Other than Kaiping diaolous, another reason for our 3-day excursion from Hong Kong was to check out Guangzhou’s contemporary architecture. After arriving in Guangzhou by long distance bus, we took the city’s metro to Shamian Island (沙面島) to check in at our hotel and had a Cantonese meal. Before calling it a day, we rushed out again to explore the new central business district to see its flamboyant buildings at night. Soon we arrived at Zhujiang New Town Metro Station and walked towards the Opera House.
In a distance, the Guangzhou Tower on the south side of Pearl River aligned perfectly with the strip of public plaza that marked the central axis of Zhujiang New Town (珠江新城), the new central business district of Guangzhou. Along both sides of the axis, new commercial towers lined up like soldiers queuing from afar all the way to the Pearl River. Before reaching the river, three public buildings stood out, the Guangzhou Library designed by Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei, Guangdong Provincial Museum by Rocco Design Architects, and Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid.
Reaching Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House from its back.
A ramp flanked by stone walls of the opera house expressed a sense of urban fluidity.
The craftsmanship and the maintenance of the stone cladding were far from ideal.
Similar to many other cities around the world, The Phantom of the Opera has become a popular musical with lots of sold out shows.
Main hall of Guangzhou Opera House with Guangzhou IFC at the rear.
The upper plaza of the Opera House has become a hotspot for photos.
The Guangzhou Library by Nikken Sekkei was another interesting building in the area.
Cool facade treatment expressed horizontality and layering.
Rocco’s Guangzhou Museum presented a sense of mystery.
The semi-outdoor stadium on an island in the Pearl River.
Guangzhou Tower with colouful lighting effect.
Guangzhou IFC and the axial plaza.
Visitors enjoyed themselves on the floor feature lighting.
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All posts on 2015 Kaping and Guangzhou
1) TWO EPOCHS OF EAST MEET WEST: Kaiping (開平) and Guangzhou (廣州), China
2) QILOU (騎樓) BUILDINGS OF CHIKAN (赤坎鎮), Kaiping, China
3) DIAOLOU (碉樓) OF ZILI (自力村) VILLAGE, Kaiping (開平), China
4) VILLAGE OF MAJIANLONG (馬降龍村), Kaiping, China
5) JINJIANGLI (錦江里村) VILLAGE, Kaiping, China
6) ZHUJIANG NEW TOWN (珠江新城) AT NIGHT, Guangzhou, China
7) SHAMEEN ISLAND (沙面島), Guangzhou (廣州), China
8) CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE, Guangzhou, China