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A history of Pan Tang Road

Guangzhou Pan Tang Road

Located in Liwan District of Guangzhou City, Pantang, has more than nine hundred histories. Pan Tang, one of the oldest cities of Guangzhou, was originally known as Bantang. According to Qu Dajun's A New Encyclopedia of Guangdong, the name of Pan Tang(泮塘) was developed by Bantang(半塘). There are full of ponds covering almost half of areas in Pan Tang, so people named there Bantang originally. With the development of times, it is difficult for us to know why Bantang was replaced by Pan Tang. But accord to some legends, the character "ban"(半) and "pan"(泮) in Chinese are interchangeability characters, and because the character "pun" is more elegant and has propitious meaning, then the "ban" was replaced by "pan".

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The Guangzhou Store Culture

Guangzhou Stores

In the modern Guangzhou City, chain stores and supermarkets are everywhere. Such as Seven-eleven, Circle K, C-store, and etc. But when we look back to our old Canton, deep into the alley of Sai Kwan, those “Sido” we can still see today, were indeed the paradise for everybody’s childhood and teenagehood.

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The Tea Drinking Culture

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Canton people love to drink tea, especially morning tea. They always send their morning greetings to each other by asking “Drink tea already?”, which shows that tea drinking has already merged with the local-life of Canton people. And there’s an old saying that “one pot of tea in the early morning, no more hospital in a lifetime.” When Canton people say “drink tea”, it actually means drinking tea in a tea house. Not only to drink tea, but also eat Dim Sum as  breakfast; not only morning tea, but also afternoon tea and late night tea; not only to get full, but also to spread the news, talk about friendship, or discuss business. Thus it can be seen that tea drinking is in fact  a way of socialising for Canton people, and it has turned into not only a kind of lifestyle, but also a very important culture. And this is the most fundamental reason of why the tea house business in Guangzhou has been kept it’s flag flying for hundreds of years.

 

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"Sai Kwan Lady" and "Tung San Childe"

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There is an old Canton saying: “The wealthy’s live in Sai Kwan, the powerful’s live in Tung San.” Sai Kwan was the earliest area for foreign trading in China that located in the west part of Guangzhou. For example, the well-known “Thirteen Factories” was in the Sai Kwan area. At that time, Thirteen Factories had almost cornered the tea and ceramic markets, which were the foreigners’ favourite goods for trading. At the same time, the Thirteen Factories was an intermediary agent for importing goods from foreign countries. Thus from the 17th century, “The world’s wealthiest man” appeared in Sai Kwan, who were Zhencheng Pan and Bingjian Wu.

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Guangzhou, The City of Flower

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Guangzhou is located in the subtropical zone with long summer and warm winter. The bright colour flowers and green leaves that last for whole year give Guangzhou a beautiful name of “The city of flower”since ancient time. The history of how Guangzhou people raise, love, appreciate and present flower is long and rememberable. From the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), the southern Chinese started to raise, arrange, wear flowers as well as decorate the house and garden with flowers. That's why the southern Chinese were praised as the “people with flowers”started form that time. Nowadays, when you walk on the streets in Guangzhou, you can see beautiful trees and flowers almost everywhere. It also fresh the air and make the sky above us become more and more blue and clean.

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