October 29, 2007

Guandong Province

O.K., today we're going to learn about the Guandong Province. Since we will all be visiting this province no matter what (since this is where the United States part of the adoption takes place), I thought we'd learn a little about the area.

Guangdong Province is situated in the southern part of China mainland, covers an area of over 69,502 square miles and has permanent population of 74,730,000. It also has 1,300 miles of winding coastline, which is the longest in the country. Rivers from all over the province meander through the fertile Pearl River Delta and discharge into the South China Sea at the half waypoint of the coastline. The Pearl River Delta is one of China's most densely cultivated areas. Situated right at the top of this river delta at the confluence of the North River, East River and West River is the provincial capital city of Guangzhou, which was formerly known as Canton to the western world (which is the city where the American Consulate is located, and where all United States citizens will be for the last 3-5 days of the trip).

Guangdong has many picturesque tourist places of attractions. Whether it be a natural scenic spot or a historical or cultural site, it has its own highlight and interest. Here, each tourist can find what he or she wants to see. If you want to appreciate the beautiful natural landscapes, you can go to climb Guangdong's four famous mountains (Danxia Mountain in the north, Xijiao Mountain at the South China Sea, Luofu Mountain in Boluo and the Dinghu Mountain in Zhaoqing).

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Mountain) and the Pearl River water front could be enjoyed in Guangzhou. At the south is China's Special Economic Zone with the two well known cities of Shenzhen just north of the former British colony of Hong Kong and Zhuhai on the border with the former Portuguese enclave of Macau. At Shenzhen, you can complete a round-the-world trip in one day by visiting Splendid China and Window of the World. It exhibits collection of scale models of the world's famous structures or monuments such as the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower of France and many others. Downtown in Shenzhen you may find the China Folk Culture Villages. This folk culture village introduces to tourist the different natural conditions and social customs of all the various Chinese ethnic groups. Different colorful ethnic group cultural dances and performances were held at every interval of thirty minutes. Besides that you may also get to see some arches, pavilions, huts and paintings on rock. Dinghu Shan is just northeast, and its mountainous trails bare a multitude of sparkling pools, ancient temples, and trickling streams for you to traverse. The protected reserve is a definite highlight of the Guangdong province.

The capital of the Guangdong province is the sprawling strip mall of Guangzhou. If the province is well-known as a financial powerhouse, Guangzhou is appropriately on the forefront – everything from the large buildings to the tiny roadside shops offer pretty much anything you can dream of. The main sector of the city for tourists is known as Shamian Dao, or Sand Surface Island (this is where most adoptive parents stay while in Guangzhou). The only respite from the commercialism and constant activity of Guangzhou, on the tiny island you will find gardens, cafes, and fading reminders of the city's relatively quiet past. Religious markers abound - The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is the tallest pagoda in the city, even if the eponymous trees have long since vanished. The Five Genies temple is not far away, nor is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. Another structure that stands out is the Sacred Heart Church, built by the French in a well-manufactured replica of a European Gothic cathedral. Even a mosque makes an appearance here, the first built by Muslim missionaries in the 7th century.

Guangdong has a subtropical climate. Summer can be sweltering hot and wet. Typhoon hit this province frequently in summer and autumn. The best time for travelers to Guangdong is in spring and autumn.

Such a beautiful area...I can't wait to visit! Enjoy the pics!

(The information for this post was found at various internet sites including Travelchinaguide.com and thinkquest.org)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to go and see it in person!