Bringing Good Fortune – Spring Flower Festival Guangzhou

Spring is the time that Guangzhou is at its best. The flower festival in the province, the largest show of fresh flowers in Asia, usually takes place three days prior to the annual Spring Festival holidays in February. The extension of the 2013 flower festival to 18 days well after the Spring Festival is an indication of its popularity. As the holiday spirit is in the air this is the time that everyone takes to the streets to have fun and enjoy a fabulous collection of flowers and plants in all sorts of arrangements. Red lanterns festoon city streets, flower fairs proliferate all over the province and a carnival like atmosphere prevails everywhere. People throng the flower shows to enjoy the electric atmosphere, innovative flower and plant presentations and to purchase flowers and plants to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.

Welcoming spring with a festival of flowers dates back to the Ming Dynasty and is linked to starting off the New Year well as blooming plants signify rebirth. Some of the most popular flowers and plants on show at the fairs every year are oval kumquats, peach blossoms, potted orange trees, butterfly orchids in a range of colours and daffodils. Kumquats are considered auspicious and to have a potted kumquat plant decorated with coloured lights and tinsel in a home is said to invite prosperity and happiness. Peach blossoms denote success and romance and daffodils stand for wealth and good luck while potted orange and tangerine plants with their golden fruit symbolizes good fortune. However the exhibits are not limited to these flowers although great stretches of them are found in pots and bunches everywhere. Crepe myrtle, chrysanthemums, peonies, various types of ginger plants with red and pink blooms are some of the other popular plants and blossoms on show. As most of the flowers and plants come in pots they will last for a couple of weeks hopefully prolonging the luck and prosperity they are supposed to bring. Street parades with people in fancy dress, some holding up large colourful plastic flowers and temple and craft fairs are other events that take place alongside the flower fairs.

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Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

Guangzhou Fashion Week 2013 – shop till you drop!

Guangzhou is one of the most prosperous found in China, and it is also the capital city of Guangdong Province. A hub for cultural, political, educational, scientific, and economic activities in the Guangdong Province, it is a lively locale that must be explored. Tourism is one of the major industries that flourishes in this city. The varied number of restaurants and dining locations that are scattered throughout the area could be seen overflowing with visitors throughout the year.

There are a huge number of attractions to keep travellers of all stripes entertained and spellbound. The White Cloud Mountain is one spot that would awe and inspire both the younger and older generations. The Five Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park has been one of the places that visitors do not want to miss out on when they come here. Any time you visit, there would be people around it admiring the beauty of the statue and clicking their cameras to take home some of the beautiful memories. There are many more interesting and beautiful places in this area that one could visit without any trouble.

Apart from these there are many festivals that take place in this city for various reasons. Guangzhou Fashion Week is one festival that would attract fashion lovers from around the world. 50% of the brands sold in this event come from local creators, which add an ethical element to shopping in the area. This would surely be paradise to a shopaholic. You will have to find your way through almost 100,000 buyers who come here, and get whatever branded clothing you need for a very reasonable price. There would be international brands taking part in this event as well. Lose yourself among the fabric creations that smell fresh and crisp. The festival would not be limited only to apparel, but also there would be a massive choice for accessories, shoes and leather goods as well.

Shop as much as you would like and make use of this unique opportunity if you are in the city of Guangzhou during the month of August. The Ascott Guangzhou features some of the best Serviced Apartments Guangzhou has to offer its visitors. These quality Service Apartments in Guangzhou are modern and cosy and would be a perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy and exciting day of retail therapy.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+

Nightlife in Guangzhou – Partying the Night Away In China!

While Guangzhou is a city steeped in history, it also provides plenty of fun and entertainment, especially after darkness closes in! Nightlife in Guangzhou offers an eclectic array of options for young and old alike. Those looking to party the night away can visit one of the city’s many bars and clubs which can be found in such areas as Yanjiang Road and Huanshi Road. Offering a quieter night time experience, a Pearl River Cruise lets you enjoy a unique sightseeing experience. Visitors wanting a more traditional night out on the town can take in Cantonese opera performances at such venues as the Beilei Theatre and the Huang Hua Gang Theatre. Those visiting the city and in search of service apartments in Guangzhou can stay at Ascott Guangzhou. These well appointed serviced apartments Guangzhou are ideally situated within Tianhe’s Financial District and is also near local dining and shopping venues.

Nightlife in Guangzhou – Partying After Dusk!

Guangzhou is a much preferred destination in China for those seeking an entertaining and interesting nightlife. With trends from all over the world pouring in and with the city continuing its trend of modernization, it now features a range of pubs, restaurants, cinemas, coffee houses and various other attractions that give one a diverse array of lively venues which to visit once the sun has set.

For those preferring a relaxing evening the best option would be a boat ride on the Zhujiang Yeyou. Also known as the ‘Pearl River Night Cruise’ this is the ideal way to explore the various attractions located along the banks of the river as well as to view the beauty of Guangzhou by night. For a cultural exploration and to experience the aesthetics of the Orient, try the Cantonese Opera. Locally known as Yue Ju it is a style of opera popular in this area and it is sung in a traditional dialect. The melodies and tempos are soothing and harmonious and provide one with an interesting way of experiencing the vivid culture of Guangzhou.

Bars and pubs are a plenty in this city and one can easily find one that suits the mood as well as the pocket. From the most exotic to the very casual, all pubs and bars let one enjoy a good evening of fun. Most of the pubs boast an authentic Chinese atmosphere but there are a few of those that feature a more western setting. The city also features a couple of cinemas where one can take in the latest movies.

Being a busy town, Guangzhou offers much to see at night and the beautiful setting it affords after sunset provides the ideal time to explore and experience this fascinating nightlife. It features a range of lodging options and depending on your requirements and budgets one can find accommodation in different parts of the city. For those keen on long stays the luxury serviced apartments Guangzhou has on offer are ideal. Ascott Guangzhou is one such serviced apartment Guangzhou which offers the very best in contemporary comforts and helps one enjoy a truly memorable stay.