Neither Jeff nor I can claim to be night owls or party animals, but Guangzhou really seems to be the most fun at night. Our hostel was located on what was apparently the main bar drag, but it wasn’t too crowded or rowdy, thankfully. Instead, tons of locals were out eating late dinner and shopping all throughout the neighborhood. The weather in Guangzhou is wonderfully warm and pleasant at night, and everyone seems to come out to socialize at about 9 p.m.
One of the nicest most puzzling things about China is that most buildings in large cities have ridiculous arrays of neon lights. While these must cost a fortune in energy, almost every city seems to have a penchant for glowing, colorful and patterned building decor. The side effect, though, is that the lights finish off what the pollution started for star gazing. Of course, the displays are also really quite beautiful sometimes as well.
Since we were living right by the river and on the main bar street, all the buildings nearby were lit up with colorful displays. The trees along the path by the river all had lights strung on them, and the docks were also lit with neon colors.