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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 13th 2019

After a long Friday, leaving our Beijing hotel at 4am, Angela left for her flight home via Hong Kong on time at 8am. I, on the other hand, suffered a 2 hour delay on my flight to Guangzhou, eventually departing at 10.45am. Arriving at the President Hotel by taxi after my driver failed to show, a miserable drizzly day, and now sitting in my room on a rainy Saturday morning after catching up on much needed sleep, I'm slightly disappointed that our magical Glories of China Tour has ended. From seeing the magical sights of Shanghai, the Silk Factory, Huangpu River cruise, The Bund, Shanghai Museum & Zhujiajiao (old water town) to Guilin, the Li River cruise, Yangshuo and the local village, the Pearl Factory, Cormorant Fishing to Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors, the Xi'an Ancient ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 29th 2018

I'm baa-aaack! Back by popular demand, for three weeks only, I'm bringing you my travel blog as I travel through southern China in search of the Owyeung village. And by popular demand, I mean my uncle requested it. Gotta keep the fans happy. He's currently dog sitting for me for three weeks, and I have a pretty stupid dog (but very cute!), so this is the least I could do. And I also am hoping this puts me in good favor for being allowed back in our college football fantasy league next year, because TBH I've forgotten to select all my weekly picks every single time. My excuse is Stockholm Syndrome. In the past six years since I last blogged, I've graduated from Babson (they made me stop studying abroad to graduate, can you believe it?), ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou September 5th 2018

So, to give a bit of a background, I am going to tell you a story. About Mid-May I received a text message from my husband. It simply said “Call Nick. I want to talk to him.” Nick is a friend of mine from high school; we also went to the same college together and had similar circles of friends. Since we moved to Richmond, I told Blake that if he ever had questions about God, that my friend Nick could give him the best advice (sorry man, but I did). So hearing this, my heart lept. I had been praying to God that Blake’s heart would be healed and he could fully rely on God. Blake is a Christian, we had gone to church together most of our relationship, but there’s a difference betweeen knowing ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou August 29th 2018

I will be honest. I have no idea how to title my blogs. But the hubby and I did routine maintenance the other We took it back to the basics All of the hustle and bustle of city living, metro hopping, appointments for things like internet and light fixture replacement, locating a grocery store AND locating things in a grocery store .... and we were worn down. And it was only Monday! So, like teenagers, we wandered around the mall with no destination. We ignored our phones unless it was to take photos of the scenery. We held hands and meandered through the different food stops...and even contemplated catching the train like we would do if Madison and Carter were with us. Fashion Plaza Tianhe is unlike any mall I have stepped foot in. There are ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou August 16th 2018

Good morning! It’s 10:48am China Time and back home, our family and friends are tucking in for bed. After uploading some pics from my trip to the Guangzhou Zoo, my high school English teacher suggested I start a blog. So, without further ado, I present to you: The Fryed Life. Blake and his orientation class are going over how to interact with kids and keep their attention...meanwhile, I am sitting in a mall massage chair and received a great massage for a whole 12¥ ($1.75 USD) and oh man was it worth every penny. Yesterday I explored Guangzhou Zoo. Mom tells me I have been to the zoo in Washington DC as well as the Natural Bridge Zoo near my hometown but I have ZERO recollection of this. So for 20¥ ($3 USD) I decided to ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou August 1st 2018

During one of my subsequent visits to Guangzhou (since it’s only 45 minutes away by rapid train) to meet with an old friend, I discovered YueXie Park while waiting to meet them near Xiao Bei metro station. It was only a short walk down the street where I spotted archways along the main road which shared the same name as the metro station. As always, my luck had me on the right side of the wide street to stumble across a large gate house by the road. I slowly entered to explore a bit to discovered this park that stretches between two main roads (Xiao Bei Lu and Jiefang Bei Lu) along Huanshi Zhoug Lu. I definitely did not have the time to cover the entire park but only got to wander through the east section ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou February 18th 2018

I am happy to be back to China after about two years but, this time, it will be a travel/work/study experience. At my arrival in Guangzhou Baiyun airport, I had an inconvenience, my luggage was delayed and I had to go back to the airport the day after to pick it up. That was not enough, when I caught the metro to go to the hostel I booked, it seemed that the address I had was incorrrect because looking on my phone app the place was in front of me but there was no sign of the accommodation, none knew this place, I walked around the area to see if I could find it but with no success and at the end I found out a hotel near the metro station Meihuayuan. The place was very ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 20th 2017

For the past two days, I learned about why there was a high ranking Tibetan official continuously visiting the compound. I’ll discuss why in a bit. Kate’s father was hosting an awards banquet to celebrate the history of Taishan on the second and third night. Apparently, I learned that China government officials have tried to stop other companies from doing business by delaying permits, interfering with local festivities to stop the promotion of Taishan’s heritage. They do this because the officials may come from another town or village and wants to direct the attention to their hometowns. Her father finally got the permit and with the help of local businesses, will be hosting their first cultural banquet. The second night consisted of dinners with government officials, but I’m just gonna skip all that boring stuff. The ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou December 3rd 2017

Norway, Lapland, Finland and Estonia, and Shanghai – Tom, Pam & Sheryl, 3-23 December 2017 We were really looking forward to this action packed itinerary begins with a seven day cruise through Norway’s majestic fjords, visiting remote islands and coastal communities not normally accessible by other means. Your adventure continues by taking you deep into the heart of Finnish Lapland where you will delve into the rich culture of the region’s Sami people and explore pristine Arctic landscapes. We will be stopping off at Shanghai on the way home for 3 nights. Sunday, 3 December: Leaving home at 6.00am by uber taxi, we went through the usual international airport routine and departed on China Southern (flying KLM airlines) at 9.55am, on time. We arrived in Guangzhou, China after a 9 hour flight for our 7 hour ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou September 11th 2017

I've written before about how I glean nostalgia and romance from the old names of colonial Indian cities. The same applies to China. Names such as Peking and Nanking. OK, perhaps not Nanking. But I was now heading to old Canton, now known as Guangzhou. And as you might have guessed, this is why people from Guangdong province and the language they speak is known as Cantonese. Cantonese by blood and one of China's major cities, it would have been remiss of me not to visit the place. Getting there from Macau was pretty straightforward, starting with a free shuttle bus to the mainland Chinese border from the Sofitel across the road from my hotel! Hotel-casinos put on these shuttles for Chinese coming over the border for a flutter in order to get them to flutter ... read more
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