Black girl in China: Guangdong museum of Art and Pearl river cruise

Guangdong Art Museum

???????????????????????????????When we entered the museum grounds, my room mate and I needed to use the bathroom. As we walked in the direction of the bathroom stalls, we saw something in the distance that excited us so much we began to run towards it, call of nature forgotten….

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Can you tell how excited I was?! Haha! We had found the transformers! Specifically Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Megatron . They are made of actual car parts and were on display to promote the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” movie. We hurriedly took pictures while our Chinese teacher looked on unimpressed because we were wasting time and delaying our group from entering the museum. IMG_7383 IMG_7384

My camera battery gave in just before we arrived at the museum so I had to rely on my friends for pictures and I wasn’t able to salvage much. The museum building itself is a work of art. I don’t even know how one would describe it, words fail me. It looks like some kind of alien rectangular object suspended on something. Some say it looks like the allspark cube from the Transformers movie, how poetic that the actual transformers were on display there!

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????The interior is just as difficult to describe, it seemed like they had haphazardly suspended the floors inside, supporting them with long cables and joining them with escalators going up in various directions.

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????The museum is fairly new and only opened in 2010. It has 5 floors and 4  large exhibition halls with a collection of over 130,000 exhibits. Below are the few pictures worth showing that I collected from a friend.

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????They also had a marine exhibition where they created a suspended ocean scene in the air with whales, fish and other marine animals. Below the “ocean” was a dinosaur skeleton exhibit, it was quite the sight!

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????After the museum trip was over, we headed back to the hotel to rest before going for the river cruise in the evening.

View of the street from the museum
View of the street from the museum

Pearl River Cruise

This was our second river cruise, our first was in freezing Shanghai on the Hangpu river. I was more excited about this cruise because the weather was much warmer so we’d be able to enjoy the experience more. I had also bought my new camera by then, nothing special but it has HD picture & video quality and zooms more than the one I had during the river cruise in Shanghai.

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The street next to the river looked beautiful at night with all the lights and I couldn’t wait to see it from the boat. Our tour guide organised tickets while we waited by the reception area. Such a contrast to Shanghai where we waited in the freezing cold by the dock. When we got on to the boat we went straight to the top deck. We were supposed to pay extra for that privilege however since there were so few tourists the staff wasn’t too concerned.

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The buildings were all spectacularly lit as the ones in Shanghai were and some were even changing color. Case in point, the building below which is orange in one picture and purple in the other.??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

The museum was also beautifully lit….

???????????????????????????????We passed under a couple of bridges as well and the most stunning was the one in the photo below, I have been unable to track down its name.???????????????????????????????

I also took a short video….

View more photos below.

Something I noted about the sky that is really clear in these pictures? You cannot see a single star or the moon. It was covered by a thick layer of clouds or could it be smog from the factories? So odd to me to see a sky without a single star. I’ll stop taking the African starry nights for-granted.

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