Guangzhou – I’ll be honest, in planning my Chinese trip, this city was only on the plan because it serves as a convenient transit hub to Zhangjiajie. Guangzhou is a big, modern city that is trying really hard to compete with the best of them. Here I am typing this and I’m certainly glad I spent a couple days there, if for anything, the architecture is amazing. Here are some pics from the few days spent here.
I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to things like this: this is a Chinese bullet train, and also my chariot from Guilin to Guangzhou. It reaches speeds of up to 300km/hour although I suspect the actual speed may be around the 200-250km mark. Regardless, it’s a welcome reprieve from the typical Chinese trains I’m on which barely reach 80km/h!
The Guangzhou International Finance Centre. The building to its right,the CTF Finance Centre is taller – I think the 7th tallest in the world. The air pollution was showing off today – note how the top of the building is shrouded in a layer of smog.
The super-modern Guangzhou Stadium. I’m not sure if it’s used for anything anymore – looks largely covered up.
Another cool building – this one being the Guangzhou Library
The Temple of the 6 Banyan Trees, in the old town. This was certainly one of the more authentic temples I’ve been into in China.
Inside the Temple of the 6 Banyan Trees.
Some cool writing at the Temple.
The Canton Tower at night.