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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou January 26th 2014

I’ve definitely got the Christmas blues after having such a wonderful time on Christmas day with lots of food, presents and spending time with friends. However, we’re still looking forward to a day off at New Year and seeing what the day brings…. We’re not usually a massive fan of New Year celebrations, opting to either work or spend it doing something low key, but it will be interesting to see how Chinese people celebrate it, if at all. We’ve been invited to a house party for westerners by one of our friends, but we kind of feel past that particular way of socialising now, and are hoping to do something more sophisticated instead. Our sophisticated plan for the evening consists of taking a bottle of wine into the park to watch the live show and ... read more
Classy lady
Walking Street
Lots of dumplings... and food

Asia » China » Guangdong » Daliang December 30th 2013

Deck the halls with bows of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la… So, December in Shunde has been upon us and the only hint that it was the festive season is a few fake Christmas trees standing half-heartedly outside shops and Christmas carols sang badly in Chinese being played in the supermarkets. Who can blame them though when Christianity isn’t their main religion. However, the Chinese children still know who Santa is, and like the idea of Christmas, even if they have no idea what the true meaning of it is! We have made it more like Christmas in our own house with the addition of a little (and I mean little) Christmas tree sitting pride of place next to the TV, and we’ve also bought a few traditional Chinese banners in ... read more
Me and one of my K1 students
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Wit you lookin at?

Asia » China » Guangdong » Daliang December 30th 2013

Felt absolutely dog tired when we woke up this morning after only finishing our Christmas party at 10.30pm last night and then not being able to sleep until 3am. When the alarm went off at 7.45am I was close to pretending I hadn’t heard it and just staying under the covers until lunchtime. But my conscience always gets the better of me and so we get ready and make our way to the school for another long day of lessons. It’s not so bad though because as it’s so close to Christmas, it’s a great excuse to do Christmas activities and watch Christmas movies, so it’s one of the easier days that we’ve had. But still, it’s quite depressing when I check my facebook at lunch time and see that pretty much 90% of the people ... read more
Shower time
No balloons
I said no balloons!

Asia » China » Guangdong » Dongguan December 29th 2013

Yuehui Garden covers a land area of 500,000 square meters, comprising more than 100 scenic spots. The garden is a masterpiece of the south style gardens, equally as famous as Beijing’s royal gardens, and Jiangsu's gardens. In this garden, Yuehui, you can have a grand sight of south China's culture, and appreciate the essence of poems, calligraphy, traditional paintings and antiques. Yuehui garden is also recognized for its exquisite designed, which perfectly combine traditional garden art and modern tastes. With pavilions, winding corridors, stone bridges, rockeries, ancient trees and willows, streams and cascades flowing around the garden and along the lotus pond, the scenery is a vivid picture of ancient Chinese poems. Walking through the garden, you will hear the ballads of Cantonese opera music, folk-customs of south China and enjoy the artistic works of curving, ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 24th 2013

Reminder, double click on an of the photos and it will enlarge and you will get to view all 16 attached! In three days we pack up, have a final farewell dinner and, after a short night's sleep, head off to the airport for our journey back to the US. It has been, as always, a visit filled with friends, great food, sometimes feverish activities (mostly for Ellen), and the exigencies of life here. I sometimes wonder, given our lack of language skills, how we manage at all, but we do. Last week, in preparation for an out of town engagement, I needed to buy a train ticket. For Chinese citizens there is no need for any human interaction as people buy their tickets at automated machines. But since you need either a Chinese ID card ... read more
Fix it all!
Making a living?
Made in China


Asia » China » Guangdong » Zhongshan December 21st 2013

I'm in between Guanzhou and Macau right now. The rain started as we rolled into Guanzhou three days ago. The following morning I looked out of the hotel, at the drops flying down and said, "We are not staying here any longer. Our friends friends wait for us and it won't be longer than the previous days ride. So I put on my quick dry Giant shirt, and my spandex Giant leggings, shoes, American flag Bandana's and helmet complete with a side mounted camera. My girlfriend put on her heavier, warmer clothes with her cycling helmet and donned her raincoat. She looked at me and asked, "Won't you be cold?" I laughed a little looking at it, "You've got your raincoat but I've got my quickdry things. This stuff is made for this kind of ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Zhuhai December 8th 2013

Throughout my whole blog I have spoken quite well about China and the Chinese. Of course, sometimes I have added a tiny little bit of irony to my entries but hey, I think I have been quite generous. I just came back to Hong Kong from a weekend trip to Mainland China and there are some things I need anyhow to get off my chest. A couple of days ago I took a 1 hour ferry to Zhuhai, a small (for Chinese standards, with 1.4 million people) city bordering Macau. In China Zhuhai is famous for its long coastline (although not much beach), relatively clean environment and numerous islands. As is quite close to Hong Kong my only real motivation to visit the place was novelty, and with THH's birthday coming up we just took the ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 7th 2013

Here are some Shenzhen impressions. After I passed the Chinese border into Hongkong and somehow managed to not get the bird flu, I checked in with Hongkong Airlines and left for Bangkok. I think this was the first time I really slept in a plane after I had almost not slept for two nights. Hongkong Airlines is a bit strange. Their slogan is something like “We fly the Hongkong style”. Well, it is easier to get German mustard in Shenzhen than to book a flight on their website. In the plane, I asked for another seat with no one sitting next to me so I could sleep and the steward said I could change after takeoff, he would not know if there were still people coming. Hm – boarding was completed and the plane 2/3 empty. ... read more
Chinese interpretation of a Christmas tree
So-called "Chinese White Wine" - with 56% alcohol

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 4th 2013

Why I live in a SPA The SPA business in Shenzhen next to Hongkong and in some other Chinese cities is a very special thing. Let me explain why I am here and not in a hotel. When I arrive, 3 people say “Ni hao” and take my luggage. I leave my luggage at the reception. I get a bracelet with some code on it. Then I am being led upstairs to the locker where the locker boy helps me undressing and gives me a towel and slippers. After that I am going downstairs to the wet area. I take a shower (everything is there: shampoo, conditioner, even tooth brushes and razors) and then I have the choice between hot pool, cold pool (REALLY cold) and 3 kinds of sauna. After that I am handed some ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 2nd 2013

OK, here is my travel report. From Munich I was flying to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is a terrible airport. Bad signage, too many people, expensive. The line to transit security check was about 250m long. Clerks all shouting, no matter if you are a real believer or as atheist as I am. 250 seems to be the magic number there. Because it was the distance from the gate to the toilet (at least when you don’t read Arabian) and 250/10 was the number of people waiting to get inside the toilet. So if you are changing planes there, calculate one extra hour… Etihad is an average airline. I don’t see why they should have won “best airline” the last 5 years. They are not better or worse than Lufthansa and in no way can they ... read more

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