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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 1st 2014

... China makes California look authentic! This, at least, seems to be the perspective of most Western visitors to the Middle Kingdom. Last week I had the chance to spend 6 days in Dalian, a harbor city in China's North-Eastern Liaoning province. Dalian, also called the "Hong Kong of the North" (...), is relatively small with about 6 million inhabitants in the urban area (thats about twice the population of Ireland, mind the detail). However, in China the city is relatively famous for being livable and lively, as well as for its seafood and OK university. As my trip was mostly work-related, I had the chance to meet other professionals from all over the globe and got plenty of time to talk to them. Some of them were in China for the first time, others were ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang May 1st 2014

We are all familiar Labor Day. For Canadians, at least the ones in Sudbury we call it the May 2/4 weekend. But here in China it’s called May Day. This year it landed on a Thursday, so I got that day plus Friday off. Although, I had to return to work on the following Sunday. So I took this opportunity to visit yet another place on my list of attractions for Shenyang. That place being Wu Le He Park but I only got to see a small portion of the park I plan on returning to see the rest of it another time. The weather seemed to be accommodating to the visitors to the park for it was sunny and warm. The sound of people chattering and laughter whiffed through the air, as I walked through ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang April 19th 2014

Over my first month being here I had the opportunity to see both the Shenyang Normal University and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning which is one the same grounds. I didn’t see much of either the first time I went there. But the second and third time I saw more of the Normal University. I figured since I had seen the Paleontological Museum I might as well see the university grounds as well. I didn’t have high expectations for the university since I had seen many others that weren’t that impressive. To my amazement this university was vast and looked great for the most part. Of course a few places were still under construction or in need of repair which is typical of most schools worldwide. Of course I brought my camera to snap some shots ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang April 16th 2014

My dear readers; Once again I thought to give you some information about the city I am in. That city is Shenyang of Liaoning province. Shenyang is the largest city in Liaoning as well as Northeast China with a population of a little over 8.1 million people within its administrative area. The city was once known as Shengjing or Fengtian Prefecture. In the 17th century, Shenyang was conquered by the Manchu people and briefly used as the capital of the Qing Dynasty. It also serves as a transportation and commercial hub of Northeast China particularly with Japan, Russia and Korea. The name of the city literally means, ‘The Yang side of the Shen River’. A reference to the Hun River which was formerly known as the Shen River is on the city’s south side. Archaeological findings ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang April 14th 2014

♦Paleontological Museum of Liaoning♦ This museum is on the campus of the Shenyang Normal University which happens to be close by to where I live. The first time I went to view this museum I was late, found out from a security guard yelling at me as I walked up the stairs that the museum closes at 2 pm on Sundays and to come by during the week. The unfortunate thing is that by the time I get back from work during the week it’s already too late to view it so it will have to wait until the following weekend to have a full view of it. The reason I went at 3 was that I took a nap around eleven thirty and didn’t wake up until 3 that afternoon, I guess I needed the ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang November 6th 2013

...czyli chlopstwo z zupelnie innej, bardziej sympatycznej strony poznawane. Ta historyjka bedzie zrozumiala lepiej dla kazdego, kto przeczytal chocby jedna ksiazke Pearl Buck. Lazilem sobie po Shenyang, bez wyraznego celu, zobaczylem stacje metra, wsiadlem, ujechalem 4 stacje, wysiadlem w przypadkowym miejscu. Usiadlem na laweczce, zaczalem popijac herbate. Na sasiedniej laweczce siedzialo mlode dziewcze i wcinalo kanapke. Przez chwile spotkalismy się wzrokiem, po czym wrocilismy do swoich zajec. Po jakichs 10 minutach dziewcze jednak podeszlo i z niespotykana u Chinczykow bezposrednoscia zapytalo mnie po angielsku: - Przepraszam, ze niepokoje, ale ma Pan takie niebieskie oczy , w zyciu nie spoykalam jeszcze nikogo , kto mialby takie oczy. Po tym zaczelo mówić bardzo szybko, nie dajac mi wlasciwie dojsc do slowa. Widac było, ze po glowie kotluje się onu mnostwo mysli i ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dandong October 31st 2013

Tak wiec Chiny znow, po niemal dwoch latach przerwy. Wyladowalem w Szanghaju, potem było Zhengzhou i klasztor Szaolin, Pekin, a teraz znow Dandong na granicy z Korea Pln. Co się zmienilo przez te dwa lata? Pierwsza rzecz – widok obcokrajowca zaczyna w Chinach powszedniec. Nie, nie idzie o to zeby nagle w takim Zhengzhou, „Jadrze Chinskosci”, widac było bialych spacerujacych po ulicach. Rzecz w reakcjach miejscowych. Pamietam, kiedy w wieku lat 12-tu po raz pierwszy zobaczylem murzyna, dzialo się to na przystanku 188 w strone centrum. Buzia mi się otworzyla, wyciagnalem reke i wodzilem palcem za tym niesamowitym zjawiskiem. Podobnie było w Chinach jeszce te 2 lata temu, nie mowie tu oczywiscie o Szanghaju i Pekinie, tylko o miejscach bardziej prowincjonalnych, wlaczajac jednak w to takie metropolie jak Chengdu czy Chongqing. Tymczasem teraz już prawie nic ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 29th 2013

Dennis Liu Recovery. During past few days, this was the only non-overly exhausting day I have experienced. The day began with a less then average breakfast, not that I had the stomach to eat anyways. I then went into the hotel to indulge in what I find to be the most unforgettable part of this trip, playing cards and watching videos with the friends you meet. After an intense yet relaxing round of poker, we had Chinese class. Chinese class and I have a love-hate relationship. Personally, I would rather being doing something else, but since its China might as well learn some. We then went to the home of a Dalian citizen. They were really welcoming and friendly like the rest of the people in China. We talked about life ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 28th 2013

Three hours north of Dalian is the Bingyu Valley also know as Little Guillan. Steep limestone cliffs rise out of the river that provides the only access to our resting place for the night. We find time to explore the dramatic scenery, try our some amusements, and sing around a bonfire under spectacular fireworks. Being in this camp for the first time has been both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Today, we returned from an enjoyable evening as well as a very different kind of hotel in little Guilin back to our rooms in Liaoning. We returned a little early due to fear of heavy rain delaying our boat ride across the river. During the 3 hour bus ride back, we were given a small KFC meal to fill in temporally for a lunch. To be ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 26th 2013

Ni Hao!!! As I write this, we are currently finishing off the third day of our fantastic adventures in the People’s Republic of China, and boy what a day it was! After breakfast, fellow students attended a quick Chinese lesson which emphasized familiarizing ourselves with Dalian’s landmarks, history and food. Once this was over, the class then proceeded to move into an art lesson. The challenge we students faced involved painting a bowl of cherries in the traditional Chinese art style dating from back many centuries, which was a task every one completed with ease. Lunch came around and after that we hopped onto a bus to visit one of the biggest mountains in the eastern region, “MO”. This mountain is well known by many not only for its Buddhist temples, but also because ... read more
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