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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Jinshitan March 14th 2011

I wasn't going to write about our winter holiday but changed my mind. It has been a while since I wrote anything and there were some noteworthy happenings during our visit to Canada, so here goes. Of course, the main reason for going back during the holidays instead of going south to warmer climates is the six grandchildren. Other family members are great too, but they know us (maybe too well). Maintaining the relationship with the grandchildren is important. Skype helps, but there is no substitute for being there. Probably the most significant happening since I last wrote was Dianne's decision that this was her last year at Maple Leaf. It was a tough decision because she really enjoys her work and we have had a great time in China. But time marches on and she ... read more
An arresting thought
You wonder if the seafood is fresh?
Temple grounds

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Jinshitan January 30th 2011

Most of our colleagues at Maple Leaf planned on hitting the beaches of southeast Asia and other tropical places, but how can we leave China without experiencing the ultimate Chinese festival?? Spring Festival (Chinese New Years) in China was the goal for this year's winter holiday. That plus our good friends from Calgary wanting to spend some of their travel time with us set the agenda for our five week winter holiday. Richard and Buff arrived on January 13 -it was so great to spend some time with friends from home and show them where we live and work. They loved the small restaurants and local markets despite little or no heat in the -15 C weather. Good thing they brought down jackets, gloves and scarves. Little did we know that they would be still ... read more
Piano Museum
Unique piano
Hard Work

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Jinshitan December 29th 2010

Merry Christmas - these are a few pictures of our Christmas season. When I look at them, it is no wonder that we feel like we never have any relax time! But so much fun. We have loved keeping in touch with so many friends and family over the holiday season. Hearing news and seeing pictures of babies, birthdays, and homecooked Christmas dinners makes us feel like we are not so far away. ... read more
Sino - Ocean party
Red Shoes
Maple Leaf Staff party

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian December 29th 2010

Because Christmas was a Saturday, we only had a normal weekend; however, we did have dismissal at 12:20pm on Friday. About a dozen of us decided to have a Kempinski weekend in Dalian. Long time blog readers will remember that the Kempinski is a five-star hotel in the heart of Dalian and one of our favourite destinations. Kempinski weekend I always think this sounds like a Robert Ludlum novel but there is nothing sinister about it. We arranged for one of our favourite drivers to pick us up right after early dismissal from school and drive us into the Big City. This beats taking a cab to the Qinggui, an hour on a crowded train, and then another cab ride to the hotel. We reserved a room on the executive level so we didn't even have ... read more
Christmas cheer
Executive sweet
The Church

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Jinshitan December 28th 2010

There is so much to see here, so much incredible history and in two (or even three) years, it is not possible to see it all. So we decided that we'd never get to see the Terra Cotta Warriors unless we did it on a weekend. It is about like going Calgary-Toronto for a weekend, doable , but busy. Having only decided this on Wednesday, Rick booked tickets and a room on Thursday and we took off on Friday after school. Arriving there in the late evening, we enjoyed strolling around the Muslim section in the old city. There are about 30,000 Muslims who live in this area, so it is hopping with vendors, food stalls and small restaurants, people, animals (live and not so live), lights, kids and noise. The hotel we booked was in ... read more
Excavation site in the main pit
Restoration
Waiting for marching orders

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian December 20th 2010

Après trop de weekends de suite passés à risquer notre vie dans les taxis endiablés de la ville aux milles klaxons, il était grand temps de planifier une escapade sous le thème de "escape from Shenyang". La destination choisie: Dalian, une ville côtière à environ 4 heures de Shenyang célèbre pour ses madames folles qui se baignent dans de l'eau à 4 degrés, pour ses caniches moches portant des chaussures et ses statues déviantes. Mais bon, les guides touristiques vous diront autre chose...mais je crois que je suis plus proche de la vérité!!!... read more
Notre hutte
Vue du 46e étage
La vie des gens riches et célèbres

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Jinshitan December 15th 2010

Sorry about the technical glitch... It turned out it didn't lose the other half and the photos, it just published the first half of the text. I must have hit some key combination that set things in motion, sort of... Anyway, here is the real blog! Tourists in our own town We had decided to spend the weekend of my birthday at our favourite hotel in Dalian. The first problem was that the school’s University Fair was that weekend and Dianne wanted to volunteer to help the students with their registration procedures or any other help they needed. Then we got an invite to the Diwali celebrations from one of our colleagues. Diwali, the festival of lights, is an important Hindu festival and they like to celebrate with family and friends. It was to be held ... read more
Christmas tree in China
The Good
The bad

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Dalian November 7th 2010

so we arrived in xi'an, i gave a gift from my tea girl to her father at the airport. after that we went to HanYangLing Mausoleum, it is the only museum where you could go downstairs and stand on glass to see what were buried for Emperor's afterlife. that was the impressive! later that day we finished my going to Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the most famous and popular Buddhist temple in Xi'an. then we ate at the most amazing buffet dinner ever at our amazing hotel. it was a great day! the next day we woke up early, had breakfast and then headed out for the day. we first stopped at a factory that makes terra-cotta warriors like they use to in the ancient days. then off to the Terra-cotta Army Museum. the ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Dalian November 6th 2010

well a few nights ago me and my german girl walked to get dinner. it was a really nice night, and we were walking on the beach. then she had to stop by an atm, where we saw this woman with her little dog. they were both wearing strips, so we had to get a picture of them! haha! after that we went to youhome to find green friendly product labels. it was hilarious! the workers in the store had no idea what we were doing, and they didn't know enough english to ask. we got some strange looks, but she got here homework done. i also found a box of condoms that read" medicated for long love making. she took a picture of it haha i also recently made a trip to the forest zoo, ... read more
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Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Dalian November 1st 2010

so we got to Beijing on a thursday night. headed to the hotel and then went to their buffet for dinner. it was the best buffet i ever remember going to! Indian, Japanese, Chinese, and American food. it was delicious! i typically am not a buffet person, but this one was wicked good. the next day we woke up early and had breakfast. then we headed out to the Forbidden City. that was pretty interesting. i took a lot of pictures, and fought my way through the crowds to get good pictures. after that we went to the square across the street. it was by some government buildings. then off to the silk market! i love shopping here, everything is so cheap. i am also pretty damn good at bartering. i got shoes, jeans, a belt ... read more
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