Bram van Ooijen在2013年创立了Cycle Canton，为大家提供自行车导游服务，带领大家挖掘广州不为人知的美丽。
Bram van Ooijen founded Cycle Canton in 2013, it is a bicycle tour guide service in Guangzhou with special attention to uncovering beauty in the city and its people.
Firstly, please can you tell us why you have chosen Guangzhou, and a little bit about how long you have been in China?
我已经在广州工作了7年，之前去过了中国很多其他的省会。我喜欢广州这座城市是因为它不仅很古老，同时也很年轻。 广州一直在中国近代历史上占有重要地位。这里是对西方最开放的，自由的地方，所有的革命几乎都在这里开始. 对于旧城，依旧保持着原有的风味，新城也同样壮观。
I have been in Guangzhou for 7 years, and before that I travelled to pretty much every other provincial capital in China. I love this city for the reason that is it has the balance of both being very old and very new. Guangzhou has always had a significant place in modern Chinese history. It has been the most open to the West and liberal, all the revolutions have started here. As for the old city they have kept it rather intact a lot of the history is still here yet the new town is equally as spectacular.
DB: 请问您为什么决定启动Cycle Canton，你们还提供了什么旅游？Why did you decide to start up Cycle Canton and what tours do you offer?
When I arrived the first thing I did was buy a bicycle as I’m from Holland and that is what we do! In my free time I explored parts of town, often becoming extremely lost but, in that process I discovered lots of beautiful and interesting places. Friends began to join me riding because I had all these cool stories, so at some point we thought we had to share our passion for this beautiful city with others. We aim to include everyone: expats who think that the city is nothing special, business people and tourists who look online and can’t find anything, and now even quite a few locals come and see the city in a very different light.
We offer one tour everyday which takes us from the old parts to the new pearl river city centre. We have developed another six tours which run occasionally, we want to encourage more guests to come so that we may run our special tours more frequently.
They include countryside routes; an art tour; a history tour; a walking food tour and a scavenger hunt for companies to sign up to in which, they split up and compete against each other. It is a fun outdoor team building activity for colleagues to do, it brings out the best in people!
What is the most rewarding part of sharing a city you love on the tours?
作为导游，就个人而言，我们还可以停下来会见当地的人，并向他们介绍我的顾客。 例如，功夫大师，潮流市场的卖家，人民公园的常客。 我们还能认识了很多不同的人 ： 学生，首席执行官，奥运金牌得主。 这是一个很庞大的群体。
To see the guests have a good time, and mingling with the locals. The friendships you gain are special. Guests sign up alone or with a few people as individuals, yet by the end of the tour we are all sitting at the bar chatting as if we have been friends for years, so it becomes a very enriching experience.
One that stands out for me is when guests from Panama brought their own music. When we arrived in People’s Park we had this music from a speaker and started dancing with the locals to Latin music, just fantastic!
Personally, as guides we get to meet our local family along the way as we have stops to introduce our guests to them. For example, a Kung Fu master, sellers at the wet market, and regulars in People’s Park. We get to meet so many different people- students, CEO’s, Olympic gold medal winners. It’s a great mixed crowd.
What are your top 3 spots to show people?
第一当属人民公园，广州最古老的公园，有101年的历史。 有当地人跳舞，唱歌，练太极，还有美丽的树木。在那里， 可以轻松愉快地度过半天，只需要和那里的人玩游戏。 其次是围绕在附近的古老的小村庄，大约100年前，中国人从国外回来时，他们为自己建造了漂亮的砖砌别墅。 最后，珠江新城中心公园花城广场。 在那里你可以欣赏到城市的新建筑，歌剧院，博物馆和图书馆。还有，最棒的事情是，在我们旅程中，我们将游览这三处景点！
Top choice, People’s Park, the oldest park in Guangzhou at 101 years old. It has local people dancing, singing, practicing tai chi as well as having beautiful trees. I could spend half a day there easily, just playing games with people there. Secondly, the old small villages which are dotted around. When Chinese people came back from overseas about 100 years ago, they made beautiful brick villas for themselves. Finally, Huacheng Plaza, the Central Park of Pearl River New Town. There you can look over the city’s new architecture, the opera house, the museum and library. And the best thing… is we visit all three of them on our tour!
DB: 请问您如何看待明年Cycle Canton的发展？
How may we see Cycle Canton grow in the next year?
We will do more of our special tours, in the countryside and the walking food tour. We are also looking forward to hosting some special guests during the Fortune Global Forum, held in Guangzhou this year.
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