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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 9th 2010

Last week was spent studying, studying, studying in various locales: my room, Clare and Audrey's room, the hostel, a tea house at the Wenxu Monastery, etc. The midterm was Friday morning. I felt all right about it. I was happy to be done. Monday morning, at 6:30, everyone met in the lobby to go to the train station. Once there we had some time to spare, and a lot of us hit up Kentucky Fried Chicken for breakfast. I finally had "grease stick," something I have wanted to try since Mr. Cook, my first Chinese teacher, mentioned it several years ago. It was good, especially dipped in coffee. The train trip was two and a half hours. I read. It was wonderful. I haven't had time to read in a long time. We arrived and started ... read more
army vehicles
an art demonstration
bamboo

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 8th 2010

Last weekend, we had a study tour to Chongqing, the world's largest municipality. It is one big metro area that is so big, China basically made it into its own province. The population is about 32 million people. We rode the bullet train to Chongqing which took about 2 hours. It went at 200 km/hour. I don't know how fast that is in MPH, but it is quite fast. We arrived in the morning and met up with our guide, who was really anti-Chengdu. Chongqing and Chengdu have a rivalry kind of like the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The first thing I noticed about Chongqing was the smog. It was the most smog I have seen in any Chinese city so far. You could hardly see 10 feet in front of you. The landscape was different ... read more
smog
hilly roads
CCP building

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 3rd 2010

We arrived in Chong Qing early so we could visit some sites before the cruise. Hence the BIGGGG Chopsticks.lol While in Chong Qing after lunch we toured around the city. Did you know that the population of this city is 37,000,000. Yes the population of Canada and a bit more. Down by the waterfront we went to an old hotel where they had converted it into multiple restaurants. The old charm was there and the photos tell the story. One thing that sticks out is that there are few restrictions. As long as no one is hurt. Examples: Dogs sitting at tables and eating like humans. I saw a dead pig on the road. It wasn;t hurting anybody, so it was left. Oh ya, dead pig no. 2 was floating in the Yangtze river. Drivers do ... read more
Chong Qing
A Boat Puller on the Yang tze River
I think this is a governement building

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 19th 2010

Overnight here was enough. I think this city has become the factory capital of China. The smog is unimaginally thick. You can actually feel it on your skin. It is silky greasy. The Panda were cute but kind of dirty looking. This is also where we ldft our cruise.... read more
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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing August 9th 2010

Jacob and Lynn met us at the Chongqing airport late Sunday evening after our 21 hour odyssey from the time we left our house, an amazingly short time for traveling nearly halfway around the world. Lynn, whose full name is Xiao Chenlin, drove us in the family car back to the Yubei district, where she and her parents live in a 2-bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of a modern 32-story building. She and Jacob found a nice hotel room for us in another 30 story building in their neighborhood, and, her parents refused to let us pay for it. So we are their guests while we are here. Early this morning we walked with Jacob and Lynn through a nearby park to a tennis court in a residental complex. We explored while they played a ... read more
Jacob Lynn 9 Aug
Xiaos and Rawsons
Chongqing Hotpot

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing June 12th 2010

Sorry its been ages since we last wrote but its been a nightmare trying to find a decent internet connection at the moment, and its even more impossible trying to work out how to upload pictures on Chinese computers Anyway, we've now been in China 3 weeks and its been completely non-stop. After a night sleeping on the floor in Kuala Lumpur airport, we finally made it to Beijing - its mental there. We straightaway got ripped off by a taxi driver but eventually found our hostel just North of the Forbidden City. It was a pretty cool hostel and the beer was amazingly cheap - also the staff spoke pretty good English which was a suprise and made our lives a lot easier. So the first couple of days we spent wandering around Tianamen Square, ... read more
Gate of Heavenly Peace
Still in Tiananmen Square...very big!
In the Forbidden City

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing May 21st 2010

Chongqing is famous as a historical city, hot pots and as one of the 4 "furnace cities" in China because of the high summer temperature. Besides all these, it also has plenty of natural landscape to offer. We booked a hotel car to take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dazu Grottoes to see the Buddhism theme stone carvings. We also visited Ciqikuo - a 1000 years old town. It used to be an important commercial centre. Today, it is one of tour attractions in Chongqing with shops catering to tourist. On the second day, we joined a 2 days tour to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Furong Cave and the natural bridges rock forms in Wulong. Furong Cave is the only cave in China listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one ... read more
Wu Jiang
Natural Bridge
Furong Cave

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing January 24th 2010

Yangtze River Cruise So after an overnight train to Chengdu we caught another train in the early afternoon to Chongqing, which would take up the rest of the afternoon. We arrived in Chongqing at about 7pm and were met by a man called John who ran a guesthouse and organised cruises. We were recommended to him by a staff member at the hostel in Xi’an. He drove the three of us to the booking office and explained to me and Andy about the cruises on offer to us. Saxon wanted to do it in one day on a hydro-foil but we wanted to take a bit more time. Next minute John comes to us and says “You are very lucky! A cancellation has come in for a cabin on a brand new 5 star boat“. He ... read more
Three Gorges
Gorgeous Gorge
I'm on a boat aaand it's going fast aaand....

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing January 11th 2010

I would feel so lucky that i have such a long winter vacation and also so early. Most of the universities in China won't start their vacation until late February.To kill time,i think ,think the best way is to go traveling with my friends. This year ,my friend John.Z.Y ,from Shanghai ,has a traveling plan around southeast China,including Chongqing ,Sichuan,Yunnan,Guizhou.Chongqing is his first destination.As a local resident ,i would be so glad to show him around the city.I am scheduled to pick him up at Jiangbei International Airport. Well-known as Foggy Capital,Chongqing has a foggy ,damp,moist weather in winter. it kept raining for a few days before his arrival. it was quite sunny and the sunlight was strong ,which made me feel warm. Fortunately,there was no traffic jam on the airport highway from downtown to ... read more
Jiangbei District
John and I
A nightview of the big tower

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing January 11th 2010

Though exhausted,We played cards late into night.You would definitely know that we would not be up until almost 11 o'clock the next morning.John engoys a bad reputation as the lazy bone in his dorm because he always misses the first class each morning . i find it amazing that i will be up every morning at a fixed time no matter how late how i slept. i wrapped my entire body with the quilt and read news ,checked for the latest blog entries for blackberry on my BB.i really didn't want to wake they two up. We first walked to a nearby travel spot called Hongya Cave ,a site built along the slopes. You will find a lot of Chongqing delicacies here.however , to be frank , i think they are so expensive,more expensive than the ... read more
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