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This article was the Collaboration of the week between 24 Apr 2006 and 30 Apr 2006.


Splitting[edit]

The Guangzhou article is getting quite long, and so it might good to split into districts. Anyone have sufficient knowledge of the city to undertake this? Have a look at Taipei as an example. WindHorse 09:09, 22 October 2006 (EDT)

For Guangzhou, I don't think dividing into districts makes sense, because they are more divided for administrative purposes. Dividing that way may inconvenient travelers. Most things listed on the page belong to 2 districts -- the two smaller districts, which are closely tied together. I don't know if anyone has a better idea of dividing. Maybe something like the old city and the new? --Jianhuang 10:55, 23 October 2006 (EDT)

I don't know. There are many ways to divide up a city that are convenient for travelers. If using districts isn't a good idea, then how about geographically - 'central district', 'north Guangzhou' and 'south Guangzhou' or perhaps into five categories: 'central' plus 'north-west', 'north-east', 'south west' and 'south east'. If the Taipei model doesn't work, then have a look at the London article, which uses a geographical demarcation or Singapore and Tokyo, which rely more on a cultural basis for the divisions or Swansea, which is simply divided into urban and rural districts. Brother, it's your hometown. I'll let you decide this one. I am quite familiar with Guangzhou, but unfortunately not enough to attempt this, so I bow to your greater wisdom. WindHorse 04:58, 24 October 2006 (EDT)

The geographical division sound good to me. - Central districts: Liwan, Yuexiu (2/3 of items on the page go here. This is the old Guangzhou, the area is relatively small compared to the whole city) - Other Northern districts: Tianhe, Huadu, and Baiyun. - Southern districts: Haizhu, Panyu, and Nansha. The later two have plenty of room to grow as rapid developments are done to these areas, while Liwan and Yuexiu are pretty mature. --Jianhuang 10:59, 24 October 2006 (EDT)

Sounds good. Again take a look at the Taipei and Tokyo articles for reference. In the Taipei article, the information on the down town is included in the main article, and the suburbs are broken off into seperate pages. On the Tokyo article, the main article only offers general information, and all areas have a seperate pages. See which of these models (or others) you think best suits Guangzhou, and then set up in that way. Sorry, I cannot help too much with this, but I really have no idea in which areas the streets, restaurants or hotels are located. Thanks WindHorse 21:07, 24 October 2006 (EDT)

I can take on the project between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyone else has any opinion about splitting the page? --Jianhuang 16:26, 30 October 2006 (EST)

I think that the splitting should be done really carefully. There are (too) many cities where the article has been splitted across several pages, but then some of the pages contain only a couple of objects. IMO there's no point in creating a separate page for a district, if it has only 1 sleep, 1 eat and 1 do item - it will just make the navigation more difficult. What comes to GZ, I don't know the city well enough in order to help with the splitting. Most of the action seems to be centered around the old Liwan district and the blocks around Tianhe sports centrum. -- Trsqr 16:22, 1 November 2006 (EST)

Hi Trsqr - good point, Jianhuang also mentioned that it wouldn't be advantageous to divide Guangzhou up along political district lines, but rather geographically, such as North Guangzhou, South Guangzhou etc. These designations will include several smaller polital districts so, in that way, we should avoid the problems you mentioned. Jianhuang is from Guangzhou, so I think he'll have good idea how to undertake this. But, anyway, it is good to be reminded of the points you raise and to factor them in before the carve up begins. WindHorse 21:26, 1 November 2006 (EST)

I still don't know the best way to do this. My knowledge wouldn't compensate how the changes may inconvenient readers. Guangzhou is still a place where travellers spent quite little time in. Most of the action are about 30 min from each other -- a fairly small metro area. So if anyone has further inputs, let us know. Jianhuang 14:55, 1 December 2006 (EST)

This article covers information mostly pertaining to Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan. Starting the cut up with these three might be a good idea. See, Buy, Eat, Sleep and Drink sections would be relevant for the split. The remaining content looks generic enough to stay where it is.
How about establishing the main article to cover the down town districts of Liwan, Xuexiu, Tanhe, Haizhu and Huangpu and then split of two other districts categorized as 'northern districts', consisting of Luogang, Baiyun and Hwadu and 'southern districts,' covering the districts of Panyu and Nansha. The Taipei article uses a similar model, except that the northern and southern districts have their own individual articles - which can also be done in Guangzhou's case if you believe that the districts have enough attractions and accommodation to warrant their own articles. Otherwise, just combine and categorize them as northern and southern districts for the time being. They can always be split later if deemed necessary. As you state, most tourists only spend a short time in Guangzhou, but business people often stay longer, and they also require information. WindHorse 10:41, 2 December 2006 (EST)
Taipei has a rather small city centre with way too many districts. Individually, only a few have enough information to justify "districtification", so it does make sense to lump all those bits together. Information is also limited for outer districts like Neihu. GZ on the other hand has big enough districts to do the split comfortably. The main article size would remain largely unchanged if we still have Liwan, Yuexiu and Tianhe stuff in it. (who wrote this part?) Ans: Lai.jack 01:42, 8 December 2006 (EST)
I think I just saw the light -- Being an ex-local, I can see how one considers the city center (Locals call it 广州市区). Within this area, the city buses operate efficiently (2 yuan); taxi is easy to take and there are plenty of them; You can go from one point to another within 30 minutes (one hour max); Traffic is usually heavy. This consists of Liwan, Haizhu, Western Tianhe, Southern Baiyun. Outside of that area, you see buses cost a little more, usually 4 yuan +; taxi usually costs much more because they add 50% to the total when you hit 30km; travel options are more limited; your trip takes > 1 hour. This consists of Outer Tianhe, Greater Baiyun, Huadu, Huangpu, Panyu, and Nangang. What do you think? Jianhuang 14:58, 6 December 2006 (EST)
Sounds good. Now all you need to do is decide whether you want the main article to just cover general information and split off all districts as in the Singapore model, or use the main article for the 市区 information and just spit off the 市区外 districts as in the Taipei model. Good luck WindHorse 22:30, 6 December 2006 (EST)

Map[edit]

I have been creating a huge map of Guangzhou in Inkscape. I don't know all the street names though and I cannot place all the sights, hotels and restaurants on the map. Can anyone help me in this? Also if you can spot some errors in the map, I'd be happy to correct them.

-- Trsqr 16:00, 1 November 2006 (EST)

I added the maps of the central Guangzhou now. I was not able to place all the mentioned places on the map and there might be still some errors, but otherwise I'm quite happy with the outcome. If you spot any errors, you can correct them by yourself (the SVG file has been uploaded also) or just drop me a line - I will be happy to make the corrections. -- Trsqr 05:52, 4 November 2006 (EST)
They look great - and no errors as far as I can see. Thanks for your efforts. The maps really enhance the quailty of the article. WindHorse 07:09, 4 November 2006 (EST)

Uploaded new versions of the maps. I got mail from a fellow Wikitravel user, who made a few good corrections and new additions. -- Trsqr 05:32, 5 November 2006 (EST)

Copyright questions[edit]

There are two images that might be problematic, what should we do with these?

http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Guangzhou_map.png has been uploaded without license and as Jpatokal pointed out in the Destination of the Month discussion, http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Guangzhou-GipsyKing.jpg might be violating a copyright and should probably go. There is a district map that I drew earlier (http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Guangzhou_district_map.png), but what comes to the bar pic, I don't have any suggestion for replacement.

I uploaded both. (1) Guangzhou map originated from ZH Wikipedia. I adjusted the size and inserted everything you see in English. (2) I snapped this. It shows paid entertainers engaged in a public performance, which in my opinion constitutes less of a privacy invasion than pictures showing people going about their normal daily lives. ;-)

okay pics are way too big so minimize them its blocking print --Lone.guner 18:57, 29 January 2008 (EST)

Drink link[edit]

This is a pretty minor problem. I don't know how to correct it. Recently I have added some bars into the drink section but I don't know how to separate the drink section from the eat section. It would also be nice to see a link placed at the top right of the page to take you directly to the drink section. Otherwise people may miss it all together.

There was a broken listing (opening <eat> without a closing </eat>) that was messing up the formatting -- the table of contents works again. Jpatokal 01:36, 2 July 2008 (EDT)
  • Does anyone know if Noxxi has reopened? I'm thinking of deleting it.

Pics[edit]

I believe many of the pics violate Wikitravel:Image policy, especially the one of the Gipsy Bar dancing girls Wikitravel:Welcome. There are also several other shots that show people's faces pretty predominately and these should also be up for a "delete discussion" as well. It's OK to have pics with people in them, but are these the best to be found? Zepppep 11:25, 28 October 2009 (EDT)

Don't be absurd. The Gipsy King Bar picture is one of a DANCE PERFORMANCE, and obviously, in any such gig, there are people involved. If we had to remove every picture with a human face in it, there would be no street/life pictures in Wikitravel at all. Lai.jack 13:40, 30 October 2009 (EDT)

Wrong takeaway pinyin[edit]

My chinese is poor but in the food section where it says how to ask for leftovers to be taken away should it be dai bao (pronounced die bow) as opposed to da bao? I assume it should be dai as in bag dai. I don't know what da could mean in this context...

打包 dǎ​bāo​ is correct, but thank you for considering this, --ClausHansen 03:04, 2 August 2010 (EDT)
Yes. It is da bao. Pashley 04:05, 2 August 2010 (EDT)

Picture[edit]

The front image does not represent Guangzhou at all, not even close. Anyone has a better picture? I can take some -- there are many options, such as Pearl River with the Guangzhou Tower, Citic Plaza, etc. -Jianhuang 00:27, 6 September 2011 (EDT)

Would be great if you could feature some of your pictures. Or try to get some freely licensed pictures from Flickr or Wikimedia Commons. --globe-trotter 12:34, 7 September 2011 (EDT)

"Eat" Section Tagged[edit]

The eat section was tagged for style (See the Eat section). I'd like to improve it, but don't know what else needs to be done. I have looked up the style manual and updated what I could. Any suggestion would be great! Jianhuang 19:59, 18 October 2011 (EDT)

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