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Trip: West meets East

There are [24] stories from my trip: West meets East

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CHINA | Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | Views [318]

Our trip to CHina is drawing to an end and I think I am ready to go home. had a wonderful time and many great memories and experiences and met a lot of interesting people (not that I understood most of them though) yesterday was probably our ... Read more >

At the top of the world

CHINA | Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 | Views [349] | Comments [1]

Tonight we are at dahzai on the Dragons Back rice terraces and the views are fabulous even in the mist that has rolled in. we left Yangshuo at 10 this morning and it took 4.5 hours of rally driving to get here.  Then a 50 minute walk up a very ... Read more >

Yangshuo village retreat

CHINA | Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [356]

We are sadly combing to the end of our 4 nights at the Village Retreat.  It has been refreshing to stay here in this quiet spot about 2km from Yangshuo.  We are surrounded by the striking karsts. Striking - not in the sense that the karsts ... Read more >


CHINA | Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | Views [290] | Comments [2]

Today was magnificent, rafting down the river near Yangshuo, though I think our photos will not present the landscape well, because it was foggy (not smoggy) for most of the day.  But the place is constantly surprising, with huge mounds popping ... Read more >

Karst aways

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | Views [357]

I am sitting on our king sized bed typing this up, looking out the window of the Yangshuo River Retrat to the nearby mountains (I wouldn't be able to see them through the mist if they were further away.) We only just arrived here in Yangshou, in amongst ... Read more >

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous

CHINA | Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | Views [341] | Comments [1]

 You will no doubt have guessed from the title we have been cruising the three gorges. They are quite stunning, and we have had great weather (though still a little hazy as always). The dam was quite controversial but now that it has been completed ... Read more >

Yangtse Cruise

CHINA | Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | Views [575]

Nothing much to report today. Went for a walk around the centre of Wuhan and had a coffee (Starbucks is omnipresent). Ladies were dancing in their pyjamas in the city mall.  Some had swords but we only saw them putting the swords away. ... Read more >

Wu Who

CHINA | Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | Views [372]

Well its WuHan actually, but we'v e now been travelling for a month so Woo Hoo! Nothing much happened today, but don't worry, I'll write for a while anyway. We caught the high speed train from Xi'an to Wuhan then went for a wander about WuHan. ... Read more >

Wild Goose Chase

CHINA | Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | Views [279]

This blog starts out with a visit to the Chinese museum adjacent to Tianenmen Square, and then jumps around in space and time for a day or two, visiting a wild goose on the way. The recent 150 years of history in the museum was blatant propaganda, ... Read more >

Ravelling religion

CHINA | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | Views [296]

Executive summary: Today I had hoped to get a greater understanding of the various religious expression on display here in China, unravelling the various ideas and philosophies, but unfortunately I think it still remains mostly ravelled for me, and I ... Read more >

Photos: China

CHINA | Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Gone to Heaven

CHINA | Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | Views [311] | Comments [1]

Executive summary: We visited the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Magnificent, colourful old buildings with lots of open areas. We started the day with a coffee. Breakfast is one of the most difficult meals when travelling. My stomach gets ... Read more >

Peeking around Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | Views [307]

We got to Beijing in a flash on the train, and found our way to Day's Inn. Then we went for a familiarisation walk around the area, down to Tianenmen Square. Lots of people around (including large numbers of police/army) , but it was starting to rain ... Read more >

Hi from Shanghai

CHINA | Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | Views [318]

Executive summary: Shanghai came and went in a blur, but left us with positive memories.  The architecture around the Bund, and the presevation of older parts of the city make this an interesting modern city. I prepared this on the high ... Read more >

But wait, there's more (waiting)

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | Views [269]

executive summary: still waiting at singapore aairport After cancelling our flight, we waited for 6 hours at the counter while they sorted out what they were going to do. the girl behind the counter was getting upset as she was getting flak from ... Read more >

April fools

SINGAPORE | Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | Views [333] | Comments [1]

executive summary: all going well. Singapore for two nights and now off to China. sue still thinks we were foolish to bring backpacks.  More on that as the trip progresses. It is a bit tricky on this trip as we are starting off in sweltering ... Read more >

Sing Apore

SINGAPORE | Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | Views [283] | Comments [1]

The cruise is over and we are in Singapore (though we still eat and sleep on board tonight) The last 2 weeks have flown (or should I say, sailed). As I noted in my previous blog, we were insulated somewhat from the local populace through our cruise ... Read more >

Yes Siam

THAILAND | Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [382]

I should have noted at the beginning of my blog that none of this should be taken too seriously.  I am just thinking out loud with unformed thoughts and I am just as likely to change my thoughts when I get more information. My thoughts are also ... Read more >

one the boat

HONG KONG | Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Views [272] | Comments [1]

Boarded  the ship yesterday. Great food everywhere so we went to the gym to work up an appetite. But internet is expensive so no blog for a while.  


HONG KONG | Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Views [308] | Comments [1]

Today is 16th March. Today I also heard some bad news about the health of one of my close relatives. When I spoke to him this evening he was calm and said that he was at peace. I was a bit nervous calling, but he put me at ease. Today is also the first ... Read more >

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