Here, life itself, is privilege, every single day.
Being in Guangzhou,
Today is the official day I have been 1 month in China, I have been to Beijing and Shanghai before, and so I did visit Shenzhen, and quite numbers of places in China as well. China is inarguably beautiful, diverse landscape, with touch of traditional approach. It must be one of your wish-lists, at least top 10.
This time, I am taking a mandarin course, have not decided for how long is it going to be, but, language, why not? (: I would never know how long I could carry on so far.
I have been told about 4 capitals that hold the power in China, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Thus that makes everyone from each and every part of China cramping the city for a little luck.
Not so many people know that I tend to get nervous in the middle of the crowds, and thinking about the Metro, the Restaurant, well, basically every spot in China, would be a nightmare for me. We've been made to realise of how life would be hard here.
The ugly truth I was told was China would not allow second child to be born in the family, except, if the father and the mother were also the only child in their own family. Therefore, the second child born would not have the privilege to go to school, and would not be given an ID. Unless, the family could pay for those birthrights.
I used to take life as what it is, and to be honest, we all like to claim our rights. However, here, life itself, is privilege, every single day. It brings my eyes to tears. Moreover, you could feel the competition occurs from 5 to 6. Dawn to Dusk.
Ariel and me have been wandering Guangzhou pretty much every day, and there was not even one spot without the crowds. We visited, Beijing lu for culinary, Cycled to Shamian Island, great place for coffee and teatime.
Then we visited everywhere else by accident, because only us who try so hard to practice our limited mandarin to approach passerby and ask for direction. And yes. We will keep doing that!
Guangzhou is steamy hot now, and filled with so many people. But then, when we found places with less people. All that, Moment of relieved. You know, when you are tired after a long day and took a hot shower. That happen to us everyday here. Feels like the best joy. Really looking forward for more adventure to come in China.
My portraits are taken by: Ariel Ezra Bezaliel (www.arielbezaliel.com)
Location: Shamian Island, Sunyat Sen University, Cathedral of Sacred Heart (Yi De Lu), Market beside the Cathedral, Canton Tower, Tai Koo Hui Mall
Red Dress: L.K Bennet London, White and purple striped top: Zara, Black Skirt: Zara, Black Top: Zara, Red and White Checker dress: Monki, Blue bag: Pedro