Guangzhou, China – Animals, Temples, and New Town

The view from the roof of our Guangzhou apartment smack in the center of the Tian He district.

There are many smaller apartments in the Tian He community.

Preserved duck, goose, and pork hanging out to dry in Guangzhou Shimen forest park - commonly known as "Lap Cheong".

A menu written on a stump-plank at a restaurant in Shimen Forest Park, Guangzhou.

The famous hot pot chicken, steamed with green onions and an assortment of mushroom and sauces.

My mother's sister and her husband. Years ago, they took their wedding photos here.

Shimen Forest Park is the most popular wedding photo destination in Guangdong. Each week, hundreds of newly-weds get their photos taken here - every marriage in my family so far has had their photo taken here.

A little girl feeds a giraffe at the Guangzhou zoo.

An Asian elephant at the Guangzhou zoo.

The 'Elephant House' at the Guangzhou zoo.

Two baby chimps play fighting at the Guangzhou Zoo

Ancient Greek for 'river horse', "Hippopotamus" is the third largest land animal and can weigh up to 4,000Kg.

These visitors mistake RJ to be on display as a part of the "Foreign Caucasian Exhibit" at the Guangzhou Zoo. They asked me for permission to take pictures with him. Hilarity ensues.

The steps to a Taoist temple in Guangzhou.

Bookended by two larger-than-life incense burners, the entrance to this Taoist temple expresses the architecture of many temples in China.

Four Taoist monks engage in their daily verbal meditation. Taoism was founded in 4BC.

A Buddha tower consists of hundreds of mini Buddha statues, each contributed in memory of a passed relative.

A Taoist monk plays on the large drums located in two towers surrounding the temple.

Meditation seats and instruments are placed in front of the main hall.

The mini incense burner fills the air of the temple with a smell of jasmine.

A daughter escorts her father after a weekly temple visit, perhaps to pay respects to a passed family member.

An upside down busker makes a few extra bucks in front of New Town.

The New Guangzhou Library was built in 2011 and contains over 98,000 square meters of floor space, holding some of Guangzhou's most extensive collections.

Completed in 2010, the International Finance Center (IFC) stands as the second tallest building in Guangzhou - with 109 floors and a Four Seasons Hotel starting from the 69th floor.

An international design competition determined the plans for the 2005 Guangzhou Opera House. It has since become one of the three biggest theatres in the nation.

The Guangzhou No. 2 Children's Palace, built in 2003, accommodates many children and youth services and classes.

With the Guangdong Museum at the left, patrons line up against the backdrop of the Canton Tower.

Bored in line, a man begins belting out lines from a Chinese opera (quite professionally). Unbelievably, another woman near the front of the line began to sing the female part.

A street artist exhibits live calligraphy with a giant mop and some water.

A full body leash. That's all.

A wall of lanterns, each with a wish, on display in New Town. At night, these lanterns light up under a synchronized program.

A bank note printed during the "Anti-Japanese" war includes state propaganda.

A plaque in the Guangdong Museum recounts the war - the translations are less neutral.

Old tools for Moon-cake moulding on display at the Guangdong museum. Moon-cakes are sugary deserts eaten during the Full Moon Festival (Harvest Festival).

A poem is engraved on wooden plaques on display at the Guangdong museum.

The night view of Tian He district from my cousin's 12-floor balcony.

My attempt at Christmas decorating in my cousin's living room.



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