It is empowering and liberating to know how to get yourself around a new city. With this newfound knowledge, the kids and I easily found our way to the Guangzhou Zoo yesterday (see Isabella’s post) and the Guangzhou Library today.
The Guangzhou Library is located in an area called Zhujiang New Town (ZNT) in the Tianhe District, which is across the Pearl River from our district of Haizhu. ZNT is a fairly new area as development began in the 1990s but did not take off until Guangzhou was chosen to host the 2010 Asian Games. At its centre is a plaza anchored by the Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum, the Children’s Palace and the Guangzhou Library. It certainly has a different flavour than our older, tree lined neighbourhood across the river.
Of the four cultural building anchors, I think the Guangzhou Library is the most beautiful and impressive. It certainly is one of the largest and most spectacular libraries that I have visited. Eight floors, 3.38 million books and beautiful architecture with well thought out spaces. Our intention of spending a couple of hours there turned into almost a whole day. Can’t think of a better way to spend a sweltering smoggy day. Now that we are the proud owners of shiny new library cards I’m sure we will be spending many more such days there.