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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
cucumber martini

Asia » China » Hainan » Haikou August 24th 2013

New photos on: … 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
Summer Camp
Summer Camp, Phoenix Island
Miss Piggy and the In Laws

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
Another peaceful day ahead
Haikou skyline from Evergreen Park
Customs House, Haikou

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
Beautiful Haitang Bay
Be a Star @ Red Star Cafe

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= 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
Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa
Our comfortable journey to Sanya


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
My City Bruva

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 11th 2013

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha .... And, on Chinese New Year, thousands of incense sticks will be lit from the flame at Nanshan Temple, and the fragrance will float around the thousands of people who, just like me, decided to visit on what must have been the busiest day of the year. This better be the luckiest damn year of my life. I did a personality test today - turns out I’m ENFP, who, and I quote, "often have strong, if sometimes surprising, values and viewpoints... this sometimes results in the ENFP neglecting their nearest and dearest while caught up their efforts to change the world." So yeah, sorry if I'm neglecting you, ... read more
This picture doesn't come close to detailing how many people there were!
Jay and me

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 5th 2013

Xin Nian Kuai Le" 新年快樂 Hello Fellow Earth Dwellers, Happy Chinese New Year. I know it's been a really long time since I have posted... and for some of you, that means that you haven’t had much contact with me since way before Christmas - and I am sorry. It was becoming a bit of a chore for me to update you every week about the goings on here in Sanya - and to be honest, I wasn't really enjoying writing "and then I did this, and then I did that". It is a very self-interested and egotistical style and I was getting a little sick of it. Everyone I know, knows that I'm having a great time out here - because I have a great time everywhere I go - I'm used to roughing it.. ... read more
New Years Eve 2012
New Years...
New Years...

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 3rd 2013

So che molti di voi scuoteranno la testa, pensando che il Mercante dopo tutto questo tempo trascorso in Oriente abbia dato fuori di matto, ma credetemi, vi posso assicurare che, almeno nel loro paese d'origine, i prodotti cinesi non sono poi cosi' male e la qualita' non e' quella di infimo livello da noi conosciuta nella lontana Europa. E' con questa ferma convinzione che decido quindi di prendermi una vera e propria vacanza "Made in China" tutta a base di sole, mare e palme da cocco; il luogo prescelto, nonche' l'unico adatto a tale scopo nel bel mezzo dell'inverno, e' la grande isola di Hainan, al largo delle coste del Guangdong, ed ormai a latitudini ben piu' che tropicali (il tropico del cancro passava per la tiepida Guangzhou...): qui il governo cinese sta promuovendo con tutte ... read more
Sanya: il tramonto in citta'
Il villaggio di Shuiman
Boao: chilometri di spiaggie deserte

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya December 16th 2012

My teacher choked to death on a ham sandwich" Dai "Really, did he die?" Belle This week it was Kathryn's Birthday - I can't believe that she is 20. It sounds so old to say that my little sister is 20... at least Nick is still a teenager. On the 28th the gang and I went into Sanya town centre... we walked over the wavy bridge - which is exactly what it sounds like, a pedestrian bridge that is full of little hills so it looks like a wave, and is so amazingly fun to walk over that everyone gets a little bit excited. We had some noodle soup in a little Chinese place - which is becoming so normal and regular it seems almost nonsensical to mention it. And then we went onto a hotel ... read more
Christmas Shop
Yalong Bay
Christmas is coming!

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