Monday, July 15, 2013
The WAR 步行吃喝游 ( 1 )
Four of us decided to make a walking-eating Rendezvous (WAR) to Guangzhou, China.(Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong Province)
With Tony be the advance party - attending to his personal matters days early in Guangzhow, booking hotel and marking out our road map, Susan flying in from Singapore and us from Kuala Lumpur, we met up in Guangzhou Baiyun airport at the early morning of July 10.
We checked into our Pearl River fronting hotel at about 3:30 am.
With hardly 3 hours of sleep, we started our WAR at 9:00 am.
It was a hot summer in Guangzhou with day time temperature reaching 35 degree, we, the tropical residents, were sweating profusely ... my shirt was soaking wet throughout the day.
The first place of visit was just across the Pearl River. We boarded a ferry to cross over to the other side, and it cost RMB 0.50 ( 50 cents RenMinBee).
It was my dream came true to visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Guangzhou. Our Kajang former Cathecist, the late Lucy Leong was from Guangzhou, and frequently mentioned this beautiful "stone house)" in her home country.(It was popularly known as The Stone House because the church was built with stone blocks)
The construction of the Cathedral started in 1861, and took 26 years to complete.
Two foundation stones were blessed and laid on each side in 1863 by a French Bishop, with the word "Roma" and "Jerusalem" engraved respectively.
One kilogram of soil from Rome and a stone from Jerusalem were laid under the foundation stones respectively.
It is a grand and beautiful church.
After our visit to the Cathedral, we went straight to have the famous Cantonese Dim Sum for breakfast.
We went out the whole day, exploring the city and food - by foot, ferry, Metro and public buses.
( More pictures in Facebook )
东尼 (Tony) 是我们的先头部队 - 他提前几天来的广州，处理一些私人事务，然后定下酒店，安排我们的数天的行程。
教堂两边的大柱，有两块奠基石，分别刻上了ROMA （罗马）和 JERUSALEM（耶路撒冷）两个字，表示了天主教会的根源及扩展。
ROMA 的石块下，埋放了一公斤来自罗马的泥土，JERUSALEM 的石块下，则放了一块来自耶路撒冷的石头。 这两块奠基石是由法国的一位主教，在1962年祝圣及安放的。