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Guangzhou


Guangzhou (sometimes known by the older English name of "Canton") is a port city on the Pearl River about 75 miles (120 kilometers) Northwest of Hong Kong. The city is the capital of the Guangdong Province and has an estimated population of at least 6 million in the city itself, and 8.5 million in the metropolitan area.

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Guangzhou - Heart of the South: Tour Guide to the Southern Capital

By Lindsey J Bard

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (186 pages)

Guangzhou - Heart of the South: Tour Guide to the Southern Capital
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Welcome to Guangzhou and Canton and Panyu. The city has changed its name at least three times over the centuries, and the people have changed with it. This tour guide for Guangzhou seeks to share with travelers the beauty of the southern capital. A place where each district in the older sections of town has a museum tucked around a corner, while the newer sections of town have modern, larger facilities for art and music presentations. This is the home of Cantonese Opera and the oldest Islamic mosque in China. Neither the city, nor the province it’s the capital of brag a lot, but they have plenty to be prideful about. This guide focuses on seven noteworthy sites chosen for their cultural value, interest, fun and insight into China and the Southern Chinese people. Some are old and show case the history of the region; some are modern and focus on the issues facing today's society. Their order is based on the amount of time it takes to see each site, starting with approximately two hours for Chen Clan Academy and ending with Chimelong Safari Park which takes all day. Readers will notice that in each chapter a different Chinese host is featured. To understand the importance of a place it is best to ask those who live there, because they have the best stories. Each of these men and women volunteered to visit a site and share their experiences as a cultural insider. The hosts are native Chinese speakers who have various levels of English mastery. They are funny and sincere and offer a view of their city as few other tour guides have ever attempted. Their stories join the historical research telling the story of Guangzhou, a city of +17 million people and a history of more than 10,000 years in the Zhujiang River (Pearl River) delta. It's been a heart of business and the West's entrance the Middle Kingdom for more than 1,500 years. Follow its story and walk its street with this guide.

China South & Guangzhou Travel Reference Map 1:3,000K/1:15K

By ITMB Publishing LTD

ITMB Publishing LTD
Map (2 pages)

China South & Guangzhou Travel Reference Map 1:3,000K/1:15K
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China, as a country, is very popular with travellers. However, China is also a very large geographical entity and showing the entire country on one map results in a scale that reduces the amount of information that can be shown. The most visited part of the country is the south, with rapid train access from Hong Kong and major airports at Guangzhou and Shanghai. Travel to China is also increasing as more international airports are opened. The regional map covers one side of this double-sided map; the other contains an updated map of Guangzhou (formerly Canton). Lan and I visited this city in February and were surprised at how open and modern the city is. In comparison with Beijing, the political overtones are much reduced, and Sun Yat Sen is the hero. The city is also a major train hub, with two major stations handling traffic, and six bus stations arranging transportation to nearby cities. Legend Includes: Road by classification, Expressway, Major road, Secondary Road, China National Rail, Metro station, University, Point of interest, Post Office, Shopping Centre, Consulate, Sports Facility and much more...

Insight Guides Flexi Map Guangzhou (Insight Flexi Maps)

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Insight Guides Flexi Map Guangzhou (Insight Flexi Maps)
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Fleximap Guangzhou is a laminated, tear-resistant map which includes indexed maps of the city (1:16 000), the Guangzhou area (1:100 000), the Pearl River Delta (1:600 000) and Southern China (1: 8 000 000). Places of interest, religious sites, parks, public buildings and selected hotels are clearly shown and named (on the city map, the names are in both English and Chinese characters). Each map is accompanied by a separate index which is categorized for ease of use. A handy diagram of the Guangzhou Metro is conveniently located on the back cover of this Fleximap.In addition to the mapping, Fleximap Guangzhou also gives a list - with descriptions and some photographs - of 17 recommended sights, divided by theme and linked to the mapping by numbered markers. There is also a handy information section with concise details on getting around, tourist offices, money, tipping, opening times, public holidays, telecommunications, emergency telephone numbers and climate.

Hong Kong at Its Best: With Macau and China's Top Three Cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton (World at Its Best Travel Series)

By Robert S. Kane

Passport Books
Paperback (178 pages)

Hong Kong at Its Best: With Macau and China s Top Three Cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton (World at Its Best Travel Series)
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Robert S. Kane, like no other author, is at his best as he explores Hong Kong at its best. From the Peak, high above Hong Kong Island, or on the Star Ferry connecting it with Kowloon Peninsula and the Chinese mainland, follow Kane as he delineates a lifestyle embracing the art-rich culture and cuisine of China with afternoon tea and clipped British accents. With his celebrated candor, Kane evaluates Hong Kong's luxury, first class, and moderate hotels and its fabulous restaurants, shops of every kind (including bargain factory outlets), museums of Oriental art and a world-class cultural center. With a bonus chapter on excursions to Macau and China's top three: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Just what you need to make your junket to Honk Kong unforgettable.

Kids' Travel Guide - China: The fun way to discover China - especially for kids (Kids' Travel Guide series) (Volume 38)

By Shiela H. Leon & FlyingKids

FlyingKids
Paperback (44 pages)

Kids  Travel Guide - China: The fun way to discover China - especially for kids (Kids  Travel Guide series) (Volume 38)
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Let your kids discover the wonders of China—Whether traveling or learning at home.

NEW RELEASE! Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou ... Weather traveling or learning from home, make sure you have the Kids' Travel Guide - China. A unique travel guide and activity book in one, it's the fun way to discover China!

  • All about China, especially for kids. Geography, fascinating history, and flags and symbols, as well as Chinese culture, food, and even some useful word in Mandarin.
  • Fun, educational, and engaging - Leonardo, your kids' tour guide, will take them on a journey through China and keep them interested with fun facts, juicy information, quizzes, special tasks, coloring pages, and their own travel diary.
  • A bonus for parents- As a parent, you are invited to participate in your children's activities or to find an available bench and relax while your kids learn and enjoy.
  • A personal book that becomes your children s souvenir of the trip- When you return home, the guidebook and diary will become a memoir of your Chinese vacation that the whole family can treasure for a lifetime.

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Guangzhou (China) - Wink Travel Guide

By Wink Travel Guide

Independently published
Paperback (25 pages)

Guangzhou (China) - Wink Travel Guide
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Guangzhou or Canton, the capital of Guangdong Province, is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai with a population of more than 12 million.

Founded in 214 BC, the city has been a springboard for trading, cultural exchanges, many revolutions and reforms, making it an unavoidable stopover to understand what shapes the modern China.

Guangzhou's isolation from the rest of 'typical China' by mountainous topography and early exposure to the outside world has resulted in its unique way of lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder: A Foreign Expert in English, Guangzhou China, 1982-83

By Martha Kennedy

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As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder: A Foreign Expert in English, Guangzhou China, 1982-83
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As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder is a love story...Several months ago, reading the posts on one of the blogs I follow on WordPress, I saw photos of my “Chinese hometown,” Guangzhou where I had lived and worked as a Foreign Expert in English in 1982/83. A businessman from India was writing about everything he saw, the food he ate, the transportation, his hotel, everything, and he mentioned that he wished he knew what the city was like before modernization. I badly wanted to tell him. That inspired me, finally, to scan the hundreds of 35 mm slides my ex-husband and I had taken the year we lived and worked in Guangzhou. Many of them had faded out of recognition. Others had shifted on the color spectrum to Warholian silkscreens, but the rest were clear, evocative of the year that defined me as a teacher and as a person. I also realized from comparing my photos with those of my blogging pal that I had seen the beginnings of this incredible change. Riding my bike from the village where my university was located I rode on the bed of what would become a major freeway. Such an eventuality was so far from the day-to-day reality in which I lived, that I couldn’t feature the modernization in which, in truth, I had a part. Out of that experience, came As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder, an anecdotal look at my experiences as a Foreign Expert in English at South China Teacher’s University in Guangzhou (Canton). As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder is a love story.My blogging pal’s photos showed me the “after” pictures to my “before” photographs. I was struck most by his photos of the “Pearl River New Town” with its shops, malls, museums, elaborate communal squares, parks. That was where I lived, and in 1982 it was farms and villages. In 1982, even in a city historically as cosmopolitan as Guangzhou, there was only a handful of non-Asian foreigners. China had been “open” for only a short time, and even then the “openness” was relative.My position as a Foreign Expert in English was my first real teaching job in a career that spanned more than thirty years. I’d been a Teaching Assistant at the University of Denver where I’d earned my MA, and I’d volunteered for several years at an adult literacy program in Denver, but I had never been officially hired as a university instructor. I was pretty young — 31 — and not very experienced. My knowledge of China and its history, modern and ancient, was limited. I could never have imagined China would be a destination in my life, but it was. And at such a moment in history! Chairman Mao had been dead only six years. The evil Gang of Four had been “tried” only the year before. The horrors of the Cultural Revolution were still close in everyone’s memory, and people feared that the post-Mao moment of comparative freedom was a random blip. Deng Xiao Ping was determined that China would modernize and enter the world as a competitor. Every single penny of foreign exchange that came to China was used to buy technology to further China’s modernization. I was one of those “bits of technology,” too.Propelled by a consuming wanderlust, I took my ignorance and inexperience with me, and ended up receiving some of life’s great gifts. My students’ diligence, curiosity and courage inspired me, and, in turn, I inspired them. The bridge between our cultures was a shared love of poetry and beautiful language. As for China? China was the great love of my life.

Guangzhou (China) 1:15,000 Street Map (International Travel Maps)

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Guangzhou (China) 1:15,000 Street Map (International Travel Maps)
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Folded street and travel map of central Guangzhou at the scale of 1: 15,000. Legend includes China National Rail (inter-city trains), Guangzhou metro lines with station and line number, metro station with entrance, bus terminals/local bus stands, ferry, parks, atttractions, shopping streets, accommodation, points of interest, museums, police stations, shopping centres, hospitals, pedestrians streets. Includes inset map of Guangzhou Region, Shamian Island and Guangzhou Metro System. Indexed.


 
 
 

 
 
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