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Hidden beauty of a concrete jungle
By Ou Shuyi (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-10-30 11:21

Guangzhou is definitely not a city you will fall in love with at first sight. Every corner seems packed with high-rise buildings, elevated highways, overpasses, vehicles, and lots and lots of people - it feels like a city that is about to explode.

Your initial instinct could well be to get out as soon as possible. However, if you overcome this urge and stay longer, you will discover its more personable side.

This 2,200-year-old port city, located on the Pearl River in Guangdong province, is home to 10 million people and is one of China's economic powerhouses.

Hidden beauty of a concrete jungle

Cantonese people usually start a day with a dim sum breakfast. Wu Jun

But the city's traditional neighborhoods, mostly in Xiguan area, still moves at a leisurely pace - with elderly folk sitting outdoors playing chess or just indulging in idle chatter; old stores, usually run by generations of the same family, tucked away in the back streets and selling a variety of medicinal herbs and dried seafood; and centuries-old banyan trees, with their numerous aerial roots looking like street sculptures.

A good way to explore what the city and its people are really like is to have a dim sum breakfast at a local restaurant.

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