Category Archives: China

Yuexiu Park and the Symbol of Guangzhou

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Home to the famous Statue of the Five Rams (or Five Goats, depending on your translation), Yuexiu Park is Guangzhou’s central park, equal parts tourist attraction and gathering spot for the locals. Tourists come for the statue, a magnificent stone carving of these legendary animals.

A Thousand Words: Set in Stone

The elaborate stone horses in this picture are part of a stately display at the Guangzhou Sculpture Park, which my friend Trevor and I stumbled upon entirely by accident. Our original destination was Yuexiu Park, home of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial, but a hasty — or perhaps unscrupulous — taxi driver took us to this inconveniently located park in the northern part of the city. It ended up being a nice detour.

The Temples of Guangzhou: Guangxiao & Liurong

Of the numerous temples in Guangzhou, be sure to put two of the most celebrated ones at the top of your sightseeing list: Guangxiao and Liurong. The history itself, which dates back more than 1,000 years, is enough to warrant a quick stroll, especially since the two temples are in short walking distance of each other. Both are open all day until about 5 p.m.

Qingping Market: Snakes and Tigers and Turtles, oh my!


As an old Cantonese proverb says, “Anything that walks, swims, crawls or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”  In Guangzhou, China, capital of the Guangdong (Canton) province, the go-to place for all things edible is Qingping Market, a collection of dusty stalls that spans a 1 km section of Qingping Road and the…

Am I blocked in China?

What could I have possibly written to get my website banned in China? I thought maybe my slow server was to blamed, but nope. I am indeed censored by the People’s Republic. Here’s how you can check to see if your own site is being blocked.