About 7 years ago, I decided to move to Zhuhai from Guangzhou. I still remember the first time I came to Zhuhai for travelling in 2003, I told my friend I would buy a house in Zhuhai when I had money. When I planned to buy a house in 2006, the first choice that came to mind was Zhuhai. Why, you may ask？ Put it simply, the blue skies and the clouds of Zhuhai are gorgeous.
Everyone dreams of one day living by the sea, especially those who are stuck living inland. Growing up away from the coast in Mainland China, I was so awestruck and excited when I first saw the ocean because it was my childhood dream. From that point on, I knew Zhuhai fit my lifestyle perfectly.
Since last year, people have begun to complain air pollution has spread in China. I feel fortunate to live in Zhuhai, being able to consistently have clean air and blue skies. Recently in May, the Environmental Protection Department released a report on the air quality of China’s major regions and cities (ie. Beijing, Tianjin, the Yangtze River Delta, etc). The results showed that 74 cities in the study had healthy air quality only 60.1% of the year; Zhuhai’s ratio was 100%. Hardly fitting the image of a smoggy industrial city, Zhuhai bunks the smog choked Chinese city stereotype by being one of the most livable cities in the country!
Zhuhai as “a leisure city” not only has fresh air, also has lots interesting activities, such as a beach music party, the Zhuhai racing festival, the Zhuhai marathon, etc. In 2013, they have organized 2 more citywide events, the International Circus Festival and a Lovers’ tandem bike cycling race. Always having something to do, Zhuhai’s a big enough city to b interesting, but small enough to keep its beautiful environment intact.
One of my favorite weekend activities is to visit one of the many nearby islands. Just a ferry ride away, these easily-accessible islands are a perfect way to escape the city. Six year living in Zhuhai, I still can’t get enough of it!