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.
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.