Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guangzhou: Food in Up Down 9....Part 1

I try to cover as much as possible but I doubt  I have covered all I have ate in Guangzhou...Since the last posting is Up Down 9...I should start from is separated in 2 parts where part 1 will be small food an part 2 will be the 3 old and famous restaurants in Guangzhou there are all located along Down 9 Road......

Along the shopping area are also dotted with small finger food outlets like these

The Lin Lin Beef Mixed intestines is one of my favourite there

We found a food street in a small alley behind the main street shops

The Korea BBq Cuttlefish is superb!

We also saw a special store selling special food

There is this Black and White Sesame Gruel (芝麻糊). The Gruel is freshly grinded manually at the store (too excited about eating until forgot to take photo of the store)

I decided to make it more interesting

We found this delicious claypot rice near our hotel

At nite, we went out to scout for our dinner and we are spoilt for choices

colourful menus

food ordered

My is this shop speciality called the Pig Trotter Ran Mee....the store is fully park and mostly ordered this

we did went to another shop to have some double boiled soup

OK, you dun really see a lot of food photo here....because I am always busy eating and so forgot to take photo on all the food i ate..........

More food posting coming up..part 2 on the 3 famous and old

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guangzhou: Up Down 9 Shopping Area

The Up down 9 consisted of Up 9 Road, a stretch of pedestrian walk that was converted from road and the Down 9 Road where the 3 old and famous restaurants(Will blog in another post) are situated.

Early in the morning, the empty street of Up 9 Road, notice the old houses at the 2 sides of the road

The main activity square of Up Down 9

The Pedestrian Street shopping Area

The yellow signboard shop is our Bee Cheong Hiang Bak Kwa

Road Junction at Down 9 Road

Pizza Hut in China

Bao Hua Road which is just off Down 9 Road is also a bustling Street

One of the famous Shop in Up Dow 9...early morning alrady very crowded with long queue

In the Night, the whole shopping street is also very beautiful!!!

Next coming up.....FOOD in Guangzhou...what did we ate there?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Guangzhou: Hotel at Up 9 Road

2 nights in the University Island is quite inconvenient to come out to the main city of guangzhou so on the 3rd night, we shifted our Barang Barang to within a shopping area called translation is Up Down Nine. The name comes about because of the whole shopping area consisted of 2 road called the Up 9 Road and Down 9 Road. The Central part of the shopping area where the 2 road meets, it was converted to pedestrian walk way and there is a central plaza where all the activities will be held.

Click to see bigger map of the area

UpDown 9 area is situated in what they called the Old Guangzhou area. The whole road or area consisted of old houses called the QiLou converted to shop houses and shopping buildings. The shops here consisted of plenty of food and drinks, old and famous restaurants of  Guangzhou and goods are mainly low-tier off season of factory rejects and also odd sizing clothes to common middle tier brands like Baleno, Giordano and IP Zone.....We realy love walking and shopping here because of the wide range of goods and also prices here are bargainable or are already at very good discount.

I got a pair of Lacoste Jean for SGD$13, Armani long sleeze tee for SGD$4...we found a shop selling socks at SGD$0.40 and these socks consisted of brands like adidas, nike, puma, wilson and the quality are as good as those selling at >$10 per pair here. We got a pair of leather boots for SGD$10 and we saw thermal wear selling at RMB$5 for top and bottom........we walked up and down the whole are 4 times and everytimes, we will discovered something new and is plenty along the way and you will never get hungry.....

Anyway, we found our hotel at Up 9 Road towards the end of the shopping area. The Hotel chain called JiaMei

We got the room at the highest 7th level...and Views from our hotel is the old shop houses of Up 9 Road

Guangzhou is developing fast and we can see a lot of New High-Rise building at the backdrop of old building

The location of the hotel is superb mainly because right in front downstair is my favourite Cheong Fun shop (coming in later blog)

Next coming up is more on  Up Down 9...........

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Guangzhou: The Metro or MRT System

Traveling within Guangzhou is very convenient because of its MRT network. No complicated and most of the attractions or shopping area are within walking distance from the entrance. And there are extensive underground shopping street in some of the stations in the shopping areas.

There are currently 5 lines, the 5th line just started operation on 28 Dec 2009, 4th day of our Guangzhou tour

The cost of train ride can be up to RMB$10 for single trip but if using stored value card, each trip is just RMB$2 (SGD$0.40). So on the first day, we went to top up RMB$50 and end of the trip, we still got 7-8 trips left.

Ticket self-help counters

They also ahve this kind which can topup using credit cards

The entrance barrier same as what we have

typical crowd at the platform

I must say, the stations are very clean and the whole system is more comfortable than what we have locally, the signages are easy to read and we can easily ask any staff for help if we are confused with the direction.

But one thing is the operation ends quite early for some lines.....there is one line that ends at 10.30PM......


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