Day 4 Guangzhong and Jiangmen

On to our second day in Guangzhou and first day in Jiangmen, Gerry’s hometown :).

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Gerry put us up at Holiday Inn which was conveniently located right on Shangxiajiu pedestrian street so we had a really good sleep after the exhausting day before.

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View of the pedestrian street from the hotel.

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Compared to the crowded and busy Shangxiajiu pedestrian street at night, day time Shangxiajiu was positively sleepy in comparison.

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Passed by the famous 莲香楼 Lian xiang lou. This highly reputable traditional chinese bakery is also known as ‘ 蓮蓉第一家’ as in the No.1 Lotus Seed Paste, I’m assuming their mooncakes must be very yummy with smooth lotus seed paste. Not a huge fan of mooncakes so we didn’t step in to try their pastries.

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Gerry brought us to yumcha, my first yumcha session in Guangzhou haha. Our restaurant was  泮溪酒家, meaning lakeside restaurant, probably named that because it’s surrounded by five little lakes. This restaurant started back in 1947  which explains its gorgeous traditional settings.

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R and Gerry at dimsum. Sigh, I miss Gerry.

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Cute rabbit shaped dumplings.

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We spent a long time yumcha-ing, mostly chatting away and trying a lot of different dimsum. Besides the more common carrot cake, we also had 马蹄糕Water chestnut jelly which tasted like the Chinese New Year nian gao in a jelly form.

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After our heavy brunch, we walked around the garden restaurant and admired it’s beautiful surroundings such as this koi pond.

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Felt like we were somewhere in the forbidden palace.

Panxi Restaurant 泮溪酒家
地址: 荔湾区龙津西路151号(近荔枝湾)
Address: 151 Longjin Xi Lu, Liwan District

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Another famous shopping street in Guangzhou being the Beijing Road. A bit more high end than ShangXiaJiu but not that much of a difference to us since we weren’t in the mood for shopping.

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China history was my favourite subject in high school so I thought it was pretty cool that along Beijing Road we could see cultural relics of the ancient city gates from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. The story goes that back in 2002 when Beijing Road was undergoing road excavation, they unearthed the ancient city wall and found five to 11 layers of pavement dating back to the ancient dynasties.

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Our very hospitable tour guide Gerry next brought us to the place where we could best get a 360 degrees view of Guangzhou.

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Where else but the Guangzhou/Canton Tower? The Guangzhou Tower is the tallest structure in China  but only the fourth tallest in the world. This tower has a nickname ‘young girl with tight waist’ can you tell why? It’s even prettier at night with all it’s lights on.

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Not sure whether it was a foggy day (Gerry tells me this is just normal for Guangzhou) but the views weren’t very clear.

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The highest post office in the world!

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Since our tickets were also post cards, we wrote a few out and posted them straightaway. I posted mine to Gerry’s (girl)friend while R wrote a thank you postcard to Gerry’s parents. I wonder whether they’ve received them yet?

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Gerry and the Guangzhou tower.

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It was getting late so after a bit more sightseeing, we hopped into the car for a two hour drive into Jiangmen city, Gerry’s hometown. We stopped by Gerry’s home to pick up his parents for dinner. But instead of rushing to dinner, the parents pressed us to have a bowl of soup that they had cooked specially for us. This bowl of soup was very  special and a first for R and I. 老龟老鸡蛇汤, meaning turtle, chicken and snake soup! Apparently very nourishing and good for health so R and I gulped it down.

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Dinner that was arranged by Gerry’s uncle! If you remember my blog post back in 2010, I blogged about Gerry’s uncle when he visited Perth back then. Gerry’s uncle or Kao Fu (uncle in cantonese) as we call him left me with a lasting and memorable impression as a lovely, fun and knowledgeable uncle. R and I were really excited to meet up with him again.

We were a bit taken aback when we were ushered into this grand and luxurious private dining room with it’s own sitting area and private attendants. Gerry’s uncle was already there and as welcoming and friendly as ever. It was even better because this time we got to meet his equally affable wife and Gerry’s female cousin.

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The dining table was so huge that I felt like we were sitting on a giant conference table with it’s rotating lazy susan.

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The food was amazing and already I knew we would probably never get to try something like this again.

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When we were in Perth Gerry had already promised us that we would be drinking copious amounts of Chinese rice wine and he was right! Gerry’s uncle and aunt took out their ‘special’ wine which was fragrant (scarily high alcohol content) and very drinkable. They spent the remaining of the night toasting to us, luckily those cups were tiny and the wine was of a very high quality so we didn’t end up getting drunk at all.

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Gerry’s wondeful family, from left to right, his cousin, Gerry’s father, Gerry, Gerry’s mum and Kao Fu. Kao Fu’s wife was too shy to be in the photo.

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After dinner, we went over to Kao Fu’s house for some tea drinking. Kao Fu gave R a special tea session and taught him the intricacy of making chinese tea. Kao Fu introduced us to tea drinking back in 2010 and is the only reason why we have fragrant tea leaves in Perth now. In fact, they gave us more tea again this time!

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There was a surprise birthday cake for R specially arranged by Gerry, so sweet :). R’s birthday was the next day so Gerry had arranged for his cousin to bring a cake and we had the birthday cake session at Kao Fu’s house. I think this was possibly one of the more memorable birthday celebrations R has ever had.

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Birthday cake wasn’t the only thing we ate that night *gulp*. Cicadas (yep,the bugs that make all that racket at night) are a delicacy in China and we were offered these rare delicacies (apparently it’s very hard to catch or find them nowadays) by Kao Fu and his family. R, btw, has an insect phobia, it took him a good 20 minutes trying to convince himself to even touch those things let alone eat them. In the end we summoned our courage and had a cicada each! What was the taste like? It wasn’t too bad, not slimy, salty garlicky juices, but we didn’t go for seconds.

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I was really pleased that I got to meet Kao Fu’s daughter whom I’d talked to on the phone back in 2010. She’s a talented and sweet little girl who sang and danced for us and also brought me into her bedroom to show me all her treasures.

It was a fantastic night, probably the best night of the entire trip.

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2 Responses to “Day 4 Guangzhong and Jiangmen”


  1. 1 sakuratrees July 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Wah, when is Gerry getting married?? I want to go to Guangzhou man!!


  1. 1 Day 5 Jiangmen 江门 | daitaoha Trackback on July 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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