Thursday, April 27, 2017

G to the Z - Record Store Day

Lately my life seems to be guided by translated post it notes with instructions and  directions.  And for this one, I'll admit, when I had help translating the flyer I had doubts about whether this Record Store Day event would even be a thing. 

I had visions of one guys with a crate filled with bad jazz records and a few people selling random dried flowers and sand art.

Turns out I was wrong. After nearly two years, I've discover a record store in Guangzhou....about 15 minutes from my house. This my friends, will go down as one of the greatest discoveries of 2017. 

Vinyl House, 188 - 102 Tiyuxi Heng Street Tianhe. Walk down the street on the right hand side towards Liede. 188 is a real estate agency - turn right, walk through some gates and turn left. Walk up the path and you will see it on the left hand side. An oasis of awesome.

Dogs of China - #252, #253, #254, #255

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kaiping: take two

Note to self, do not go anywhere in China on a national holiday. Last year, Kaiping....took many many hours to get there, was met by and overwhelming amount of people.

This time...relaxing exploring around the diaolou's in the company of friends. Hardly a soul around. For those planning a day trip from Guangzhou, hire a car and driver. It cost us 250 RMB each and it was worth every mao. 

Where to go? 

Zilicun - rice paddies

The place everybody goes. No doubt that it is beautiful - set around rice paddies and gardens. Draws big crowds though so get in early before the busses roll in.

Chikan - water

The main town. Interesting for a 45 minute wander around (and a good spot for a picnic by the canal), but this town is a bit scruffy around the edges, and not in a way that would draw you back for future visits.

Jinjiangli - biggest

Jinjiangli really was both the biggest and the best. Just that bit further away from the main sites that you avoid the tourist buses and can wander around the laneways, gazing up at some beautiful diaolou's (and if you're lucky) framed by a bright blue sky.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dogs of China - #251


A great shop in one of the best areas to wander around in Guangzhou. Boutique but not in a mass produced way. Restrained but not in a try hard way.  Something you'd expect in a city of 20 million but something that is surprisingly difficult to come across. Find it at number 9 Miaoqianxijie Yuexiu District - use this post-it map, it's helpful...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dogs of China - #250

Family Mart dog

G to the Z Easter staycation - what we did and how we did it

We packed a lot into this extra long weekend. Two gals from CBR plus two gals living in China equals lots of fun. A good repair of the soul and general mojo as it turns out.

It started off as a trio with an afternoon eating dumplings and then looking at art and exploring modern day ruins.  Next day a trip to my favourite coffee place and time exploring in Dongshan. More art, more dumplings and then a Friday night out on the town.

Saturday bike rides and dinner at my favourite Japanese restaurant.  Sunday easter fun. Face masks and Monday roadtrips with a day in the countryside. Ninja marathons followed by a scrabble marathon - a week filled with laughter and fun.

Guangzhou Museum of Art:
Lock Chuck Coffee: No 6 Xiniu Lu; 510030 Guangzhou, China
Bad Market:No 9 Miaoqianxijie Yuexiu District
Kui Yuan Gallery: 9 Xuguyuan lu, Yuexiu District
Vegetarian Restaurant Guangzhou Opera House (Dishuifang): 87836505
Hope and Sesame:No.48 Miaoqian West Street
Cycle Canton:
1200 Bookshop: Several outlets - we went to the one off Tianhe North Road (just past the Grand International Hotel)
Park Hyatt Rooftop Bar: 16 Huaxia Rd, Tianhe Qu