Guangzhou – The Old And The New – China

I’ve seen the change 10 years brought to this city. The mix of modernity and tradition, the fast track development.
I’ve seen its charm before Canton Tower and its charm after it.
The lights, the flavors, and the flowers.
The buildings, safe nights and colorful sunsets sitting above Baiyun Mountain.
My eyes are intimate with the corners and colors of Guangzhou.
After watching this video, maybe your eyes will want to see more too.😉

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Chinese Fake Market – Guangzhou

There are hundreds of cheap markets spread around China, some are collections of fake goods, some are just extremely cheap.
Either way, they are basically a tourist attraction if you are interested in shopping.
Street food is always available on the surroundings, you’ll need some after all the walking.
Bargaining is the key to success and only tip you need on how to enjoy these places.
For me they are a huge part of the China experience, I used to visit them more often in my first few time in China, it brings me good memories.
Just strolling around countless cheap stalls while munching on some hazelnuts with no worries in mind.

Wholesale and Fake Markert
*The address is a reference for the area, the market is widely spread around this point.
Address: Guangzhou Railway Station surroundings, Yuexiu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.146732,113.253781 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市越秀区三元里 邮政编码广州火车站
Subway station: Guangzhou Railway Station, line 2 and 5, exit G

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Chinese Fake Market - Guangzhou
Worldwide postage on site
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Having Lunch Inside A Buddhist Temple ! Guangzhou, China

I’ve been craving Chinese food for a while and visiting this place seemed like the perfect solution for it.
You may wonder how such craving is possible living in China, however, I live in a very westernized area and the Chinese food available near me is not vegan.
It is confirmed, this place is a gem to end that baozi(Chinese bun) craving and I find it’s also just perfect for tourists. You are able to visit a stunning temple and eat the local food in a great ambiance and atmosphere, all in one.
The beautiful temple is located near Beijing Road, a famous shopping street, it may be one more attraction for the combo if shopping is your cup of tea.
After the meal, a stroll around the Gold Buddha temple will bring you pure joy, and if lucky you’ll be around at the ceremony time and witness the beauty of it. This bit can’t be recorded, no problem though, have a look at the majestic and gigantic golden Buddhas for yourself and let us know how you feel. 😉

Having Lunch Inside A Buddhist Temple ! Guangzhou, China

DaFo Vegetarian – 大佛寺素食阁
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2F, 27 Xihu Road, Inside DaFo Temple, Yuexiu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.123023,113.268206 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市越秀区北京路西湖路27号
Subway station: Beijing Lu, line 6, exit B (10 min walk) or Gongyuanqian, line 1, exit D (12 min walk)
Open from 11 am to 9 pm.

 

There was a special energy in this place, I highly recommend it.
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Inside A Chinese Tea Market – Guangzhou

Every Chinese city will have at least one tea market so if you are not in Guangzhou don’t worry, there will be a delightful market near you too.
On western minds tea come in tea bags, that can make for a whole discovering experience when visiting tea markets in China. Here they come in a spectacle of packings, straw wrapped, inside dried fruits, paper wrapped, in all sizes and shapes.
Even if you don’t really care for tea, they look so good that you want to bring some home. The same happens with the tea sets and tables, you suddenly wish to build a tea room in your house.😜
Visiting Guangzhou’s market we found friendly and very welcoming people and no other tourist to be seen, a real contact with the culture and the people, perfect for those wanting to winded faraway from the crowds.

The market we visited on this video:

Guangzhou Fangcun Tea Wholesale Market Park – 芳村茶叶批发市场园区
*This is the address of the main mall but all the surroundings are part of the tea market.
Address: 333 Fangcun Middle Avenue, Liwan, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.102204,113.227310 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市荔湾区芳村芳村大道中333号
Subway station: Fangcun, line 1, exit C (walk 15 min)

To see a traditional Chinese teahouse click here.

I am a tea enthusiast, something that can be especially fun in Asia.
What about you, can’t live without a cup? Let us know in the comments below!✨

Inside A Chinese Tea Market - Guangzhou

 

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Underground Shopping In China !!! – Guangzhou

There’s a city above the ground and another one under it! That’s the reality of all big cities in China.
It seems like the most ordinary thing ever for those who live here but it can definitely impress any outsider.
There are all kinds of underground malls, the most common being food and apparel related.
From a quick meal to a fun time out, they are handy for the locals and a true experience of the metropolitans everyday life for the tourists.

Underground Shopping In China !!! - Guangzhou

Here the addresses and extra info from the shopping mall we visited on the video:

Fashion Tianhe Plaza
Address: Tianhe Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.134160,113.325819 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市天河区天河北
Subway station: Tianhe Sports Center, line 1, exit D3 or Tiyu Xilu, line 1 and 3, exit E (walk 5 min)
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

There’s plenty of curiosities to see in China, it’s really interesting to witness a different culture.
We are in Guangzhou now, let us know what you want to see next!

Underground Shopping In China !!! - Guangzhou

 

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The Best Of Baiyun Mountain – Guangzhou, China

First of all, it’s important to notice that Baiyun is not one mountain but a range. There are many entrances, which brings you to specific parts of the mountain.
To get to the right entrance you have to decide which part you want to explore, if you wish to see the same site we visited on the video, either pick the cable car from nearby Yuntai Garden or walk up (takes around 1,5 hour) in an entrance 5 min northeast after the cable car one.
The cable car lower station is Yuntai Garden and the upper is at Peak Park, it cost 20 RMB the way down and 25 RMB the way up.

The Best Of Baiyun Mountain - Guangzhou, China

There are plenty of attractions, from temples to amusement parks, treks to tea houses.
The park rides go from 5-50 RMB and the bungee jump cost 300 alone and 390 with video and pictures.
On the way up you may see tai chi, dance, locals playing traditional instruments, singing opera and more. All kinds of usual practices of the natives, that for visiting eyes, are part of the scenic spot.

The Majestic Nansha Temple Of The Queen Of Heaven- Guangzhou, China

There are over 30 peaks, Moxing Peak being the highest with 382 meters, all visited since ancient times. It was already popular before the founding of Guangzhou city.
White Cloud Mountain is divided into seven zones: Lu Lake Scenic Spot, Santail Mountain Scenic Spot, Mingchun Valley Scenic Spot, Moxing Mountain Scenic Spot, Mingzhu Building Scenic Spot, Fei’e Mountain Scenic Spot, and Heyi Mountain Scenic Spot.

The Best Of Baiyun Mountain - Guangzhou, China

 

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Hongshan Vegetarian
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 68 Congyun Road, Baiyun, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.206086,113.291326 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市白云区丛云路68号
Subway station: Jiangxia, line 2, exit C (walk 20 min)
Open from 7 am to 10 am, 11:30 am to 14 pm, and 17:30 pm to 20 pm.

Buffet-style restaurant offering an affordable 28 RMB all you can eat.
Simple food, nothing to write home about but nice initiate to support.

 

Baiyun Mountain – 白云山
White Cloud Mountain
Address: Baiyunshan Road, Baiyun, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.158539,113.295793 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市白云区白云山路
Website: http://www.baiyunshan.com.cn/
Admission: 5 RMB per person
Open from 8 am to 5 pm.

The Best Of Baiyun Mountain - Guangzhou, China

 

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The Majestic Nansha Temple Of The Queen Of Heaven- Guangzhou, China

 

The grandiose temple made to worship the Goddess Of The Sea was first built in Ming Dynasty, renovated in Qing Dynasty, ruined, and then rebuilt in 94 and completed in 96.
With 100 hectares it’s the biggest Mazu temple in Southeastern Asia, the largest palace compound of its kind in the world.
The Goddess statue is 14,5 meters high and faces Lingdingyang ocean, above the palace, the 8-story Nailing Tower can be found.
Mazu, also known as Tin Hau, is believed to protect the ships which pass by since ancient times.

The Majestic Nansha Temple Of The Queen Of Heaven- Guangzhou, China

 

How To Get There

From Guangzhou city center you’ll take about 1,5 hour by subway or taxi/car.
There are also buses to the location, the best transportation choice will depend on where you are departing from.

Nansha Temple Of The Queen Of Heaven – 南沙天后宫
Address: Tianhou Road, Nansha, Guangzhou
GPS: 22.756261,113.623265 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市南沙区天后路
Subway station: Nansha Ferry Terminal, line 4, exit B (10 min walk)
Admission: 20 RMB per person
Open from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Rainbow Light
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 107 Xingsheng Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.121048,113.329003 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 天河区珠江新城兴盛路7号107铺
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Rainbowlightkitchen/
Open from 2 pm to 10 pm.

The Majestic Nansha Temple Of The Queen Of Heaven- Guangzhou, China

The newest vegan restaurant in town, by the same owners of Braston Vegan Restaurant.
One of my favorites so far, definitely worth a visit, don’t leave before dessert.😉

 

 

All the beauty of Guangzhou will be unveiled to you, make sure to stay connected!
Is there a place or thing you want to see? Let us know in the comments below and we will try to fit it in!

 

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