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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing June 27th 2015

It seemed pretty close on the map, and was supposed to be just a quick 2h high speed train ride away, but Chengdu to Chongqing took a whole lot longer than I'd anticipated. Pretty much my own fault though. First, thanks to these confusing large Chinese cities, I'd gone to the wrong train station, then when I finally got to the correct one, the tickets were sold out, so I had to opt for the slower bus ride instead. But the bus wasn't going directly to Chongqing, but rather one of the smaller towns on the outskirts. Somehow though, there was an opportunity to transfer midway through the journey to a Chongqing bound bus. And so what was supposed to be a pretty straightforward and short journey ended up taking almost the entire day. And what ... read more
A river runs through it
Old Chongqing
Chongqing aunties dyeing their hair in front of the mall

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing May 24th 2015

Left our home of 4 days today and are back on dry land .... at Chongqing. This is the largest city in China and I have never heard of it. We stay overnight and catch our flight home at 11.45pm tomorrow so arrive in Sydney around midday on Tuesday. Haven't really had time to explore ourselves today but have seen the pandas at the zoo, went to another old "Chinatown" (I think every city in China has one) and a beautiful park. We have a free morning tomorrow so will go exploring (hopefully not get lost) before heading out to the airport. Cruise was better than expected. The rooms and the food were ok and we had the option of tours morning and afternoon. Beautiful scenery again and went through the "ship lock" around half way ... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 14th 2014

8 Days with Shu Fey-Wednesday: Chongqing and the Pandas Before leaving Xi’an we took a quick trip to the Flying Goose Pagoda. Originally this pagoda was built to house precious Buddhist texts brought back from India by Xi’an’s most celebrated pilgrim, Xunzang in 645AD. He translated his stack of holy books from Sanskrit to Chinese. This Buddhist temple was in the best part of Xi’an and ended up being the cleanest, best kept temple we have visited. Since many of its patrons are well off, even when there was a fire 10 years ago, they were able to raise funds to rebuild without any problem. Even though it was smack dab in the middle of the city, with a Starbucks right outside the gate, it was as we have found at every one, a very peaceful, ... read more
Red Panda
Baby Giant Panda up a tree
Giant Panda with Bamboo Shoots

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 14th 2014

8 Days with Shu Fey- Boarding the Victoria Katarina on the Yangtze River After getting the lay of the riverboat, we unpacked. Fortunately we were able to leave all but one bag at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing so for the 8 day river cruise we just have our over the shoulder bag and one rolling carry-on. Easy. We are told that since we are “special” ;-) with Princess we will be taking all of our meals on the 6th deck in the VIP dining room. Works for us. There is a dining room on the 4th deck for everyone else. We have about 50% Americans, Australians and British and the other 50% are Chinese. Our Cruise Director is from New York City and our Captain is Chinese. Meals are all buffet style. Each evening there ... read more
Floating Gangway from dock to ship
Along the Yangtze

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 23rd 2014

We awoke following our fifth night on the Viking Emerald for what might be the normal gloom of disembarkation day; but, in our case our vacation is not over with nearly half of the major highlights still ahead of us. We settled our shipboard account and paid tips by credit card. Unfortunately, after paying the tour account, my bank declined the lesser bill for tips, no doubt wary of two back to back transactions in China. Fortunately, we each had two different credit cards with us, and Sharon’s card covered the tips. We also picked up the DVD for our cruise; which, Sharon is delighted since it captures me doing the hokey pokey in my red “Expedition Everest” hat. Arnold’s group is the last to leave the ship today, and our bags didn’t need to be ... read more
John and his ostrich (closest we could find to an emu)
red panda

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 27th 2013

Up at 6 am. A long day ahead. Another less than spectacular buffet breakfast, them hotel checkout. On the road by 7:30 We are driving east from Chengdu to Chongqing to begin our cruise on the Yangtze, stopping along the way at the Dazu rock carvings. Our journey starts on major highways and then shifts to smaller two-lane and surprisingly narrow highways with no shoulder. Our driver, whom we nickname Horatio Hornblower for his almost constant use of his horn, is somewhat of a lunatic. We should already know that it is better not to watch the roads as we're driving, but we gasp as Horatio whizzes by bikes and old ladies with inches to spare. Just hang on and look at the floor. We have two rest stops along the way, each with a small ... read more
Ancient rock carvings, Dazu, China
Ancient rock carvings, Dazu, China
City centre with Liberation Monument, Chongqing, China

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing June 10th 2013

I thought I would post one last set of photos of some pictures from around Yongchuan, Chongqing and a trip a couple of weeks ago to Dalian. See you all back in B.C. in a few weeks!... read more
Some Sculptures in the Park
Old Buildings & Corn...Only in China
Food Cart..yummy? Yes! Botulism? Probably!

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing May 11th 2013

Just a few pictures that I took before going on holidays.... read more
And the bevvies after
mmmmm Bunny Heads!
Bunny Soup

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 12th 2013

I went on about a 4 hour bike ride to go to and from a local attractions...Bamboo Sea and Tea Mountain... read more
Description of the Area
Tea Plantation

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 12th 2013

The megalopilis of Chongqing (68 km and anywhere from a 70 minute to 4 hour drive depending on the day) is pretty interesting to tour around and see. It is definitely authentic China and not very 'Westernized'. Here are just a few pics of some places I have gone to on weekends recently.... read more
Cool Sculpture
Across the River

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