GuangDong Museum Guangzhou China April 2013
We traveled with the Twin to Guangzhou during the Easter holiday. Our first stop is the new Guangdong Museum (广东省博物馆) located next to the river in Zhujiang New Town. The museum has on display over 166,000 items spread over more than 20,000-square-meters of exhibition area. The most interesting exhibition involved the incredibly well preserved fossils, dinosaurs and a ten meter long whale. huge fossil of ancient dinosaur that dated back to pre-historic times. There is no entrance fee to the museum. Right next to the museum is the Guangzhou Library (广州图书馆), designed by Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei. Its eight floors and 1.2 million books are open to public, though majority of them are in Chinese. The next day, we went shopping in the main Guangzhou area and we stopped by the Clay Shop to attend the clay-making class for our kids. My son chose the Tigger character in Winnie The Pooh story and my daughter chose the colorful music box. They had a great time there. We also went to the Canton Place Easter Carnival in the fun-filled afternoon to celebrate Easter. Performances and activities include the Easter bunny show, Chinese sculptured eggs, Egg painting, and other stage performances.
The next day, we went to the Guangzhou Zoo (广州动物园) which is one of the 3 largest zoos in China (the other two are Shanghai Wild Animal Zoo and Beijing Zoo). The zoo has an area of over 100 acres and over 5,000 animals and 400 species displayed in 5 sections: insects, amphibians and reptiles, birds, members of the cat family and Corythosaurus. Mammals are major members in Central Exhibition District, including lions, tigers, monkeys, hippos, pandas, dogs, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, deer, and so on. Our kids favorite part of the day was the seal/dolphin show in Ocean World. We never saw white beluga whales like these before and they really enjoyed it. Right before we left Guangzhou, we stopped by the Zhujiang Park (珠江公園), a very nicely designed park with plenty of trees and bushes. It have well-maintained lawns and ponds and lots of people went there for walking or jogging in the morning. The kids brought some bread to feed the fish as well and they absolutely love it. It's a nice, quiet, peaceful place to spend the morning.