside along Yanjiang West Road
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Old September 18th, 2013, 01:50 AM   #28
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Liwan District

Somalia Bar on Yanjiang West Road. I was wondering what kind of establishment is that? From what I understand it's a nightclub. Is it a place where the Somalian community is gathering? I did see quite a few Somalians in Guangzhou (might be Eritrean or Ethiopian Muslims though, can't know for sure). I was a little surprised to see so many foreigners all over the place. I spoke to a number of Russians, Egyptians, Austrians, South Africans. Some were on business while some just on a sightseeing tour
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Old September 18th, 2013, 01:52 AM   #29
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Illuminated fountains in Shamian Island
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How did you change the title of the thread?
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Zhujiang New Town CBD

The next destination is Zhujiang New Town aka Guangzhou CBD. Starting at Wuyangcun metro station and walking towards the core of the CBD

Views from the elevated pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Guangzhou Middle Avenue and Huacheng Avenue
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Zhujiang New Town CBD

As some might have suspected Guangzhou has quite an epic road infrastructure. That includes well planned street grid, elevated roads and expressways, tunnels, multi-level junctions and other powerful infrastructure all over the place
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Zhujiang New Town

Urban environment along Guangzhou Middle Avenue. Mostly hi-end luxury apartments with an occasional office building inbetween
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I could only guess how much a regular apartment would cost in this development. Probably a fortune or two
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Old September 19th, 2013, 10:50 AM   #35
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Guangzhou is a gorgeous and beautiful city, and it's CBD is perhaps the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing CBD in the world. But overall, I find that Guangzhou doesn't have the wow factor like its neighbour Shenzhen. Almost all the photos of Shenzhen are intriguing, and despite having similar population Shenzhen definitely looks less clustered and congested than Guangzhou
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Great, very nice photos from Guangzhou
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Excellent thread, man. Love those river shots, looks like mini Shanghai, I guess because of the colonial architecture.
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Amazing city and good job with the photos! Can't wait to go there in the end of this year, together with Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen.
Hope for blue skies, but I've heard that's not common in this part of the world.
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Guangzhou is a gorgeous and beautiful city, and it's CBD is perhaps the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing CBD in the world. But overall, I find that Guangzhou doesn't have the wow factor like its neighbour Shenzhen. Almost all the photos of Shenzhen are intriguing, and despite having similar population Shenzhen definitely looks less clustered and congested than Guangzhou
Surely so. It is aesthetically rather different. Perhaps more similar to Shanghai than Shenzhen.However Shenzhen is rather unique in this sense not only in China but the world as a whole. The city is all new, built from scratch which means complete freedom for planning initiatives and experiments. In Guangzhou in order to build something you need to demolish something else first.

Zhujiang New Town CBD, however, is perhaps the best CBD in China.
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Amazing city and good job with the photos! Can't wait to go there in the end of this year, together with Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen.
Hope for blue skies, but I've heard that's not common in this part of the world.
Thanks!
I don't think blue sky is a problem. Especially in Winter. I'm sure you'll get a chance to see it at least occasionally. The problem with my stay in Guangzhou was that almost every day it was raining for extended periods of time. On some days it was raining all day non stop.

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Excellent thread, man. Love those river shots, looks like mini Shanghai, I guess because of the colonial architecture.
Good to hear you like it.
Guangzhou does have some similarities to Shanghai: diverse neighborhoods, elevated roads, European architecture and perhaps many other things. However I found Guangzhou to be more cosmopolitan and open. And, of course, it has a better CBD where they did a really good job with the street level solutions. I think Joseph Gomes has a point there saying that it has the best looking CBD. I will post the photos soon.

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