Guangzhou of Poetic Flavour|
Guangzhou looks like a scroll of typical Lingnan landscape. The Xiguan Dawu (West-side Mansion), Mediterranean style Qilou (Sotto Portico), garden-like foreign houses, Western style buildings and modern high-rises add brilliance and beauty to one another. The unique sites of cultural interest, natural yields, local customs and folk arts and crafts are all filled with strong Lingnan flavour. Guangzhou owes its charm and beauty to the traditional heritage and modern civilization.
The Cantonese Opera
Every year many festivals are celebrated here. With long-standing culture and ancient folk art, they have integrated the
traditional folkway with modern civilization. You'll enjoy yourself taking part in the celebration. The Spring Flower Fair and the Dragon Boat Race are permeated with strong local features.
An old man walking
with encaged birds.
Guangdong (Cantonese) music is fluent and beautiful with fresh and sprightly rhythm. The melodies are graceful and moving. The Cantonese opera with a long history has integrated creams of many folk arts. The late former premier Zhou Enlai once called it "the love pea of south China". The Cantonese cuisine has combined the drawing techniques of the ancient with the modern,
the domestic with the foreign. The representative persons are Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng and Chen Shuren, "the three outstanding
men of Lingnan." The Lingnan potted landscape is one of the five schools of the art with beauty of nature, vivid and poetic. The Western and Chinese architectures can be found in Lingnan. Zhutong Wu ( bamboo slip house) and Xiguan Dawu ( Westside Mansion) combine to form the style and feature of the city. The uniquely designed Lingnan Garden, the Guangzhou acrobat are all based on the folk art.
Going to relatives by dragon boat