Markets markets markets

More images from the first few weeks below. These are mainly focused on things you can buy. Guangzhou and nearby Shenzhen are commercial hubs, there is so much trade here it is dazzling. I spent a few days visiting wholesale markets where you find rows upon rows of shops selling similar items, from the mainstream to the obscure and extremely specialised, spanning sometimes entire under- and overground malls.

There’s a scene in ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (Luc Besson, 2017, underrated) where they visit a VR shopping paradise that seems to me clearly based on one of these sprawling Chinese commercial megaplexes.

‘Fountain’. Readymade in the mall. GZ
Near Gongyuanqian station. GZ. A lot of electronics shops and wholesalers here.
The light guy. Near Gongyuanqian station, GZ. A lot of electronics shops and wholesalers here.
Near Gongyuanqian station. GZ. A lot of electronics shops and wholesalers here.
Near Gongyuanqian station. GZ. A lot of electronics shops and wholesalers here.
Look a giant cucumber. Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Between Gongyuanqian and Yide Lu station.
Near Yide Lu station. Here you find a whole bunch of toy wholesalers; also printers and printing supplies.
Near Yide Lu station. Here you find a whole bunch of toy wholesalers; also printers and printing supplies.
Near Gongyuanqian station. GZ. A lot of electronics shops and wholesalers here.
Near Yide Lu station. Here you find a whole bunch of toy wholesalers; also printers and printing supplies.
Near Yide Lu station. Here you find a whole bunch of toy wholesalers; also printers and printing supplies.
KFC. Near Yide Lu station. Here you find a whole bunch of toy wholesalers; also printers and printing supplies.
Shark cab. Near Beijing Lu. All of the cabs look like this, they just come in many different colours.
Hot pot at Haidilao, undoubtedly a happy place
Near Sun Yat Sen University station. Fashion wholesale district.
Near Sun Yat Sen University station. Fashion wholesale district.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. This place is gargantuan. This is just one of many buildings and streets that make up the fashion wholesale district. This part I think is called the ‘China Fabrics and Accessories Centre’, we found a computer display showing a directory; about 20 shops to a page times 729 pages. 14.580 shops in this complex alone.
Fashion wholesale market. Near Sun Yat Sen University station. No longer in the centre but in one of many side streets. No idea where we were.

First post from GZ

I’m on a residency at ART23, in Guangzhou, China, for three months. I’ve been at ART23 for two weeks, in China for three, and I’m already behind on my blog. I’ll try to make up with some image posts that will give some impressions of these first few weeks.

This one is pictures from the first week. I spent it acclimatising in a very recently built part of Guangzhou called Zhujiang New Town, something like Guangzhou’s (international) business district.