Now, this will not appear to be what it is.
I get wind the local China Superleague winners 2017, Guangzhou Evergrande FC are playing at home in about an hours time. It’s about a 25 min metro ride, one change, so I hot foot it as costs under £1 to get there.
The moment you walk out onto the plaza, there’s match day atmosphere in abundance, there’s a fever. People turn up in normal clothes, buy a cheapish looking top from the many sellers who peddle their wares on the floor. Buy a top, takes yours off and put on the strip and head in, simples
I’d searched but could not find how to get tickets. Straight away I’m offered one, but she looks well dodgy, I wander up to the ticket entry area and nothing so walk round to the front of the stadium and nada. I’m tempted to buy from the many ad hoc touts, but put off as the banners clearly say ‘ID cards must be shown’, yet the touts sell right in front of security. I decide to refrain, get a coffee and watch the crowd funnel in.
10 mins before kick off there is a massive roar. They’re going through the team and even from outside the ground the noise is superb. God, I wish I was that bit braver in buying guide a ticket.
Turns out I’m in the main shopping district with Tianhe Mall and the wrongly named Mall of the World – I think they maybe just meant the food court. Lots of high end shops like Tommy Hillfiger and Valentino, but it’s the Adidas store that interests me and I spend a good hour having a wander and spending some Yen. Too good a time as I miss the fountain light show.
Some interesting bars in here selling martinis and one cafe come karaoke bar. No sign of the Chinese Zane Miller, but there is a stage you need to get up on. I might come back. Quite a nifty evening shopping and eating in an area I would not normally have come to. On the metro back, fan tells me the score by the internationally recognised sign of ☝ -👌 Guangzhou 🙌