We took the 20 minute MTR ride from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, and then a 1.5 hour train ride from there to Guangzhou to meet our good friend that studied at CUHK with us. Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province and sits at the top of the Pearl River Delta.
Guangzhou traditional buildings are slowly disappearing due to the rapid growth of the city. Liwan District perfectly encompasses the city’s historic architecture with Lizhiwan, Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, and Shamian Island.
Lizhiwan area dates back 2000 years ago and was composed by river and canal systems in crisscross patterns. After much expansion of Guangzhou, various branches of the river system were covered to become streets. Our friend explained to us once we noticed the drastic sloping of the streets. He stated that the Guangzhou people simply just built on top of the water.
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