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Asia » China » Chongqing April 5th 2013

We had an early start at the beginning of what would turn out to be a long day and night of travelling to eventually get to Chongqing and the start of our Yangze River Cruise. First off we had a long walk into Yangsuo town with all our stuff to get to the coach that would take us to Guilin and our next ride on the Iron Rooster (sleeper train). My wheelie rucksack luggage comes into its own again. It copes with everything. I love it so much. After having lugged heavy rucksacks around India it's 'no' to ever carrying heavy bags for me again. Never believe any travel company that insists rucksacks or holdalls are the best baggage to take - wheelies all the way! There is rarely any situation I haven't been able to ... read more
Rainy Guilin
Eating our dumplings while we wait for the sleeper train to Chongqing
Cute little girl we met on the train

Asia » China » Chongqing April 5th 2013

When we get to the harbour in Chongqing we have to go down in a kind of cable car that runs down the sloped bank towards the docked ships. We are welcomed on board the Oriental Emporer and are assigned our cabins so go to find out what they are like. They are pretty good apart from the cigarette smoke smell, so we open the sliding windows that open out onto a view of Chongqing's skyscrapers to give our room an airing. We also have an ensuite bathroom complete with shower and a flat screen TV - not in the ensuite obviously! We find out we can get laundry done and so pack up a few items to leave out the next day for collection and fill in the accompanying sheet trying to work out what ... read more
Going down to the boat in a cable car
Views of Chongqing from the boat
Views of Chongqing from the boat

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing March 11th 2013

I have been thinking that I have put a whole bunch of posts of places around Asia that I have visited but not many about my own back yard...So, the next 2 months will be about taking photos around here. Especially, since it is warmer here and it is easier to get out and about. I will try to send photos that will give you a sense of the incredible scale of construction that is happening in Yongchuan and I am sure in most of China. the feel of the gritty streets and the pastoral landscapes that are only a bike ride away. Over the past week I have been out walking in the afternoons and evening more (and remembering to take my camera). On Sunday, I went for a 3 hour bike ride and tried ... read more
New Town from a Distance
Sunday in Yongchuan
Pagoda at Night

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing January 12th 2013

A way to celebrate the success of the first semester...beer and BBQ of course.... read more
The Beer Starts to Flow
Those Aren't Pillows!
Coolest Secretary

Asia » China » Chongqing » Dazu December 6th 2012

Last weekened I went to the World Heritage Site at Dazu...on the way to Chengdu about an hour from Yongchuan (My city). The carvings were done by buddists between 400 AD and 1300 AD. A really cool place in this ravine where you could just feel the history. Big bonus was that it was not that crowded either!... read more
Pagoda Near Entrance
One of Many in Dazu
Not sure if this is zodiac or what?

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing December 6th 2012

A couple more photos from Chongqing...the largest city in the world (yes, you read it right 33 million people) And this week, we went to the 15th anniversary for the Canadian Consulate in Chongqing. Got to the meet the Canadian Ambassador to China and the Consul General from Chongqing.... read more
The Whole Crew
Performance Rehearsal
Jiefangbei

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 5th 2012

Well...a couple more photos of food around Chongqing...from the weird to the wonderful....pretty much all of it super spicy but delicious!... read more
Roast Goat - After
Always a tonne of dishes
Spread at work dinner!

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 5th 2012

So...a week of Halloween celebrations a the school...ended with a bunch of jack-o-lanters and a principal who was so lame he stapled some leaves around his head and tied a sheet around his waist with a skip rope....to pretend he was Caesar...or something. The students thought I was dressed as God! ha ha... read more
Caesar & Mao's Disciples
Caesar and a Chinese Zombie
Caesar, Mario & Luigi

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing September 23rd 2012

So...a couple of weeks ago I carried on the tradition of taking the staff of the BC program out for Chongqing Hot Pot dinner as a celebration to start the year. Well, we had 29 people there and ate and drank for about 5 hours. We had 3 tables of 9 or 10 people. Basically, Chongqing Hot Pot is like a big fondue pot only (like most local dishes) it is stupidly spicy! The chilis, pepper and oil all boil up and you put meat and veggies in to cook and then eat away and feel your mouth catch fire! We had a great time bonding. And here is the best part....more food than 29 or 30 of us could eat and I think if I remember right 66 - 500ml beers. As principal I paid ... read more
The aftermath
Some of the Staff
Beers Were Plentiful

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing September 23rd 2012

Over the past 10 days I have tried to find some parts around Yongchuan that are not filled with cars, condo construction and packed with people. The energy and chaos of even a small Chinese city like Yonchuan is great but a country boy needs to get out of the city too. I have found 2 places so far that are good places to relax and get away from the car horns and the trash. Side bar: Chinese traffic rules...basically, there aren't any. People just drive any speed on either side of the road, stopping at red lights at an intersection is considered optional and all you do is just honk your horn to indidate, "I'm coming through" and might makes right. Also, the concept of garbage and garbage cans as symbiotic is not a concept ... read more
My Wheels
Walkway Around the Lake
Entrance to Park




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