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Guangzhous and The Five Goats

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 19 March 2008 | Views [742]

Arrivivng in Guangzhous (pop 3.2million) it quickly became clear that perhaps we weren't going to like this place. The smog combined with the haze of hummidty makes this place seem very clostrophobic, suphocating in fact. The people of Guangzhous are the best part, as with all of china, they are very friendly and hummerous. Our first experience of them was getting of the bus. A middle aged lady, a tout, shouting 'Hello GentleManny'. The chinnese use of the english language is fairly limited at the moment (like my use of chinnese) but still provides some interesting conversations. Needless to say the lady wasnt selling hotel rooms... The day after we arrived we visted the 'famous' park in Guangzhous, which is home to the 'legendary' statue of the five goats. Something that apparently attracts thousands of vistors every year, although I was never quite able to understand the significance of the statue. However the lady selling Magnum ice creams was much appreciated. The best part about the park was being able to look straight onto a football ground where two teams were batling it out in the hummidty. Football in china is quite popular, and i hope to go to match on the way back to take in the brilliant atmosphere. We tried for two consecutive days to get away from Guangzhous but failed misereably, mainly due to our innability to understand the timetables and Guanghzous is still in the Canton region meaning they mostly speak cantonesse. Anyway on the third attempt we made it, relieved, onto the 'sleeper' train. Although we would begin to slightly regret the choice of 'sleeper' over 'express'...

Tags: backpacking, budget, five goats statue, football, gunagzhous, haze, sleeper bus, smog, travel writing, travelling

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