Guangzhou | Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects

Guangzhou Opera House | December 9, 2009

Located on the Southern edge of Guangzhou‘s Central Business District, the Opera House is currently close to being fully cladded. Although construction was halted last May, due to a fire incident [coverage here & here], it seems that it caused no permanent or visible damage to the 70,000 square-meter building. A couple of close-ups. Continue reading “Guangzhou | Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects”

Guangzhou | skyline

Guangzhou Opera House | December 9, 2009

Located on the Southern edge of Guangzhou‘s Central Business District, the Opera House is currently close to being fully cladded. Although construction was halted last May, due to a fire incident [coverage here & here], it seems that it caused no permanent or visible damage to the 70,000 square-meter building. A couple of close-ups. Continue reading “Guangzhou | skyline”

Guangzhou | urban snapshots

Countdown to 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou | November 8, 2009

After spending our Saturday on the Guangzhou University Island, on Sunday we took a cab to North-Eastern part of town; Tianhe District and its Central Business District. First stop was Teemall, the city’s largest shopping center allegedly averaging 300,000 visitors a day. A metro ride to the South, the second stop was SunYat Sen Univeristy University – Guangzhou South Campus – at the banks of the Pearl River, in Haizhu District.

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Guangzhou | GAFA campus

GAFA campus, Xiaoguwei Island - Guangzhou | November 7, 2009

We spend our first day in Guangzhou meandering in-between the gigantic Guangzhou University Town campus and the remnants of an adjacent urban village. Under construction, the island will accommodate 10 top universities and 250,000 students, while, under destruction, folk, improvised and narrow-lane architectures are disappearing. Jiang Jun and Gabrielle Marks /GAFA walked us around. Continue reading “Guangzhou | GAFA campus”

Macau >> Zhuhai >> Guangzhou

Macau Border Gate Square 'Praça das Portas do Cerco' | November 6, 2009

Back to Mainland and heading for Guangzhou. One Country, Two Systems… two checkpoints! The journey starts with people flocking at Macau‘s Border Gate square and lining up inside the Border Gate building. After passing the frontier checkpoint, a tax free no man’s land, and Zhuhai‘s Gongbei immigration & custom checkpoint one arrives at an underground mall that combines a busy pedestrian walkway, shopping plaza & coach station. Snapshots from a bus ride to Guangzhou.
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Macau | smokestack, circuit & cobblestones

Rooftop view from Estrada de D. Maria II, Macau | November 6, 2009

The second day in Macau started with a rooftop view over a smokestack. From the thirteen-floor rooftop of a housing block, located adjacent to one of sharpest corners of Macau’s Guia racing circuit, a white industrial obelisk divides the city’s view. This was followed by a long stroll in downtown, picking up Luso references along the way.
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Macau | outer harbour walks

Macau Outer Harbour reservoir (reservatório do Porto Exterior) | November 5, 2009

During the past week, MovingCities went exploring China’s Pearl River Delta region. Already familiar with understanding Macau‘s incredible urban density, being one of the world’s highest [from street-level (Jan09) and rooftops (Jul09)] Mónica Carriço went exploring another part of the peninsula: the outer harbour. Continue reading “Macau | outer harbour walks”