China: GuangZhou Part IV

It was the last morning we had in GuangZhou. How could we leave GuangZhou without savouring the famous Cantonese dim sum?

So, we walked to Tao Tao Ju(陶陶居), one of the dim sum legend at Shang Xia Jiu.

promotion for lunch

swimming seafood, for lunch also.

The restaurant was full to brim even before 8am. It was the Cantonese culture to share table in a restaurant. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Therefore, we shared a table with other customers too. :)

the menu

The restaurant still used the nostalgic dim sum carts.

some of the dim sum that we had

Cantonese porridge

Generally the dim sum was above average. But since we had tried better dim sum later in this trip, therefore we could not say this was the best dim sum. The dim sum was not expensive for 6, We only spent RMB159 for a very heavy dim sum breakfast.

While we were walking back to our hotel, we bumped into the long queue at Huang Shang Huang(皇上皇). Later we found out they were queuing for the limited preserved meat promotion.

the preserved meat(腊味)

We did not join the queue, but we bought some of their mini bakkwa aka Chinese BBQ meat.

There were 7 types of mini bakkwa, all at the same price. So we could mix all different flavours and pay according to the weight.

Then, we checked out our hotel and took MTR to GuangZhou East Railway Station(广州东站).

From there, we took high speed Harmony train(和谐号)to ShenZhen. The first class ticket was sold at RMB95 and the second class we took was sold at RMB75.

I would also like to share an incident happened at Guang Zhou railway station. There was a gentleman-looking guy approached us when we were searching for the harmony train counter. He was wearing a tag so we thought he was the officer in this railway station. Once we told him that we wanted to take harmony train to Shen Zhen, he told us that the ticket was selling fast today. He immediately guided us to the ticket counter and helped us to get the tickets. He was so helpful that he also sent us to the entrance. Before we could say thank you and bid good bye to him, he asked for a Malaysia note as a "souvenior". My dad opened his wallet and wanted to give him a small note. He asked very politely at the very right timing," Can I have two red notes?" It was so fast that we could not react and my dad gave him what he wanted. We discussed in the train and concluded that he was the permanent "officer" in the station waiting for tourists like us. From then on, we never talk to any stranger in a foreign bus station or railway station and we were safe. But we noticed similar "officers" in many stations.

the high speed Harmony train

The second class cabin was 3+2 seat, while the first class cabin was 2+2 seat.

the train cafeteria menu

Tao Tao Ju Restaurant 陶陶居酒家
22, Dishipu Road, Guang Zhou 荔湾区第十甫路20号

Huang Shang Huang Preserved Meat 皇上皇腊味店
3, Xia Jiu Road, Guang Zhou 荔湾区下九路3号