May 13, 2008
The city of Guangzhou is huge, with a population of 15 million people. The city seemingly never ends. However, it is just a small drop in the bucket compared to the country of China which has a population of 1.6 billion people.
The two primary languages used in China are Mandarin and Cantonese. Here in Guangzhou the primary language is Cantonese and the primary type of food served here in this city is Cantonese Food. We are eating all of our meals while at the conference in the hotel dining room and we are eating lots of delicious Cantonese food. The variety is amazing and each meal usually includes about ten different entrees that are served in the family style manner.
On Monday evening we boarded a bus and went downtown to participate in a river night cruise of the Pearl River. It was quite an experience. The Pearl River is a very large and polluted river that runs through the center of the city of Guangzhou. The river is lined with lots of elaborately lighted sky scrapers, office buildings and it is crossed by many unique bridges.
It was a lot of fun to sit on the top outer deck of the river tour boat and drink tea and eat watermelon while enjoying the lights of the city and the good conversation of some very interesting people from Australia.
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