Saturday, January 19, 2013

Places to visit in Guanghzou

Hi everyone!  I recently went on a trip with the family to Guanghzou, China.  It was my first time in Guanghzou and I really don't have any idea what the place has to offer (since I haven't had friends or relatives who have been to this place).  We had kids along with us, so the itinerary was mainly focused on kid-related activities.  Here are some of the places we visited (and I would definitely recommend these sites to you):

1. Guanghzou TV Tower or the Canton TV Tower...I didn't know that Guanghzou was previously known as Canton.

The Canton Tower is the world's tallest TV tower to date (standing at 600 meters).

Pictures taken from the observation deck located at +454 meters.

The white structure is the Guangdong Olympic Stadium where the  2010 Asian Games was held.
The Canton TV Tower gives you a great view of the city.  I suggest that to each and every city you visit, try to go to the highest peak or highest building so you can see the whole city from above.  It's really a nice experience (only if you are not afraid of heights...ha ha ha).

2. Chimelong Safari Park
The Chimelong Safari Park is a very nice place.  It houses different kinds of animals and houses Asia's largest safari, at 25,000 square meters.  You can either ride a train that takes you through the safari or bring your own car and drive through the safari.  It beats Singapore's night safari by a mile and it also beats one of the drive-thru safaris that I went to in Florida and the safari ride in Animal Kingdom (Disney World, Florida).  The kids in our group loved loved the safari ride.
     The African Animals Show

     The White Tiger Show

Inside the safari

Pictures taken inside the safari

The best attraction in Chimelong Safari Park is definitely the safari ride.  You can either ride a train that will take you around the vast safari, or you can drive your own car thru the safari.  The animals are not caged.  They roam around freely.  For carnivorous animals, they are surrounded by a body of water that keeps them in their rightful place.  You can even feed some of the animals.  This safari is the best-ever that I have seen (although I have not been to Africa yet).

Aside from the safari ride, there were multiple animal shows that you can see.  I got scared watching the White Tiger Show.  The tigers kept on growling and they didn't seem happy performing for us (I guess it's because they were whipped when they don't follow).  It was hard watching them get whipped for not doing tricks.  I pity the tigers.  Some of them even had scars on their behinds (probably from the whipping they get if they don't obey their handlers).  So sad...How I wish they just free them into the wild.  Haaay...

3. Chimelong International Circus

Chimelong International Circus is the world's largest permanent circus.  Performers hail from different countries such as USA, Columbia, Africa, and there are even performers from the Philippines.  This is a must-see if you are in Guangzhou.  The stunts, acts, costumes, lights and sounds are world-class.

These are the 3 places that I recommend that you see when you visit Guangzhou.

That's it for today.  Hope to post again soon.  Thank you very much for dropping by!

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