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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.

Beijing pollution

CHINA | Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 | Views [589]

Beijing city pollution, is it really as bad as everyone says? Well, for the first week that I was here I was wandering around looking up at the clear blue sky thinking perhaps not. We had several days where the weather was just fine, better even ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Gallery: Beijing Pollution

CHINA | Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

Photos taken from my language school window (each picture comment tells you whether there was fog forecast for the day it was taken).
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Beijing Opera

CHINA | Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | Views [536]

I went to the Opera last Sunday night. I was still feeling really ill but I'd paid for my ticket so I decided to go anyway. There were so few people in the audience that I felt embarrassed for the performers. I don't think they did a bad job, one ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Vegetarian buffet

CHINA | Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | Views [2051]

I've started to get a little more adventurous when ordering meals in restaurants, I've been eating a bit too much Beef noodle soup. Ordering Beef is easy because it is very common, almost every restaurant serves it. Some restaurants are run by Muslims ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Getting a cold

CHINA | Saturday, 3 Nov 2007 | Views [834]

I felt ill last Saturday morning, I dragged myself out of bed, then went to a chemist to see if there was something I could get for it. I hadn't learnt how to talk about illness at school (and probably will not) so I looked in my Mandarin survival ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health

My darling Penny Ping

CHINA | Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | Views [1145]

"Oh my darling Penny Ping, I shall love you forever, for you taught my heart to sing." No I didn't make that up. I heard that tonight shortly after I had sat down to have dinner in a local restaurant. I'd ordered vegetable and rice soup ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: Beijing Hiking

CHINA | Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Hikes around Beijing
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Beijing Hikers Club (1)

CHINA | Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | Views [954]

Mountain Goat's Trail to the Yunmeng Gorge I have just got back after spending the day with the the Beijing Hikers club. We went to the Yunmen Gorge just north east of Beijing where the air is cold and very very fresh. Before this week the pollution ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Street food stalls

CHINA | Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | Views [473]

This is just a quick post to let you know that I have added a photo gallery with recent pictures of street food that I've eaten. Each photo has a comment to let you know what is in the picture and some tell you what I ate. BTW. I have just found out ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: Street food stalls and restaurants

CHINA | Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of food stalls that I come accross. I only take photos of places where I try the food so there is always something in the picture that I have eaten. I've added some pictures of restaurant meals too.
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Shopping for a webcam in Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [2116] | 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

CHINA | Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [654] | 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

CHINA | Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Views [699]

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

CHINA | Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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

CHINA | Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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

CHINA | Saturday, 13 Oct 2007 | Views [842]

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


CHINA | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | Views [341]

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

CHINA | Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | Views [1054] | 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

CHINA | Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

A few pictures from the Formula 1 race in Shanghai in October 2007
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CHINA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Views [6064]

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

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