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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang May 25th 2013

Hi All, Seems like forever since I've done a blog. So got a call from our foreign affairs department asking if we'd like to go on a trip to Luoxi national park in Dongkou county courtesy of the local government. Well obviously we said yes. Set off from Shaoyang at around 3pm Friday afternoon on a 2 1/2 hour trip from Shaoyang to Dongkou. The journey did take a little bit longer as we came across a lorry stuck across the road so we had to wait an hour or so for the lorry to get cleared but it was a good opportunity for us to get off the bus and to get to know each other. Up early Saturday morning for breakfast then we headed off up into the mountains. The roads were up to ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang April 9th 2012

They say, once you fall in love for the first time, you never forget it. Even when a second love comes around, it's not quite as pure as that initial one. They also say if you love something, you should let it go. If it's meant to be, it'll come back to you. But if you love something so deeply, even if you let it go, it's impossible to completely release your heart from it. Even if the thing has long since disappeared into the distance, hidden in the setting sun, you can still feel it, just waiting for you to catch up to it. So, this is me here in China, sitting down with my first and my second passions in life and wondering which one I should really dedicate myself towards. With the first, ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang March 18th 2012

Hi All, With all the rain, fog and general dampness here in Hunan at the minute Shaoyang is not exactly looking at her best. The streets are just covered in mud and there seems to be rubbish everywhere. It does get you down a little bit to see the city in such a state. For all the Chinese nationalism they really don't seem to care what the city in which they live in looks like. The photos are from a walk to the supermarket and the DongTa park. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang February 17th 2012

It was upon watching a movie with my dear friends about a young man trying to prove he was responsible enough to expand on his family's business by going to rural China that I suddenly realized that was the very place I wanted to go. After much talk and consideration, and nearly ultimately deciding against it (for my initial experiences in Korea weren't good), I changed my mind and signed the contract. The university was persistent and my curiosity wasn't subsiding so off I went. First, of course, I went to Korea. After that first night, the rest of the trip was actually amazing. I realized a whole other side to the country that I'd either let or made myself didn't exist in my lifetime there. Seoul though, and this visit I had the privilege of ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang September 14th 2011

Hi All, It's been a while, in fact I've been a little lazy since going back to work. So my some of my family came over to see us here this summer. My mum, dad and youngest daughter Keeley were our guests. It was fantastic to see them. So we went to Xiaoshajiang to where me and Dany went to in July. I asked our friend, thank you Rebecca, to write down in Chinese that we wanted to hire a mini van and travel around the sights for a day. The hotel manager did us proud. A guy and his daughter took us around to what was some jaw dropping scenery. The photos really don't do the scenery justice. The rice terraces appeared to be clinging to the mountain sides by their fingertips. After lunch we ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang September 14th 2011

Hi All, We had a wander around the city on a couple of days, it was very, very hot though. Some photos of friends and family Enjoy. Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang July 19th 2011

Hi All, So with us being home early we decided to go out and do a recce mission for when my family come over next month. We've been meaning to visit this place for a long while but I think it rained when we planned it last time. Getting to Xiaoshajiang is not exactly hard but it is uncomfortable. It's a total of about four hours but the roads high up in the mountains are shale and a little bit scary but believe me it's worth it. The road goes through rice terraces, bamboo forests, tea plantations with some of the most incredible scenery I think I've ever seen. Xiaoshajiang is not how I imagined it would be. After visiting the other minority groups there was a certain amount of tourism, whereas here there appeared to ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang July 14th 2011

OUCH!!!!! Hi All, Well were back home and boy was that hard. The last bit of the bus ride was agony!! We left the hostel at 08.00 yesterday morning and headed to Chengdu Dong train station. A brand new building which looked like and airport. It was very odd as it was huge but empty. A rarity in a Chinese railway station. After usual ruck and maul to get through the ticket barriers we went down to the train. Now we have always got beds when travelling over night as it is comfortable and you can at least get some sleep. I bought the tickets a few days ago knowing that we had seats not beds but I didn't know which class of seats we had soft or hard. The 20 hours of this journey were ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang June 25th 2011

Hi All, Wow is it getting hot here really hot! With that in mind we went out early this morning to go out and look for some walking shoes for me. As we were walking to the city centre we passed through the main park and there was a show going on with children dancing and people singing. It was all part of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. This came as rather a surprise as it was only 9.30 in the morning. The photos at the end are of some children that made triends with Dany. Enjoy the photos and Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang June 18th 2011

Hi All, With the weather being a bit hit and miss at the minute we've not been out much but it was a lovely afternoon last Wednesday so we went out for a walk along the river to what I thought was a park. I found what looked like a park on google earth. It wasn't quite what I imagined. The bank of the river has had an half arsed attempted at building some gardens and paths, which were half finished and covered in mud because the river level has been high recently with all the rain we've been having, which were so slippery you couldn't walk on them. The "park" itself had an odd shaped structure which looked a bit like a shell. Then on the other side of a busy main road there was ... read more
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