The Red Lanterns of Guangzhou

The capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou, is located on the Pearl River and is a significant transportation hub in China. We decided to stop by Guangzhou, after spending a few hours in Zhuhai one day. Given the proximity of the two cities, we caught a train in Zhuhai and reached Guangzhou in an hour or so.

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Angie just missed the “child ticket elevation”… Buying train tickets to Guangzhou. Photo: Tang Choy.

Once we arrived in Guangzhou, my sisters and I diligently followed our relative, Kim, as she swiftly navigated the crowds and ushered us onto the subway. The train swelled with more and more people, as we travelled closer to the heart of Guangzhou. When we stepped out of the subway station, we were pleasantly greeted by a street dotted with red lanterns.

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Beautiful red lanterns adorning a street in Guangzhou. Photo: Tang Choy.

Before exploring any further, we tracked down a place to eat. Kim said she had always wanted to try Tiger Prawn Vietnamese Restaurant, but there was always a long lineup. We approached the restaurant and to our luck, we were seated quickly. After eating Chinese food for over a week, I was eager to try the restaurant’s pho. The ingredients were fresh, and we left Tiger Prawn feeling full.

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Mmm… A warm bowl of pho at Tiger Prawn Vietnamese Restaurant in Guangzhou. Photo: Tang Choy.

We passed interesting eateries and retail buildings, as Kim led us to Beijing Lu – a popular pedestrian street in Guangzhou. More red lanterns hung gracefully from the trees along Beijing road, and we spent a good 10-15 minutes trying to capture the magic on our camera phones.

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My sister, Angie, and I in front of a retail building in Guangzhou – loved the lights! Photo: Tang Choy.
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The famous red lanterns lining Beijing Lu in Guangzhou. Photo: Tang Choy.

Kim wanted us to try one last “speciality” along Beijing Lu, and we found ourselves in front of a mango drink stall. Both Kim and my sister, Angie, put in an order and I looked in wonder as they turned around with mango drinks that were larger than their faces. The smoothie-like concoction was topped with cream and generous chunks of fresh mango.

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Mango mania in Guangzhou. Kim and Angie with their massive mango drinks! Photo: Tang Choy.

After a packed day of travel, we were ready to retire for the day. We found our way back to the train station, and headed back to our hotel to rest.

What’s your most memorable sightseeing location? Why would you go back for a visit?

Read more about the Choy family’s travel adventures: Adventure Awaits in Southern Guangdong Province.