Tommy moved to Guangzhou for work mid 2005, with our possessions but Kirsty spent a while longer going up and down and left and right between Guangzhou, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Vietnam, before finally settling properly in GZ after Saffron was born.
Since then we've tried to do a little exploring of our new hometown - it's an old colonial port town and now a rapidly expanding centre of manufacturing and industry - resulting in a huge, dirty modern city/conurbation of 20 odd million people with some hidden historical gems. Despite being China's 3rd city, it's not really on the tourist trail!
here are some pics to give an idea of what Guangzhou is really like.
Dragon boating went on in the village beside our flat
The factory by our flat being demolished
The Chen Family Temple - we were astounded to see western tourists!!!
random pagoda in the middle of wasteland and people drying blankets on bushes!
informal chinese opera group in the village beside our flat
Guangzhou by night from a cruise down the Pearl River
flower tea on sale
Temple in a small neighbouring town (pop. 1 million!), Foshan, which is famous for it's pottery kiln, martial arts experts and lion dancing
Interesting sign in a park near our place - presumably autumn, summer and winter are fine..?
We look over a "village" rather than over the city
Fish feeding frenzy at Dong Shan Hu Park
view from our flat - preparations for the great Li Ya Wan (our complex name) talent contest......
And let the contest commence....
Our next door neighbour had been practicing her routine and singing on her karaoke machine about 18 hours a day for the previous week...... it was pure pain.....
We spotted this advertising sign in a big department store....
aaaaawwwwww... so true!!!
Children in the village
At a Cantonese restaurant with Anna, and a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant
dried snake and lizard above, and live scorpions below
pickled snake for sale!
Gateway to the South China sea god temple - and factory behind!
Chinese new year decorations
Lots of firecrackers were set off as the boats passed up the river
Temple from the cable car to the white cloud mountains
I'm not sure about stressing the civilisation......
Some of the colonial old bits
Childrens lion dance troupe just walking down the street!
snacks for sale in the village, and duck and duck sausages drying on a tree
Fungus (small, and huge!) on sale on the streets
The Statue of Liberty in GZ...
..... a little piece of which was given by...
Spotted on the streets of Guangzhou...... the "Tommy Hair Salonng"
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