29 Nov, 2018 in Guangdong, Visions

By now, I’ve explored most of what Hong Kong has to offer and so I find myself venturing out to the nearby mainland China Guangdong province. When I ask my Hong Kong friends if they go travel in Guangdong they usually reply there isn’t much to visit or see there, it’s not like Guangdong is […]

22 Oct, 2014 in Guangzhou
Redtory Guangzhou-003

In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 …

17 Jun, 2014 in Guangdong
Nanhai Baofeng Temple at Xiqiao Mountain FoShan Big Buddha Guangdong (2)

Just when I think I’ve seen all of the best that this region around Hong Kong has to offer something comes along that blows my mind. Near Foshan in Guangdong province is one of the most spectacular big Buddhas I’ve seen. Sure, we have our own in Hong Kong at Lantau island, but this one […]

6 Jun, 2014 in Guangdong
Qinghui Garden Museum - Shunde Guangdong-007

Two hours away by ferry from Hong Kong is the relatively unexplored area of Shunde next to Foshan. Aside from water canals Suzhou style (see Gaozan Feng Jian Canal Town) there are lovely gardens old Chinese style – the Qunghui Gardens and Museum, one of the top gardens in China dating back to Ming dynasty […]

24 May, 2014 in Guangdong
Feng Jian Canal Town Shunde Guangdong-008

Just when I think I’ve seen almost everything that the Hong Kong area has to offer, something new comes up. Two hours from Hong Kong on a ferry to mainland China’s Guangdong province is an area near Foshan called Shunde. It’s a generally laid back place, but recently the Guangdong government recognized the touristic potential […]

28 Dec, 2013 in Itineraries, Kaiping

Having exhausted most of what Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen have to offer I was looking for an interesting weekend escape that wouldn’t be too far but still very different, exciting and new. I must admit that I haven’t heard much of Kaiping prior, but the UNESCO heritage site title badge seemed like a sign […]

28 Dec, 2013 in Kaiping
Majianglong Village - Kaiping - Guangdon (5)

The last of the Diaolou western-Chinese mix villages in my Kaiping tour was Majianglong Village. I arrived a little bit too late to really enjoy all that it has to offer, but still, I was able to appreciate the special architecture and get a taste of the local feel.   …

19 Dec, 2013 in Kaiping
Kaiping Zili Village Guangdong  (21)

Another terrific spot for the Diaolou architecture near Kaiping in Guangdong province is the Zili Village featuring a collection of fortified village houses. Recognized by UNESCO in 2007 as a heritage site combining eastern and western influences, these structures have been abandoned since mid 20th century, but have now seen a renewal with restoration …

18 Dec, 2013 in Kaiping
Li Yuan Kai Ping Guangdong (1)

Diaolous are villages built by overseas Chinese from Guangdong province combining eastern and western influences to create an interesting sense of architecture, recently recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage. While visiting Kaiping you’ll get to see all sorts of Dialou, but the most posh that I’ve seen were definitely in Li Garden.   …

1 Nov, 2013 in Kaiping
Chikan Old Town - Kaiping (3)

On a lookout for daytrips from Hong Kong that would take me to strange new worlds and new civilizations I discovered Kaiping. A ferry ride from Hong Kong to Zhuhai and another hour or two on the bus and you arrive at a UNESCO heritage site preserving the Diaolou culture – a curious style of […]

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