Hope you’re doing well!
This article is a kinda “throwback” to the last weekend of September, where SYSBS organized a culture tour about Guangzhou.
The program for that day was the following one:
- 10:10-11:10 Chen Clan Academy
- 11:30-12:30 Xiguan Residence and Lizhiwan Park
- 12:30-13:30 Lunch at Cantonese Restaurant
- 14:00-15:30 Western Han Nanyue King Tomb Museum
- 16:00-17:00 New Economic and Business Center Zhujiang New Town
- 17:30-19:00 Dinner
- 19:45-20:35 Pearl River Cruise
Timing was super precise, and of course, a group of Westerns prefered chilling in a park or anywhere else where we’ve found nice places..! The guide might has been a bit upset against us, but even sometimes boring, it happened to be a nice tour of the city, giving a nice overview of Guangzhou, and we can still go back to some places now we know where they are. It was also the opportunity to create a friendly environment around us, getting to know each others, and planned some trips for the incoming months.
Taking about the visits, it was interesting, even if too short to got every info about some sites like the Chen Clan Academy. The architecture there is impressive, as well as the details of the objects presented.
We’ve been lucky to see Lizhiwan Park right before the mid-autumn festival, which was nicely decorated, and where kids were performing a traditional musical.
Regarding the visit of Western Han Nanyue King Tomb museum, I already had been there before, no not a big surprise, but the site and discoveries happened to be stunning. You can go in the tomb (mind your head, at that time Chinese were tiny!) before the museum, and if you take your time you’ll be able to understand the way they lived.
Finally, the cruise was in my opinion the best thing of the day, because it allows you to see the city from another view, by night and by the sea. Going out on the boat is the best idea, even if sometimes crownded.
If you’re willing to have a guided tour of the city, make sure your guide speak a proper English..! It sounds stupid, but it’s very frustrated to not being able to understand a word of the explainations!
In addition to this tour, you can check out the “Guangzhou Orchid Garden”, right in front of Yuexiu Park. It costs someting like 5Y (student fares), but it’s very nice to have a walk there. Be careful with the huge amount of mosquitos, but where the weather is super hot, you’re sure that you’ll be OK there, thanks to the shadows of trees.
To be honest, Guangzhou is a great city, with overly nice people. Cultural visits are great, and you can still balance it with shopping or new food experiences!
Hope you enjoyed this post,
See ya soon, xx