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CHINA TRAVELBLOG: HONG KONG - SHANGHAI EXPRESSED: PART ONE

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GUANGZHO: MARTYRS FOR PEPSI

GUANGZHO: MARTYRS FOR PEPSI


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  • 1. CHINA TRAVELBLOG: HONG KONG - SHANGHAI EXPRESSED Click to advance slides. Shot on cellphone, so use your imagination to fill in the pixels.
  • 2. MARTYRS FOR… PART ONE
  • 3. A one-hour train away from my base in Hong Kong, Guangzhou is the former Canton - the hometown of the Cantonese language, although Mandarin is now the official tongue.
  • 4. Guangzhou is the crown jewel in the Pearl River Delta MegaCity. How many people live in the area? 10 million? 25 million? 40 million? The answer is: 40 million.
  • 5. The inhabitants look cheerful, prosperous and busy. There’s a lot of SHOPPING to do. From the vast malls and giant designer logos, you could be pretty much anywhere.
  • 6. After a night in one of the few hotels allowing non-Chinese, I go for a jog through Martyrs Park. But fortunately, not all is lost in consumer homogeneity.
  • 7. The park is adorned with statues and monuments to the 5700 who died in the Guangzhou Uprising of 1927, two decades before the eventual Communist triumph.
  • 8. I was not familiar with Comrade Lavatory, but I’m sure he performed a valiant service.. Meanwhile, this Sino-North Korean friendship is now being questioned up in Beijing.
  • 9. The park is austere but peaceful. Lovers stroll hand in hand, men contemplate in solitude.
  • 10. Elderly patriots perform karaoke versions of revolutionary songs.
  • 11. Nearby, the People’s Revolution is being celebrated with considerable poise and skill. And what symbol of proletarian brotherhood is that at the center of the racket?
  • 12. Ah yes, the glorious Pepsi logo.