China trip report



A truly huge country, China is where supposedly the pandas are the cutest and the walls are the greatest. It's also the country where google, facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube are all blocked and inaccessible; no wonder they are thriving so fast.



Guangzhou is often overlooked when people are picking a Chinese city to visit, but this is very much the face of modern China. If you want to get a feel for where China’s incredible economic growth is going, you can find the answer in the sleek skyscrapers, fast cars and big malls of Guangzhou.



Qingyuan is a rapidly developing city that is known as "the backyard garden of Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta". One nickname is not enough in China, hence Qingyuan is also known as "Land of Hot Springs". The city is home to numerous hot springs which are promoted as good for health, sports, relaxation and "entertainment with business meetings".


Yao Village

Near the Sanpai mountains, the Yao Village is a preserved village showcasing the history, culture, art, customs, architecture, costumes and folk entertainment of the Yao ethnic minority.



Guilin is a compact city that is known as "a beautiful visiting card of China". The main draw is the stunning landscape during the boat ride to Yangshuo. The dome-ish shaped hills or karsts, the verdant vegetation, and crystal clear waters make up a magical experience.



Set just across the Chinese border, Shenzhen is where Hong Kong and China blend together. The main reason to visit is shopping - especially for cheap big brand items such as LV handbags though I can't comment on their authenticity. The city itself is a sign of the modern riches of China, with gleaming swanky skyscrapers lining up the skyline. If you're looking for traditional China, you won't see much of it in Shenzen.



With a long history dating back to approximately 5,000 years, Foshan is a city that gained its name from the three Buddha statues unearthed in this area in the Tang Dynasty. Foshan was one of the earliest ports to engage in foreign trade since China's open door policy. Kung-fu fanatics will be very familiar with Foshan, as it's the home of Huang FeiHong who was Bruce Lee's master.