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China and Hong Kong my last thoughts..

Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [1362]

I am sure that I already mentioned that Hong Kong is great for shopping.  From clothes, to great food, markets and of course -- Electronics.  Let me be clear, the electronics are not really much cheaper than in many countries.  You could get the same ... Read more >

Tags: china, hong kong

From the lips of the locals-China!

Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [1631]

We met a few locals on our trip thru mainland China who were willing to talk candidly to us about their life and experiences in their home.  For the most part we talked to educated, interesting people - we had no opportunity to talk to the peasants, ... Read more >

Tags: china, culture, people

Sudden changes...

Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | Views [1246]

So we took the T97 fast train from Beijing to Hong Kong.  The trip was 25 hours and leaves every other day.  This same train also leaves from Shanghai.  NOTE: You really don't have to go to GuangZhou then cross the border from there.  Even some Chinese ... Read more >

Tags: beijing, hong kong, t97, traing

Beijing and the Birds Nest

Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Views [1506]

We took a bus ride to the Olympic Arena from Tianmen sq.  It took about an hour to get there.  It was not really possible to see the stadium from too far due to the never ending smog that seemed to always be in the city. But as the sun set, it was fun ... Read more >

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Gallery: Birds Nest

Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Great Wall China

Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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The Great Wall of China

Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Views [3196]

The Great Wall of China is the only human made construction that can be seen from space.  It is hundreds of KMs long and was built to keep out the Mongol invasions. There is a Mongol joke that it doesn't matter how big a wall you build, it matters who ... Read more >

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Gallery: Forbidden City

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Forbidden City

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [1421] | Comments [1]

After taking a long nap we headed to the busy busy Tianmen sq as the Forbidden City (Palace) is nearby.  There is ALOT more people in the city at the moment, it seemed the whole country travelled to Beijing to celebrate Independence Day.  We could barely ... Read more >

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Hard Seats in China

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Views [1547]

I wish I had a picture of this scene.  Technically speaking the hard=seat is not a bad seat and is quiet comfortable as a train seat really - IF you were travelling up to 5-6 hours no problem at all.  The seats are pretty new, soft enough, clean and ... Read more >

Gallery: Xi'an

Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Xi'an city

Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Views [3246]

Xi'an city was the alternative city considered for modern China's capital.  This is because of it's long history as a captial on the Northern provinces and also because of the wonderful preservation of ancient mixed with the modern city. Xi'an also ... Read more >

Tags: china, xian

Terracotta Soldiers!

Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | Views [3104]

The Terracotta Soldiers are the most famous and significant find of this century.  There are over 6000 soldiers found. Consisting of infantry, carioteers, archers (both standing and kneeling), horses, chariots, weapons, with different figures depending ... Read more >

Tags: china, terracotta soldiers, xian

Gallery: Terracotta Soldiers

Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Getting to Terracotta Soldiers

Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | Views [1366]

The Terracotta Soldiers are 30kms outside of the city of Xi'an (or also sometimes written Xian).  The many hotels and hostels will offer a half day tour to the place from 160-250 RMB depending on how nice your hotel/hostel is... Other options to get ... Read more >

Tags: china, terracotta soldiers, xian

Cheng Du to Xi'an to Beijing

Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | Views [760]

We caught a train from Cheng Du to Xi'an.  Took about 16 hours and cost for hard sleeper was 200RMB but can differ depending if you get top-mid-bottom bunk.  Plus there is a surcharge if you buy from a location OTHER than the train station. For the ... Read more >

Tags: china, trains

Dutch ladies save the day!

Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | Views [1059]

Leaving Jiu Zhai Gou we had a 6.20am bus ride back to Cheng Du (the only bus of the day)... All went to plan as we woke up early and took a 6RMB taxi ride to the bus station... As we arrived 'just on time' we breatbed a sigh of relief as we saw the ... Read more >

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Jiu Zhai Gou Valley

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | Views [920]

This mountain area is just stunning!  This is a small town area with a National Park which has kilometer after kilometer of crystal clear blue lakes and waterfalls. The colours were breathtaking and special as we trekked thru the national park (much ... Read more >

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Recommendations on Cheng Du

Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | Views [890]

We stayed at a hostel called Cheng Du Dreams hostel. The only dreamy thing about this place was ONE staff girl named Jinlin (nickname Panda) who made our stay there bearable. I really have nothing great to say about this place except that if you ... Read more >

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I want a PANDA for Christmas!

Sunday, 21 Sep 2008 | Views [988]

Sorry for the limited updates and info, have had little internet access the last week here in Cheng Du. The Panda reserve is an amazing place to visit. I highly recommend that you go on your own rather than on a tour. It is easy to watch the pandas ... Read more >

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