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Published February 21st 2013
Last month I had the exciting opportunity to land in China with my parents. What did I expect from this trip? Not much really. But boy, was my mind blown from some of the things I saw.
I lived with my grandparents in an apartment in Guang Zhou, a city in the state Guang Dong. It is said that before you die you must travel to Guang Zhou, but to do what?
The food here is absolutely wonderful and worth the money that you put in for it. I wish I had taken photos of the thousands of times that I went out to restaurants or street side meals; unfortunately I didn't, but what I can tell you is that it is an experience you must venture in for yourself. You can practically eat whatever you want there; western cuisine, Korean, Japanese Italian or your authentic Chinese.
It's not all about the food in Guang Zhou, there's also sight seeing. The first picture, is the Statue of the 5 Goats. They were built in 1959 as a symbolic gesture to honor the city. It is myth that these five goats were brought by people, carrying rice and other food items. This is the best of many goat statues around the city. Thankfully the statue is situated in the middle of a park which is free to venture in and take photos with.
Secondly, I had the pleasure of going to Jiu Long Lake Golf Course in Guang Dong. This is a place for anyone. There's basketball stadiums, table tennis tables, tennis courts, swimming facilities, a marvelous hotel, and a scenery that you will not forget. This is just one of the many photos of which I took, the land coverage is incredible. As you can see there are several hectares of green, and several hectares more. The mountains are adjacent to a long flowing river, where even a swimming pool was built inside the river. You can also sign up to join the club fishing community.
This is no ordinary golf course, this is a world class resort. Jiu Long Lake Golf Course was also the main golf course host of the 2010 Asia Games in Guang Zhou.
The prices for the hotel are reasonable with a world class level, ranging from 500 (yuan) to 1000 per night, including optional choices such as massages, spa, karaoke and various other activities for your family to enjoy.
Last but not least, I took a train to Shao Guan to climb Dan Xia Mountain. Mainly there are a lot natural formations of mountain ranges and rocks. My third photo may disturb some viewers and I'm not entirely sure why there is a natural formation of such, but I am not one to question the formation of such rocks. There are also inhumanely natural bridge formations and a heck of monkeys, I don't know what species they are but watch out, these guys will take your bag/purse or camera case that's hanging down your side in a flash of a second. So don't feed them, or else watch your belongings. Someone from my tour had their camera case stolen and couldn't really catch the monkey up the trees.
The door tickets aren't too expensive at a mere 200 (yuan), and you get half price if you're a student.
It was an amazing sunny day as well, in winter, so I was very lucky to have had good weather. If you wish to travel there it is best to go during the summer, which in China is the opposite to Australia; they have their winter when we have our summer and vica versa.
So if you ever want to visit Guang Zhou, summer is the perfect time. I would recommend taking a flight direct to Guang Zhou from Perth airport as there is now a new flight that has been opened recently. Cheap flights can range from 1000 AUD to 2000 AUD depending on your carrier.
As soon as you arrive, the world is yours. Go and explore, hire a tour guide. The majority of people there can speak some very basic English.