Life is a journey....... Every path you take, actions you make and people you meet along your way ...... shape who you are.
And remember this: where ever you go, there you are - Confucius
We like to travel around the world, We have been many times in the USA, Thailand (8 times), many countries in Europe, Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Hongkong and China. Our hobbys are digital photography and video. We also like oriental cooking, gardening, collecting minerals and playing golf. Our last adventures were Hong Kong and China (April and May 2009 and in November until 15th December 2009 Hong Kong again.
Our startingpoint is Hong Kong, after a few days in Hong Kong we are leaving for China in search of the Hidden Civilisations.
We visit Guiyang, Kaili, Paiyan, Sijiang, Shidong, Fanppai, Tajiang, Chong'An, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Xi'Chang and Chengdu.
From Chengdu back to Hong Kong.
From Hong Kong we go by train to Beijing for a few days and many other places.
Now we are planning our new trip to China in 2011.
So stay tuned for new traveladventures.
Monkey and Bear
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November 1st 2009
Dear friends, This time the text is in Dutch only, sorry for the inconvenience. Monkey and Bear Lieve vrienden en vriendinnen, Niet echt een travelblog, maar wij willen jullie laten weten dat wij goed en veilig in Hong Kong zijn aangekomen. Onze reis is volledig volgens schema verlopen, hoewel China Airlines niet helemaal de juiste informatie heeft verstrekt. Bij het boeken via internet wordt de indruk gewekt dat de vlucht Amsterdam - Taipei rechtstreeks gaat en dan vervolgens met een overstap naar Hong Kong. Niets is minder waar. Vanuit Amsterdam nog steeds eerst naar Bangkok, daar een tussenstop van circa anderhalf uur en dan pas door naar Taipei. Kortom behoorlijk wat meer uren onderweg. Maar de service e.d van China Airlines is uitstekend. In Hong Kong op het vliegveld best nog wat stress gehad met de ... read more
May 31st 2009
Dear Friends, Our adventure of nearly two months stops here. Today we fly home again. We leave Hong Kong at 11.05 pm and arrive in Amsterdam at 05.15 am. We have had a great time, met lots of new people and we make about 12.000 pictures and more than 10 hours of video. Thanks to all the very nice people we met, our tourguides in Mainland China: Lee and Huo, Susan, James and mr. Ho, Sophy, Sylvia and the great people of the Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel - Harbourclub floor - Joyce, Vicky, Cloe and Joyce of the Harbour leasing Department. And last but not least: Gary of Discoverchina - www.discoverchina.com. When you leave home starting your trip of two months it seems a very, very, very long time. But it is over before you know ... read more
May 28th 2009
Dear Friends, On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month there is another important festival in China, called the Dragon Boat Festival. We went to the New Territories and visit the festival at the Waterfront of Sai Kung. Like every Chinese Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival also has it's own special food. During the festival everybody eats 'zongzi', a kind of sticky (glucious) rice filled with all kind of things and wrapped in special leaves. Look at the pictures and you can see how it looks. The weather is rather good today, cloudy but the temperture is around 27 Celcius. We arrived at 9.00 am at the Waterfront (the dragonboat races start at 8.00 am) and we we were already late because tons of people arrived before us. Due to the thousands of people it ... read more
May 22nd 2009
Dear Friends, The Mai Po Nature Reserve is one of the six most important wetlands reserves of China. To visit Mai Po Nature Reserve you need a permit of the WWF Hong Kong and by entering the reserve you need an official permission of the Department of Agriculture and Fishery of Hong Kong. When we visit the nature reserve, we were the only two visitors that morning. It's really great to walk around in this fantastic nature conservation. Although lots of birds immigrated after the winter you can see many waterfowls who are local, many butterflies, insects, dragonflies and small watercreatures like fiddler crabs and mudskippers. It is a great experience to visit Mai Po Nature Reserve. Also the many Gei Wai in this area are very interesting. A Gei Wai is a small pond where ... read more
May 20th 2009
Dear Friends, Situated on the slope of Hong Kong's highest mountains in the New Territories you find the Kadori Farm an Botanical Garden. It's located near the town of Tai Po and the 'farm'is a sprawling green sanctuary established by the wealthy Kadorie brothers to help poor local farmers. But before we reached the farm we enjoy, for a little while, a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in one of the old parts of Tai Po Market. We took a few pictures of that ceremony. Back to the Kadori Farm. Just inside the maingate you can get a taste of bygone farming days of Hong Kong by visiting the Farm Museum featuring fascinating pictures and old farm implements. The farm has pioneered growth methods in Hong Kong and helped introduce local strains of pigs and chickens that ... read more
May 18th 2009
Dear Friends, Today we visit the Victoria Peak (The Peak). This is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. To reach the Peak you can go by public bus or taxi, but more spectacular is to hop aboard the Peak Tram at the Lower Peak Tram Terminus. If possible sit on the right-hand sight for better views and watch in amazement as the famous funicular railway glides up the 373 metres to the top. The grade is so steep that the buildings outside seem to lean at a 45 degree angle. At the Upper Peak Terminus you find in de mainbuilding a branch of Madame Tussauds. It's fun to visit this place and especially the special horror par (Scream)!!!!!. After our visit to Madame Tussauds, we have a good fishbasket lunch (shrimps, lobstertails and ... read more
May 17th 2009
Dear Friends, Sunday, May 17th. The weather is great, a little bit hot for walking and climbing (32 C.) and the humidity is very high (86%). Cheung Chau Island is just two kilometres long. The island is the most densely populated outlying island of Hong Kong. Surprisingly and charmingly, the island also has temples, beautiful and very popular beaches and interesting nature trails that wind over hills and headlands and along some wild stretches of coastline. To reach Cheung Chau from Hong Kong is very easy. You take the ferryboat from The Central Pier no. 5. These boats take you directly to the island. A good tip: buy a first class tickect for the slow ferry boat and you can enjoy a full hour on the outside deck of the ferry boat. If you are in ... read more
May 11th 2009
Dear friends, This morning we leave our hotel in Hong Kong for a 3 days and 2 nights escape in the Venetian Casino and Resort Hotel Macau. We read about the Venetian Hotel in the weekly travelpart of the Algemeen Dagblad (a Dutch newspaper). The hotel is open since 2007 and is the largest casino and resort hotel in Macau - Taipa Island. Bear booked this escape as a farewell UMCG present for Monkey. It is here really great. The suite is fantastic, the service is great and there are also five swimmingpools with private cabanas (including airconditioning and a huge tvscreen). We played many times on the slotmachines and all that we lost was 200 Hong Kong dollar (around 18 euro), but we have lots of fun!!!!! We also went to a performance of Cirque ... read more
May 10th 2009
Dear friends, Today we go to Sai Kung, a small village in the New Territories. It's a long trip because you have to change the MTR twice and when you arrive at Diamond Hill you have to take the local bus 92 to Sai Kung. It's a trip of around two hours. Sai Kung is the starting point for serveral beautiful hikes around beaches, sea and woodlands. But we decided to quit our hike today because in the village was a Tin Hau and Dragon / Lion Festival going on. The information about the Dragon and Lion Dance is provided by www.china.org.cn Many thanks for using the information Dragon Dance. China's modern mascot may be the panda. However, the country's emblem, representing the heavenly power of the emperor is the dragon. For over 2,000 years, the ... read more
May 9th 2009
Dear friends, People of Hong Kong love the nature and the natural enviroment around Hong Kong, the Islands and the beaches. We visit today a part of the Wetlands of Hong Kong in the New Territories. The weather is great again, but the huminity is very high. Around 86%. Information privided by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong. Thanks a lot for using the information in our Travelblog. General Information about Wetland. What are Wetlands Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the ecosystem. They occur in areas where the water meets the land. In general, wetlands cover a wide variety of natural habitat types including rivers and streams, freshwater or brackish marshes, intertidal areas at estuaries and mangroves. In addition, there are human-made wetlands such as fish and shrimp ... read more