All posts tagged: Guangzhou

China’s New Sheraton Hotel

Paul Chong / Thursday, 20 November 2014  When my wife & I first went to China in 1989, we were tremendously impressed with the standard & range of design with their five-star hotels in each of the cities we visited. In Beijing we stayed in Kunming Hotel, Shanghai was Sheraton Hotel with its fantastic indoor fountain which responded synchronising with the music played and I still recall the marvellous White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou. They even had a fleet of Mercedes for guests’ use. That was 25 years ago when China was just opening up to welcome tourists. Shopping then was mainly confined to their Friendship Stores or roadside stores. Currency exchange was with some difficulties, besides not having much  shopping choices to attract the tourists’ dollars. Food was good, especially the hotel breakfast and all our travel was covered by air-conditioned coaches for sight-seeing. China has since come a long way with its remarkable range of hotels. Today’s structures are mind-boggling & futuristic. Such is the presentation of the 27-storey “big glowing doughnut” Sheraton Huzhou …

China Is Hong Kong’s Future

Paul Chong/24 October 2014 Hong Kong – Occupy Central Don’t be British stooges nor be the “running dogs” of US Hong Kongers, Hong Kongese or Hongkees, whatever name the people in Hong Kong like to be known as, are like “frogs in the well” . . . so confined & restricted in their outlook that they don’t know the realities of life in the outside world. For far too long (156 stolen years) they have been “kidnapped, forcibly occupied, indoctrinated & influenced by an evil imperial regime whose domination is no less evil in India, Malaysia & other colonies. You know the world would have been a better place now if Adam & Eve hadn’t failed to disobey God about eating the forbidden fruit. Western media are more cunning & devious than the Devil in controlling the hearts & minds of people. It is not the object of this writing to detail their acts, but the diagram below demonstrates clearly the whole propaganda machine at the disposal of US & its puppets: For example, Hana …

Chinese Style of Celebration

        There is something to be said about the Chinese when it comes to the question of celebration. And celebration not quite in the sense as generally observed by most people. Being a Chinese myself and having been largely Western educated with the benefits of having lived one score & ten years of my life in Australia, I can safely tell you that the Chinese are the most assiduous economic seekers.   They work both hard & smart without really ever taking a break or a holiday.   Before the introduction of modern way of business & labour operation, the Chinese as I know them work 24/7. Their holidays mean work & more work, as I would always say “Hard work will not a person kill, but sheer idleness will.”   My own grandfather & father lived by this philosophy, and in all the years of my father’s natural life, who raised up the nine of us siblings literally with the skills of his two hands, he had only been to Singapore …

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Canton Tower (Guangzhou TV Tower)

  When I first visited Guangzhou in May 1989, it was like an “gigantic village” – dirty, ugly & teeming only with people & bicycles. It wasn’t a pretty sight except for White Swan Hotel, a five-star splendour, where we stayed. To attract foreign tourists five-star hotels were being first built. Then what greeted me in the late 1990s and 2000s is staggering & beyond my widest imagination. Simply unbelievable! There weren’t many places of interest in the old days except the Five Rams’ Statue, Dr Sun Yat Sen‘s Memorial, the zoo which housed some Panda bears & shopping mainly at Friendship Store. However, we had the taste of the famous Guangzhou cuisine & it was good. In a word, we were totally unimpressed as first time visitors. Today, Guangzhou is different! In line with the Stratosphere Casino Hotel Tower in Las Vegas, the world’s ‘highest’ Ferris wheel‘ is set to open for business on top of a 1,480ft tower in Guangzhou China – with passengers riding in see-through pods. As compared, this development may …

Vagrancy Problems in Cities

      When visiting the Independence National Historical Park, a United States National Historical Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation’s founding history in the summer of 2012, we saw this couple sleeping on the public bench. Here’s the picture:   This was early in the morning & the Park daily activities were beginning to stir and they were totally oblivious to the awakening environment.   Homelessness is severe and growing in cities the world over and certainly not the kind of image any city would want to project. Except for Singapore, that “spit & span” city of the world, most other cities have a fair share of such problems.   In Taipei, I have seen people sleeping in shopping centre car parks. In Hong Kong, under the bridges & just about any sheltered areas are targeted. In Perth, a generally clean city where I live, parks & public places are not spared. You would expect that cities in developed countries would be spared when compared …

White Tigers

    (Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park Guangzhou, China) A great animal theme park & resort is a must-see destination. In 2005, it was awarded as a national AAAA scenic spot. It’s home to some 130 rare white tigers. White Tigers do not exist in the wild, they are purposefully inbred in captivity to meet the demand of the paying public. The kind of severe inbreeding that is required to produce the mutation of a white coat also causes a number of other defects in these big cats.

The same gene that causes the white coat causes the optic nerve to be wired to the wrong side of the brain, thus all white tigers are cross eyed, even if their eyes look normal. They also often suffer from club feet, cleft palates, spinal deformities and defective organs. YouTube video below:

 Located in the biggest city Guangzhou in south China, Chime-Long Xiangjiang Safari Park is the biggest animal theme park in Asia, covering an area of 130 hectares. Chime-Long Xiangjiang Safari Park combines science research, tour and science …

Starbucks Coffee

By P Chong                                                                   Friday, 8 April 2011 That irresistible aroma of the famed Starbucks Coffee . . . with the absolute guarantee that every cup of their coffee tastes exactly the same, whether you’re drinking it in New York, London or Beijing. Its growth has been phenomenal and its franchised set-up surged ahead of time. It is a trendy thing to be meeting friends over a cup of coffee especially among the young. So anyone for a “Frappuccino” ? 1971 to 2011 The distinguishing mark is the logo of the company which over the years has seen some changes with much the same colour scheme. Let’s just be wary about the genuine from the ingenious fake . . . going by their logo sign. You might be caught with the coffee choked on its way to your gourmet stomach! At first glance, …