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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 ...
... come back and explore more on Saturday.
We then went to find an Indian Restaurant. Unfortunately the one the Westin Hotel Conciage recommended was closed for the Spring Festival, but we were directed to another one, Taste of India, which was excellent, wonderful samosas and succulent chicken korma and chicken tikka.
... 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.
... Not that we understand how or why things are done, but we just shrug our shoulders and say, "That’s life in China." We had another bad spell with our Internet service and had 2 service men to our apartment. Fingers crossed; it’s working better now, but that could chance in a minute!
We are getting out walking more in the pleasant weather and visited a new park that you’ll see in the pictures. The local people really use the parks which ...
... at this little arts and crafts gig and relied heavily on my instructor to create my Chinese knot.
Lastly, in what already was a busy morning, we went out and headed to another building where there a dumpling cooking seminar was set up. Similar to the Chinese knots, this activity too was hands on. In this case, many old grandmas horded the cooking area making their classical dumplings as I peered in for a closer look.
As consequence for my curiosity, ...