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GUANGZHOU Grit & Old District

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I've been going through my old photos to see if I missed anything on the first try, and I realize a lot of my Guangzhou photos were never publicized. I've revamped my Guangzhou gallery on my website, and have gone through one day's worth of photos. Here are some from the older parts of this Cantonese-speaking Chinese city.

More Photos : http://www.geocities.com/asiaglobe/gallery/guangzhou.htm

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Guangzhou was a major port for Sino-European trade. It was also the city that started the British colonization of Hong Kong. The anti-optium movement that started here caused two wars between China and England, which resulted in the birth of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong.

1. A typical old building

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14. A lot of these buildings look really old ... to the point where they might fall apart at the next typhoon.

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15. The pressure to raze and redevelop ...

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18. Notice that some redevelopment projects have already taken place.

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19. I posted this photo of a church in the Guess the City section.

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21. Annoying smog

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22. Pearl River Waterfront

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25. Some interesting non-Chinese style buildings

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How to get there?

For the non-Chinese speaking tourists, Guangzhou is connected to Hong Kong by KCR's cross-boundary rail service (3 hours). China Southern also operates many flights a day between the two cities, flying into the brand new Baiyun Airport. In fact, some Hong Kong tour groups are now using China Southern for their European trips via Guangzhou.

For Chinese-speaking tourists, there are several companies that offer bus and hotel packages. The best hotel in the city is the White Swan in Shamian district, but I prefer the Furama because it is right in the heart of the old city.

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That air is absolutely filthy! Also, the church reminds me of something I would see here in the US. What kind of church is it?

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That's so weird, seeing a Gothic cathedral in the middle of China. I'm guessing it got built there from British influences? And I hope some of those nasty buildings can get redeveloped into decent and clean living areas.

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That's so weird, seeing a Gothic cathedral in the middle of China.  I'm guessing it got built there from British influences?  And I hope some of those nasty buildings can get redeveloped into decent and clean living areas.

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a typical French construction built in 1863 and completed in 1888.

Covering a total area of 2,754 square meters and rising as high as 58.5 meters from the pedestal to the top of the tower, this huge Gothic granite building is the largest of its kind in China. To the west of the stone tower is a large clock and to the east is a bell tower, which is home to a gigantic copper bell shipped in from France. The cathedral windows and doors were once decorated with colorful French panes although only a few of these remain today.

Source : http://www.chinats.com/guangzhou/guangzhou667.htm

Some parts of the old district have been restored, such as the Shangxia Jiu Road shopping area :

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