Well obviously, I’m going to China. China is in Asia. I hope you know that. Not everybody does.
I’ll be in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province. Think of Provinces like States.
Here’s Guangdong Province in relation to the rest of China:
That tiny section sticking off the bottom into the ocean? Hong Kong. Right next door. It neighbors the city Shenzhen, which is in Guangdong. But we’ll get to that in a second.
Here’s Guangzhou in relation to the rest of Guangdong:
Again, notice that little green section at the bottom – Hong Kong. That inlet you see is the Zhujiang River Estuary, which feeds into, you guessed it, the Zhujiang River.
Within the city of Guangzhou, I’ll be living on the island district of Haizhu. Haizhu is smack dab in the middle of the Zhujiang River! Here’s another map, Haizhu is the dark orange section smack dab in the middle:
“But I can’t see the river very clearly on that map!” you cry. Fear not, my friend, I’ve got you covered:
Notice that spot where it says HECUN in all caps? I am not sure why this particular map says Hecun, because the spot in pinyin (romanized Chinese) is Kecun, but that is exactly where Ruiwen and I have an apartment! As you can see it’s on the North side of the island.
Compared to California, my rent is SUPER cheap. I’m paying 1800 RMB/month, which is roughly $266/month. Amazing. Even compared to other major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, life in Guangzhou is very affordable. By total metropolitan area, it is the largest city in China with a population of over 44 million. By urban population alone it houses “only” 19 million, putting it in third place. Only 19 million! Can you imagine?
Thank you Wikipedia for all maps except the last, which I got from ontheworldmap.com