I haven’t been recently posting for some personal reasons and I am behind on a couple of projects!
Today I will be sharing with you some more on our beautiful city of Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, where as a family we have resided as a family for over 5 years now (which is nearly half of my life in China in general).
We live in an older garden, called Bay Garden (Hai Wan Garden). We are quite lucky as right outside our gate there is a German-Japanese bakery, probably the best in town, where we can get fresh bread and pastries and have meals at a reasonable price.
Entrance to our garden and some of the buildings
Inside and outside the garden, and practically almost all over the city and in the suburbs, there are many trees, flowers and grass. Zhuhai doesn’t have many sights but it is known for its mountains, parks and greenery.
If you visit local parks, plan for a Barbecue – quite a few of them have specially dedicated areas where you can make your own barbecue (bring your own food, but have to buy the coal right there).
In China it is very common to reside near the places where your child attends kindergarten and schools. Kindergarten starts here from 2-2.5 years old. It is full time – 8.30am to 4.30pm. And there are 3 types of schools: primary (1-6 grades), middle (7-10 grades) and high (11-12 or 11-13 grades). Children usually graduate from high school at around 17-19 years of age. Some graduate after middle school and join special skills colleges, after which they either start working or continue to Universities.
Experimental Middle School outside of our garden (photo credit – Panoramio)
You will find that Chinese likes mosaics and mosaic tiles. On the other side of our garden there is a whole long wall decorated with mosaic tiles.
Zhuhai is a coastal city. There are many small islands around it, some are fairly close hence made as attraction places for tourists and local crowds. Zhuhai also shares land border with Macau and in some places near the seaside you can see Macau’s casinos and building, which are especially visible during evening and night hours.
Nigh view of the Fox Island and Macau
Inside every garden, in all of the residential areas and parks, there are small and big playgrounds for chidlren. Some are free, some have paid entrance (like, in parks, it costs 80 US cents to 1 US dollar to enter).
Outside of our garden there is a lovely Holiday Resort and Hotel, called Zhuhai Holiday Resort. In Spring, Summer and half of Autumn, we go there to swim at the outdoor swimming pool (which is one of the cleanest and best maintained swimming pools in Zhuhai). And we also go to have picnics at the large grassy area there near by the small lake. This Holiday Resort is also known for its Dim Sum (Morning Tea) and we like to eat there from time to time.
Entrance to Zhuhai Holiday Resort
This Dim Sum picture was not taken there, however the place doesn’t exist anymore and I don’t have any pictures from our ZHR Dim Sum!
I hope you enjoyed this small tour to Zhuhai! What is your neighbourhood like?