Down South

Trip Start Apr 26, 2011
Trip End Aug 02, 2011

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Frank and I headed down to Shenzhen and Guangzhou on May 17th.  The "zh" is pronounced like a "j", so we've got "Gwong-joe" and "Shen-jen".These cities are in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. 

The climate is markedly different than Shanghai.  About as different as New York and Houston.  During our visit the weather was 80-85 degrees and moderately humid.  To me, it felt wonderful.  I was also happy to see papaya, mango and palm trees planted in the center medians of the broad avenues here.

We didn't spend much time in Shenzhen so I've got very little to say about it.  Nothing, actually, except that it was pleasant.

We then spent 2 days in Guangzhou so that I could interview some candidates for a position that I am trying to fill in south China.  These went well, and I learned about the business climate in China and how I should approach the market.  I found at least one good candidate and I hope that an offer is made soon.

You'll see from the pics that people in south China eat just about anything.  I heard a saying that "Southern Chinese will eat anything with legs.  Except tables and chairs."  I believe it.

We took some time to stroll along the Pearl River one night and we went to the top of Canton Tower.  At 450 meters (1476 feet), this tower is the tallest structure in China and the seventh tallest in the world.  It opened to the public on September 29th, 2010, to honor the opening of the 2010 Asian Games.

They speak the Cantonese dialect here in the south.  I learned that my Chinese name, Ma Shu (a transliteration of Matthew) can be interpreted as follows:

Ma = horse
Shu = elevation of oneself through the acquisition of wisdom

I found that to be very much in keeping with the centaur of my sagittarian birth.
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Aunt Leigh on

Southern china looks beautiful at night....the canton tower is gorgous. Thanks so
much Mashu for sharing your wonderful pictures and exciting adventure. What is maw?
Whose Frank? another american?

matthewpowers on

Maw = throat. Yes, throat.

Frank is my Chinese colleague

Mom on

So, we light the top of the Empire State Building and they light the whole building. One up on us. It is phenomenal. Thanks for the pictures. I liked the waterfall at night with all the people looking awestruck in silouhette (sp?).
I got the sense of their wonder even though I couldn't see their faces. That is a great shot.

I like your name whether it's in English or Chinese, although the Cantonese meaning suits you perfectly.

I am beginning to get a sense from your blog that you are picking up the cadence of the Chinese language and maybe some philosophical thoughts. That's good. Good too that you got an understanding of how to approach business there. That should be very helpful.

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