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Asia » China » Hunan September 14th 2019

Days 48 to 49 of 80 Thursday morning and we disembarked from our boat at Chongqing. Yet again, another city we haven't heard of but its population is 7 million in main city, 32 million within its conurbation! Think on that. ... that's nearly half the population of the UK, in one city, and China has many more like that. There's more to China than most people think, not least its ever growing number of enormous cities. We didn't get to stay in Chongqing, it was just end of the line for the Yangtze cruise, and station transfer for High Speed Train to Chengdu and its pandas. But, Frank did tell us something about the city which gives us a chance for another. .... SoF:- Chongqing is famous in China for its "3 hots" Hot weather ... read more

Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoyang July 9th 2019

Hi All I don't know! Go away for the weekend and the city floods. There has been heavy rain in southern Hunan which has swollen the two rivers which pass through Shaoyang City causing some localised flooding. It was a surprise to go down to our local market this morning to find it closed and under a metre of water and to see the army in boats rescuing people from their homes and cars. As the day has gone on the river near our home has swollen even more flooding more shops and homes causing misery for many people. With more rain forecast for the end of the week things are looking pretty grim. I'm grateful that our campus is on top of a hill and is in no danger whatsoever. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha July 8th 2019

Hi All On the outskirts of ChangSha is the birthplace of the Chinese communist hero Lei Feng. Lei Feng's story, according to western historians, is probably not true. Lei Feng is famous in China for writing a diary, which was found after his death, in which he expounds the greatness of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman Mao ZeDong. The diary was discovered at a time when Mao ZeDong's prestige was on the wain after the disaster of The Great Leap Forward and was probably devised by Lin Biao who at that time was head of the PLA. Lei Feng's image and writtings are still used as propoganda today to urge Chinese people to be frugal, selfless and good socialists. March 5th is "Learn from Lei Feng" day in which people are urged to go out ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoshan June 11th 2019

After a great night's sleep, I was ready to explore more of Shaoshan. First though, we needed breakfast. We headed to a small restaurant, not too far from our guesthouse. Eventhough, these small restaurants are allover China, I felt like I was in Southeast Asia. It must have been a combination of the heat, humidity, and the fact I was on holiday. The place did a variety of noodle soups and other breakfast items. I opted for the fatty pork noodle soup. I was hoping that the fatty pork would be like the pork in Hong Shao Rou, however the pork in thr dish had zero fat on it. I couldn't be disappointed though as it was really good. I was sweating by the time I had finished it, which wasn't a pretty sight. We made ... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Shaoshan June 10th 2019

A long train ride from Beijing deposited us in Shaoshan in the late afternoon. We walked out of the train station and straight into the rain. We called a taxi to take us to our guesthouse. However, there was a problem as he didn't have the right number plate to enter the village (only residents can enter for free, I guess), so he dropped us close by and the guesthouse owner came and picked us up for the final leg. The small village we were staying in was cute and quiet, such a contrast to Beijing. We were the first ever foreigners to stay at the guesthouse and they'd roped in their eldest daughter to translate. She was so sweet and had excellent English. We were staying at the Mao Jiaxuan Chong Hotel (毛家韶山冲饭店), which was ... read more
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Fire Safety Propaganda

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha September 16th 2018

Od 2 lat nieustannie nie opuszcza nas powinowactwo do wszelakich kataklizmów. Dwa lata temu w Japonii musielismy uciekać przed dyszacym nam za plecami tajfunem Chaba. Rok temu wzbierajacy wulkan Agung i towarzyszace mu wstrząsy dość kategorycznie zmienily nasze plany. Jakże miałoby być w tym roku? Jednak zanim o kataklizmach, muszę cofnąć się do przedwczoraj. Przedwczoraj silny organizm mojej żony pokonał zdradziecką chińską bakterię i, mimo, że jeszcze osłabiona postanowiła zapalić zielone światło dla dalszej eksploracji Narodowego Parku Zhangjiajie. “Jak najmniej chodzenia bo jestem słaba jak żart z brodą” zaznaczyła Basia przed wyjściem z hotelu. Niestety jej słowa nie znalazły potwierdzenia w rzeczywistości. Przewodniki twierdza, że aby obejrzeć park i zaliczyć wszystkie jego rejony potrzeba wiecej niż 2 dni. Jednak gdy my odpalimy ju... read more
Wulingyuan.
Wulingyuan.
Bailong Elevator.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie September 13th 2018

Coś niedobrego zjedliśmy. Najbardziej podejrzne sa, mimo, że umyte, winogrona ze stacji w Guilin lub nasza ryba ratunkowa z Liozhou. W efekcie zjedzenia czegoś niedobrego niedobre rzeczy zaczęły się dziać dziś rano z Basia. W połowie drogi do bram parku przestała unosić nogi, na czoło wystąpiły jej poty i znów zaczęła wspominać coś o polskiej pomidorowej. Był to sygnał do odwrotu. Ledwo doczłapaliśmy do hotelu. Basia została zainstalowana, w założeniach do końca dnia, w łóżku, a ja zacząłem się zastanawiać co zrobić z tak niefortunnie rozpoczętym dniem. Do wyboru miałem dwie czynności. Czytanie książki i wyprawa do banku w celu wymiany $ na yuany. Wybrałem obie. Zanim jednak nastąpił dzisiejszy ranek, wczoraj popołudniem, mimo zmęczenia dobową podróżą pociągami i mimo siapiacego deszczu wciagnela nas kraina Avatara. Nie dziwie się i ... read more
Park Narodowy Zhangjiajie.
Do woka można dodać wszystko.
Przygotowanie dania w toku.

Asia » China » Hunan » Zhangjiajie September 12th 2018

Aby przejachać z Dazhai do Zhangjiajie trzeba pokonać ponad 550 km. Można autobusem, można pociągiem, można samolotem. Aby przygotować się fizycznie i psychicznie do ewentualnej, przyszłorocznej podróży koleją z Pekinu do Lhasy w Tybecie postanowiliśmy pokonać ją koleją. Nie jest to jednak droga usłana różami. Po standardowej wczesnorannej pobudce po pierwszym pianiu koguta czekał nas godzinny marsz w dół, do wsi na pierwszy z etapów naszej podróży - autobus. Odprowadzeni do wyjścia przez naszą gospodynie zostaliśmy miło zaskoczeni. Nie tylko ona zadbała o nasze bezpieczeństwo o świcie. Jeden z psów na granicy osady, gdy tylko nas zobaczył, zerwał się na równe nogi, dał poglaskac, po czym szedł z nami nastepne pół godziny obsikując wszystkie krzaki po drodze. Gdy zaczelismy zbliżać się do lezacej w dolinie wsi, najwyraźniej stwierdzil, że... read more
W Liujian jest już trochę mniej wygodnie ale wciąż nie ma tragedii.
W przedziale Soft Sleeper.

Asia » China » Hunan » Guilin June 30th 2018

Today could be the fastest day ever. We woke up, ate, and drove to high speed train station, which was more like an airport. Then we took a 300km/h high speed train to Guilin. The train ride was surprisingly smooth. After the train ride we met our new tour guide who took us to Elephant Hill, the city emblem of Guilin. Then we ate dinner and went to an acrobatic show. There were many acrobatic acts and my favorite was the bicycle one, where one performer carried and balanced 9 others on his single bicycle. That ended our day and we went back to our hotel.... read more
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Asia » China » Hunan » Guilin June 30th 2018

Today I woke up in Sheraton, a 5 Star hotel which had an awesome American-style breakfast. Then we drove to the river and took a boat cruise of four lakes and two rivers. Then we drove to another attraction which had a lot of rocks and bridges, and we saw a glass bridge. I named one of the rocks “person looking at cell phone” because it looks like a person that was looking at a cell phone. Next we went to a Banyan tree park which had a very expansive tree that was over 1000 years old. Then we went on a ski lift/cable car which took us to the top of the mountain to see the birds’ eye view Guilin. Lastly we drove to a cave called Reed flute cave and we saw many awesome ... read more
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