The Old City

The Old City

The view of the city from our hotel on the 43rd floor. 

Bao Mo Garden

Bao Mo Garden

The entrance to Bao Mo Garden, a Qing Dynasty era complex that today offers visitors a glimpse of the architecture and artwork of the time. 

Some Shade

Some Shade

Hanging out by the willow tree. 

The Corner

The Corner

A corner of piece and calm. 

So Lush

So Lush

Nobody does ornate gardens quite like the Chinese. 

Walk with the Fishes

Walk with the Fishes

You can indeed feed the fishes here, with old Chinese lady vendors happy to sell you bags of bread-crumbs for not alot of money. 

Withered

Withered

It's what happens when you visit during the winter: non-evergreen trees looks like this. It's much prettier in the Spring, but then you'd have to contend with the humidity and rain. 

Palatial

Palatial

Lacking the modern technology we've come to take granted, this is what (rich) people did back in the ancient times: take strolls in ornately man-made parks and pavilions. 

Gilded

Gilded

As if it's floating. 

Irrigation

Irrigation

Bao Mo Garden is vast enough to get lost. 

Koi Palace

Koi Palace

Perhaps slightly too many Koi in one pond? It was a sight to see for sure. 

Pavilion Life

Pavilion Life

Pavilions in Asia mean these small ornate roofed huts for people to relax and take a break, rather than the stadium monstrosities it has come to resemble in the West. 

Old Village

Old Village

On the city's outskirt periphery one can still find these old villages and houses that date back hundreds of years. 

Village Corridor

Village Corridor

The masonry quality in these old Chinese villages are top notch; they have to be in order to survive for centuries. 

Evening Traffic

Evening Traffic

The evening commute on Haiyin Bridge, one of the many to cross over the famous Pearl River. 

Upstream

Upstream

At the Pearl River looking upstream towards the newly iconic Canton Tower. 

Luxury Condos

Luxury Condos

Naturally, Pearl River riverfront properties are amongst the most expensive in Guangzhou. 

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

Evening strolls along the Pearl River is definitely a must on the to-do list. 

Decorative Lights

Decorative Lights

Guangzhou is smart to decorate all its bridges that cross the Pearl River because at night it's an entirely different experience. 

And it gets tourist to pay for river boat tours. 

Shamian Park

Shamian Park

Take a walk in Guangzhou's Shamian Park to find surprisingly European architecture, due to the fact many foreign consulates and embassies are located around there. 

Inner Ring Road

Inner Ring Road

It must've been low-tide. 

Mass of Humanity

Mass of Humanity

Do you enjoy massive amount of crowds? Then I've got just the place for you: Shangxiajiu Commercial Pedestrian Street. On weekends it's an absolute zoo. 

Family

Family

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, built during the waning end of the Qing Dynasty as a place for family members to learn and study for the imperial exams. 

Chen Clan

Chen Clan

The main entrance. 

Back Garden

Back Garden

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall's vast rear garden. 

Rooftop

Rooftop

Went up to the roof of my uncle's apartment building for some vertigo inducing views.

Symmetry

Symmetry

You have to really focus in to differentiate the uniqueness of each apartment suite. 

A Peek

A Peek

Sneaking a peek at the Canton Tower from my uncle's apartment building. 

Bathe in Sun

Bathe in Sun

A pavilion bathed in sunset glow at the entrance to Luhu Park. 

Luhu Lake

Luhu Lake

The beautiful Luhu Lake. 

Pathway

Pathway

Runner's path at Luhu Park. 

For Rent

For Rent

Yes you can indeed rent a cycling boat and venture out onto the lake. Seeing it was winter when we were there, not many takers. 

Foliage

Foliage

You are well covered here. 

Canopy

Canopy

The colors of autumn and winter. 

Stillness

Stillness

Don't move or you'll break up the picture. 

Fine Dining

Fine Dining

That's indeed a restaurant by the lake. Doesn't appear to be in business when we were there, though. 

The Divide

The Divide

Reflection perfection. 

Hideout

Hideout

Luhu Lake during sunset is an absolute gem. 

Cross-section

Cross-section

I'd never known Guangzhou to be this beautiful - and I grew up there. 

Basking

Basking

There's a reason golden-hour is so renowned and sought-after by photographers. Just look at it. 

Golden Amber

Golden Amber

It's the dead of Winter yet Autumn still clings on. 

Light Show

Light Show

Come to the Pearl River front during night time and you will be delighted with a display show utilizing the buildings on each bank. 

Night Lights

Night Lights

The glorious (at night) BinJiang West Road, directly adjacent to the Pearl River. 

Bridge of Emancipation

Bridge of Emancipation

On the Binjiang riverwalk looking at Jiefang Bridge. 

Dazzling Lights

Dazzling Lights

One have to suppose those are commercial buildings being lit up because I'd be crossed if I live there and have to endure these lights every evening. 

Blue Streaks

Blue Streaks

Caught the light streaks of a passing ferry boat. 

Night Stroll

Night Stroll

An evening stroll alongside the Pearl River is a preferred activity by the locals. 

Haizhu Bridge

Haizhu Bridge

A booming city of over 10 million never ceases construction. 

Hotels and Commerce

Hotels and Commerce

Next up on the Pearl River bridge tower heading east: Jiangwan Bridge. 

Such is Progress

Such is Progress

The area to the right with the high-rises is the new downtown/commerce district of Guangzhou. A scant 20 years ago it was but farmland and countryside. 

Right in the Childhood

Right in the Childhood

I can faintly remember crossing the river on this bridge when I was a tiny lad, on my father's bicycle. 

River Cruise

River Cruise

A batch of ferries heading towards Canton tower. I think it looks best when it's in the rainbow color scheme shown here.