MY CITY: Guangzhou, China

Name: Carol Xiao
Born: 1983
Profession: Travel Writer

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Where do you live
The city of Guangzhou

Here I grew up:
Meizhou city, Guangdong Province

Why I visit My City:
Guangzhou is an easygoing city, vibrant, pragmatic, and also a city much about gourmet food.

My early memory:
It’s a big city, full of tall buildings, shopping malls, quite different from my little hometown. Here you can find something to eat in 24 hours.

My favourite place to eat:
Yin Sheng Hui. It’s a nice restaurant with a beautiful outdoor area and indoor area as well. In one of the famous garden in Guangzhou city, you can enjoy the surrounding of shady trees. Peaceful and quiet. The food is traditional Cantonese food, and it’s delicious.
Address: Huang Huagang Garden, No.79 Xianlie Zhong Road, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou. No website.

What do you eat there?
Crab, chicken and cellophane noodles.

Meet the locals:
TaiKoo Hui, a big luxury shopping mall, which has terrace garden area with different type of restaurants and cafes.
Address: No. 383, Tianhe Road, Tianhe district, Guangzhou.

My favourite bar:
“1920 Restaurant” is a German restaurant and terrace bar. We can have dinner together and then move to the terrace bar for a drink.
Address: Floor 4, No.1 Jianshe Six Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou.

Best place for a first date?
Tianhe Nan Road. It’s a residential and commercial area. The cafe, boutique shops and bars have the romantic feelings.

My secret place:
A little street near Chen Clan Academy. Typical Cantonese Food Street, you can enjoy seafood, BBQ with beer in a very traditional Cantonese way.
Address: Behind Chen Clan Academy square, No.34 En Long Li, Zhongshan seven Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou

My best advice:
Guangzhou city is more about leisure and food. In a traditional way, you can visit the viewpoints, such as Chen Clan Academy, Guangxiao Temple, take a boat trip on Pearl River and visit the new Guangzhou Tower.

My favourite shop:
I don’t really have a favourite shop but a place that is nice to meet, eat and made some special shopping. Redtory. A creative area full of restaurants, teahouse, cafe, gallery and boutique shops. Relax or take some pictures.
Address:No.128, Yuancun Si Heng Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou.

Taxi or other local transport:

Keep away of:
Shangxia Nine Road, a shopping street, full of people but not that much to see. Although it’s a traditional viewpoints. You can go to Beijing Road to have a quick look instead, something similar.

Where next:
In China, I will visit the Yunnan province.

Book hotel here: Baiyun Hotel

Make it Happen!

Touch Down: Baiyun International Airport, China.Railway Stations: Railway Station, East Railway Station, North Railway Station, South Railway Station.

Stay: The Five-star Baiyun Hotel 367 East Huanshi Rd, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, China.

Eat: The city also has a worldwide reputation for good food. It has more restaurants and teahouses than any other city in China. Cantonese cuisine (Yuecai), one of the eight famous cuisines of China, is redolent with color, fragrance, taste and presentation.

Play: Besides traditional Chinese festivals such as Spring Festival, New Year, International Labor Day and National Day, the city celebrates some local festivals.

Mini Guide: Guangzhou has some alias: Five-Goat City, Goat City, City of Spike, City of Flowers. The local climate is sub-tropical. The average year-round temperature is 22℃ (71.6℉). The rainy season falls between April and August. The best time to visit the city is between October and December.


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