Guangzhou: Pictures from the Park Hyatt

Went for a wander to the Park Hyatt recently. I have been to the adjacent Four Seasons (in the IFC building) a few times but this was my first visit to the Park Hyatt and its Sky Lounge. Usual wow factor included as well as a partial sunset. *As always, my thanks to the staff […]

Dongguan: Tomorrowland

Disneyland for adults: What kind of imagery does that conjure up? A while ago Dongguan was officially busted for its sex dens and the poor women (whether they chose to work in the sex industry or not) humiliated before the media. So does the city deserve its reputation as nothing more than a seedy halfway […]

Huizhou: A Liveable Oasis

Huizhou begins with a shabby bus and what seems a standard journey east until the final 20 minutes when the bus veers off the main motorway into a south westerly direction – seemingly away from Huizhou. Surely there must be a reason for this. Perhaps it is calling at the cities West railway station first. Nope […]

Qingyuan: Strangely Familiar

On a foggy day in early January I notched up my 80th city and it fell to this relative obscurity to the north of Guangzhou (co-incidentally my first beginning with Q). So off I set on this mini-adventure by bus from Tianhe Coach Station. The vistas of both Tianhe and Huadu are known to me and […]

Guangzhou: Monsoon Kisses and the Magic of Dongshan

The summer in Guangzhou can be brutal: hot, bright, humid. Thus I find myself in the unusual preference for the spectacular rain, thunder and lightning that is thankfully a regular occurrence in this part of the world. Why? Well for a start it makes things bearable, just that touch cooler and best of all with […]

Guangzhou: Interlude in the City of Heat and Mist

            Arriving in Guangzhou from Shenzhen seemed a disappointment, arriving there from Chenzhou made it an urban paradise! One I now considered a potential home. Funny how arriving somewhere can colour our thoughts with different impressions or perspectives. This time it was a mere business formality – one which offered […]