Since we arrived in China, Brad has been dying to ride a high-speed train. Last weekend we didn’t have any other plans so we hopped aboard one to Guangzhou and spent about 24 hours in the city.
Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong province, which is the province we live in. (A province is similar to a state in the US.) Guangzhou is a huge city with a population of about 14.5 million. Guangzhou is much older than Shenzhen and as such has many more historic sites to visit. We planned our whirlwind visit around our hotel’s location, as the city is huge and we could have easily spent the entire day getting from one end to the other.
Our first stop was the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. This museum houses the 2,000-year-old tomb of the Nanyue King Zhao Mo. The tomb was discovered in 1983 in the middle of Guangzhou. While visiting the museum, you are able to visit the site of the tomb as well as many of the artifacts discovered in the tomb.
After our time at the museum, we walked over to Dr. Sun-Yat-sen’s memorial hall which is a gorgeous building that we enjoyed oohing and ahhing over.
At that point in the day, everyone was starting to get hangry so we walked to a nearby McDonald’s and passed through an awesome park along the way.
We ended our trip with a visit to Liurong Temple, which is a Buddhist temple built in AD 537. The temple has burned down and been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1373 AD (it was restored in 1900). The Flower Pagoda, the main structure of the temple, was colorful and beautiful!
Tired from all of our walking, we went to the train station to catch a train back Shenzhen, which was an experience, to say the least. (If you enjoy feeling like cattle, you’d love the Guangzhou train station!)
But, we still can’t wait to explore more of this vast country!