Guangzhou, China

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This book just ranked in the top 4 of solo travel. Thank you. Please leave a review on Amazon for others to know how you liked this book and podcast! I would be so grateful to you! In this episode: FAQ is: Amy asked: How can I create my trip? Today’s Destination is Guangzhou, China

Today’s Mistake- Losing my sense of direction

Travel Advice: Keep your lip balm handy.

FAQ : Amy asked: How can I create my trip?

Answer: How to create YOUR own trip is what you want to be.

Start with writing out what you want to do. Put it on paper and you will see it, imagine it and then start beginning.

Get a map and start looking for the destinations and things that get you excited.

Talk to some friends who have been there and get some ideas on when the best time to travel would be for you. Then make plans, flights, sleeping arrangements, and transportation options.

Today’s episode destination is: Guangzhou, China

This is located in southern China, not too far from Hong Kong.

I spent a week in this city of 15 million people, which used to be called Canton, like the language of southern China, Cantonese. It is a bustling and busy industrial city for the most part. It was so modern, even more so than cities I know well. Most of my time was spent at the university, teaching. I was a guest lecturer at Sun Yat Sen University. It’s Ranked 159 worldwide among universities.

23,000 graduate studentsTotal enrollment: 85,100 (2011)

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/sun-yat-sen-university

Sun Yat-sen University, also known as Zhongshan University, is a public research university located in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. It was founded in 1924 by and named after Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary and the founder of the Republic of China. Wikipedia

Guangzhou has a maritime heritage stretching back over 2,000 years and its vast port is China's main transport and trading hub. It was also one of the starting points of the old Silk Road, a trading route that stretched across Asia.

Want to know more about Guangzhou? Here’s a few attractions I found by searching the city information. It’s on the Pearl River and has architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House, known as the “double pebble”; a carved box-shaped Guangdong Museum; and the iconic Canton TV Tower skyscraper, resembling a thin hourglass. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, a temple complex from 1894, also houses the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum.

How did I get around the city by myself? Bus, train and subway. And I did a lot of walking. The subways were easy to follow and brought me around the city quickly.. I explored the city, got a hotel room and afterwards, I took a high speed train to Shanghai, which is an even larger city in the north of China. Seeing China by train is such an experience and you may love it too. I was able to really get to know the changes that were taking place in the countryside as well as in the larger cities with this kind of travel.

Mistakes-Losing my sense of direction

One of the things that I am terrible at is my sense of spatial direction. I wish it was different, but reality is true. I need to retrace my steps, my directions and I get lost a lot. One of the best things is my mobile app for directions.

Get the cure for a bad sense of direction. Don’t be like me.

Travel Advice- Keep your lip balm handy.

Many of us get dry lips and the best remedy is a stick that gives comfort, such as chapstick, Carmex, or other relief from chapped lips. Always apply balm before topping with gloss. The color from the gloss will adhere better to the balm’s waxy texture.

gloss can dry out and that dries out lips. Apply balm before gloss. Get some hydration and color is better.

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