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nomadnorrie From Sydney to the formula 1 grand prix in Shanghai, Beijing, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Europe. Final destination by train is London. Hopping on a flight to Finland, then on to Japan and finally back to Sydney.


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Shopping for a webcam in Beijing

Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [2073] | Comments [2]

I spent Saturday wandering around without really having a fixed plan. I sent some postcards, had a look at the Lama temple near to my hotel and went for a walk in a big park with a big lake (called Beihai park). On the way between places I was popping ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

Meal for 4 in Beijing restaurants

Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [637] | Comments [2]

I've been eating out at Beijing restaurants for the last few nights(as opposed to street-side market stall food). Some restaurants have English menus which you would think makes life a lot easier, that's not been true for me. Typically what happens ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

My Beijing hotel

Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Views [675]

My language school is in an area of Beijing called AnJiaLou, it's quite a trek from where I am staying now. To get there I have to walk for 25 minutes from my hotel to a bus stop, then I hop on the bus. In total it takes me about 45 minutes. I used ... Read more >

Tags: Accommodation

Gallery: Beijing hotel

Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of where I am staying and studying Mandarin in Beijing
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Gallery: Beijing

Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures from my weekends spent being a tourist in Beijing
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Beijing - Forbidden City

Saturday, 13 Oct 2007 | Views [822]

I went for a stroll around the Forbidden City one Sunday afternoon. In the morning I'd been strolling around Tiananmen square and wandered north to the Forbidden City. The first thing that struck me is that the perimeter walls are so big, they are ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | Views [313]

I'm back in Beijing now. Last night I came back on the same bullet like train that I went to Shanghai on. I had a batch of four 1 hour lessons this morning at my language school, that's the same as every weekday scheduled for the next month. I am making ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Shanghai F1

Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | Views [1029] | Comments [1]

When the Formula 1 Grand Prix started I was quite excited about the prospect of Lewis either extending his lead or winning the driver's championship in Shanghai. Sadly neither happened. The F1 circuit in Shanghai is only accessible by road (or ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Gallery: Shanghai - F1

Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

A few pictures from the Formula 1 race in Shanghai in October 2007
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Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Views [5999]

I visited ZhouZhuang yesterday, it's a small town close to the Yangtze river about 80km from Shanghai. It's a pretty town with lots of canals and old buildings dating from the Ming dynasty. To get there I had to use a Shanghai tourist bus, the little ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: ZhouZhuang

Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of my visit to the Ming, Qing and Yuan dysnaty era canal town
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Shanghai subway

Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | Views [897]

The subway train system in Shanghai is actually pretty good, it's cheap, fast, easy to use and it is definately the best way of getting around. The first problem is that there are so many people using it, particularly now because it is a Chinese national ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Chinese cake shops

Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | Views [7862] | Comments [1]

I popped into a cake shop today to buy something quick to eat. Just pick something up that looks good, pay and I'm all sorted I thought. As I was browsing the cake labels (with only Mandarin characters on) I noticed that many of the buns had meat in ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Shanghai - about town

Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | Views [1584] | Comments [1]

I found The Bund today, it's amazing. The skyline on the eastern side of the river looks terribly exotic. The downside, well there were lots of other tourists about and because of that there were lots of touts about too. "Hello, where do you come ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: Shanghai

Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Photos taken while in Shanghai
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The train to Shanghai

Saturday, 29 Sep 2007 | Views [491]

The D31 train from Beijing to Shanghai was a world away from the dreadful CityRail in Sydney. After enduring a few years of pathetically slow and late or cancelled trains it was a refreshing change. There was plenty of room in 1st class, the seats ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

First day in Beijing

Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | Views [1188]

I arrived in Beijing last night feeling very tired. My plans for today were to have a brief stroll around Tiananmen square, to work out how to use the underground and to find the language centre where I shall be studying Mandarin. I wanted to set the ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Beijing airport

Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | Views [431] | Comments [1]

Beijing airport is very expensive for things like maps, a tourist map of Beijing with both pinyin and Chinese characters is AUD$20. Around Beijing they are AUD$2. If you are thinging of coming to Beijing either arrive in Beijing with a map or buy one ... Read more >

Tags: Airports

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