广东 Guangdong

South China (华南, Huánán) is a geographical and cultural region that covers the southernmost part of China. Its precise meaning varies with context.
I visited this are several times, the first of which in 12.17. The climate is hotter and more moist than in the northern part, as well as the sun exposure.

1) Path
2) What to visit
3) Eating
4) How to get here
5) Notes
6) Photo Gallery
Guangdong map

• Path

• What to visit

Guangzhou is placed about on the tropic of cancer (The invisible line is so called because when it was named (first century BC) the sun was in the direction of the constellation Cancer (Latin for crab) at the June solstice. That is no longer the case, however, because of astronomical precession. Nowadays it’s in Taurus).
Born on the Pearl rivers’s banks, it has been the capital of a vietnamese empire, anchoring for portuguese marine routes and finally part of the PRC, in 1949. It was founded as an harbour and nowadays it’s 4th on the list of busiest ports by cargo tonnage, just below Singapore. It’s served by the bullet train (HSR) and you can get to Wuhan in 3 hours.
I can suggest the following activities, doable in 1 day:

  • Canton Tower
  • Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
  • Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
  • Baiyun Mountain
  • MoBike wandering among them

• What to eat

These are the best dishes i tasted in that area. The last one is the most typical and famous:

  • 明虾蟹子烧卖 – Steamed dumpling of prawns and crabs
  • 蜜汁叉烧包 – Honey juice roast pork bun
  • 芫茜牛肉肠 – Sausage of cow with Indian madder and daphne
  • 特色蒸排骨 – Characteristic steamed pork ribs
  • 七彩鲮鱼球 – 7 colors ball of carp
  • 雪菜肉松陈村粉 – Snowfall of Chencun powder on shredded dried pork
  • 百合酱蒸凤爪 – Steamed chicken feet marinated in lily soy paste
  • 金莎海虾红米肠 – Jinsha prawn red rice sausage

• How to get here

Guangzhou is the principal hub of the region. You can arrive here by car, ferry, flight, etc…
I’ve been served by the Baiyun airport and the Guangzhou South Station (hub for Gaotie).
It’s possible to leave bulky luggages in the above place or also in the central Guangzhou Railway Station. The metro is quite perfect and serves all the city’s corners.

• Notes

Crowded and hot city, the climate is humid subtropical (Cfa) and the precipitations are around 1000 mm per year. During July the temperatures range between 26-34° with many days of rain or typhoons.
October-November and February-March are the bast months for a visit.

• Photo gallery

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