Blogs from Taizhou, Jiangsu, China, Asia - page 13


Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou March 4th 2006

Today I received the documentation from my friend Arthur Lee, the Foreign Affairs Director for Taizhou Teachers College, needed to apply for the "Z" Visa. It is the one-year visa, designated for foreign-expert-status, and is issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R.C. It is an impressive looking document, with the required red signature-stamps. It will permit me to visit the Visa Agency, which is helping me with the process through the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas. There might be some additional red-tape, such as a medical-physical and some vaccinations. For those who are interested, I will continue to post the process of the efforts. Until the certainty of the Visa, I am still somewhat hesitant about the travel arrangements. The freighter from Miami to Hong Kong is still on top of the ... read more
impressive outside and inside
images in temple

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou March 1st 2006

Despite the still wintry weather, it's time to abandon my cosy "nest" and explore my local neighborhood. Let me take you on a walk around town and share with you the everyday life of Taizhou city in the surrounding streets to where I live. A walk around my local area is always an "occasion" as one never knows what or who might be around the corner. As the only foreign face that I have seen around town, I am always the subject of much curiosity, amusement and shy, nervous "Hellos". I have begun Chinese lessons this week with Vivian my Chinese co-teacher as my tutor. Absolutely hilarious. I usually have a good ear for languages, but I might say that I don't think I'll be a "natural" at this. Besides, the local people speak Wu- a ... read more
Bicycle Maintenance
Chinese Chess
#22 bus

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou February 25th 2006

Food, one of my favourite topics! None more so than when I am travelling through, and in this case, living in, a new and exciting place. Taizhou is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, about 3hours NW of Shanghai, one of the most fertile and productive regions of China. Consequently there are always lots of fresh ingredients available. The cuisine here is generally considered to be of the “Eastern School” although with the variety of fresh ingredients and condiments and the increasing mobility of China’s population, many styles of cooking are gaining popularity. In my short time here I have been given the opportunity to try a wide variety of local dishes. Surprisingly, peanuts seem to be a very common ingredient, usually fried whole. They are not only used in appetizers but other ... read more
Breakfast On The Run
Louise and Snoopy's Baozi Breakfast
Don't Forget Me!

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou February 18th 2006

My first week (almost) in China has passed so quickly and has been filled with a kaleidoscope of new sights, smells, tastes and experiences. The flight from Australia with a change in Singapore went smoothly and was made more interesting with animated discussions with two of my fellow passengers. In particular, Mr John Norman, an Aussie gent from Melbourne, who, like me, was travelling to China to teach English. We chatted freely about his experiences (he’s a China “veteran” of several years) and he gave me some valuable tips on what to expect. He is located in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province) at the Zhejiang University of Sciences, about 5 hrs from where I will be teaching and we exchanged cards in order to keep in touch. Formalities of customs and immigration dispensed with, I am eagerly met ... read more
My New Abode
Aussie Corner
Dining Room

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