What’s there in Guangzhou and Macau?

Guangzhou known historically as Canton with a huge population of 12.78 million people (2010 census) is not my idea of a holiday destination.  (I was told the population now is about 15 million).  China’s third largest city, Guangzhou is a gateway to other surrounding southern Chinese cities such as Huizhou, Shenzhen, Macau or even Hong Kong.  My recent trip took me to Guangzhou in order to get to Huizhou which is around a two hours drive by road to attend my daughter’s wedding dinner and getting to meet the groom’s parents and relatives.  We spent our last two nights in Guangzhou before heading off to a real holiday in Bali.

This was my second visit to Guangzhou, like it or not, I probably may be back.   The city is bustling and the skyline is stalked by battalions of ultra high-rise blocks.  No wonder the city has been dubbed “Manhattan on the Pearl”.  We took a day trip to Macau and marveled at the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral while enjoying Portuguese egg tart, reminding me of my Malaysian city, Malacca.  Macau with all its casinos brightly lighted at night, predictably, has been dubbed the Las Vegas of the Orient.

Here’s some pictures of the sights and sounds of Guangzhou and Macau as I see it.

After all feasting and grand dinners in Huizhou, we went for simple chinese eats at the nearby eatery around our hotel, Baiyun City.

After all feasting and grand dinners in Huizhou, we went for simple chinese eats at the nearby eatery around our hotel, Baiyun City.

Beijing Lu (Road) in Guangzhou for those who love shopping

Beijing Lu (Road) in Guangzhou for those who love shopping

Beijing Lu is the shopping destination, brightly lighted.

Brightly lighted shopping streets in Beijing Lu.

Shoes, shoes, shoes - spoilt for choice.

Shoes, shoes, shoes – spoilt for choice.

This was a kit placed in our hotel room - no idea how or when to use it.

This was a kit placed in our hotel room – no idea how or when to use it.  Too bad I cannot read Mandarin although I can speak some.  Cantonese is the main dialect in Guangzhou.

Macau and its many splendid hotels and casinos.

Macau and its many splendid hotels and casinos.

One of Macau's many casinos.

One of Macau’s many casinos.

Senado Square, Macau is bustling with shoppers.

Senado Square, Macau is bustling with shoppers.

Macau's most famous landmark, Ruins of St Paul's

Macau’s most famous landmark, Ruins of St Paul’s

With its easy access to other surrounding cities in Southern China, there is no shortage of things to do in Guangzhou so perhaps it is worthwhile for another visit one day.

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