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China Trip: Guangdong

Buddha, from the top of the staircase.

China Trip Week 4: Guangdong

 

Week 4 of my China trip brought me to the cities of Guangzhou, Guangdong and Hong Kong.  Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, is one of the largest cities in China, with over 44 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area (that’s 9 million more people than the entire population of Canada).  Here, I stayed with a good friend from my college days who has been living in China for the past three years.  After two weeks deep in the Chinese countryside, it was wonderful to spend some time in such a bustling modern city.  I enjoyed too much delicious food, went on a tea shopping spree, indulged in tuina massage, and took in some breathtaking sights.

From there, I headed to Shengzhen for a quick visit with my sister’s sister-in-law and family.  While there, the weather turned as the outer edges of a typhoon started blowing on shore.  Intense wind and rain kept me holed up indoors for the couple days I was there.  And then I headed over the border to Hong Kong.  While still officially part of China, Hong Kong is a bit of a special place.  For one, there is a border crossing complete with customs and immigration (apparently it’s not completely open to all Chinese).  Also, the languages are Cantonese first, English second, Mandarin a distant third.   While there, I braved the wind and rain to explore the city and finished my trip with a visit to one of the outlying islands to check out the giant Tian Tan Buddha.

I had an amazing trip to China: the food, the people, the culture, the scenery were all incredibly wonderful.  Although I spent a month travelling, I hardly scratched the surface of places to go and see.  I’m hoping to return and explore more of the country in the years ahead.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a little of what I was up to last month.  Next post, I’ll be writing about Chinese medicine topics.  Enjoy!

 

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