Blogs from Shanxi, China, Asia - page 3


Asia » China » Shanxi September 26th 2014

Today was our visit to see the Terracota warriors and so, with much anticipation, we boarded the coach @ 8am. We were not disappointed - the scale of the escavations takes one's breath away. They have so far uncovered and repaired some 2000 (broken) warriors - the remaining 6000 they have left covered until a techinque is developed to counter the oxidization that causes the clay to lose its colour when exposed. Fingers crossed the attached photos give some sense of size - remember the warriors are over 5ft tall. The afternoon was, unsurpringly, rather an anti-climax. We went for a stroll firstly along the City Wall and then through a muslem area - the historians amongst you may know that Xian was the end of the Silk Road and so muslems have had a presence ... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi September 7th 2014

Most good stories start in the beginning....this isn't a good story yet, but that's where we're going to start anyway. The day had arrived and I was packed and ready to go. The flight from Tampa to Houston was pretty uneventful. I made it on time and that's all one can ask for. In the Houston airport I had a chance to speak with some other teachers to be, and have a few drinks before my flight to Beijing. It was going to be a 14 hour flight, so a few beers were more than necessary. The other teachers I talked to were destined for other areas in China. So, most of our conversation was centered around how little we know about China. Boarding the flight to Beijing was a snap. Found my seat with a ... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao July 31st 2014

We checked into our double courtyard Hotel Yide in the heart of what's known as the Ancient City of Pingyao. Pingyao has existed for over 1500 yrs, and was an important town in the Qin dynasty. Surrounded by intact city walls 10m high that were originally built in mud in 800 BC but subsequently rebuilt in brick and stone in 1370. John and I walked most of the circumference of the walls - about 3.5kms in the blazing heat and humidity - why I'm not sure other than we got a good panorama of the Ancient city. But walking thru the town was fantastic - Pingyao is one of the best most preserved of the ancient cities. We visited the old Court and Government buildings, the Confucius Temple built in 1163 , the Taoist temple, the ... read more
Pingyao - original 1000 year old buildings
Pingyao - main street
Pingyao - calligraphy

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao July 8th 2014

Geo: 37.21, 112.17Ráno je opět tady, ale tentokrát jsme se aspoň vyspali a docela i pohodlně, takže spokojenost a můžeme vyrazit vstříc novým zážitkům. Hned na nádraží se ale raději ptáme, odkud, že nám to jede večer vlak do Xianu, protože pojedeme rychlovlakem a na lístku, který jsem koupil v předstihu ještě v Beijingu, je trochu jiný název stanice. U okénka se dozvídáme, že to musíme přejet na nové nádraží a máme použít bus č. 3. Super, lepší to zjistit teď než odpoledne na poslední chvíli. Využíváme tedy místních toalet k ranní hygieně a vyr&aa... read more
ulice Pingyaa
tady jsme byli na kávě

Asia » China » Shanxi » Datong July 7th 2014

Geo: 40.0802, 113.302Cesta vlakem konečně končí. Byl to nezapomenutelný zážitek. Hrozně málo životního prostoru, naprostá nemožnost spát, i když Marťa na chvilku využila stolek před námi, když se tlouštík sedící proti ní na chvilku uskromnil. Nicméně jsme konečně v Datongu na nádraží a vystupujeme. Z průvodce víme, že bychom měli nasednout do busu č.4, nechat se odvézt na konečnou a tam přesednout na bus, který nás vezme k Yungang Grottoes. Je brzy a kolem nádraží nic krom Mr. Lee a tak volíme variantu jet na konečnou č.4 a tam jistě bude něco k jídlu. Nasedáme a vyráž&ia... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao June 1st 2014

1.6.14 YANGZHOU: Distance: 102 Kms SubT. 1,691 Kms Bal 10,302 Kms Road Condition: Good Weather: fine Time in Saddle: 4.5 hrs Av Speed: av. 22.5 kph. Av Cadence. Rpm Elevation: e 1000 m up; Calories burned : Endeavour to upload photos with most blogs, but often internet is to weak to sustain upload. PLEASE NOTE NAME OF PLACE IN FORMAL BLOG TITLE MAY NOT RESEMBLE ANYTHING CLOSE TO THIS TOWN NAMED ABOVE. I DO NOT KNOW THE NAME OF THE PROVINCE, BUT THE SITE WONT OPEN UNLESS I PUT SOMETHING IN THE BOX. THIS WILL LIKELY BE THE FUTURE!!! NB. Apple auto correction changes words after I have written something else. Hopefully this explains why sometimes it seems senseless. Last night in XIAN a few of us went in the evening to the Muslim street market, ... read more

Asia » China » Shanxi » Wutaishan June 4th 2013

Another long drive that day… Didn’t matter how much I tried to stay awake on the truck, it just didn’t seem to be working too well… And ‘sleeping’ on the truck definitely didn’t make me any more rested, on the contrary actually – stiff neck, shoulders, too hot (or too cold with the window open), but then having two seats to myself shouldn’t be that bad right? I think it was just the constant moving from one place to the other that started getting to me rather than the journeys themselves. It would be nice to stay in one place for more than three nights I guess… Ah well… Sooner or later it would come to that, taking into account the distance I was covering in China overland, travelling hasn’t been that bad at all! But ... read more
Hanging Monastery
future NBA player!
view from Nanshan Temple

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao May 31st 2013

Another day, another province in China… This time we were driving to Shanxi, a province somehow forgotten or lost in time it would seem as an estimated three million people still live in caves around here! And you don’t really need to be driving around for a long time trying to find the caves as they are spread everywhere around the province, you can easily spot them once you drive through the region – cave dwellings all around. Our group leaders were saying the day before that it was going to be a long drive that day – it could be a 5-hour up to 8-hour drive depending on the road conditions, whether we would fit through one place or whether we would have to drive around it... hmmm… It didn’t make sense at the time ... read more
the streets of Pingyao
sun setting over Lijiashan
side streets of Pingyao

Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao April 19th 2013

Geo: 37.21, 112.17I knew that this trip to China would be an interesting one. After all they have a culture that has developed independent of the west and can be easily traced back over 5000 years. So I expected to come across a few things that could never be imagined. Take the language for instance, I speak no Mandarin and most Chinese speak no English, there are 1.35 billion people here it was inevitable that some one was going to attempt to talk to us or we to them. I expected it to be incredibly difficult, we bought our picture book (that was given to us by a Korean man Mr Wo while we were in India) that allows us to have basic conversations or ask questions when words fail you.We have hardly needed to use ... read more
View from my hotel Riverview ;)
National Memorial Chorten

Asia » China » Shanxi » Xinzhou April 13th 2013

Ce soir on a roulé jusqu'au bus. Jamais vu autant de dumplings de ma vie. On a du manger au moins 15 sortes de dumplings, au porc, au chou, au paon, champignon, etc. Ils avaient même la forme de ce que l'on mangeait. J'ai mis en photo celui qui ressemble au canard. Manquait juste au chat ou au chien. Le tout suivi d'un spectacle traditionnel chinois. Belles danses, beaux costumes, du moins je crois ( ça à l'air que j'ai fait une petite sieste). Vos enfants se sont mis chics pour la soirée. Des pitounes et des pitons. on en a même profité pour souligner la fête de Elisabeth Madgin. Nous sommes revenus plus tôt que les autres soirs, certains en ont profité pour aller se baigner. L'eau de l'hôtel est puisée à même une source ... read more

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