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Old September 15th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2009 GUANGZHOU Photo Collection #1

Guangzhou is a short hop from Hong Kong, and makes a great weekend getaway. Hard to believe it took 6 years for me to go back after my first visit in 2003.

The biggest change nowadays is the express train from Shenzhen to Guangzhou East, which takes just over an hour. Soon we will have our own express link out of Hong Kong.

1. Guangzhou used to be the key port for foreigners to trade in southern China. Known as Canton at the time, the foreign influence is very evident on Shamian Island, where they settled and grew their community.

5. Behind the historical buildings, a modern city rises.

7. Shamian fronts the Pearl River, the key waterway in southern China. At the river mouth lies Hong Kong and Macau.

9. This thread will focus on the historic buildings on Shamian. Like many other Chinese cities, European-style architecture exists and has been adapted to modern use. Perhaps to foreigners, Shanghai's Bund stands out the most, but these buildings exist in other cities such as Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Qingdao.

22. The Guangdong Victory hotel is a very cheap bet and it seems to get consistently good reviews. A double room would only set you back about USD 50 a night.

27. Shamian is also very leafy. In fact, it was quite difficult to capture the buildings under the canopy.

41. Eirgh ... this place already doesn't have many restaurants to begin with. And yet Starbucks was able to make it in!

49. A lot of these statues line the island.

55. A river separates Shamian from the rest of the bustling city.

More Guangzhou in the next part!

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Old September 15th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Great views. Love the older quarters.
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