A few days in Guangzhou give a hint at what modern China is and will become. Formerly Canton, an historically important city, it is a growing thriving metropolis. We had the serendipitous good fortune to choose a hotel directly adjacent to the EastGuangzhou Station. this gave us easy access to the metro and any place we wanted to visit. Being ill prepared and not having the city on our radar initially, we did manage to see the most important historical sights and enjoy some of the older areas. Shamian was fascinating and a lovely area to walk around, we found a cool spot for a drink and a terrific Thai restaurant. There is an excellent Museum built around a tomb of a Nanyue emperor that was excavated in the 1990's. Sun Yat Sen's Mansion was also remarkable and a terrific look at a significant part of China's history. We found a marvelous Uigher restaurant one evening and made a brave foray into the "fabric mart". Virtually everything clothing wise produced for sale in the U.S. starts in China----we stumbled upon acres of stalls of every possible embellishment ((think anything you've seen at JCresw BananaRepublic, Gap,) buildings of stalls with every fabric choice imaginable---fancy, cheap, mens, womens, all of this takes place in a heightened chaotic atmosphere, carts, motor bikes, zipping in and out loaded with whatever----most stalls are wholesalers--some actually will sell you fabric---sensory overload for sure---hundreds of stalls selling buttons, or fur trim or rhinestones---not to mention patches...