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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou July 24th 2014

The fast train from Wuhan to Guangzhou averages about 300 km/hr. Clean, cool, comfortable, even in 2nd Class. The trip takes 4 hours and costs about half of what it would cost to fly. Best of all, it gets me right into the area where I'm staying, while the airport is over 1 hour away. I'm here in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. Added this city to my travel plans to accept an invitation from a student, William, from my last trip to HUST. Wouldn't have thought of visiting here otherwise, since it doesn't have much to offer tourists. It is China's major city gateway to Hong Kong and it has been a major port for Southern China for centuries. It is home to more migrant workers than any other Chinese city and was ... read more
William and Yu
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou July 16th 2014

Woweee what a crazy couple of weeks. So much has been going on since I moved from Hangzhou to Guangzhou. My flight down was fairly smooth. I had to pay some money towards excess baggage having already sent 4 large postal bags worth of stuff down ahead of me. I’ve only been here 6 months and arrived with just 2 suitcases and my laptop and left with so much more. I hate to think what the situation will be like when I eventually leave China, I’ve picked up so much stuff. I’ve found a DVD shop near my work place and have already amassed a collection of TV series, the ladies are lovely and get me what I ask for if they haven’t got it by the next day. So I’d best fill you in from ... read more
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Quiz Night with the crew
3 moves later and happy with the apartment

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 24th 2014

Hi All, A pleasent trip up the river on the ferry, so cheap only 2 rmb, 20p, to The Canton Tower. The tallest building in China. I went with a fellow traveller, Hiro from Japan. Hiro's been coming to China since the 80s. He says when he first came here everyone wore Mao suits and there was no money just tickets to exchange for goods in the state run shops. How things have changed. He has travelled all over the world and told me some great stories. So I went up to the observation deck, Hiro said it was too pricey 150 rmb. There are some great views of the city and there's a glass floor you can walk on and look down, boy is that weird. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 24th 2014

Hi All, I dusted of the museum walk whilst looking around The Mausoleum of The Nanyue King. First though an exhibition of ceramic pillows, which really look like a form of torture. Different designs were made and some were thought to influence dreams. How anyone got to sleep with their head on one of these I'll never know let alone dream. On to the tomb. A cousin of the Emperor was sent south in around 200BC to quell a rebellion. The cousin liked it so much that he stayed and made his own kingdom and called himself an Emperor. There's a splendid jade funeral suit, one of which I've also seen in Zhengzhou. His concubines were buried as a sacrifice along with some servants too. I'm not sure if these people were just buried alive or ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 23rd 2014

Hi All, I think I may have walked a little too far yesterday as my legs were aching today. A short ferry ride away, over the Pearl River, from my hostel is Shamian Island. This is a man made island. As with a lot of the older buildings in this part of China they all date from the European colonization of Asia. This part of the city was given as a concession to The British and The French after the 2nd Opium Wars. Britain had long been illegally importing opium into China, as the Emperor made it illegal towards the end of the 18th Century. In the early 19th century the Qing government finally put a stop to the trade by blockading Guangzhou and burning the opium. The British furious at the loss of income sent ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 19th 2014

Hi All, It seems like an age since I've done a blog. So the summer holidays are here 10 weeks off... Yay ! So places to go and people to see. I'm going to travel around southern China to see new places and to meet up with friends who are working in Guangdong province First port of call Guangzhou. The train from Shaoyang arrived on time at 8a.m. Checked into the hostel and then out and about. I went off in search of the Guangxiao Temple. A pretty buddhist temple with some really spectacular trees. I don't think I've seen trees so big. A busy temple with lots of people praying and burning insence. I then went off in search of the mosque. This is the site of the oldest mosque in China and was apparently ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 24th 2014

Destination: YANLING Distance: 143 Kms SubT. 967. Kms Bal 11,007 Kms Road Condition: CONSTRUCTION WORKS/ Highway Weather: Rain 75% dry 25% Time in Saddle: 6.30 hrs Av Speed: av. 24 kph. Av Cadence. 75rpm Elevation: m up; M down Calories burned : 4693 Interesting day. Departed in showers which turned the road work to mud, so ended up splattered, just after I cleaned the bike. The road was slippery in parts and the rain relentless for the first 3 hours. Road in a group to lunch. My trip notes became wet so at lunch needed to transcribe a new set. The group left and I stayed behind to eat. Afternoon ride solo was pleasant. Road into YANLING, our town for the night and I lost the tape markers. Ended up riding the town, quite large as ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 31st 2014

Foto's geven nog meer impressie van ons leven in China dan alleen woorden. Vind daarom meer foto's. Mijn oma was afgelopen jaar overleden. Ik ben mee geweest om haar graf te bezoeken. Haar graf was niet meer dan een hoop aarde. Dat komt door het gebrek aan grond. Daarom worden in deze provincie alle gestorven mensen gecremeerd en op een officiële aangewezen plaatsen bijgezet of gewoon thuis neergezet. Mijn familie heeft haar as dus als nog in de grond gezet. Er werd eten en drinken meegebracht. Om de beurt gooit een familielid thee voor haar graf, alsof je een kop thee met haar drinkt. Aan het einde werd vuurwerk afgestoken, waarschijnlijk als symbool om " ongewensten" weg te jagen. Zie video link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103536525/VID_20140316_141202.mp4... read more
Going Dutch: met de fiets en een kind achterop

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 15th 2014

Het Internet Google en Facebook zijn verboden. Deze worden geblokkeerd door een grote firewall van de overheid, die wel eens de Chinese muur van het internet wordt genoemd. Het internet is dan ook vrij traag als je websites wilt bekijken van buiten China. Maar binnen China is het internet snel. Ik kijk elk avond HD films direct van het internet. Nieuws en politiek Afgelopen week was het jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van het parlement van China. De regering legt dan het beleid uit voor het komend jaar. Wat me opviel is dat ik geen toespraak van de president van China, Xi Jinping, heb gehoord. Je ziet de president wel praten maar de nieuwslezer vat de boodschap samen voor de kijkers. In Nederland is de populariteit van een politicus gekoppeld aan hoe goed hij/zij overtuigend kan spreken. Je zou ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 15th 2014

Vind hieronder 3 tal foto's van ons appartement. Het is officieel bewoonbaar. Wij waren afgelopen week ook bij een neef geweest die een goedlopend 2e hands autobedrijf heeft. Hij woont in een nieuwe wijk met een enorme park en daar omheen villa's en hoge flats. Het was prachtig. Wij hebben heerlijk in het park rond gefietst (ca 9 km). De auto's houden aan de regels en de mensen gedragen zich netjes. Om daar te kunnen wonen moet je Nederlandse bedragen voor een huis rekenen. Dit is wel een ander China dan waar wij wonen.... read more
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