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What saves Guangzhou, one of the world's major city's, from being utterly dull?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by babygreenspots, May 1, 2013.

  1. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Senior member

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    I am going there.

    One normally thinks of Guangzhou as a materialistic, money-obsessed, cash-oriented, completely industrial and commercialistic place at the center of the region that was the main engine for all of China's hyper-miraculous (one can only attempt to outdo the last bit of hyperbole) growth of recent years. But I want to know what is special about the place for visitors.

    What effect does a more business-obsessed attitude have on the aesthetics, urban plan and creativity of the place?

    Does the nearness of industry give rise to more innovation in terms of brands, products, street culture, etc. I mean, can one this industrial connection be turned to advantage? How does it influence the creative landscape? I mean, are there stores I should see? Perhaps not in the exacting, styleforum, sense but more in terms of "what is interesting?"

    Do foreigners influence local tastes? After all, they are a much smaller percentage of the population. Despite proximity to very foreign HK, this is a place that is in many ways more local. Does this mean there is more of a distinctive local aesthetic? Can this be seen in certain bars, cafes, restaurants, shops etc.?

    Any other recommendations?
     
  2. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Best thing in gz, the hookers. And the cigarettes and booze are much cheaper than in hk. There's a good selection of dogmeat restaurants as well.
     
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  4. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    Be sure to hit up the outlet mall about five miles outside town, where all the major retailers sell Modern Chinese existential crisis at 30-70% off.
     
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