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Friday, February 1, 2013

Travel Log: Guangzhou(China) (15th -19th Jan 2013)

Bird's eye view
known historically as Canton or Kwangchow
3rd largest Chinese city(12.78 million-2010 census) and southern China's largest city
"Nice to be home (Touched down Malaysia 5.00am-Sunday (20th Feb 2013) & open FB  when you are   visited the  country that  blocked FACEBOOK  ,TWITTER ,YOUTUBE and BLOGGER except INSTAGRAM...with the temperature slightly cool compared with our beloved country(MALAYSIA) during this time (10c to 19 celsius)...In fact ,this is my 3rd times visiting the most populous country in the World-.my 1st trip  was 7 years back-->SHANGHAI (2006) &  my last Trip Kunming China(2008)."

"Selampai" Pua Kumbu CreationsKapit -->Natural Dye(L) vs Printed(R) 
 Sacred Heart Cathedral 
Guangzhou China 1861
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus(1861)
also known as Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Guangzhou (Canton), South China. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guangzhou (Canton).
The cathedral is located at 56 Yide Lu (or Yat Tak Road), Guangzhou. It is on the north bank of the Pearl River and stands at the heart of the busy old town
The PEARL River got the name because of all the pearl colored shells that lie at the bottom of the river in the section that flows through the city of Guangzhou.This 3rd LONGEST River in CHINA (more than 2,000km) --> thought to be one of the WORLD's most polluted waterways..
Strolling@Yuexiu Park 
 the largest park in downtown Guangzhou. Covering an area of 860,000 square meters (212.5 acres), it is made up of three artificial lakes and seven hills of Yuexiu Mountain; hence the name Yuexiu Park.

It is a perfect combination of cultural relics and ecological tourism, reputed for its pretty water and hills as well as cultural relics. The main places of interest include the stone sculpture of the Five Rams, Zhenhai Tower, the site of the Ming Dynasty City Wall, and Square Cannon Site.

The Five-Ram Sculpture
 one of the most famous structures in Guangzhou. It has become the emblem of the city. 
Legend has it that more than 2,000 years ago, the city was a barren land with people who despite hard work were suffering from famine. One day 5 FAIRIES in 5-color garments came riding on 5 rams, playing their legendary music. The rams held sheaves of rice in their mouths. The FAIRIES left the sheaves of rice for the local people, gave blessings to the city and left. The rams turned into stone and the city became a rich and populous place. Guangzhou got the name of the City of Rams /City of Goats..

City wall of Ming Dynasty
The oldest city wall of Guangzhou of 600 years..
Sun Yat-sen Monument
Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary, 1st president & founding father of the Republic of China ("Nationalist China"). Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" & "forerunner of democratic revolution" . Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty (the LAST EMPEROR of CHINA) during the Double Ten Revolution
Sea Guard Tower(Zenhai Tower)
5th story PAGODA (1380) now used as MUSEUM (housing the historical relics and the Art Gallery showing many exquisite local craftworks
                                                          Square Cannon Site(bottom)

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
.Few others Memorial Hall dedicated to him at TAIPEI ,SINGAPORE & PENANG). Listed as one of the 1st class cultural relics in Guangdong Province. Designed by the famous Chinese architect, Mr. Lu Yanzhi, the construction started in 1929 and finished in October of 1931.
The tallest structure in CHINA & the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the world.-->Menara BERKEMBAR Petronas KLCC listed 14th & 15th & ..Menara KL (22nd tallest freestanding structures in the world)..

 (Red Mound Pagoda)was built over 400 years ago in 1619 during the time when Fengshui influences were pervasive....It is said the 2 towers were built at the mouth of the Pearl River as a Fengshui design to bring good luck to the Guangzhou city area--->made from red sandstone.It stands at 53.7 meteR
Sculpture..@Muzuem of Art. — at Guangzhou Museum Of Art.
GUANGZHOU ZOO(since 1958)
one of the 3 largest zoos in China (the other 2 are Shanghai & Beijing Zoo). It is home to over 5,000 animals( 400 species).. The animals native to China which reside there include giant pandas, golden monkeys, South China tigers etc..at Bird Paradise -->where HORNBILLs(Kenyalang) & PHEASANTs(Burung Ruai) residing..In fact ,"Silver Pheasant" is Guandong Province NATIONAL BIRD.

Hornbill@Guangzhou Zoo 

a bear native to central-western and south western China.
A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country
Wild population estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild.. While a 2006 study estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000
Xinjiang Muslim Food (Uyghur People**Turki ethnic group**)-Satay Kambing biri2x, Prata,Nasi Cendawan,Nasi Tomato,Nasi Kambing,Mee Sayuran2x& etc
Food crawl@Guangzhou(HALAL & NON HALAL)

Culture Tour @Borneo Hornbill Festival
The winner for Sabah & Sarawak Ethnic Dance Competition @Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2012-BADAN KESENIAN MINDEF I @GUANGZHOU CHINA (15-19 Jan 2013)

The tallest structure in CHINA & the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the world
TRAVEL is  to discover that everyone is wrong 
about other countries"


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