The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

For the last photo, we have a scene from a canal on Seagull Island【海鸥岛】. The island is very far from the central city but still close enough to the long reach of Metro Line 4 to be accessible. It features some of the expanses of rural farmland and water villages that are incorporated into Guangzhou city. Seagull Island is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the sprawling urban core and a chance to see pastoral life along with the unique architecture and urban design of water villages. Thanks for following along and hope you enjoyed the photos of this fantastic city! #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

Welcome to the final day of @yoeltaomas takeover!
Every major city in China has a famous car-free shopping street. In contrast to the bright lights and large buildings on Wangfujing in Beijing or Nanjing Road in Shanghai, Guangzhou's Beijing Lu【北京路】is an open street surrounded by old low-rise Tong Lau【唐樓】style buildings which are a familiar feature in Lingnan architecture【岭南建筑】. These building types are found all over the older commercial areas of the city, but here they have modern facades added on. Beijing Lu is an excellent place for people watching and eating local snacks.
#wayfindingguideGuangzhou
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Stockholm Resilience Centre (@sthlmresilience)

Today’s #Repost is from the @theglobalgrid who share global urbanism news from locals. They have a weekly takeover where followers have the chance to share the secrets of their city.
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We here at @sthlmresilience have a strong #research focus on #urban areas and know how important #ecosystemservices provided by nature (like the shade from trees) are in those spaces to ensure #wellbeing for people living there!
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A more beautiful and less claustrophobic neighborhood is Tiyu Xilu【体育西路】which features tree covered car-free streets and many small shops and restaurants. It is in the most popular area of Guangzhou and is a great place to wander around for an afternoon. #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
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The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

Bicycles parked on a stone tile street in the Yuexiu District【越秀区】the ancient center of Guangzhou. Although there is minimal dedicated infrastructure for bicycles in Guangzhou compared to cities like Beijing, that does not prevent them from being ubiquitous in every corner of the city. With the advent of shared bike companies such as Mobike and Ofo, the bicycle has seen an urban renaissance in China. #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

Despite the narrow non-linear streets, getting lost in XiaoZhou Village is a pleasant experience. It's on an island so if you walk around long enough, you will eventually return to find something familiar. #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

Welcome to the second day of @yoeltaomas takeover!
In the Haizhu district lies another urban village called XiaoZhou Village【小洲村】. Although it is very similar in urban design to other villages in the city, it is kept well cleaned as it is a local tourist attraction. Here one can wander the tiny streets and visit cafes and art studios. Tiny bridges span the small canals that bisect the village.
#wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

A more beautiful and less claustrophobic neighborhood is Tiyu Xilu【体育西路】which features tree covered car-free streets and many small shops and restaurants. It is in the most popular area of Guangzhou and is a great place to wander around for an afternoon. #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

While visually impressive, many of the recently built large urban spaces that are the public face of Guangzhou are not very interesting places to spend time. Some of the more captivating places truly never see the light of day such as the “villages in the city”【城中村】. As a result of rapid urbanization in South China sometimes old villages become surrounded by modern high rise development. The communities themselves are dense but are built on a human size scale in contrast to the surrounding modern city. Most of the maze-like streets are too narrow for vehicles. Here a convenience store sits in somewhere in Xian Village【冼村】which is situated adjacent to Guangzhou's CBD. The buildings are so close together that sunlight rarely makes it down to street level. #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
Photo by @yoeltaomas

Yoel Taomas (@yoeltaomas)

Hello everyone, I’m @yoeltaomas and I will be taking over @theglobalgrid for the next three days to show you some of the most exciting places I have found in Guangzhou. I'm originally from the USA and have just been living in Guangzhou for half a year, but already realize that one would need a lifetime to explore everything in this vast city. Guangzhou is both an ancient city and modern metropolis and so is a fascinating place for people interested in architecture, transportation and urban design. Guangzhou is one of the 3 largest cities in Mainland China and sits at the heart of the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration which includes other massive cities like Hong Kong. The Pearl River Delta region is now the largest urban area in the world and is populated by as many as 120 million people. You can follow me around GZ this week at #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
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#GuangzhouChina #CantonTower #广州地铁 #pearlriver #珠江 #pearlriverdelta #珠江三角洲城市群 #china #cityscape #urbandesign #gobytransit #pocket_rail #train_nerds

The Global Grid (@theglobalgrid)

Welcome to this week's takeover, brought to you by @yoeltaomas!
Yoel moved to Guangzhou, China 🇨🇳 from the US six months ago and has been since exploring and photographing this multifaceted city. Follow him around for the next three days as he shows us around #wayfindingguideGuangzhou
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Hello everyone, I’m @yoeltaomas and I will be taking over @theglobalgrid for the next three days to show you some of the most exciting places I have found in Guangzhou. I'm originally from the USA and have just been living in Guangzhou for half a year, but already realize that one would need a lifetime to explore everything in this vast city. Guangzhou is both an ancient city and modern metropolis and so is a fascinating place for people interested in architecture, transportation and urban design. Guangzhou is one of the 3 largest cities in Mainland China and sits at the heart of the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration which includes other massive cities like Hong Kong. The Pearl River Delta region is now the largest urban area in the world and is populated by as many as 120 million people. You can follow me around GZ this week at #wayfindingguideGuangzhou