SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL. guangzhou

SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL. guangzhou

For those of you who are not familiar with Sun Yat-Sen, he was the leader of China’s republican revolution. He did much to inspire and organize the movement that overthrew the Manchu dynasty in 1911—a family of rulers that reigned over China for nearly three hundred years. Through the Kuomintang Party, he paved the way for the eventual reunification of the country.

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YUM YUM, DIM SUM! guangzhou

YUM YUM, DIM SUM! guangzhou

a perfect little dumpling.

Soup dumplings, pork buns, shrimp dumplings, fried rice, spring rolls.  Have a look at the size of this lazy susan…a prerequisite for most restaurants in China, as the tradition is to dine “family style”.  I love this way of eating because diners get to sample a little of many different dishes. Bon apétit!

CHEN CLAN ACADEMY. guangzhou

CHEN CLAN ACADEMY. guangzhou

In late Qing Dynasty, Chinese-Americans who returned to Guangzhou proposed the idea to raise money from all the Chen clans to build a temple for the worship of their ancestors and a place for their clansmen to study for examinations.  The Chen Clan Academy was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas family members.

This is a beautiful complex in the middle of the hustle & bustle of modern Guangzhou…a great place to spend an afternoon!

ANONYMOUS. guangzhou

ANONYMOUS. guangzhou

Guangzhou is a land of layers of anonymous highrises as far as the eye can see.  Surprisingly, a lot of them have character, be it from the architecture, or from clothes or plants exploding from most windows.

It’s a helpful reminder that people do actually live here!

NEED A DATE?

NEED A DATE?

I love these makeshift stands on the side of the road here in China…this man is selling dates & raisins, but you can find, mango, pineapple, watermelon, nuts, and so much more. Just keep walking down the street!

BOUTIQUES. guangzhou

BOUTIQUES. guangzhou

These bunny ears were everywhere….thank you Marc Jacobs!

This example was attached to a headband, but I also saw some more loosely translated versions…a piece of fabric with a wire inside. Wrap around the head, twist a couple of times, and leave the ends up in the air. Voila! bunny ears!

STONE JEWELRY MARKET. guangzhou

STONE JEWELRY MARKET. guangzhou

The sheer amount of product in this market is overwhelming & awesome!!! Shells, beads, pearls, coral, stone…the options were great, and the colors…I was on color OVERLOAD!

I spent so much time mixing colors, wanting to buy it all! I spent 4 hours on only one floor of this 4 floor building…yes, you read that right.