Guitar 123 Singapore Meals and Journey Weblog! : Arriving in Guangzhou

This journey was again in late 2017.  A brief journey to Guangzhou, China.  We flew on SQ and stayed on the China Resort (A Marriott Resort).  It was a free and straightforward journey, with the target to relaxation and calm down.  Although we did not see very a lot, it was nonetheless enjoyable.

All Fours Motion
The primary video right here is one thing odd I witnessed at a park. Try this new ‘All Fours Motion’ (coined by me). Aged crawling up hill on all fours? This was at Yue Xiu Park, Guangzhou. Fairly weird, however they appear to know what they had been doing.

We flew to Guangzhou on Singapore Airways. We arrived in Guangzhou in good time. After we had been researching on the place to remain, we determined that since this was a brief getaway, and costs in China had been nonetheless comparatively cheap (in comparison with resort costs in Singapore), we selected a pleasant resort chain, and landed on the Marriott – A China Resort.

 This was a 5-star Marriott resort, however it was one of many earliest (if not the earliest) 5-star resort in Guangzhou. Therefore the property was a bit outdated. Reserving on-line, the charges for a Membership Room was cheap (about $210 SGD), so we determined to go along with that.

Additional analysis revealed that we may take the Guangzhou Metro from the airport, all the best way to the resort. It regarded quite simple, and it turned out to be very straightforward certainly.

 In fact, in case you have massive baggage to lug round, then it will be more durable. However since this was a brief journey, our baggage was gentle and straightforward to push round. So after touchdown, we bought a China SIM card close to the luggage carousel, after which made our strategy to our resort through the Metro.

The video beneath exhibits you this expertise, from amassing our baggage, to purchasing the SIM card, strolling to the Metro station, shopping for a 3-day METRO ticket, and driving the Metro correct. It actually was very straightforward certainly.

After we arrived on the Yue Xiu Park metro station, (the place the Resort was situated), we determined to go seize a chew on the close by McDonalds first. We had been hungry. Right here is the video of the snack we had at McDonalds. We shared a Spicy Rooster Fillet Burger.

Guangzhou Metro Map
Right here is the Guangzhou Metro map. You possibly can simply discover this on-line. The airport station is on Line 3, on the North of the map, referred to as Airport South. (or was it Airport North, both manner one of many airport stations is not opened but).

Taking Line 3 southwards, we modified trains at JianHeWangGang to get onto the Blue Line, in direction of Yue Xiu Park, for our resort.

On our first day, after arriving and attending to the resort, we set out utilizing the MRT to get to Shamian Island.  To get there, we took the Metro to HuangSha station, which is on the western aspect of the map.  On the Huang Sha station, exit through Exit F, stroll through an overpass to get to the island.  Listed below are two video clips on our expertise.

Half 1 – Guangzhou China, Metro, Stroll to Shamian Island

Half 2- Strolling round Shamian Island, in Guangzhou.

Discover from the movies that the guests had been all locals.  Loads of native of us out for a stroll as we speak.  We additionally noticed folks taking wedding ceremony images on the island. 

Shamian Island, earlier often known as Zhongliusha or Shicuizhou, is an elliptic sandbar within the Liwan District of Guangzhou Metropolis, Guangdong Province. The island’s identify actually means “sandy floor” in Chinese language. Surrounded by water, it is rather like an enormous ship mooring alongside the wharf. Get additional and one will discover that the island is fastidiously deliberate. Three east-west avenues, Shamian Avenue, Shamian North Avenue and the South Avenue, and 5 north-south streets, Shamian Avenue 1 to the Avenue 5 divide the entire space into 12 components, with varied buildings, particularly White Swan Resort, Shamian Resort, and Poland Consulate in Guangzhou, scattered round.

After roaming the island a bit, we headed off (utilizing Bai Du maps) to stroll round.  I feel we made all of it the best way to the up-down 9 road – ShangXiaJiu road or 上下九步行街.   

Subsequent Morning – Bai Yun Mountain
Subsequent morning, the place we had a full day, we determined that we must always do the Bai Yun mountain as early as we may.  Bai Yun (White Cloud) mountain is definitely only a hill.  Highest level is 382M.  After doing our analysis, we determined to attempt taking the general public bus #24 from Yue Xiu Backyard (which is close to the place we stayed) to the foot of the mountain.  It took some time for us to search out the proper bus cease, however we discovered it. Whereas ready for the bus to reach, I noticed this automobile going previous. Was it cleansing the street?  I wasn’t positive.  The video was taken on the bus cease the place we had been ready for #24.  Within the distance, you may see the Marriott Resort.

Taking the general public bus
First bus was too full.  We managed to get on the second bus #24 that got here alongside. Fare was 2RM per particular person and the driving force does not give change.  Since I did not have small notes, I used 10RM for the each of us. It was a reasonably tight squeeze alongside the best way, however the bus was air-conditioned and it was a reasonably comfy trip, although we had been standing.  After we reached the terminus station, we bought off, adopted the crowds to cross a street, and walked as much as the ticketing space.  This video exhibits you snippets of the journey.  The trip from Yue Xiu Backyard to the bus terminus was about 20 minutes.

As soon as we reached the cable automobile station, we bought to the ticket line for cable automobile tickets.  Pleasantly stunned that the road wasn’t too lengthy.  In spite of everything, this was the Golden Week in China. We had carried out our journey analysis and determined that we must always take the cable automobile up, after which search for the electrical cart to take us as much as the summit.  Shopping for the tickets was very easy.  I requested in regards to the return ticket, and the counter employees mentioned that return ticket may solely be bought up the mountain.  Okay, then.  We go up first.  The following video exhibits the cable automobile trip upwards. As there was already a small crowd, they squeezed 8 pax to a automobile.  The trip was pretty lengthy.

Electrical Cart
After we alighted from the cable automobile, we walked round a bit (this wasn’t the summit but) and located our strategy to the electrical cart station.  You could possibly stroll to the summit from right here, however it will be an uphill 2km stroll.  I extremely suggest taking the electrical cart, at 10rmb per particular person.  You will notice from the video that there have been many individuals strolling up, so the stroll is do-able however I feel fairly tiring.

Even after we attain the Moxing Summit station (the place we get off the electrical cart), it was nonetheless a superb 5 minutes uphill climb to the summit correct.  Subsequently, except you’re feeling like strolling many steps uphill, I’d strongly suggest taking the cable automobile adopted by the electrical cart.

Lastly, we had been getting ready to reaching the summit.  

 To recap, first we took the general public bus #24 (2rmb) from Yue Xiu backyard to the mountain bus interchange.   Subsequent, we purchased the cable automobile tickets (25rmb) which introduced us as much as a big, busy space.  Then we discovered the electrical cart station, and took the electrical cart (10rmb) to the Moxing Summit.  The ultimate leg, we now have to stroll.  However first, one other 4rmb entrance charges.  And we’re lastly right here!  (Costs right as at Oct 2017)

That is in all probability the quickest strategy to stand up.  I realised that whereas many locals took the cable automobile up, they did not take the electrical cart.  You could possibly try this too, however try my earlier video to get a way of how far you would wish to stroll (uphill).  I feel the 10rmb was properly definitely worth the cash. 

Strolling again to Cable Automobile Station
We spent round half-hour on the Mo Xing summit.  It was slightly heat.  Quickly, it was time to make our manner again down.  Recall we took the electrical cart right here.  This time spherical, we determined to take a stroll again to the cable automobile station.  Strolling downslope wasn’t tough.  On the best way, we noticed many individuals strolling up, together with younger and outdated. 

We had to purchase tickets to do down through cable automobile, which we did.  The entire place was getting extra crowded as we approached mid-day, with an increasing number of native vacationers developing.  However we had been carried out with the go to and on the best way down.  The following video exhibits you the cable automobile trip down.  Try the crowds on the base station! 

Taking Public Bus Again to Resort
We determined to take the identical public bus #24 to move again to the place we began.   Right here is the stroll from the cable automobile station again to the bus station, and a few snippets of the bus trip.  

The remainder of the time in Guangzhou, we had been exploring, both on foot or through the metro.  Listed below are some extra video footage.  One way or the other, we discovered ourselves strolling via some backstreet alleys of Guangzhou.  We had veered off the primary street.  Nonetheless, we weren’t misplaced, merely following Baidu maps.

QingPing Market
Additionally walked via a little bit of Qingping market. Well-known place for every type of medicines and dried items.

QR Code Bus Station
Walked previous a bus station. First time I noticed such massive QR codes printed on the wall.  Later, I realised that their folks had been shopping for bus tickets to varied locations utilizing their cell phone.

Li Wang Plaza Guangzhou
We discovered our strategy to Li Wan Plaza Guangzhou, which was a wholesale heart.  This place was enormous!  All of the retailers had been opened, however we hardly noticed any prospects.  In a while I figured that they had been all wholesalers and merchants, taking a lot of their orders over the cellphone, or web. 

Dian Du De
And we had some meals at this place referred to as Dian Du De.  This place was tremendous crowded!  We had examine it on-line and got here to test it out. Filled with locals.  We ordered, and had manner an excessive amount of to eat!  The parts had been extraordinarily enormous (we did not know).  

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