Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Victoria Hotel, Canton – aka the Guangdong Victory Hotel (广东胜利宾馆)

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In Canton, I stayed at the Guangdong Victory Hotel, which, at first glance, doesn’t look in the least like it has any history at all – so thoroughly have the Chinese plastered over what used to stand here with the veneer … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Old Canton…

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Most visitors to Guangzhou today don’t come for the history, heritage or architecture.  They come for business, trade, industry, commerce.  History, heritage and architecture are the last things on their mind.  Which is perfectly in keeping, ironically, with Guangzhou’s heritage as … Continue reading

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Shameen Island – the British and French Concessions in Canton

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After the Thirteen Factories were razed to the ground in 1856, and Canton occupied by British forces in the aftermath of the Second Opium War, another site had to be identified for the reconstruction of the new foreign settlement. This … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-3: Vast Prefecture… Canton (廣州)

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Of all the port cities on the Grand Tour, Canton – situated at a strategic location on the Pearl River – is by far the greatest and the most ancient, having been mentioned as a major port since the Tang … Continue reading

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Is this Wanderlust or sheer Escapism?

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I’ve been in London this past week, shacked up in the historic Savoy Hotel, visiting family and friends in the suburbs and countryside, and generally reminiscing LIFE as I knew it some two years ago now, when I shuttled between London, New … Continue reading

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