My dear Guangzhou,
Hope you are well.
I’ve been in your arms for four years and you have no idea how much I miss you.
I miss your diverse beauty, you are both modern and antique at the same time. I still remember when I walk by the skyscrapers, I can see your smile from the reflection of the glass walls. I remember you blinked to me over the coloured glass rooftop of the old temple.
They ask me, how is Guangzhou? What is she like?
I said, you are really hard to explain. You have a tough side with all the tall buildings, but you also have a delicate side of the old houses. You have streets with venders yelling and selling, you have wide avenues with all the fancy cars driving by.
I heard you talking about food of Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, English, French, Italian, Turkish, and sometimes Arabic. And I tried all of them, they are all good.
I miss the night when you are still busy, all the lights were turned on along the Pearl River. I miss the day when you humming the song of the city to wake me up in the sunlight. I miss how you make us all running around for classes and work. I miss how you make me settle in the Western coffee shop within an ancient Cantonese house.
I miss how proud I was to speak Cantonese, and I was perfectly comfortable with others speaking dialects that I don’t understand. Everyone was there, some spit in the streets, while others keep looking for a trash bin so anxiously. The underground were so crowded on rush hour and weekends, but it’s also nice with the space when not many people were there.
Do you remember when I hate getting tan, but you just keep having really sunny days? Naughty, naughty girl. But you always make it up to me with a quick storm and pouring rain. You cool down the world in 10 minutes but keep quite later on, so that we can still go out and play.
I’ve been away for just 6 months from you, I can’t express it enough how much I miss the time being with you.
But I want to see the world, with my love to you in my heart, I will see the world. I am also telling everyone from other places on the planet to embrace your beauty. I am sure I will return to you someday, maybe bringing my friends as well.
The best thing about you and me is not just being Cantonese, is we Cantonese can adopt everything, and everyone is welcome in our world.
Last but not least, I wish you well and prosper, may the vibe be with you.