People in Guangzhou love eating, as the old Chinese saying goes, "Eating in Guangzhou." Eating is also an important part of the night life here, friends and families usually gather in a restaurant in the evening to have "later supper" – maybe just two or three hours after they have had their ordinary supper.
Such kind of dining is called "xiao ye"(宵夜) or "ye xiao"(夜宵) in Chinese, literally means to have some leisure time at night. People love to eat at a small restaurant in the open air, and those in Baoye Lu are very popular. Located in the downtown of Haizhu District, the street doesn’t have much traffic, but it has restaurants of many styles of Chinese cuisines which attract hundreds of foodies to come every night.
Grilled oysters and Chaozhou style seafood porridge are the most popular choices. In the open-air restaurants, people can sing, yell or talk loudly or even eat like Vikings, no one cares. That’s the leisure lifestyle of Guangzhou. Street performers can be also seen singing or dancing here. The later at night, the more crowded it is here.
Transportation: Metro Line 8 Shayuan Station (地铁沙园站), or Baoye Lu (宝业路) bus stop
(By Lynus Tan, Rik Glauert)