We flew from Shanghai to Guangzhou, checked into our hotel, had lunch & then hopped onto the subway to visit a specific area of Guangzhou that was recommended to us, Shamian Island.  Shamian Island was a port for foreign trade and was divided into two concessions between the French & United Kingdom.  We got out of the subway and it was pouring rain.  We waited under the cover of the subway exit for 10-15 minutes, then went into a shopping mall hoping that it would stop.  We looked out again and it was still raining.  We decided that it wasn’t worth visiting this area in the rain without an umbrella, so we headed back to the hotel. 

Here we are waiting for the subway.  Again, it was so easy to use, new & clean.  Guangzhou is constantly changing.  The number of buildings being built and cranes that we saw were amazing. 

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Later that evening the rain stopped and we were able to see the city lit up!

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The next morning we decided to try to go back to Shamian but we took a taxi there instead.  We thought it would be faster but due to all the traffic, it took much longer than expected.  We had about 10 minutes to walk through this area before needing to get back to our hotel.  It was a really beautiful area with a wide pedestrian street and gardens.  We saw at least five wedding couples getting their pictures taken. 

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We took the subway back to our hotel and checked out.  Because of the travel time & check out process, our driver had been waiting for us around 35 minutes to take us to the high speed catamaran that would bring us to Hong Kong.  We had a good chance of missing the boat & when we arrived at the boarding area, they said the catamaran had just left.  We had two hours until the next boat left, so we walked over to a nearby hotel and had lunch there.  The restaurant overlooked a beautiful pool and I desperately wanted to jump into that water!

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We finally made it onto the catamaran and were on our way to Hong Kong!

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