Posts From Tracy Lu

Dongguan Island Hopping

Exploring Our Pearl River Delta Dongguan is not often listed among Frommer’s top tourism destinations, but with fabulous natural scenery or historic environments, there are some tranquil parts hiding from

What’s the Deal with an IV a Day?

Walk into a Chinese hospital or clinic’s IV zone and a forest of bottles and tubes will meet you, hooked up at every corner of the room pouring fluids into

Dragon Style: Recognizing Village Variations

Chen Zhijian inherited his studio in 2008 after his father’s departure and his own business’s failure; he confessed he learned it from scratch with a little bit of talent. As

Gods of the River

Paddling Through Dragon Boat Traditions On March 23, a gloomy, tiled boatyard in coastal Zhongtang Town attracted the attention of a Singaporean documentary crew in production on the making of

Bite Sum: Top Ten Dim Sum Guide

The bite-size local treat, dim sum, is popular around the world with rich variety, often served on small bamboo steamers. Eating dim sum in a crowded great hall can be

What’s the Deal with Food Safety Grades?

Whether you have noticed or not, restaurant patrons are increasingly being greeted by colorful faces. Signs indicating food safety and safety levels are marked with three different expressions. It is

Factory Phoenix

Rebirth of Dongguan’s Old Buildings to Creative Nests Over the past decade, as China’s urban revitalization rocketed alongside its economy, aged, vacant factories have been getting refurbished and converted into

Regional Goodies: A Tradition Struggles On

In the heart of Guancheng’s old and torn alleys five dim workshops with faded signs line one side of the busy, two-meter-wide Qianxiang Street that for over a decade has

What’s the Deal with Dongguan Dialect

The Dongguan dialect, articulated from the lower part of throat with a strong bouncy cadence, is intelligible to Cantonese speakers who use higher pitches, but easily differentiated. The two share