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 […]

19 Oct, 2013 in Guangzhou
Zhujiang New Town -Guangzhou (14)

Guangzhou has seen tremendous growth in the 4 years I’ve lived in this region. In my recent visit to Guangzhou, almost 3 years after my last visit, I was surprised to see just how much Guangzhou has changed. The Asian Games 2012 cleaned the city and brought in huge investments, and all over Guangzhou you […]

30 Sep, 2013 in Guangzhou

It’s been a couple of years since my last visit to Guangzhou. Honestly, I was never very impressed with the city. Though the city obviously has a lot of history, there’s very little that remains of that, and I found it generally uninspiring. But, on my recent revisit I was surprised to see how much […]

2 Sep, 2011 in Guangzhou
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I’m becoming a China factory expert. Yep, my second factory tour in the manufacturing capital of the world – Guangdong province, once again with a Taiwanese company through some personal contacts who have generously opened their factory for me to walk around and shoot away. It’s a multi-million business, on a far larger scale …

19 Jun, 2011 in Guangzhou
Israeli Kosher Falafel Guangzhou (8).JPG

Completely by accident, just next to a Vietnamese restaurant where I had dinner with a few local friends was a little place called "Falafel" which turned out to be a 100% Israeli Kosher falafel and hummus street takeaway. How odd is that?       …

11 Apr, 2011 in Business in China, Guangzhou
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This is the second part summarizing  my trip to a Taiwanese game factory in the Guangzhou area. The first part of the game factory visit summary introduced Tecway and showed some of what they sell their customers, this part will show you a bit of the back scenes – a glimpse into the process of […]

6 Apr, 2011 in Business in China, Guangzhou
Guangzhou Game Machine Factory (31).JPG

If you’ve ever been to one of those video games arcades in Asia then you’re probably familiar with this company. Tecway is a Taiwanese company manufacturing “amusement machines” or “family entertainment centers” to be sold to one of those loud shiny arcades. They own a factory just off of Guangzhou.   …

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