On our first day in Guangzhou, we spent most of our time exploring the surrounding area. Also eating way too many dumplings. Emphasis on way too many.
The area near our hotel is somewhat residential, so it only takes a turn off the main thoroughfare to find alleys upon alleys of neighborhood, most of which look like the one pictured above.
These two kids were playing with the scraps of sewing material not being used by the women behind them, who I'm guessing are their grandmother and mother, respectively. I ignored my initial instinct to steal the one on the right and instead simply snapped a photo.
We also saw these guys, smoking and enjoying some fried pork and beers in the afternoon.
As our activity for the day, we took the subway to 上下九路, a pedestrian-only area where vendors sold everything from plastic bags to dried-out fish skins to stuffed bunnies.
(As a sidenote, we also saw Mundungus Fletchers' Chinese counterpart hawking what Will thought were labeled "tiger claws" to a large group of intrigued passerbys).
We passed many a dumpling stand, including this one where we bought our afternoon stack.
And saw rows upon rows of drivers, awaiting patrons on the side of the road. (Most were either sleeping, listening to music, smoking and/or playing cards).
After a long, long day of walking, there was dinner. Will attempted to order us broccoli, but his iTouch's translation app apparently had the wrong word, which is why our waitress kept asking him "The white kind?" To which he replied, "No, the green kind."
In the end we received cauliflower, and while normally I would have been disappointed, this dish was an absolute triumph— we think it was marinated in chicken broth, garlic and other spices and then stir fried, although we can't be sure. Anyway, the dish completely changed my formerly apathetic notions about the vegetable.
Also I drank tea.
And speaking of caffeinated beverages, it's time to go scrounge up a coffee. Wish me luck!