We did a quick trip recently to spend 2 days and 1 night in Guangzhou in mainland China which is less than 2 hours by train from Hong Kong and conveniently for us, the train leaves from Hung Hum where we live.
Apparently it has more assembly lines, mass production and factories per metre squared than any other city in the world. Despite all that, there are sights and activities to make a visit worthwhile.
The big activity is shopping and there are different areas of the city carved out for different products, most of which are fake.
We visited Watchtown which was 4 square blocks of watch shops selling every fake brand you can think of.
Then there was Bagtown where incredibly high quality fake designer brands sell for a fraction of the real thing.
Toytown where everything from simple dolls to electronics were on offer.
There were huge amounts of international casual tourist shoppers as well as wholesale buyers who were buying trolley loads of merchandise and had hired a local to push the trolley around.
If shopping is not your thing then there are plenty of impressive temples including the temple of the Six Banyan Trees built almost 1,500 years ago and a couple of interesting museums.
Shamian Island south of the centre is a good place to base yourself as it has a old colonial feel to it. More pics below.
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