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Canton: my last city in the mainland

CHINA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | Views [305]

Say whatever, but I honestly didn't find Guangzhou (or Canton, as we know in the West) a nice place. I would skip it, totally. I would use the three days I spent there in Beijing. Or em Yunam. Or somewhere else.  As we were there, and bored, ... Read more >

Tags: canton, china, guangzhou

Cultural-clash, crabs, frogs and snakes: all and a little more in Xiamen

CHINA | Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | Views [548]

On Saturday a couple of guests joined us in the breakfast. After the usual where-have-you-been-in-China-how-long-you-are-staying-here questions we found out they were working in Hangzhou for six months already. She, Polish, ... Read more >

Tags: china, culture, market, work, xiamen

A beach to just look at

CHINA | Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 | Views [303]

As expected, Chinese girls don't swim in the beach. Even though the boys wear the " brazilian speedo" and enjoy long hours bathing in the salty water, the girls tend to get just the toes wet, and generally don't wear swimsuit in public. For ... Read more >

Tags: beach, bus, xiamen

Xiamen and Gulang Yu

CHINA | Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | Views [283]

The high speed train was pretty fast, and if there is anything I love in this country is that people get very silent when sitting in comfortable seats. Maybe it's because there is nowhere to sit at all in some squares. Maybe it's because the seats ... Read more >

Tags: beach, china, gulang yu, train, xiamen

West lake, a restored temple and a Zoroastrian

CHINA | Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | Views [280]

This morning the squirrel knocked at the window while eating the sunflower seeds left overnight. He liked the trick, and soon other squirrel came to join. Pity they were so ashamed to come closer, and both run away we heard any noise ... Read more >

Tags: china, hangzhou, zoroaster

Hangzhou: a place to fell in love with

CHINA | Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | Views [337]

We left Shanghai yesterday in a “ bullet train” and it kept the promise of a smooth and fast journey. So fast I couldn' t believe we had arrived until I saw the signs all over the station. Clean, silent and comfortable, the train left Shangai ... Read more >

Tags: china, hangzhou, hostel

Hard seat and a not so pleasant experience

CHINA | Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | Views [460]

Who said it was nice to sit in a 90 degrees chair, two side by side and in front of another two? The seat is low with no room for legs or even the possibility to recline. Nothing. The train berth is crowded with people playing games ... Read more >

Tags: china, hard seat, train

Posters, propaganda and a better dinner

CHINA | Saturday, 22 Sep 2012 | Views [437]

Tomorrow Hangzhou will become the 5th destination in my list. We are leaving tomorrow morning in a fast train -whatever it is-, that promise to arrive just 56 minutes after departing from Shanghai's train station.  The weather was pretty bad this ... Read more >

Tags: china, propaganda poster centre., shanghai

It's all about food

CHINA | Saturday, 22 Sep 2012 | Views [435]

"Food has an important place in Chinese culture". I don't know where I read this- and at this time of the day is even harder to remember details- but it's not difficult to agree. Food is everywhere in China. Whatever direction you look your ... Read more >

Tags: china, food, shanghai

Half way down, trip almost over

CHINA | Saturday, 22 Sep 2012 | Views [386]

We finally changed hostels after three nights in Shanghai. The biggest difference is the cleanness. The new hostel is much nicer that we regret a little of staying in the other one for so long.  * The biggest surprise in China is the blocked pages.... Read more >

Tags: china, shanghai

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