Silversea Luxury Cruises A Huangpu (Canton)

Legend has it that Guangzhou was founded by five immortals riding five rams, each of whom planted a sheaf of grain, symbolizing endless prosperity. History tells us that an administrative city had sprung up here by the 3rd century BC. Remains of a giant shipyard of that period suggest that the city had foreign contact even then – there were merchants who considered themselves Roman subjects here in 165 AD, and from Song times (10th c. View more

) vessels traveled along the maritime “Silk Road” to Middle Eastern ports, later introducing Islam into China and exporting porcelain to Arab colonies as far away as Zanzibar. By 1405 the foreign population was so large that the Ming emperor founded a special quarter for them, and when xenophobia later closed the rest of China to outsiders, Guangzhou became the country’s main link with the world. Beginning in the 18th century, the British East India Company used the city as a base from which to purchase silk, ceramics and tea, eventually precipitating the trade crisis that caused the Opium Wars, and the resulting Treaty of Nanking, giving foreign powers extraterritorial powers in a number of coastal Chinese cities. Until recently the city was known to the West as Canton. Today there is real wealth and infrastructure here, and vast amounts of cash do flow in and out of the city, especially during the bi-annual Trade Fair. Government incentives and low labor costs have stimulated domestic and foreign investment in southern China, and Guangzhou is profiting from its position at the center of the Pearl River Delta’s sprawling industrial and manufacturing region. Pier Information The ship will dock at Huang Pu Pier, 25 miles from central Guangzhou. Taxis are available just outside of the port area. Because of the distance and communication difficulties, an organized tour is the best way to see the city. Shopping The Friendship Store in Guangzhou is the best place to look for Chinese arts and crafts, souvenirs, and clothing. Cuisine There is a saying that the Cantonese will eat anything with four legs except the table, and anything that flies except an airplane. But don’t worry – a fine meal can be had without including anything too exotic. Cantonese cuisine is unmatched in the clarity of its flavors, the attention paid to the natural characteristics of the absolutely fresh ingredients, and the appealing presentations. Fast stir-frying, roasting, and slow simmering in soy sauce and wine are the most common preparations. This is also the region best known for dim sum – little dishes of boiled, fried, and steamed snacks wheeled around restaurants on trolleys from which you can select as they pass your table. Other Sites Five Rams Statue A much photographed monument commemorating the myth of Guangzhou’s founding by the five immortals, riding five rams. Baiyun Shan (White Cloud Mountain) Once crowded with monasteries, Baiyun’s slopes are now heavily reforested, and offer lush panoramas over Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta. There are paths for walking, with well-placed teahouses and pavilions along the way. There is also a cable car from the entrance as far as Cheng Precipice, a ledge roughly halfway to the top. Guangzhou Zoo This is the third largest zoo in China, and while not up to the standards you’d like to see, if you must see pandas, this is the place to do it.

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