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Asia » China » Beijing October 1st 2005

Chegdu, bummer for this town, I got sick with a sinus infection and my weak resolve to get better and stay in and do nothing would only last until 8pm when I would talk myself into another late night out. Stayed at a cozy guest house, Sims Cozy Guest House, the kind of place you linger, always getting a late start to the day. Chengdu is the capital of Sichaun, my love of spicy food is well known but I think I did some permanent damage to my stomach, like a big hole in it. I vow to back off. Pandas are cute, take my word for it I forgot to bring my camera. The breeding research center is here, the government throws a lot of money at the place and a couple of little ones ... read more
Terracotta horse
Horse and Solders
Horse and Solders 2

Asia » China » Beijing September 26th 2005

Afgang. Vi kunne sove længe i dag, der var bestilt vækning til kl. 8, bussen afgår kl. 10.30, og flyet afgår 14.45 (klokken 5.45 dansk tid). På vejen til lufthavnen, spiser vi frokost, derefter går det direkte til lufthavnen, for check in. Der var ingen problemer med check in, eller boarding, men vi er efterhånden også i øvelse. Vi var i Svendborg omkring kl. 22 dansk tid. Det har været en skøn tur, men nu skal det gøre godt med lidt dagligdag igen ;o) Alle dagens billeder... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 25th 2005

Sidste dag, i morgen er det slut ! Dagen startede med et besøg i et silke marked, egentlig skulle vi have startet med at besøge den lokale venskabs butik, men den havde ikke åbent endnu. Silke markedet, er en kæmpe forretning på 5 etager med lutter kopi produkter, her kan man få kopier af alle kendte mærker, af tøj, software, elektronik og musik, for små penge. Af interresse kiggede jeg på et 1 Gb Cf kort, hun ville have 600 RBM (450 kroner) for det, jeg sagde at jeg ikke var interesseret, og hun foreslog 300 RBM (225 kr). Jeg købte et i Lijiang for 350 RMB efter hårde forhandlinger, her havde jeg ikke engang begyndt forhandlinger, jeg kunne sikkert godt have fået kortet for 250 hvis jeg havde ville. Vi havde en time til at ... read more
A god from a buddist tempel
Eating Peking duck in Bejing

Asia » China » Beijing September 25th 2005

I forgot to tell you about last night's supper. We walked down the road to get some hot pot.,not far from workers stadium, and also not far from the embassy.Hot pot is really fondue in another land.The waitress had great patience and spoke to us in mandarin with pointing and understanding looks.She really didn't care that we could not understand and she was unphased that she could not understand us.She hung in and pointed and waved at pictures on the menu.The end result was an excellent meal with plates of thinly sliced beef and some vegetables,mushrooms,squid,vermicelli noodles,some wagon wheel like sliced vegetable (Lotus root) and sauces of unknown origin. The pots of broth are placed before each diner and the sterno lit to produce a satisfying bubbling cooking broth to slip the various delights into.Large beers ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Well, you guessed correctly. I finally visited the Great Wall of China and it is truly great. The Great Wall stretches over four cities. The wall isn’t some flat horizontal wall. It’s a crazy wall that climbs mountain ranges! After climbing the wall, I felt very thirsty. All along the way down the Great Wall, there are people selling souvenirs and refreshments. I went an old lady that was selling water. Water usually cost 1 RMB at home. This lady wanted to sell me the water four 5 RMB. This is how the translated conversation went: Lady: Come over here boy I sell you water for cheap Me: How much? Lady: I usually sell it for 5 RMB but I sell it to you for 4 Me: That’s crazy, water does not cost that much (I ... read more
Great Wall with me
Great Wall with me (close up)
Great Wall3

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Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Vi startede dagen med et kort besøg i Beijing zoo, hvor vi skulle se deres panda bjørne. De har 6 eller 7 panda bjørne her, vi så de 6 af dem, to indendøre, tre i gårde uden for, og en (der lå og sov) i en seperat gård foran anlæget. De fleste af dem var i gang med morgenmaden, de er mest aktive om morgenen, et par var færdige med maden og sov. Derefter gik turen til kejserens sommer palads. Paladset blev brændt ned af englænderne i slutningen af 1800 tallet, og bygget op igen af kejserinden Xici. Hun var en barsk dame, der mere eller mindre holdt kejseren indespæret i den forbudte by, mens hun styrede landet. Hendes forbrug er legendarisk i Kina, det siges at hun fik serveret 128 kager til eftermiddags teen. Hun ... read more
The summer palace
Peking opera

Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Saturday June 4 Up early again, tired. Breakfast at the hotel - hold the broccoli! …like Bush senior. We haven’t been adventurous with meals here, but then there isn’t much to choose from in this neighborhood. Today is our last day in Beijing, we pack, check email, jot a to-do list, pay for our Xi’an tickets, check-out, and take off for the day’s touring. Just in case we overlooked them (per previous blogs), we once again search for the missing Esprit capris carrying store and Italian restaurant on Dongsinan Street. Still missing. Must be a double hallucination. Zoe waits for a green/yellow taxi rather than a red one as they are newer (read cleaner & exhaust free on the inside). Though the price is somewhat higher, it is worth the smooth air-conditioned ride. The driver is ... read more
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Well hello again cyber adventurers,It seems the Blog site has been down but we are back on the air and have much to relate.When we last spoke we had just finished our travel arrangements.The tickets arrived today sometime while we were out.We are on the 18:27 train out of Beijing tomorrow for Xi'an.I am getting ahead of myself though.Yesterday after we left the travel agent we headed back to Bob and Nadia's but not before we stopped at a restaurant for lunch.I went back to the Peking duck and Ann had a combination plate of sorts called a meeting platter.Nice restaurant with business folk eating. Chinese is a strange language and sitting next to people talking you would swear at times that a knife fight is about to break out with the harsh gutteral sounds and ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Saturday is here Bob and Nadia and Carlo are all free of responsibility and able to join us on the great adventure,The enbassy vehicle and driver have been conscripted/hired for out excursion to the Great Wall.Ann makes a quick cycle to the tailor to get her new jacket.It is lovely and everyone is pleased. After breakfast we load into the van and head off to the Wall.The drive is about an hour and a half.We have chosen to go to a place the guide books say is less of a tourist scene.Our driver is a little unclear near the end about the route but after a couple of passing opinions and the views of a group of navigators sitting around infront of a bar/restaurant we see signs for the Great wall and are back on track.The ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing September 24th 2005

Well it is get away day here in beautiful Beijing.We have had breakfast and are going to head out to tackle some temples.The train is at 6 tonight so we won't be going too far into the city.I think another subway trip is in the cards for us.It will be interesting to see if the weekend/sunday makes a difference here in this world. The plan is to eat before we get on the train,not sure what to expect on the railway and we would rather face the unexpected with our bellies full. There is always the trade off however,with the obvious and only a matter of time need to use the facliities. I have not mentioned the bathrooms here but believe me dear readers there is much to talk about.I will spare you details and can ... read more




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