On our second day (3rd day if you count our arrival in China) our good friend, Robin and Grandma, brought us to the Haixinsha Asian Games park located in the financial district area. This was the venue of the 2010 Asian games and in the same area, you can find a lot of tourist attractions such as the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou New Library, the Children’s palace, Guangzhou Opera House, the CCTV tower, and an underground mall (which is under construction but is worth mentioning) called the Mall of the World.
The park is surrounded by a flurry of activities. There are a lot of tourists hanging around. Since the park is also adjacent to the financial district, i am assuming that the people in business attire are the people who work in the nearby towers. Either that, or the Chinese just like dressing up.
We decided to visit the Guangdong Museum since the entrance is FREE (i love museums!). We only needed to show our ID and we were set. It was a really big museum. We didn’t even get to finish looking through every exhibit because we just did not have enough time. We only got to see the history of Guangdong and some of its natural resources. Which was already A LOT.
It was a really rich experience learning about the history and culture of Guangzhou and the Chinese people. It made me respect the Chinese all the more. We were exhausted after just finishing two exhibitions and we didnt even get time to eat. I didnt like the museum food much. and their souvenir shop didnt have enough souvenirs. which was the only negative thing for me… apart from that, for something free, Guangdong museum is THE BOMB. 🙂