Blogs from ChangSha, Hunan, China, Asia


Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha May 3rd 2015

Hi All, We moved on to Changsha to go and see our final founding father of the Communist Party Liu ShaoQi. Liu was a poiltician through and through. In the 30s he was involved in politics both locally and nationally. On the formation of the People's Republic of China he was Vice-Chairman. Liu spoke in favour of the Great Leap Forward and was thus made President in 1959. Along with Deng XiaoPing he lead the economic reforms which dragged China out of the mire after the great famine. By 1962 it was widely accepted that he was Mao's successor. However he began to disapprove of Mao's policies and as Mao's prestige grew again in the 60s it became inevitable that Liu would be toppled. by 1966 it became clear that there was a need for policies ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha April 25th 2015

Today is a little bit of a sad start to the day for me as I hear news of my friends mum passing, my thoughts will be with him today. Yesterday was another relaxed start to the day, Marcus disappeared to teach some lesson which left us to get showered and dressed and pack our bag. When Marcus came back and was ready we went off to the school canteen for a spot of lunch and then to his last lesson of the day, towards the end of the lesson Marcus decided to play the "one frog jumped in the pond kerplunk" game, I will post a video on facebook later for those who don't know what this is, Marcus decided to use myself and Claire to demonstrate, the funny thing was the kids who got ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha December 23rd 2014

Sandy - We are back from our trip to the orphanage city. We went by private van from Changsha to Youxian yesterday morning. After lunch, which included Chicken feet, we spent the afternoon and evening with the orphanage director and assistant director. They were very kind generous hosts. At the orphanage we reviewed Kila's file, met the nannies, visited the rooms where Kila spent here first months before her adoption. There were only three children at the orphanage, all with disabilities, two quite extensive and one little girl who could walk and socialize. She was very sweet and is in one of our pictures. They then took us to buy a "souvenier", which is a silver tiger on a red cord, a necklace. We then went to dinner at a resturant which served local food. We ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha November 11th 2013

Kiedy bylem jeszcze w Dandongu, zdarzylo mi sie odwiedzic bar KTV w towarzystwie, no powiedzmy- w znajomym towarzystwie. Wszystko w zwyklym stylu - ultrafiolet, masa alkoholu i przekasek, potwornie falszywe zawodzenia dolatujace zza zakmnietych drzwi, panienki oczekujace na klientow. Kiedy przyszla pora na to, zebym i ja zafalszowal, wybralem piosenke Beatlesow – i wielce mnie ubawil tytul zapowiadajacy na ekranie: YESTERDAY ------------- Popularized by The Beatles. To ci dopiero pol-prawdy w chinskim stylu! A teraz dla odmiany cos z naszego podworka, o "prawach autorskich" i kontroli internetu wlasnie. Ponad 10 lat temu udalo mi sie zdigitalizowac maly fragment rodzinnego filmu. Odpalilem stary ruski projektor, rzucilem obraz na sciane, chwile wczesniej podskoczylem do magnetofonu i puscilem Strawberry Fields Forever, Jim w skupieniu nagrywal ... read more
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Zoe i Holly

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha March 22nd 2013

The most important rule that I remind myself and others is that you do not bring your standards of food to other places. If you are not comfortable with sampling the variety of local cuisine, you're going to go hungry really fast. From March 22nd to the 29th, I was traveling around the Chinese province of Hunan with a tour group that were peoples of Chinese descent with citizenship in another country. It was part of a special tour group formed by the People's Republic of China to bring Chinese people back into China to tour around (and spend money) and to have a good time so we could go back and tell all of our friends what a fun time we had with the Government. In all honestly, it was really fun. One of the ... read more
Pig intestines with chili peppers
Preserved duck eggs in pepper sauce
Marinated pigs feet

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha February 19th 2013

Loudi (low-dee) Hometown of friend, Huan Li The whole reason I chose to travel to China was because I was invited to be the Best Man at the wedding of a former colleague of mine, Huan Li. Huan and I were Master’s students together at UC Davis. I landed at the airport in Changsha on Chinese New Year's Eve. Huan and his fiance, Sheng Nan, picked me up in their brand new, sporty red Ford Focus. We drove 2 hours South to Huan's house in Loudi to meet his family for dinner. Huan's house was kush! It had two stories, all concrete, and had a rounded entrance. His house had no lawn but instead featured a large pond and adjacent garden with a pomelo tree and a fig tree. When pulled up, Huan's father's family invited ... read more
Awakening of an Ancestor
Huan's Mother's Family
Huan's Fireworks Stash

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha September 15th 2011

Hi All, So the holidays finally came to an end. Visitors went home to the UK and Dany went back to Italy to see family and friends. We've decided to stay here in Shaoyang for another year so that we can visit Sichuan next summer. Changsha was the last stop on the 2 week whistle stop tour of Southern Hunan. We visited the Provincial Museum to see the Duchess mummy and the City museum to see where Mao lived when he was younger. We had hot-pot in the evening. Boy it was spicy!! I went with Dany to Shanghai. Coming back I had a 14 hour hard seat train ride. I wanted to kiss the platform when I got off the train. Anyhoo next time it'll be a blog from Shanghai Enjoy the photos and Jah ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 24th 2010

Sat 23 / 10 It was always going to be a long day - by bus back to Changsha and then air to Kumming Awoke to a wake up call at 5:30 (yes! That's half past 5 in the morning) After a quiet breakfast in the Tianxia Hotel at Fenghuang where the mass of people far exceeded the room we were on the bus and away at 8:05 - delayed from 7:30 in part due to the crowd and storage of bags in the bus A very un-eventful 3 hr 10 min drive to a 10 min toilet stop and then another 2 hr 20 min to a lunch stop at Changsha It was a 35 min lunch - with 10 courses that about 31/2 min a course (With nothing much to do in the bus, ... read more
DSC00688 Typical countryside
DSC00692 Resting at Changsha airport

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 3rd 2010

This past week was our holiday but the rest of the country started on Friday and has the next week off. On Thursday, we finished a four day stint in Hong Kong and flew from Shenzhen to visit my son, Philip, who just moved to Changsha a couple of weeks ago. Changsha is half the size of our "hometown" of Wuhan but the downtown area is much more concentrated. Much of the city center is contained in a few city blocks. This results in a mass of humanity on the streets, especially during a holiday weekend such as during our visit. We were literally pushed along with the crowd at times but after living in China for almost four years, it wasn't much of a step up from day-to-day walking around! The pedestrian streets we walked ... read more
Bullet train about to depart
Looking out towards the Xiangjiang River
One of the main bridges joining the different parts of the city

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha June 15th 2009

So once again my Littlest Hobo moment has come and it's time to move on. Exams and marking finished last week so even though my contract is up at the end of July, I'm free to go. I have a Visa until mid-August so I'm planning a couple of months traveling around China. Then it's back to UK for a PGCE. Changsha So, Changsha eh? For those of you planning a visit, here are some Pro's and Con's Pro's - Known as the party capital of China, the street I live on has about 30 or 40 bars. Two new bar-littered streets have popped up since I've been here. They don't exactly offer a lot of diversity, but they're there. - Street food. You're peckish at 5am in the morning? No problem. Watch out for your ... read more
A blur of motion
AUFP Mid-Semester Dinner

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