Once I travelled to Africa, I discovered the basis of human within the early stage. Once I travelled to the western world, I noticed how superb historic civilisation have been prior to now. Once I travelled within South East Asia, I saw what improvement potential means, but once I travelled to China, I noticed how the longer term can be. China has developed so drastically and dramatically at a speedy pace within the current years. It has been ages since I final visited the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area China (中国粤港澳大湾区) in the Pearl River Delta, GuangDong province in 2008, and I work out it wouldn’t be the same, and it did!
All because of MGTO, Macao Government Tourism Workplace, for throwing me this problem to go to all of the 11 cities beneath the brand new China Greater Bay Area city cluster concept (中国粤港澳大湾区) . I used to be given a chance to see China again in 2019. The “Greater Bay Area” refers to the Chinese government’s scheme to promote multi-destination tourism to the foreigners by linking the cities of Macao, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing (澳门，香港，广州，深圳，珠海，佛山，惠州，东莞，中山，江门，肇庆) into an built-in economic and enterprise hub. The Greater Bay Area has a high potential to grow into one of the necessary metropolitan areas on the planet, rivaling city clusters shaped around United States’ San Francisco Bay Area, New York Bay Area and Japan’s Tokyo Bay Area.
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- 1 The Seamless Journey By way of China’s High Velocity Rail (中国高铁) & HZMB (Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge 港珠澳大桥)
- 2 Macao: East Meet West, Experience Macao (中西文化，感受澳门)
- 3 Zhuhai: Entertaining & Romantic Zhuhai (阖家娱乐，浪漫珠海)
- 4 Zhongshan: Cultural & Historic Zhongshan (历史文化，源远中山)
- 5 Jiangmen: Wellness & Rest Jiangmen (休闲养生，悠哉江门)
- 6 Foshan: Historic & Modern, Cantonese Heritage Foshan (新旧合一，岭南佛山)
- 7 Zhaoqing: Natural Beauty & Charming Zhaoqing (山湖城江，自然肇庆)
- 8 Guangzhou: Colourful & Extravagant Guangzhou (五彩缤纷，富丽广州)
- 9 Huizhou: Classical Magnificence & Paradise Huizhou (古色古香，仙境惠州)
- 10 Dongguan: Ecological & Uniquely Dongguan (鸟语花香，异彩东莞)
- 11 Shenzhen: Bustling & Vibrant Shenzhen (繁华都市，争艳深圳)
- 12 Hong Kong: Cosmopolitan & Genuine Hong Kong (灯火辉煌，地道香港)
- 13 My Take On The China’s Greater Bay Area
The Seamless Journey By way of China’s High Velocity Rail (中国高铁) & HZMB (Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge 港珠澳大桥)
Travelling across the 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area within two weeks might looks like an inconceivable process up to now. With the China High Velocity Rail, it makes the whole lot attainable and straightforward as its vastly link up, not just inside the Greater Bay Area, however all the China as properly. Travelling between the cities used to take hours, but with the high velocity trains, it reduces to solely minutes. For worldwide travellers, excellent news, it’s now seamless and ease of travelling, especially inside the Greater Bay Area. You at the moment are capable of purchase practice tickets prematurely by way of on-line or cellular apps, nevertheless it comes with a further reserving payment in case you are a foreigner, who don’t have a China ID or mobile phone number.
In the previous, flying into Macao was not straightforward as there were no every day flights and the flight timings have been restricted. Right now, with the launch of the HZMB (Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge), I can simply select from the loads of flights to fly to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong airport it solely takes approximately an hour to cross into Macao. The HZMB (Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge) is the longest sea crossing and open sea fastened hyperlink on the earth. The 55 kilometres bridge took 8 years and costs virtually USD$19 billion to construct. It’s thought-about as one of the megastructures that the Chinese language are very pleased with right now.
So, let’s journey and discover to see what the Greater Bay Area cities can supply!
Macao: East Meet West, Experience Macao (中西文化，感受澳门)
Macao is not any stranger to many especially those who take pleasure in playing. The Vegas of Asia, that’s principally what I knew about Macao and the overall impression I had of Macao since my final go to in 1995, in addition to the well-known Portuguese egg tarts and the Ruins of St.Paul’s landmark, and buying on the Senado Sq.. I assumed that pretty much sums up what the small little city that may supply.
I might say Macao has modified tremendously. Properly, anticipated right? I have witnessed the Macao before and after the reunification with China, and I am impressed and pleased with Macao at the moment. This small city, a Particular Administrative Region (SAR) of China has a lot to supply. Since 1557 the Portuguese settlement till the top of colonial rule in 1999, Macao has a robust mixture of East and West cultures. There are a variety of evidences of their tradition from the superb landmarks and architectures comparable to Chapel of Our Woman of Penha, a really lovely and instagrammable church with not many visits, the Guia Chapel that gives a spectacular view of the town, and jump over to an enthralling little native town of Coloane Village to see the St.Francis Xavier Church that’s crammed with combined Macanese (Asian & Portuguese combined) character. If history is what you’re gunning for, Fortaleza do Monte exhibits the traces of the historical previous of Macao. Don’t overlook to take a look at the casual Portuguese and Macanese eateries line on the Parque Eanes Square. I didn’t know the Macanese delicacies can style so good.
In addition to being closely influenced by the Portuguese, Macao also show many traces left behind through the China, Qing Dynasty. I personally love the Mandarin’s House, a historic residential complicated that exhibits how an higher class lived in the course of the Qing Dynasty. You can too visit the place the place Macao acquired its identify from, A-Ma Temple, a temple that was inbuilt 1488 to worship the Sea Goddess, and now is likely one of the UNESCO World Heritage websites. Don’t miss out the Happiness Road, paradoxically the former Macanese purple mild district is now a small road with bustling previous allure. The well-maintained previous homes with vibrant eating places and outlets, is the place where James Bond had a scene right here in Skyfall!
As a non-gambler, it was nonetheless fascinating and entertaining to be in the Cotai Area. I might say it is the Vegas strip in Macao, and I highly advocate to stay in this area, I used to be so impressed and entertained by the extravagant theme motels. Every lodges have different things to offer, be it the FREE cable automotive rides on the Wynn Palace, trick your mates into believing that you’re in Europe by taking pictures at The Venetian (like in Venice), The Parisian (with Eiffel Tower). Truthfully, strolling the strip and testing the superb inns have been my favourite evening previous time to exhaust my left over power before going to bed. In case you are staying at The Galaxy Macao, don’t overlook to use the flamboyant water theme park, The Grand Resort Deck. For non lodge visitor, you may also purchase an entry to entry the water theme park.
You MUST NOT miss “The House of Dancing Water” on the Metropolis of Goals. I was blown away by the production scale of the present, with over 80 gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers, actors, and motorcyclists have been all featured within the show. That is certainly one of the best present I ever watched in my life! If you thought you’re watching an aquatic efficiency, then all of the sudden the stage pulls off to a motorcycle GP performance. The show is housed in a purpose-built theatre designed with many breakthroughs together with a stage pool that holds a record-breaking three.7 million gallons of water, equal to 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This state-of-the-art theatre offers the setting for an epic love story and spectacular journey by means of time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects and document breaking acts by no means seen earlier than in any theatre. The present is a must-see expertise you’ll need to relive time and again. Superb is an understatement, so be sure you catch it!
Zhuhai: Entertaining & Romantic Zhuhai (阖家娱乐，浪漫珠海)
With only a mere 15 minutes crossing of the Macao border by foot, I was capable of reach mainland China, Zhuhai, the neighbour of Macao. Once I stepped into Zhuhai, I immediately felt a change in pace compared to Hong Kong and Macao that are the busier cities. The tempo in Zhuhai was smoothing and slower. Generally known as the romantic metropolis, you’ll be able to simply take a pleasant breezy stroll along the Lovers’ Street and see the gorgeous Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, or take a cable automotive to the Mt.Jingshan Park and see the superb cityscape of Zhuhai.
In case you are travelling in a gaggle or with households, don’t miss the prospect to stay at the least a night in the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom and check out the penguins’ kingdom and the spectacular whale shark. You also needs to make some extent to observe the night Chimelong Water Electro-Music Present, which is one of the best performance present in Zhuhai. A spectacular nightly present featuring flyboarding, pyro jet skis and pyro water skiers all choreographed to music, lights, flames, laser, fountains, video mapping and fireworks. Trust me, you gained’t remorse this! Until now, I nonetheless can’t consider what I watched in Chimelong. When you’ve got further nights in the metropolis, you may as well take a look at the nostalgic Chimelong Worldwide Circus efficiency as nicely.
Zhongshan: Cultural & Historic Zhongshan (历史文化，源远中山)
A 23 minutes practice journey from Zhuhai, will take you to the cultural and historic metropolis of Zhongshan. A prefecture-city that was the birthplace of Dr. Solar Yat Sen, typically referred to as Solar Zhongshan, the primary president who played an instrumental position in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty in the course of the Xinhai Revolution. Immediately you can go to the house place of this great historic figure in China at Cuiheng Village. Study concerning the Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s history at the Solar Yat Sen’s Residence Memorial Museum, or take some nostalgic instagrammable pictures on the Zhongshan Film Set, modelled after places that Dr. Solar had visited prior to now.
I might say the Zhan Backyard is my favourite place in Zhongshan, a personal mansion that was designed and constructed by a filial son, Mr Huang Yuan Xin for his beloved mom to remain. This Suzhou-Hangzhou fashion mansion and backyard took 5 years to construct and was completed in 1998. After his mom handed away, Mr Huang opened up his mansion for tourists to visit. What touches me was the backstory of this mansion and Mr Huang’s subsequent efforts to covert all the mansion to be fused with instructional options to share the values on filial piety, such because the 24 filial exemplars, a basic textual content of Confucius filial piety written by Guo Jujing in the course of the Yuan dynasty.
There’s another place I might advocate to visit as it’s type of unusual – Hong Bo Cheng (红博城), a powerful historic complicated that was for constructed for mahogany furniture trades and companies. You have to be puzzled why I might advocate such a spot? What many individuals do not know is that Hong Bo Cheng is a tourist spot in itself, inside the complicated there’s a museum with 5 uncommon and crowd pleasing collections, a lodge function, and lots of craft workshops corresponding to chopsticks, picket recreation box or accessories produced from mahogany wood. So in addition to watching, you can even study some wooden crafting expertise. Don’t overlook to take an evening stroll around the complicated and see the dazzling evening lights. You’d in all probability feel like an emperor strolling around his palace. 🙂
Jiangmen: Wellness & Rest Jiangmen (休闲养生，悠哉江门)
From Zhongshan, you might take a 15 minutes practice journey to convey you back to nature. Blessed with lovely islands and mountains and in addition many pure scorching springs, Jiangmen definitely has a diverse vary of rich pure assets to supply vacationers. For seashore goers, do take a look at the charming and quaint Xiachuan Island (Taishan), which is a really peaceable place. I personally love the interaction with the type and genuine villagers who lead a carefree and sluggish tempo way of life on the island.
My private favorite place to visit in Jiangmen is certainly the Gudou Scorching Spring City. Situated on the Gudou valley, this can be a spa kingdom that consists of over 60 scorching spring pools with totally different herbal brews for different healing functions. For example, the mandarin orange spa is sweet for people who have cough. The lotus, ginkgo, ginger or chrysanthemum brew is sweet for skin and lots of more… In case you are ready to splurge a bit, do stay at the Royal Spa Lodge inside Gudou Scorching Spring and choose either the Tang Palace villa or a Japanese styled villa within the Dongpu Pavillion. They’ve lovely personal scorching spring pool and garden designed to the totally different themes in the villa.
Foshan: Historic & Modern, Cantonese Heritage Foshan (新旧合一，岭南佛山)
One among my favourite city in The Greater Bay Area is Foshan, a metropolis that is crammed with rich Cantonese heritage and character. A go to to Foshan shall be incomplete with no visit to the well-known Foshan Ancestral Temple, a well-preserved historic complicated that’s rich in people tradition, built through the Track Dynasty in 1058. In case you are a Chinese Kungfu fanatic like me, I’m positive you’d have heard about Foshan Shadowless Kick (佛山无影脚), made well-known by people legend Wong Fei Hung (Huang Fei Hong). Foshan is the capital of Chinese language Kungfu and there are museums inbuilt honour of well-known martial artists such because the Huang Fei Hong Museum and the Ip Man Museum (Bruce Lee’s grasp/instructor). Ip Man was the founding father of Wing Chun, a martial arts idea based mostly on traditional Southern Chinese Kungfu type as a form of self-defence, also called “beautiful springtime”, that requires fast arm movements and powerful legs to defeat opponents. Well-known Hong Kong martial arts actor resembling Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen also follow Wing Chun. If Kungfu shouldn’t be your thing, you possibly can take a look at the fascinating Nanfeng Historic Kiln, a historical conventional kiln that may be a huge ceramic stove built in the course of the Ming Dynasty. They have pottery demonstrations to show visitors the ancient art of pottery and ceramic making. Or in case you like visiting gardens, you’ll be able to take a look at the superb Liang’s Backyard, a standard personal backyard that belongs to the Liang’s family. This large backyard compound incorporates residencies, pagodas, sculptures, lakes, lovely flowers and scenic timber. Referred to as one of the well-known gardens in Guangdong Province, it is a sight to behold.
After a day of traveling around Foshan, end your day with a visit to Lingnan Tiandi. A powerful historical cluster of residential area and outlets constructed in the course of the Qing Dynasty, this charming space is full of character. An incredible place to hang out especially with the introduction of latest trendy cafes, restaurants and bars. So many locations to take these insta-worthy pictures!
Zhaoqing: Natural Beauty & Charming Zhaoqing (山湖城江，自然肇庆)
Generally known as the Inexperienced Gem of the sub-tropical, Zhaoqing, was an essential metropolis in historic China and residential to the green treasures of the mountains that accommodates many waterfalls, streams, lakes and rivers. Only a 20 minutes excessive velocity practice experience away from Foshan, Zhaoqing is the getaway destination to take pleasure in nature and get away from the town. The Dinghu Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage website on Man & Natural Biosphere, is a should visit website to see the various wildlife. Keep in mind to check out the crystal clear waterfall and eat some recent regionally made beancurd before you allow the mountain. If mountain climbing/trekking is just too robust on your legs, you possibly can contemplate taking a simple boat journey from the Xinghu Wetland Park and see another view of lovely Hangzhou. Keep in mind to take some pictures of the rare Purple-Topped Cranes within the Sanctuary.
No visit to Zhaoqing is full and not using a go to to the Seven Stars Crags. The natural limestone crags is likely one of the most scenic places in the province, also called little Guilin because of the putting great thing about the mountains and its reflections on the lakes. There are numerous historic tales, architectures and even traces of Buddhism and Taoism around the Star Lake. Before you name it a day, absorb all of the sights of the Historic City Wall of Zhaoqing that was constructed through the Music Dynasty earlier than having your dinner on the magnificent Sky Restaurant at the Pearl Lodge Starlake. Benefit from the 360 levels rotating dining experience and enjoy the beautiful view of mountains, lake, city and river of Zhaoqing.
Guangzhou: Colourful & Extravagant Guangzhou (五彩缤纷，富丽广州)
Previous, dusty, and grey are in all probability the phrases I have gathered from individuals about their impression of Guangzhou. But take a look at my current expertise and the photographs of Guangzhou now and you’ll change your impression about this vibrant metropolis. The Guangzhou in the present day, is among the most essential cities in China and is likely one of the busiest trading hubs for centuries. Guangzhou has undergone redevelopment to turn into a marvellous metropolis. Over at Shamian Islands, you’ll be able to take pleasure in and walk along the slender and clear streets that is sprinkled with temples and mosques, see pockets of colonial heritage buildings, or benefit from the traditional dim sum eateries and shop on the distinctive Lingnan styled shophouses. For consumers, you should not miss a trip to Beijing Road, which is a consumers paradise full of worldwide and native manufacturers.
You also needs to make a stop to see the 21st-century architectural landmark, Canton Tower, which is a slim-waisted and vibrant beauty that stands towering over the Pearl River. At the prime of the Canton tower, you possibly can challenge your self and overcome your acrophobia by taking a photo on the skywalk with transparent glass. There’s also a cable automotive experience you possibly can take on the prime flooring of Canton Tower to enjoy the spectacular 360 levels view of the mega metropolis. Don’t overlook to take a Pearl River Night time Cruise after dinner and wrap up your day with a breath-taking and colourful night time scenery of Guangzhou.
Huizhou: Classical Magnificence & Paradise Huizhou (古色古香，仙境惠州)
Simply barely over an hour journey from Guangzhou, you’ll be able to visit the traditional and culturally rich metropolis of Huizhou. Huizhou is the cultural centre for a lot of well-known multi-talented artists, historic poets, writers, painters, calligraphers, chefs and pharmacologists. Even statesmen from the Music Dynasty came over and create artwork in Huizhou. One specific statesman, Su Dongpo fell in love with the western aspect of the town and renamed a lake there to be referred to as West Lake, as he thought it was as lovely as the Hangzhou’s West Lake. If you would like some “me” time to unwind, go to Mount Luofu, it’s a sacred and peaceful mountain where the famend Taoist Ge Hong refined elixirs through the Jin Dynasty. In the present day yow will discover many relics of Ge Hong at Mount Luofu such because the “Well of Longevity” where Ge Hong fetched water from, his alchemical kitchen for refining elixirs, as well as the pond he used for washing elixirs. Who knows, you may attain longevity by consuming the sacred water here! In case you are on the lookout for an expensive local place to remain, think about staying on the Qiu Chang Gu Li Luxurious Homestay (秋长谷里民宿), it is a luxurious homestay that gives genuine historic Chinese language styled villa but with modernise comfort. The best of both worlds!
Dongguan: Ecological & Uniquely Dongguan (鸟语花香，异彩东莞)
Only a 45 minutes journey away you possibly can journey from one paradise in Huizhou to another paradise in Dongguan. Keyuan is called one of the Four Great Gardens of the Guangdong province. It’s a Lingnan styled backyard was inbuilt 1850 in the course of the Qing Dynasty interval. Simply imagine that is your personal garden, your life have to be fairly luxurious. Should you want to get away from the bustling streets and human visitors, take an extended stroll or bike experience along the 33 kilometres path on the Music Shan Lake Park and benefit from the lovely lake with historic temples, bridges and pagodas. Or you would plan for a visit to the Longfeng Villa Video Resort, the most important one cease movie and tv set in South China, which integrates wedding ceremony images, journey, tourism, dining and entertainment all into one theme park. This theme park consists of a number of giant practical districts, corresponding to a sci-fi area, a youngsters theme park and a marriage images area with a set of all wedding ceremony customs around China (fairly cool) and lots of extra… There are some European themed websites in the theme park that is so reasonable that you simply gained’t consider it’s in China. It was all began with individuals constructing the buildings for his or her wedding ceremony shoots, and now the Chinese language utilise it as a theme park for tourists to visit. It was type of unique and weird.
Shenzhen: Bustling & Vibrant Shenzhen (繁华都市，争艳深圳)
From Dongguan, it takes about 30 minutes to journey to Shenzhen, one of many largest and well-developed cities in China. Shenzhen can also be the country’s first special financial zone. Taking a look at Shenzhen now you wouldn’t consider that 40 years ago, Shenzhen is just a small fishing village. Within four many years, it has developed into one of the largest technological and manufacturing cities on the planet. The Ping An Finance Centre, is presently the 4th tallest building on the planet, and is a monumental testament to the success of Shenzhen. Shenzhen can also be a culturally numerous metropolis, as many Chinese language from different cities/provinces migrated to Shenzhen throughout its developmental years. You would explore the charming little Gankeng Hakka Town, and immersed your self in the Hakka tradition.
Also do take a look at the Splendid China People Village where you see all the totally different Chinese cultures and landmarks in a single place . A visit to the Splendid China People Village is like visiting a stay sized encyclopaedia of China’s totally different cultures at a one cease hub. Don’t overlook to catch the glamorous Oriental Gown Show if you go to the Splendid China People Village. If time permits, get onto the cruise ship (don’t worry it’s a stationary cruise) of the Sea World and take a look at all of the overseas institutions. Don’t be shock you could discover some cuisine that taste like house.
Hong Kong: Cosmopolitan & Genuine Hong Kong (灯火辉煌，地道香港)
I used to travel regularly between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and it was a treacherous (perhaps I used to be exaggerating, however think about I was traveling alone everyday) 1.5 hours journey from Luohu Shenzhen to Hong Kong Island. Typically the border crossing can take up to 3 hours due to the long queue and human congestion. Immediately, I am so impressed that the China’s Excessive Velocity Rail only took me 15 minutes from the Futian district to West Kowloon in Hong Kong. I really like the excessive tech transportation, brings so much comfort to travellers. Anyway, Hong Kong is so well-known that it wants no additional introduction, everyone must be quite acquainted with this bustling cosmopolitan city. Hong Kong can also be dubbed as one of the 4 Asian Tigers (financial powerhouse) alongside Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Famous of its dim sum (Cantonese snacks) and go to an area Cha Chaan Teng (Hong Kong Cafe) is what everybody will do if you go to Hong Kong.
Regardless that everyone is acquainted with Hong Kong, but I feel this superb metropolis still has a variety of various things to offer. Rediscovering Hong Kong like an area will provide you with a special perspective of this well-known metropolis. Explore the very instagrammable Man Mo Temple, take a look at the graffiti and road arts, or see the stone wall timber at Forbes Road, Kennedy Town. Your experience won’t ever be the identical.
Uninterested in taking the same previous photographs from the well-known Peak that oversees all the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong and Victoria Habour? Here is a little tip for my readers, walk just a little extra on the west aspect of the business spot at The Peak onto Lugard Street. Stroll an approximately 20 minutes and you’ll get a MUCH BETTER VIEW of Hong Kong (very instagrammable spot). Your postcard worthy pictures of The Peak will definitely be an excellent pay off for the energy burnt. On the lookout for a brand new expertise in Hong Kong? Visit Tai Kwun, the former Central Police Station. The Central Magistracy and the Victoria Prison now permit guests to tour the wealthy heritage and historic Central Prison Station. It is a pretty cool and unique expertise to have the ability to see how the Central Prison Station system works and sit back within the eating places or bars in the compound.
My Take On The China’s Greater Bay Area
Ever since I launched into this journey and shared my pictures of my journey to China, I have acquired many Facebook and Instagram messages from individuals around the globe saying how impressed they have been by China’s improvement and lots of fascinating tourist spots. Clearly, the cities in the Greater Bay Area has so much to supply. By now you’d have seen the individuality of each city that I’ve visited and there’s all the time something for everybody, from bustling metropolis like Macao, Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou, culturally rich Foshan and Zhongshan, entertaining themed parks provided by Zhuhai, Dongguan and Jiangmen, to peaceable paradise websites like Zhaoqing, or Huizhou. China has shed its previous image and it will maintain changing for the higher.
The largest take away is to study concerning the Chinese culture, and I’m truthfully impressed by the convenience of travelling inside China. A go to to Macao or Hong Kong might be easily coupled with other cities of your selection, and it’s now hassle-free. Giving extra options and values to travellers within the Greater Bay Area.
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