East Meets West – Day 3

Woke up at 2am. Then at 6am. Better than yesterday.

桂兰 and I had breakfast together at one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are ubiquitous in China. Then we went to meet Victor. He was an entrepreneur who has been the CEO for various maritime and agricultural industries. I thought he could give me some advice on finding a job in Guangzhou. It seemed like a profitable discussion although he didn’t offer me a job on the spot.

Later we went to Haixin Sha, a part of downtown Guangzhou that has the Canton Tower, an 1800 ft TV tower. Imagine you transplanted the Empire State building to Guangzhou, then placed two Statue of Libertys on top of it. That’s how high the Canton Tower is. It’s huge.

We walked around Haixin Sha for a while, then headed to the Guangzhou Library, a 9-story modern structure. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a foreign section, but it was a nice place to relax. I decided it was time for an afternoon nap. New recommendation for the library – have a generous stock of down pillows that can be handed out to drowsy visitors.

That night we ate at a hot pot, one of my favorite places to eat in China. Basically, it’s a soup that you cook yourself. First you choose your meats, vegetables, and sauces. Then you dunk them in a metal pot with a spicy broth and you’re ready to go. 桂兰 taught me a new way to cook the meat. It was certainly better than how I used to cook the meat. She also tried to get me to eat tofu. I grudgingly ate some.

After dinner we walked around Haixin Sha. Night had transformed the buildings into neon central. Each one had its own unique light display. But the crowning jewel was the Canton Tower. It towered across the river all on its own. It was wreathed in the light spectrum starting with red at the bottom, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and a hint of violet at the top. Truly a stunning piece of architecture.

We enjoyed walking along the riverfront and being together. Even on a Tuesday night, there were plenty of people milling around, but that is to be expected. In a city of 15 million people, it’s kind of hard to find a place of solitude.

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