Interesting Facts About Guangzhou China.
Hello, Friends how are you in this article we're gonna talk about the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Guangzhou which is also known as Canton as the capital and the most populous city in the province of Guangdong in southern China how did I get here I took a fast train from Hong Kong and an hour later I was in Guangzhou the contrast between the two places was obvious I had no local cash, and they did not accept Visa or MasterCard so my first challenge was to find an exchange place locals use WeChat payment systems and Union pay which hat is a messenger and you can install it on your phone of course but unless you have a Chinese bank account.
You won't be able to use it for payments to make matters have been more complicated most people did not speak English even at the train terminal Guangzhou has a history of over 2,000, and 200 years and that has been a springboard for trade-in cultural exchanges many revolutions and reforms it's located on the Pearl River about 120 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong and 145 kilometers north of Macau.
The heart of one of the largest urban agglomerations on planet earth the Pearl River Delta economic zone 50 million people in 2018 the population of the city was fourteen point nine million Guangzhou is best known for its annual count on fare the oldest and largest trade fair in China it's held every year in April and October.
Guangzhou is the main manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta in 2017 the GDP reached 318 billion dollars this is similar to that of Miami Singapore and Toronto you know if you want to import something from China this is probably.
The place to start I visited a couple of those wholesale malls and I was impressed sure you can get low-quality cheap stuff that's what most of us think about when we see made in China, sign but they also have a good choice of nice unique goods, like these lamps but prices wouldn't be so low in this case look at all these toys all of them will end up, in your countries eventually but you can get them here for a fraction of the price.
So it looks like he's gravitating it's actually on a magnet it's really impressive the work the earth is shaking guys what's going on just blends with the story Guangzhou is considered one of the most prosperous cities in China at the same time oh into rapid industrialization.
It's considered to be one of the most polluted cities,= where some central part you see a lot of skyscrapers and a beautiful River it's pretty peaceful it's not like he was otic like people who are riding around there's, a lot of people riding bikes which is good but like they say there's one of those high scrapers in the distance you can hardly see because of the smog well it's one of the most industrial city cities on earth.
So no surprise but the city goes to great lengths to make it greener you see lots and lots of bicycles and electric scooters everywhere in 2006 Guangzhou had the largest number of LPG fueled vehicles in the world also that same year the municipal government banned motorcycles it's one of the most livable cities in China, and it has a great climate a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian, monsoon summers are wet with high temperatures and high humidity, and winters are mild and comparatively dry.
So I had no expectations, no idea what Guangzhou would look like and maybe, it's just a central part but it looks really beautiful and livable I mean beautiful parks not too many cars not at all a lot of people are riding bikes we'll, get to see more and we'll get the more comprehensive idea of what Guangzhou is really like, let's do it a major reason to visit the city is the cuisine 1jo has the country's largest number of restaurants per capita here you can try the authentic taste of sweet and sour pork wonton soup and dim sum.
Sometimes order and food are just like guesswork and how do you know what's inside you know maybe fish maybe chicken a bit spicy maybe it's not so ordered this one and that's where I got portions are huge you know so when you order something in China just remember that it might come out a lot bigger than you expect so I ordered a bowl of spicy fish soup and this is what came out to be I guess.
Good for four people, not just me you know most Chinese food served in Western countries is actually Cantonese food Cantonese people would eat absolutely anything liver kidneys heart-brain you name it there's a joke that Cantonese people eat anything that has four legs other than a table anything that flies other than an airplane and anything that swims other than a submarine so they have a very broad definition of what is considered edible almost all the local people speak Cantonese as their first language while most migrants speak Mandarin.
Oh, you know what's your name hello what's your name my needs are maintained Guangzhou has now a huge influx of migrants from other areas of China interestingly marriage is one of the top two reasons for permanent migration there's also a rapidly increasing number of foreign temporary workers and immigrants from Southeast Asia the Middle East Eastern Europe and Africa.
Did you know that Guangzhou is home to the largest African community in Asia migrants from Africa started arriving in Guangzhou in the late 1990s buying in bulk allowed many Africans to strike it rich back home many though decided to stay here longer legally or illegally until the government decided to put an end to that they started frequent police raids?
In the 2011, Guangdong Act which offered Chinese citizens rewards for reporting on foreigners with expired or forged documentation as they say China gives China takes Guangzhou was the fourth city in mainland China to have an underground railway system currently the metro network is made up of 13 lines covering.
A total length of 476 kilometers a long-term plan is to make the city's metro system expand to over 500 kilometers by 2020 with a total of 15 lines of operation in addition to the metro system there is also a tram line which opened in 2014.
While Guangzhou is not the first choice when it comes to vacation destinations the city still has a lot of things to offer if you want to explore the city you might want to start with CBD which stands for a central business district where you'll find a lot of skyscrapers and plenty of food options Guangzhou.
Opera House and Guangzhou library hwacha and square or flower city square is the largest square in the city especially in the evening the view of the Canton tower with all the lights decoration is remarkable central business district looks super modern, and they had a light show that night you might want to visit shamiana island the name of the island means sandy surface in Chinese this territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qin government in the 19th century.
This island is a reminder of the colonial European period with quiet pedestrian, avenues flanked by trees and lined by historical buildings let's take a walk.
There's a lot of socialist propaganda banners, and slogans everywhere do you guys want to know the core socialist values well here, they are for you they're rocking the red flags and as someone growing up in Soviet Russia, this looked way too familiar in 2019 they were celebrating 70 years of the People's Republic of China.
Today it's a strange combination of capitalism, and communism Starbucks is here, Walmart is here, coca-cola is here, and as long as you're not a threat to CCP rhetoric and agenda you're okay to do business in China but Facebook Instagram and YouTube are not okay.
Look, this is a little bit of capitalism for you, and this is a little bit of communism you see these security guards on the streets with red ribbons on their arms everywhere they're there to ensure public safety and order needless to say there are millions of security cameras everywhere.
Most people live in high-rise apartment buildings, strangely enough, some of them have bars women on their balconies for some reason together with Shanghai Beijing and Shenzhen Guangzhou has one of the most expensive real estate markets in China there's a stereotype about the Chinese that they smoke a lot.
Well my impression is that most stereotypes are true, and so is this one I only had two days in the city so, there was no way that I would be able to visit everything but hopefully, this is enough to give you an impression of this huge Chinese city well I hope you guys enjoyed the article and let me know what
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