See You In Guangzhou, China

Hey everyone! I’m off on the second leg of my China trip. Shanghai was a great time but now I’m getting on the plane for a two hour flight to the city of Guangzhou. If any readers in Guangzhou would like to meet up, give me a shout on Twitter.

The cool thing about going to Guangzhou is I’ll be able to understand the locals since the main dialect is Cantonese. My Mandarin really sucks but my Cantonese is good enough that I’ll be able to hold a conversation.

During my time in Guangzhou, I’ll be taking a trip to the village of Punyu. This is the village where I was born and spent most of my childhood. The house where I grew up in is still there and still owned by my family. I’m sure it’ll be quite an eye opener to see the place again. Punyu is a very poor farming village. Our house had no running water or electricity. Cooking was done by an open fire and I had to use a bucket to get water out of the well.

As you no doubt guest, I didn’t came from a rich or money background. This makes me truly appreciate what I have even more. I feel it’s very important to remember where you came from. You never know when you might end up back there. And for me, I will be back there in a few days.


35 thoughts on “See You In Guangzhou, China”

    1. Ryan McLean says:

      I agree have fun john!

      It is amazing that you have readers all over the world and you can just meet up with people everywhere you go.
      You would probably never have to pay for accomodation.

    2. John, how did your parents decide to up and move?

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    3. Melody says:

      John, be sure to bring back goodies! 😀

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      1. Online TV says:

        hehe, that’s right. I’ll sure you’ll make a great post after that trip.

  1. Have fun! I can’t wait to hear about it. It’s amazing how you’re able to do this because of the money you made online isn’t it?

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  2. It’s always exciting to go back “home”. It took me 11 years to go back to my home country and village where I grew up. now I try to go back every year to not only keep connected to my roots, but to allow my children to experience a different culture.

    You’ll be amazed at how things change, people fade and your perspective as a child is different as an adult when you revisit.

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  3. Paul U says:

    I will follow you there someday!

  4. Mama BoK says:

    See yer in Guangzhou then.. 🙂

  5. It is great to go back home. It makes you appreciate just how far you have gone in such a short amount of time.

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    1. Agreed. Unfortunately, I haven’t been back in my home country for a while now.

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  6. sterndal says:

    would love to visit guangzhou someday 🙂 enjoy your trip!

  7. Blog Expert says:

    I do not think I could go to China.

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  8. sounds like a very good and humbling trip! looking forward to some good stories.

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  9. INTERNET says:

    finally i got the answer that I was waiting for.
    I m glad that John still knows his native language.
    I hope you carry that to your daughter also.

    Enjoy your moment.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      China is a big country. I can hold my own with Mandarin, but the first time I went to Hong Kong and tried to order some dumplings from a small alley restaurant the cook just laughed straight at my face and went on with his business. That wasn’t too encouraging I tell you. In the end I managed to order what I wanted, but the guy never stopped laughing. Good dumplings though.

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  10. BlogAngry says:

    Have fun DUDE!!

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  11. Hello John,
    it ‘s nice to see you keeping thinking of your family! In the business sometime, they forgot their background.

    Enjoy your trip to Guangzhou!

  12. Hmm, laughed at you, huh. Kind of rude? Or is it a cultural Chinese thing whereby it’s okay to laugh publicly and for sustained periods of time at strangers with weak language skills?

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  13. Well John, that sounds like it will be nice to go back to your hometown.
    After you finish, are you going to party and make a crazy karaoke video for us? I’d love to see that. You know you want to!

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  14. You must be pretty excited about going home after so many years. I guess pretty nostalgic huh. Enjoy your trip.

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  15. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Oh John, you must be very happy to go home right? Enjoy your trip there okay? Between, do you have the plan to take some photos of your house in Punyu and share with us? 🙂

    Regards,
    Lee

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  16. Rick Vaughn says:

    Have a good time John!

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  17. cecil says:

    我要见你在广州!

  18. diabetic says:

    china is big country with the biggest population…… you must be very enjoy the travelling

    1. Online TV says:

      Not only with a big population but also with many traditions. I mean the Chinese culture is so interesting.

  19. Giles Dawe says:

    I live in Guangdong (Zhuhai) but not much to see over here…Guangzhou is much better

  20. Have a safe trip and good time at home, John!

  21. fas says:

    Please click some snaps of your house, would love to see.

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  22. Steve says:

    John, it’s inspirational to hear you going back home to visit your roots. It’s way to easy to forget from whence we came. Seeing those with less than we materially, but oftentimes more than us (in terms of contentment) can be very meaningful and significant.

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  23. Atniz says:

    I head there is a flood in Guangzhou now. Wish you have a great journey there. It is always good to see the place we grow. It triggers best childhood memories, which is priceless.

  24. Trevor says:

    Please tip a Tsing Tao for me.

  25. Silvia says:

    You seem to enjoy your travelling ,John,That’s great!We hope it gives you much impressions to post in future.I like to read about new places you describes.

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  26. leon says:

    my origin is also from guangzhou (:

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