Monday, September 14, 2009

Beijing Road, Guangzhou, China

The moment I step down from the airport coach at Guangzhou City, I knew Guangzhou or also known as Canton is not a place for me. The coach dropped us at the Train station, the most crowded place in the city where people from all places meet with people rushing for train tickets, rushing for taxis and buses and and who knows what. With city population of 6 million and some says more, Guangzhou is also the third largest in urban land area ranking after Beijing and Shanghai in China. Well, I have to admit I can't tolerate heavy traffics and crowded places. I am a country guy. I was born and breed in a sub-urban town.
Since I am already here in Guangzhou waiting for my return flight to Malaysia on the next day, I might just as well explore the city and some famous places. The pedestrian-only street or also call Beijing Road a.k.a. Beijing Lu in Chinese is one of the city's attraction. To me it's like a China Town in any other city or country where crowds walk around shopping and window shopping. But this is already China. I really don't know what I am supposed to do around here. I am like a lost child with no specific direction to go. Just walk to one end and return to the same place again from where I started. It didn't take me long before I make up my decision to walk back to the subway station to return to my hostel.
I have a lot of Malaysian friends who comes regularly to Guangzhou for shopping and business. Even the Chinese comes to Guangzhou. That's makes me wonder.. Is Guangzhou a place for me ?

12 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Lovely, colorful city, but a little crowded for my taste -- but then the world is getting crowded! Terrific photos, interesting post!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

susieofarabia said...

I am a small town girl myself, and it's killing me to live in an overpopulated concrete jungle - I much prefer the wide open spaces!
Are those red lanterns hanging from the trees and do they light up at night? They are beautiful.

ewok1993 said...

It's nice to go out of our comfort zones sometimes and experience the "other side" so to speak. But eventually, the lure of silence and open spaces call us. I too would go berserk in a crowded place :)

Marites said...

Colorful city and I can understand your predicament. I think, Guangzhou is only good for me for sightseeing and shopping. My world entry is up too.

eileeninmd said...

It is a beuatiful and colorful city. Thanks for sharing your photos.

I am not really a city person, my neighborhood only has six houses. I do work in the city which is a 40 minute drive away.

Liliana Lucki said...

Beatifull city

Love colors.my obsession.

From Argentina Liliana

Danton said...

Can see lots of people walking, strolling on the city streets. Seems so friendly, though.

Japa - cbanga360 said...

Indeed, us in the countryside wants more space. But well, visiting big cities like Guangzhou is a welcome move once in a while.

Grace and Bradley said...

Well, as you know even for Chinese, if you parents were not residences of Guangzhou, you will never be a residence for Guangzhou. It does not matter how long you have lived in the place. Thus, it may never be your world until they change the law!!!

Jedediah said...

I think it would have been a bit crowded for me, too. I enjoy living in a big city (well, big for Germany, almost 2 million people), but Hamburg is nowhere near that busy.
Love the red laterns, though!

Jan said...

great photos, and the red latern. iam from germany too ive never seen some thing like that in rl but i wish i would. ist never so lovely here..,

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