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Guangdong Museum Of Chinese Nationals Residing Abroad

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Douglas M wrote a review Dec 2020
Guangzhou, China1,912 contributions182 helpful votes
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For three months, we hadn’t been anywhere other than the usual places such as BaiYun Shan, LiuHua Park, Chen Tian Garden, and YunTai Gardens. The winter weather was definitely here, with temperatures dipping into singe figures, so an inside attraction was the order of the afternoon and this museum fitted the bill; we hadn’t been there, and it wasn’t too far from our humble abode. Two bus rides would see us there. To brave the elements, I put on a jacket and my trusty donkey-skin cap, while SWMBO dressed like Nanook of the North, with more layers, if needed, in her rucksack. We walked around the corner at took the No. 190 bus all the way to the TaiKang Lu bus stop, this is to the south of BeiJing Lu shopping street. From there we were to get the N. 194 bus but SWMBO couldn’t find the stop, so she hailed a taxi. The taxi driver promptly did a U-turn and we saw the No. 194 bus stop on the other side of TaiKung Lu! Anyway, we were headed for ErSha Island, and the driver said it wasn’t far even though he didn’t know where the museum was but would drop us of in QingBo Road at the XingHua Concert Hall. That suited us as the museum is next to the concert hall. The taxi fare was ¥19. Note, the No. 194 bus route is along YanYu Road and the museum bus stop is XingHua YinYue Ting which is about 100 metres past the museum. Also note, YanYu road is one-way going east. To return, walk north (away from the river) to Datong which is the west bound road. Not to straightforward as a metro line is being built and the park is closed but walk east or west along YanYu road to find a northbound road. We soon found the museum which across from GuangDong Museum of Art as well as next the XinHua concert halls (old and new). It’s free entry but we each had to scan a QR code and have our bags scanned. There’s a very nice leaflet available with an English translation about the museum and some of the exhibits at the door. There are English language information boards all over the museum but most of the exhibits only have a Chinese label. Presently the ground or first floor isn’t being used or is under refurbishment, a bit of each was my observation. The ship in the entrance hall beginning of the staircase to the second and third floors. The ship obviously represents the emigrating Chinese. There’s also a lift. There are no steps to negotiate. Toilets are on the first floor, but there’s no refreshments available. The second floor is a history the millions of Cantonese who left and their reasons for doing so, the conditions they endured overseas, the business they were employed in, and how they settled into these new and strange lands especially the US, Canada and Australia. Lots of photographs and ephemera. The third floor is more to do about them or their descendants returning to improve Canton or set-up businesses, and to fight the Japanese. Even the American Flying Tigers get their own display case. There’s much about how they’ve assimilated into foreign communities but still retain their link ‘back home’. It’s up to date with photos of Xi JinPing. I couldn’t see anything about the UK which was a bit of an omission. The girl of reception said they’d be pleased to receive photos of Chinatowns in the UK. I’ll see what I’ve taken on our visits to Liverpool, Newcastle, and London. By the way, the museum was built from donations from Chinese residing abroad. We took about two hours to meander around the two floors. We regarded the photos and ephemera as fascinating glimpses into the past. The return was a bit of a Cook’s tour, but we ended up on the No. 194 to HaiZhu Square and then the metro to YueXiu park for another excellent dinner at the Zhou Village restaurant then a taxi back home.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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