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Asia » China » Hainan » Boao July 9th 2014

Hi All, I travelled onto the east coast of Hainan to Bo'ao. It is home to the Bo'ao Asian Forum, a meeting of officials, academics and economists from all over Asia. After dropping my bags off at the hotel I went off for a walk around. There are some really pretty little villages almost in Bo'ao itself. Again it's strange seeing the Chinese style in this setting. I then went off to the beach where I saw an incident. There were some guys swimming in the sea, quite near to the beach, when I first arrived. I went for a little stroll further up the beach and was sat looking over the ocean. I could then hear some cries and as I looked over to my right i could see these two guys crying for help ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 9th 2014

Hi All, You cannot get much more south in China than Sanya. This is the premier beach resort in China. The Chinese Hawaii, well not quite. To get some peace and quiet I took a 45 minute bus ride out of the city to Houhai. There are lots of Chinese tourists just as you get to the village but don't let this put you off. They are all going out to an island in the bay. Keep walking through the village and you come to the sea. I walked along the beautiful empty beach until I came to a sign saying military area. There was a sentry box with a soldier inside and he came out with his shield and truncheon so I sat down on the beach and stayed there with the soldier watching me. ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 9th 2014

Hi All, A bit of a trek out of Sanya, a couple of hours, but well worth it for the unbelievable view. Ok so the village is stinky and dirty, but hey it's a fishing village. I walked along the harbour, which is full of house boats and fishing vessels with huge arc lamps on them, and out towards the mouth of the harbour and just sat under the coconut trees watching the boats go in and out. It must be the bluest sky and sea I think I have ever seen. Really beautiful. I did make a bit of a mistake in Lingshui. to come back to Sanya I flagged down a bus which did go to Sanya but it managed to stop in every town and village along the way. It took forever, well ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Haikou June 25th 2014

Hi All, A cool 14 hour train ride from Guangzhou to Haikou. It was OK as I had a bed so I slept a good part of it. The coolest part of the journey was when they put the train on the ferry. I had a really relaxing few days here in Haikou. Although it is the provincial capital it has very much a small city feel with really chaotic traffic and markets and rubbish. I spend a great day on holiday beach and spent the other days relaxing and reading. On my last day I went to visit a temple. There's something strange about the Chinese architecture in this tropical setting. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya March 24th 2014

Thursday March 20th, left Hong Kong for an hour and 30 min plane ride to Sanya China. Sanya is located on the Southern Tip of China and is the Florida/ Arizona of China. I stayed at The Renaissance Hotel. Beautiful hotel, it is isolated and about 50 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes from downtown Sanya. If you are new to traveling to China, I highly recommend you hire a driver who speaks english and book tours. The locals at the resort speak limited English and when hailing taxi's or in downtown china besides Hello or Bye Bye there is no English. Or start brushing up on your Mandarin :) .. The goal of this holiday was to see more of Asia and to just relax and enjoy the sun and beach. I did make ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Haikou August 24th 2013

New photos on: http://s251.photobucket.com/user/draftwrite/library/China_2013_Hainan?sort=2&page=1 http://s251.photobucket.com/user/draftwrite/library/2013-Xiamen?sort=2&page=1 …..you can rely on the Chinese to introduce words into English that were previously lacking, like the “excursing” in the title, from a shopfront on Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, in Fujian province. But I'm getting ahead of myself. This short account covers the whole 2 months of the summer break, the Summer Camp at the school, a visit to see a now pregnant Miss Piggy, a trip to tropical Hainan island & another to Xiamen. I return to Yangzhou to find the incredible illuminated roof on the nearby Canal City Convention Cent... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Haikou August 10th 2013

Saturday, 10th August 2013 Travel is more than just a holiday. It's a journey of experience where you leave your comfort zone and prejudices. - Vinny Kuah (My Journeys of Discovery) I was up before 540am this morning in order to catch the first glimpse of sunlight over Haitang Bay. I was happy to sacrifice that few moments of sleep in exchange for the exceptional view by the beach. There were a couple of other early birds as well. Some were armed with their DSLRs. Others just wanted to have a good time as we welcomed the very first rays of light over the horizon. The morning breeze over the peaceful Haitang Bay had a calming effect on the body and soul. Breakfast was still a wonderful encounter this morning even though we noticed that the ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya August 9th 2013

Friday, 9th August 2013 The countryside was decked with beautiful shades of green which most visitors would not have the time to linger on since they would be heading straight to the beaches. Breakfast at the Red Star Café this morning was an unforgettable experience. The huge restaurant was decorated in traditional Chinese furnishings with dark rosewood interiors overlooking the resort's infinity pool. The spread was enormous with a good mix of Asian and Western staples. Eggs Benedict was a surprise find at the cooking station available in both Hainanese and traditional versions. The only tourist facility that we visited during our two nights in Sanya was the Nanshan Temple, part of the sprawling Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. This was about 60km from where we stayed along the southern coast of Hainan Island. The landmark of ... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya August 8th 2013

Thursday, 8th August 2013 Tiger Airways flight TR 2934 brought us straight to the city of Haikou in Hainan Province this morning. This was our seventh overseas trip together for our party of five. Our travel arrangements were made as early as January in anticipation of the super long weekend crunch. The journey began at Changi International Airport for the three hours flight to Haikou Meilan Airport. This was followed by a two-hour rail journey to Sanya Station where our resort was another 40 minutes drive from the train station. All in all, we probably spent half a day commuting to url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g297427-d2026664-r171878380-Renaissance_Sanya_Resort_Spa-Sanya_Hainan.htmlRenaissance Sanya even though I certainly enjoyed the comfortable train journey. Along the way, we were greeted by the beautiful countryside with its lush veg... read more
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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 27th 2013

YOU CAN'T TAKE ME, I'M FREE" Spirit I am currently working on several posts that I need to do a little research for, but it's difficult because I don't have an internet connection in my accomodation, so they're taking a little longer than I intended, hence the las few posts being entirely about how I am thinking and feeling. I'll keep working on them and maybe they'll be finished by the time I get home... but in the meantime, a post about the cheerless subject of leaving Sanya - where I have spent the last 5 tumultuous months of my life. Enjoy ^^ I can’t read through an entire piece of travel writing in the order that it’s meant to be read. An emotion that is best described as excitement and longing takes over and I ... read more
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