Trip Start Apr 26, 2011
13Trip End Aug 02, 2011
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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
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.