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Title: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 07:38:47 PM
The 104th China Import and Export Fair is still ongoing until Sunday October 19, 2008.  This is my 2nd visit to Guangzhou, China.  Both were business sourcing trips attending China's largest trade fair, commonly known as the Canton Fair.

My new Canon 50D and 18-200 IS kit lens accompanied me throughout the 5 day trip.

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Luckily our hotel was situated in the Digital Strip of Guangzhou City where computer, camera, cellphone and electronic shops in multi-storey buildings for several blocks made it an interesting widow shopping site during our free-day. The hidalgo strip, V-mall and Gilmore strip and mall digital hubs suddenly looked so tiny compared to the volume of shops selling this items here in Guangzhou.

Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 07:56:26 PM
We hired an interpreter/tour guide to take us around the city since it is hard moving around without a chinese guide. I told him I wanted to take a bus, subway train and taxi in our city tour so he obliged.

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I asked him about the melamine scare and he seem to be ignorant of the incidents. It's not big news to them.

The two year old fully air-conditioned (5) five lines underground subway stations, fully automated.

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Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: CrispyParty on October 18, 2008, 08:22:44 PM
Nice images Raf. Keep em coming :)

Aliw ng MTR nila parang exacto sa HK MTR  din.
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 08:23:43 PM
So much has changed in Guangzhou since my last visit. So many new building developments and infrastructures especially for trade expositions are being built.  

Guangzhou is  the third most populous metropolitan area in mainland China. So many new and ongoing hi-rise residential developments, China's middle class is growing by leaps and bounds.

First we visit two historical and cultural sites:
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Between 1890 and 1894, branches of the Chén clan from across Guangdong Province jointly funded the construction of this multi-courtyard ancestral hall, which now houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. A riot of decoration, including the frontage with its fabulously carved and perforated brink murals, would alone repay hours of study and be worth the modest entrance fee. Inside, the beams, roofs, and balustrades writhe with miniature figures and are covered with scenes from myth and landscape in carved wood, brick, stone, cast iron, and gaudy ceramics.

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The versatility of a superzoom 18-200 IS lens in a one lens one camera package.
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 08:34:45 PM
Amoy bago pa kanila, 5 lines kaagad. Underground pa lahat. :(

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Colorful China

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These are muslim chinese from the Southwest provinces selling nuts.


Nice images Raf. Keep em coming :)

Aliw ng MTR nila parang exacto sa HK MTR  din.
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: marke1415 on October 18, 2008, 08:55:28 PM
nice pix raf, very clean very sharp....
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: korevo on October 18, 2008, 08:58:10 PM
Nice set Raffy ang bilis naman  ;D :D
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: tynn on October 18, 2008, 09:05:53 PM
galing naman... panalo ang 50d/18-200is combo sa kamay ng isang magaling na litratista!!! ;D :D
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 09:15:16 PM
Thanks Mark and Tynn!

Johann labas mo na Shanghai China trip mo this week. :D

Guangzhou Insurrectional Martyr Cemetery Park - Ito ang orig Communist movement ng China nauna pa kay Mao.

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In 5 days I have a total of five pictures of myself and this is one of them.  ;D Self portrait via  tripod and trigger.

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The 15MP 50D gives me enough resolution to read details in the tombstones when viewed on my LCD at 100%
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 09:27:22 PM
The Pearl River - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_River_(China) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_River_(China))

"The Zhu Jiang, (Chinese: 珠江 Pinyin: Zhū Jiāng), or Pearl River or less commonly, the Canton River, is China's third longest river (2,200 km, after the Yangtze River and the Yellow River), and second largest by volume (after the Yangtze). Located in the south, it flows into the South China Sea between Hong Kong and Macau. Its lower reach forms the Pearl River Delta."

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The reason why Guangzhou is one of the premiere industrial and manufacturing metropolis, the factory of the world. The port and waterway to exporting goods.

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Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: lehboy on October 18, 2008, 09:59:47 PM
Raffy ang bilis a! So this is the sourcing fair. Gusto ko rin pumunta diyan next time...

Share pa
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 10:12:12 PM
The amazing and colorful Pearl River Night Cruise. Formerly one of the most polluted river and now it is spanking clean and well lighted throughout the city.

All photos handheld on a moving ferry. 50D with 18-200 IS F/3.5-5.6 kit lens @ ISO 1600

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Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 10:13:30 PM
@Lehboy yeah it is the biggest sourcing event 2X a year.

Raffy ang bilis a! So this is the sourcing fair. Gusto ko rin pumunta diyan next time...

Share pa
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: bartski on October 18, 2008, 10:39:02 PM
Thanks sir Raffy for the great images! Ganda!

I've been to Guangzhou city just for a few times but I haven't had the opportunity to drop and take some photos around it. Palagi kasing I'm either on a Customer visit or i need to drop by at the Philippine Consulate GZ only. No time to spend to walk around and take photos :(

Post some more sir! :)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: rock_bottom on October 18, 2008, 10:59:40 PM
very interesting and enjoying travelog sir raf!

sam kame ni Leh next time :)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 11:02:43 PM
Thanks Bart.

Oly next will be april 2009 summer fair. ;)

Last of my Pearl River cruise series.

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More on my flick gallery.
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: slinky67 on October 18, 2008, 11:12:36 PM
these are awesome photos, sir raffy!  the 50D handheld shots are impressive!  off to your flickr account to view more  :)

ako din, sama next year! :)


Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 18, 2008, 11:34:58 PM
Thanks Rache, dapat kasama si fidji at korevo para meron marunong mag mandarin.

My candids before I post the Canton Fair pictures.

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Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: wwonka on October 19, 2008, 12:16:43 AM
huwaw.... great shot sir...... may PP po ba? sharp talaga..... i guess the Dp review is not accurate........he he he

makes me wonder if i get the 50D and 18-200mm na lang instead of the 5DmkII
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 19, 2008, 01:07:50 AM
@wwonka PP via global adjustment Lightroom 2 and borders action using CS3.

I am not promoting the 50D and the 18-200 IS.
I just found it to be a good 1 body/lens travel companion.
Surely other lenses will perform better in overall sharpness and minimal distortion but I just had to work with the limitations of the lens by stopping down whenever possible. Despite being a great versatile walk around solution, it still is a kit lens with flaws and limitations.

The 5D MKII is still a class on it's own.

huwaw.... great shot sir...... may PP po ba? sharp talaga..... i guess the Dp review is not accurate........he he he

makes me wonder if i get the 50D and 18-200mm na lang instead of the 5DmkII
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: wwonka on October 19, 2008, 01:51:13 AM
thank you for the reply sir......

it seem that the 50D and 18-200mm combo is a versatile one......
but coming from a 40D, I think the difference is not that much ( maybe I am wrong ), but again the price tag on 5DmkII is also a major factor ( negative factor... he he he ).....

Thanks again sir....great shot
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 19, 2008, 11:31:47 AM
A few years back the Pazhou Complex was just one building with a two level exhibition halls - about 14 halls total equivalent to 14-15 times the size of our own World Trade Center. This year they opened 2 new three level buildings totalling additional 15 halls = total 30X WTC Manila. Mega structure talaga talo pa airports.

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A small portion of the complex. Only an aerial shot can show the size of this kind.

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Rear parking pick-up area for hotel shuttel buses

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Interior Walkways

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The width of the buildings

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Bridgeway to the next building
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: mantarey on October 19, 2008, 01:16:01 PM
Beautiful travelogue Raffy, very entertaining and very informative as well. Very fine work.
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: dni on October 20, 2008, 01:49:15 AM
i love your images raffy!!  galing!! :)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: bacon on October 20, 2008, 08:25:41 AM
I genuinely enjoyed this series.  It's always so much more interesting viewing travel photos with snippets of information and personal anecdotes.  Thanks for sharing this.

Oh, your night shots of the Pearl River cruise are quite impressive, given that they were all taken handheld.  Do you mind sharing what shutter speeds you were on with those captures?
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 20, 2008, 09:47:25 AM
Thanks BirdMaster Rey and IRMaster Vernes.

@bacon during the cruise on a moving ferry boat my settings  was on M mode; var. ISO 1250-1600 F/3.5-5.6 depending on FL; shutter 1/25 - 1/50  wide / 1/50 - 1/100 long (Using IS to minimize camera shake but fast enough to avoid motion blur). The last photo with people on deck was 1/5 with onboard flash. Thanks for your kind comments.

   
I genuinely enjoyed this series.  It's always so much more interesting viewing travel photos with snippets of information and personal anecdotes.  Thanks for sharing this.

Oh, your night shots of the Pearl River cruise are quite impressive, given that they were all taken handheld.  Do you mind sharing what shutter speeds you were on with those captures?
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: Dave_D on October 20, 2008, 10:10:55 AM
whew!

Just read through EVERY word in your travelogue :)

Exselente Ex Prez!

I am so happy PiPhols are writing more about their travels and not just dumping images but sharing the experience in words as well. It just makes the experience more personal and infinitely more interesting :)

Now I am more confused which is a better place to visit... this one or Korevo's excellent descriptions of Shanghai.

Go PiPhols!!!!

Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: Bluesman68 on October 20, 2008, 11:12:52 AM
These are muslim chinese from the Southwest provinces selling nuts.



Nice pics.

BTW, did you buy their nuts? :D :D :D
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: gpx4 on October 20, 2008, 02:10:23 PM
Thanks Dave. Back to reality, depressed mode for 3 days. Hay Pilipinas, kailan kaya. :( :( :(

Thanks Prez Deo, I ate their nuts. :D :D :D

Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: wingmac on October 20, 2008, 05:04:05 PM
Congrats Raffy! Para na rin akong nakapunta sa Guangzhou :)

I noticed that everything that they're building is so massive!

TFS ;)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: tonettem on October 20, 2008, 05:30:37 PM
Nice travelogue Raffy! Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: bacon on October 21, 2008, 06:11:37 AM
Thanks for the reply. :)  And wow, 1/5 of a second handheld!
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: jnx414 on October 21, 2008, 06:58:36 AM
terrific imagery as always pards. sarap magbasa pag ganito.  :)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: Dave_D on October 21, 2008, 11:04:47 AM
Congrats Raffy! Para na rin akong nakapunta sa Guangzhou :)

I noticed that everything that they're building is so massive!

TFS ;)

+1...

I think the Chinese Premier has a RED button in his desk.

Pag may gera na, he presses it and those buildings transform to giant fighting robots ha ha ha!
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: rg7000 on October 21, 2008, 11:43:56 AM
Hello kuya Raffy, ask sana ako info about the trip to guangzhoou, kung package tour, o business tour, those sorts of inquiries, on how to get there. Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Guangzhou - Trade and Exhibition Capital of China
Post by: xwaver on October 21, 2008, 11:58:56 AM
ito pala ang guangzhou up close... stopover lang yung daan ko dito last year... very nice images raf! more...