Glamorous Guangzhou

Lion dancing performance

Dragon boat racing

Baiyun Mountain, Guangzhou

The new axis of Guangzhou city

Guangzhou Haizhu Wetland

Guangzhou Luhu Lake

Canton Tower

Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town

Kapok’s bloom indicates the spring is coming. (Kapok is the city flower of Guangzhou)

The Pearl River of Guangzhou

Sculpture in Flower City Square

Source: The Information Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government

Smart security check system launched in Guangzhou

A smart security check system was put into operation on September 19 at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China’s Guangdong Province to speed up the security check process.

The system, supported by big data from the airport’s security check department, airline companies and the police department, is able to analyze the passenger’s past travel records, said Luo Junhua, vice general manager of the airport’s security check department.

Passengers with “good records” will go to the designated self-service checkpoints, according to Luo. Simply showing an ID card and going through facial recognition, the passenger will pass a millimeter wave scanner to complete security check. Baggages will be placed in a box with a chip that will note the baggage information on the passenger’s travel record.

Currently, the system can be applied to passengers who have departed from the airport more than 10 times in a year. The airport said that it will work to expand the service range of the system.

The system is one of the trial projects carried out by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Earlier this year, CAAC said that it would promote smart security checks by adopting artificial intelligence and biometric recognition technologies.

Source: Xinhua

Enchanting Cantonese Opera

Cantonese Opera first began enchanting music lovers in Guangdong and Guangxi during the Jiajing period of Ming Dynasty. Combining performing arts such as singing, speaking, incidental music and elaborate costumes and make, it remains a vital part of southern China’s cultural heritage.

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou

The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, also called Chen Clan Academy, is a place both for offering sacrifices to ancestors and for study. Later it was changed to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College, and then middle schools afterward. Now it houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum.

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

Yum Cha, a Typical Morning Activity of Cantonese

Yum cha, or “going out for dim sum”, is a term in Cantonese which literally means “drinking tea”. Yum cha is a typical morning activity of Guangdong residents. It is a lifestyle characteristic of Guangzhou folk, and as a gourmet’s paradise, an integral part of the culinary culture of Guangzhou city.

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

(Photo/Zhang Dongjin)

 

Fresh vitality of the time-honored city

The brilliant Canton Tower

Baomo Garden

Chen Clan Academy

Discover Guangzhou: travel through time

Discover Guangzhou: the folk activity in Shawan, Guangzhou, on the third day of March of the lunar calendar

The Sculpture of the Five Rams Legend

Source: The Publicity Department of the CPC Guangzhou Municipal Committee

Diverse Guangzhou, a commercial city with about a thousand year history

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

Beijing Road Pedestrian Street during holiday seasons

The site of the millennial ancient building on the Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

The new axis of Guangzhou downtown area

The sparkling night view of the Pearl River

The first financial street that integrates all the functions including capital loan, wealth management, payment settlement and information release

A dancing performance of a foreigner at the millennial Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Publicity Department of the CPC Guangzhou Municipal Committee

From transportation to exchange, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link carries new mission

Lee Chun-yin felt that his work became much easier compared with one year ago.

Working in the training industry, the 52-year-old man in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region needs to make three to five trips a month to the mainland. “Thanks to the express train, my travel time is shortened and the journey is more comfortable,” he said.

He was referring to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), the Hong Kong section of which opened on Sept. 23 last year, linking Hong Kong directly to dozens of destinations in the mainland.

Monday marks the one year anniversary of the Hong Kong session’s opening to public.

Before XRL was in operation, Lee had to take metro before changing to the bus. “When I arrived at the port, I had to carry my luggage back and forth,” he recalled. “With the high-speed train, however, I was saved from all the troubles. And it is very fast.”

A trip from Hong Kong to Xiamen in east China’s Fujian province only takes four and a half hours, while in the past it would cost him six or seven hours. The travel time to Beijing, which used to exceed 24 hours, is about nine hours now.

 

“People in Hong Kong have become used to and fond of the new way of travelling to the mainland,” said Cheris Lee, chief of operating-high speed rail and intercity of MTR corporation.

China is home to some 29,000 km of high-speed railways, accounting for more than two thirds of the world’s total.

“In Hong Kong, although high-speed trains only run a stretch of 26 kilometers, it is a milestone that we could be connected with the mainland,” said Cheris Lee. “People here do not have to transfer in Shenzhen or Guangzhou before reaching other cities.”

She told Xinhua that XRL sees about 45,000 passengers a day on the weekdays, while at the weekends the number stands at 62,000. On special occasions such as the Spring Festival it could carry as many as 100,000 passengers on the busiest day.

At the railway station on Monday, a man surnamed Cheng was using the machine to buy tickets to Xiamen. After he retired, the 65-year-old man liked travelling in the mainland.

“The airports are mostly located on the outskirts, and you need to get there two hours before boarding,” he said. “The XRL is more convenient, which takes you directly to the city center.”

 

A man surnamed Ge who lives in Shenzhen and comes to Hong Kong every Saturday for MBA studies, said “it is our consensus with the Hong Kong students that XRL benefit all of us, so that we could have more exchanges. Hopefully this could help Hong Kong and the mainland get to know each other better.”

Due to the continued violent protests in Hong Kong, the railway station is apparently less busy than before.

The passengers Xinhua interviewed shared the view that hopefully peace could be restored soon.

“With the XRL, I hope that people from both sides could visit each other more frequently, so as to eliminate misunderstanding,” said Lee Chun-yin’s companion.

Source: Xinhua

Hello China: The Greater Bay Area of China – Guangzhou

As one of the most open and dynamic regions in China, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area owns an important strategic position in the overall economic development of China. The unique cuisine, charming scenery, as well as the environment that encourages and embraces innovation attract many foreign friends over the years.

Australian girl Amy is on her way to China! Guangzhou was her first stop to explore the Greater Bay Area. With some advice from the locals, Amy decided to buy a unique traditional Chinese dress and incredibly it only took her 48 hours from ordering this tailor-made dress to wearing it on.

Source: People’s Daily Online