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Better Know a… Province (Guangdong) Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

Our long and winding journey around the Middle Kingdom continues as we visit one of the most famous regions of China, the province once known as Canton – Guangdong (广东 – guǎng dōng). A brief intro to Guangdong. History Due to its geographic location far away from the center of power in early China, this…

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Shanghai State of Mind (上海) Posted by on Aug 15, 2011

A glimpse back at "Old Shanghai"

Imagine a city with enough fluorescent lighting and big screen LED displays to put Vegas and Tokyo both to shame. Add some classical chinese hutongs (胡同) and buildings, mix in some 19th century, stately British architecture (along the bund) and surround all that by hulking skyscrapers, many of which have shot up within the last…

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