On This Day . . .

Our 2nd day in Guangzhou, March 9, 2018, we went to the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum. The museum was housed in a Chen Clan Ancestral Hall with the best example of the Qing dynasty architecture in the Guangzhou region. The mission of museum is to collect, preserve, research and display folk arts and traditional crafts from the Guangdong province and other parts of China. It had several live demonstration and art areas as well as fine gift shop. After the museum we went to Shamian Island, a sandbank island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese.

The territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qing government in the 19th century. The island is a gazetted historical area that serves as a tranquil reminder of the colonial European period, with quiet pedestrian avenues flanked by trees and lined by historical buildings. 

After a walk down the main street, it was back to the train and Hong Kong. There was a brilliant sunset as we left Hong Kong. 

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