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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 12th 2019

Days 75 to 77 from 81 Wednesday, and still the temperature and humidity is relentless. We headed a small distance out of town this morning, to another temple - Pip 'whoopee!' The Nanhai God Temple, also called the Boluo temple, was originally built in 594 AD in the Sui Dynasty. Y'all realise there's a test when we return to see if you can match Dynasties to dates! It's the largest and most complete of the 4 Sea God temples preserved today in China, and as a birthplace and origin port of the Maritime Silk 'Road', the temple is an important historical location. Just inside its entrance are the well preserved remains of a Ming Dynasty wharf - a stone base on the bank of the Pearl River - essentially the same as a Tudor Wharf for ... read more
Sea God Temple
Sea God Temple
Sea God Temple

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou October 9th 2019

Day 69 to 74 of 81 Journey by bullet train from Hangzhou to Shaoguan was smooth. Top speed was 310 kph, but you wouldn't know it. Whatever happened to the old clackerty-clack clackerty-clack of rail tracks of old? Arriving at our hotel in Shaoguan what a pleasant surprise. Paul has booked a proper hotel 😊 A brand new-build Holiday Inn in fact. 4 storey atrium entry, 3 restaurants and a tea/cake lounge, proper clean carpets with a plush pile, CNN on the tele. But taking 500Y - £55! - as a 'security deposit' for a room that is already fully paid for feels very low rent though. We spent 3 nights / 2 days in Shaoguan. What can we say about it.....Paul is reminded that in a Guardian review of an early Spice Girls' arena gig, ... read more
Noodles anyone? Shaoguan
No idea what they were spraying in town for
Memorial for those killed by Japanese attack

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 » Zhuhai March 2nd 2019

Hi All, Time for some warm weather. We took the bullet train down to Guangzhou and then the commuter train to Zhuhai. We stayed in the Jingjiang Inn on Fenghuang street which has a great location close to the beach, parks, shops and restaurants. We had one day of lovely sunshine and I even managed to get sunburnt on my neck and arms. Zhuhai is a very new city, much like the other cities in the Pearl River Delta, with it being a fishing village only 30 years ago. It's a very spacious city, very different to other Chinese cities, with palm tree lined streets and lovely parks full of colourful flowers and with very few people. We went up to the top of Jinshan park in the chairlift for wonderful views of the city and ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Dongguan February 5th 2019

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Asia » China » Guangdong » Shaoguan November 16th 2018

First of all, I published a blog yesterday but for some reason an email didn't go out to all my subscribers, so make sure you read yesterday's blog first. We began our journey north today. Now that the rooting is over, we're off to the Shaoguan Pass, which sounds kind of like the name of the pass in Disney's Mulan where everyone gets bulldozed by an avalanche. Luckily for us, winter hasn't arrived yet and Mushu wasn't there with dragon-shaped weapons. The Shaoguan Pass is important to us Chinese from the Pearl River Delta (the "Alabama of China" as we've been told, minus the alligators) because it's where our ancestors migrated from thousands of years ago (sometime after we all left Africa and before 500 B.C.) Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor had a beautiful ... read more
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Owyeungs on the Pass
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Foshan November 14th 2018

As a few of you have been quick to point out, my blogs vanished sometime last week. But to all my critics out there, aka Rachel and Olivia, haters gonna hate. Also, because I make all the rules here, I’m skipping the Owyeung village blog because that one is super long and I need to get a blog post up. More to come on that one. So pretend it’s Monday of last week, the day after the Owyeung village visit. Today, Monday, we visited another village. There was a camera crew waiting for us on arrival. Mom, the resident ginger, got off the bus and the cameras just loved her. She started talking to this Chinese woman and telling her all of our family secrets and stories, before realizing she was a reporter. Before that realization, ... read more
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Who Wore It Better feat. Mama O

Asia » China » Guangdong » Zhongshan November 6th 2018

Today was mostly spent traveling and eating. I was exhausted and tried to sleep for most of the day on the bus, but my parents sat in the row behind me and every time I’d start to fall asleep, one of them would poke me. Mom was trying to translate Chinese to English, and was texting Olivia in New York and then trying to get me to read it, and Dad kept poking me on the head every time we passed a Starbucks or KFC’s or McDonald’s (and there’s a lot). Then Mom started poking me to see if was sleeping, then to ask if I was sleeping. I had just fallen asleep again when Dad hit me in the eye with a can of Chicken Wing flavored Pringles. I was a little grumpy at this ... read more
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Something's fishy about this dish.
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Taishan November 5th 2018

Breakfast was at 6:30 this morning. Hanging out with older people sure is tiring. When are you supposed to sleep? Mom still wasn’t at 100%, so Dad and I walked with the group to a backstreet that reminded me of my time in Shanghai except this street was much cleaner. We went to a fun place. Fun = noodles, though it was fun to see them make the fun (see what I did there). My Mandarin is slowly but surely coming back, and I was able to order breakfast for both Dad and I (and pay for it). Don’t say I never buy you nice things Dad, even if it was $1 US for both of us to eat. After breakfast, it was time for second breakfast (I told you Rachel, all we do is eat). ... read more
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Asia » China » Guangdong » Taishan November 4th 2018

I've solved the Genghis Khan mystery! Today on the bus, my mom let me sit next to her (because I have all the drugs and she was still feeling a little sick), and we were talking about who my real father could be. But then, I looked at her arm, and it turns out she's the one who has the Genghis Khan roots! Either she has some Native American blood stemming from those who walked across the land bridge during the last ice age, or we're about to find out on this trip that gingers come from China. Or maybe this whole legend thing is not real. I think it's the land bridge hypothesis though. The first village today was Karen's mom's village (not my mom, my grandmother's village on my mom's side is in Pennsylvania). ... read more
Dim sum some more sum!
Poor Mama O
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