There are two schools of Lion Dance generally, the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. They have different styles of dancing skills. The Guangzhou-style Lion Dance belongs to the Southern one, which could be dated back to the late Ming Dynasty.
Founded in 1908, Nanguan Cinema is one of these old movie theaters. Located on Beijing Nan Road, the cinema was an important part of local life. It closed twelve years ago, but has recently reopened after undergoing a 1 million yuan renovation.
What is a Xiguan House: The facade of a Xi Guan house was generally built with grey bricks, and the main wooden door is accompanied by a Tanglong (horizontal wooden bars) and a pair of 'café style' outer doors at the entrance.
The Guangzhou Bureau of Education recently received an unusual gift. Inside the package was a book introducing Cantonese culture in English and Korean, written by Yu Seung-hyun, an 18-year-old Korean young man now studying in Guangzhou.
In 1990s, over 20 traditional Cantonese tea houses had their own performing troupes. Of those numerous troupes few remain today. Ronghua Lou Restaurant is an exception with the Yunfeng Cantonese Opera Troupe which performs everyday.
Lifeofguangzhou.com picks some of the best Cantonese-style souvenirs for you – including those famous pieces as well as lighter and and comparatively cheap items but still with that defining Cantonese character.