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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 14th 2017

Another alarming fact we read before we left for China was about unreliable air travel. In fact many guide books recommend getting the train over flying, but for budget travellers you have to go with the cheapest option and this meant braving a flight from Beijing to Chongqing. Having read the horror stories we decided it would be best to overnight in Chongqing before picking up a Yangtze River Cruise, just in case our fight was delayed or worst still, cancelled. Of course our flight was fine so we found ourselves with 24 hours to kill in Chongqing. After four days of running around Beijing it was lovely to find ourselves in a city without a massive hit list of sights to see. After arriving at our hotel we had a wander out to get some ... read more
Dilapidated Residential High Rises
People's Liberation Monument
Bright lights

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing February 23rd 2016

Am Morgen von Neujahr wurde ich geweckt, weil neun Uhr wohl zu lang war, und man überreichte mir ein rotes Papiertäschchen. Wie ich später herausgefunden habe, waren darin 200 Yuen. Zum Frühstück gab es Tang Yuan, die ich auch erstmal selber machen durfte. Das war aber total simpel. Tang Yuan sind kleine, runde Bällchen mit schwarzer Sesam Füllung. Doch der Teig ist weiß und total glitschig, weil er hauptsächlich aus Reismehl und Wasser besteht. Und ursprünglich wurden diese Tang Yuan zum Anfang und zum Ende des Frühlingsfest gegessen. Doch das wird heute nicht mehr so eng gesehen. Joakim wollte dann gerne mit mir Tischtennis spielen und ich war gar nicht schlecht. Dann gab's Badminton und dann Essen. Das war jetzt nicht so spannend, aber ich hab mich mal bewegt. Und nach dem Mittagessen sind wir gemeinsam ... read more
Hochhausschlucht
Great People's Hall
Die Klippenstadt

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing February 8th 2016

In Chongqing wurde ich um 12 Uhr von meinem Gastbruder Joakim am Bahnhof abgeholt. Ich war total erschöpft und habe gestunken. Das hat Joakim auch bemerkt, nachdem ich im Auto seines Vaters saß. Er sagte: "Bei uns zuhause kannst du auch duschen." Und das war ein Zitat, denn er sprach sehr gutes Deutsch. Er ist sechzehn Jahre alt und hat sich in der Freizeit Deutsch beigebracht, damit er in zwei Jahren in Aachen Informatik studieren kann. Nach vierzig Minuten Fahrt aus der Innenstadt sind wir bei einer "Gated Community" angekommen, sprich: ein Wohnbezirk, der komplett von Mauern umgeben ist und in den man nur reinkommt, wenn man Anwohner ist. Die Wohnung lag im zehnten Stock und war wirklich groß. Mein Gastvater, der Ingenieur ist, hat sogar eine zweite Decke gezogen und teilweise gab es einen zweiten ... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 21st 2015

SATURDAY 17/10/215 Leisurely morning this morning, pick up 9.30a.m. and 1 hour to Beijing Railway Station for a 1.50p.m. departure for Yichang on the Yangtze River. Security checks, passports, tickets etc checked and double checked, one our of guys had bought a toy gun for his grand child, NO GO!!! Bags searched etc so throw that one away. Learnt this morning that one of group had died, we hadn’t seen them since the first day of arrival as he wasn’t feeling well…how horrible! His poor wife, they were from Tyabb. Like a sheep shed down at this railway station, thousands of people boarding trains to all over China, got away on time at 1.50p.m, lots of shananigans on the train, we have a very unusual family from Coffs Harbour, mother, son maybe 30-35 and the mums ... read more
YANGTZE RIVER
THREE GORGES PROJECT
MV VICTORIA KATARINA

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
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




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