Hotel Royal Guangzhou
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We paid 1000RMB each for a private tour to Kaiping with a driver and guide. This was a lot of money, but well worth the money. The Diaolou are multi-storeyed defensive vilage houses in Kaiping, a region of Guangzhou. They were very popular from the early Qing Dynasty to the 1920s and 1930s and were built by overseas-Chinese who came back to China to build houses for their relatives ...
... to the Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral which was modeled on Notre Dame, and is one of only 4 cathedrals in the world made of granite. Stunning stained glass windows.
We then went to the Opera House to buy tickets for the Russian Ballet's Swan Lake on Saturday night! This is really close to the Canton Tower so ...
... with a little park by the river. We had lunch in a the delightful "Orient Express" French Restaurant where the staff were lovely and helpful. Two old carriages have been made into dining cars. Weather permitting we plan to return for an evening meal during our stay.
An excellent first day in Guangzhou, in the old Cantonese region.
... to their home – our cleaning lady is gone for a month! Tim and I are going to the island of Boracay in the Philippians for our break with a couple of days in Manila. Its beaches are ranked in the top 3 in the world – I’ll let you know if we agree!
This past weekend we had a half day inservice on Saturday at school and nobody batted an eye. That wouldn’t happen at home. On Sunday 4 of us hired a car and we travelled to Dafen, ...
... and make way to KTV. Grouped with the usual subjects, Zac, Leon, Jon, Laura and I, hit KTV with a few Asian friends. The room was split with half foreigners and half local. We danced, we sang, we drank and we had a good time. Nothing out of the ordinary took place other than Zac making friends with one of the locale girls. This made for some good discussion later, but, as I’ve said, KTV this time was same, same, but different.