Blogs from Shaoyang, Hunan, China, Asia


Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang May 3rd 2015

Hi All, Situated in Loudi county only a 4 and a half hour bus ride away is the former residence of Zeng GuoFan. Zeng was a soldier in the late Qing dynasty being loyal to the emperor and helping to quell the Taiping rebellion. For his loyalty he was made a Marquis and had this wonderful house built. It is the largest house of this type remaining in China. It only survived the ravages of the Cultural Revolution because it was used by the Red Guards as a barracks and meeting place. There are some faded Chinese characters on the front of the building from this era although it is impossible to see what they actually say. Inside there is some Mao ZeDong Thought graffiti that has survived and has been preserved. Zeng was a devout ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang May 3rd 2015

Hi All, Up in the mountains of LongHui county live the HuaYao Chinese minority. I have been here before 4 years ago so it was good to go back and see if anything has changed. The answer not really. The bus ride from Longhui to Xiaoshajiang takse around 3 and a half hours and the first half of the journey is done on what I can only describe as dirt roads. The road is under construction and it is very bumpy and very uncomfortable. On the way there we had to stand up all the way too. It is all worthwhile as the scenery around Xiaoshajiang is simply stunning. We hired a motorbike taxi for the day, 200 rmb and we bought him lunch, and he took us all around the local sites. I do enjoy ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang May 1st 2014

Hi All, I know it's been a while but to be honest the weather hasn't been its best and I haven't had time either. Finally the sun has come out and it's also the May Day holiday so I went out on my new bike for a ride around. It doesn't take long before you're out of the city and into the countryside. It's a long time since I've been in the north of the city, it has really changed. It was like a building site 3 years ago. It was good to be out on two wheels again. The traffic wasn't too bad, although, cars slowing down to stare at me were a little bit close for comfort sometimes. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang May 25th 2013

Hi All, Seems like forever since I've done a blog. So got a call from our foreign affairs department asking if we'd like to go on a trip to Luoxi national park in Dongkou county courtesy of the local government. Well obviously we said yes. Set off from Shaoyang at around 3pm Friday afternoon on a 2 1/2 hour trip from Shaoyang to Dongkou. The journey did take a little bit longer as we came across a lorry stuck across the road so we had to wait an hour or so for the lorry to get cleared but it was a good opportunity for us to get off the bus and to get to know each other. Up early Saturday morning for breakfast then we headed off up into the mountains. The roads were up to ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang April 9th 2012

They say, once you fall in love for the first time, you never forget it. Even when a second love comes around, it's not quite as pure as that initial one. They also say if you love something, you should let it go. If it's meant to be, it'll come back to you. But if you love something so deeply, even if you let it go, it's impossible to completely release your heart from it. Even if the thing has long since disappeared into the distance, hidden in the setting sun, you can still feel it, just waiting for you to catch up to it. So, this is me here in China, sitting down with my first and my second passions in life and wondering which one I should really dedicate myself towards. With the first, ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang March 18th 2012

Hi All, With all the rain, fog and general dampness here in Hunan at the minute Shaoyang is not exactly looking at her best. The streets are just covered in mud and there seems to be rubbish everywhere. It does get you down a little bit to see the city in such a state. For all the Chinese nationalism they really don't seem to care what the city in which they live in looks like. The photos are from a walk to the supermarket and the DongTa park. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang February 17th 2012

It was upon watching a movie with my dear friends about a young man trying to prove he was responsible enough to expand on his family's business by going to rural China that I suddenly realized that was the very place I wanted to go. After much talk and consideration, and nearly ultimately deciding against it (for my initial experiences in Korea weren't good), I changed my mind and signed the contract. The university was persistent and my curiosity wasn't subsiding so off I went. First, of course, I went to Korea. After that first night, the rest of the trip was actually amazing. I realized a whole other side to the country that I'd either let or made myself didn't exist in my lifetime there. Seoul though, and this visit I had the privilege of ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang September 14th 2011

Hi All, We had a wander around the city on a couple of days, it was very, very hot though. Some photos of friends and family Enjoy. Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang September 14th 2011

Hi All, It's been a while, in fact I've been a little lazy since going back to work. So my some of my family came over to see us here this summer. My mum, dad and youngest daughter Keeley were our guests. It was fantastic to see them. So we went to Xiaoshajiang to where me and Dany went to in July. I asked our friend, thank you Rebecca, to write down in Chinese that we wanted to hire a mini van and travel around the sights for a day. The hotel manager did us proud. A guy and his daughter took us around to what was some jaw dropping scenery. The photos really don't do the scenery justice. The rice terraces appeared to be clinging to the mountain sides by their fingertips. After lunch we ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang July 19th 2011

Hi All, So with us being home early we decided to go out and do a recce mission for when my family come over next month. We've been meaning to visit this place for a long while but I think it rained when we planned it last time. Getting to Xiaoshajiang is not exactly hard but it is uncomfortable. It's a total of about four hours but the roads high up in the mountains are shale and a little bit scary but believe me it's worth it. The road goes through rice terraces, bamboo forests, tea plantations with some of the most incredible scenery I think I've ever seen. Xiaoshajiang is not how I imagined it would be. After visiting the other minority groups there was a certain amount of tourism, whereas here there appeared to ... read more
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