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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing October 10th 2017

Well the giant crab like spider didn't bite me to death during the night, which was a relief. I soon got myself sorted and headed out to explore some more of Shaoxing. I didn't get too far as my first stop was Starbucks for a coffee and some breakfast. Filled with caffiene, I was ready to explore. I took a walk down the main pedestrianised tourist street. I loved the little canal ways that were filled with small boats. I kind of wish that I could have took a ride on one, it would have been nice to see the streets and houses from a different perspective. I came to the Shou Family Taimen and went in there for a look around. A taimen is a house complex and this one was built during the Qing ... read more
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Shaoxing

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing October 9th 2017

The train to Shaoxing from Shanghai took about an hour. There was zero English in the station, but I managed to find the bus stop and, after messaging a friend, found out which bus would take me to the city centre. The high speed trains in China are great, but why do they have to build the stations so far out? It was a really hot day and I was sweating as I stood in the sun waiting for the bus. I think the bus took about 40 minutes to get down town. I just got off randomly and walked for about another 15-20 minutes to reach my hostel. The main street was quite nice, quite traditionally Chinese, then I turned down a side street to had towards my hostel. That street was a bit sketch, ... read more
Hostel
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing May 17th 2011

'There are three choices in this life; be good, get good or give up' (author, date, publication unkown). I'm usually one who gives up, I spent years running away from problems, arguements, relationships that were in all honesty just difficult. It's taken a lot for me to be able to start changing this, let alone admit it, just ask my Mum. People travel to find themselves, lose themselves, discover something more, me I was just giving up. Mum would probably say, if she was being honest, running away. Now don't get me wrong I'm not on a downer, I'm not berating myself, truth is I'm just understanding. I wasn't running away from friends, family or relationships more like I was running away from 'real life'. After my degree I became almost completely disillusioned with the higher ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing May 4th 2011

My last entry was a little pointless, but I've been feeling guilty for not posting much recently, and in truth thats because life has just been slow and steady. The routine of teaching and working life has settled into almost mundane, I'm constantly lesson planning or trying to find new ways to get the students to talk. I'm challenged everyday with what I've come to call selective shyness and life seems to hold little time for travelling, at the end of the week I'm exhausted and really don't fancy spending hours on a bus, battling the language barriers and ending up lost in a strange city, only to leave the following day feeling embittered and having seen so little and having rested none. Enough of my complaining however, as last week gave me the chance to ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing January 29th 2010

CHAPTER 21-LAST DAYS SHAOXING AREA-CHINA On my final days in Shaoxing area I just explored couple of places and took a ride on one of the many double decker buses- nothing exciting, but my first since the 1970’s. I also visited the statue dedicated to Da Yu. He was the guy who thousands of years ago tamed the swamps, rivers and floods. The sticky fertile soil was good for agriculture but hard to plough. He built canals and build up soil from the swamps, which lead to this areas development. There is a’plough and paddle’ monument to him in the city also. The last area I found was a huge gate with a fake Draw-bridge over one of the canals. It leads into an old area which is about to be redeveloped into a new tourist ... read more
temple
near draw-bridge
temple

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing January 25th 2010

CHAPTER 20- ANCHANG- WATER TOWN - DRYING CLOTHES AND FOOD Anchang is a water town about an hour outside Shaoxing. It has present old wooden buildings along one long canal basically and is being modernized into a new tourist area. It still has enough old areas to make a worthwhile visit. It is also ‘sausage making time’ in Anchang (and other places too, but it seems to be more noticeable here.) Sausages seem to be hanging and drying everywhere. Also the occasional pieces of meat, chicken, and duck are inter-mixed. It must be salted as it is very cold and damp during this time. It hangs everywhere from cloths lines, buildings, across footpaths and does not seem to be attacked by insects, flies or birds. However, dogs and even cats are tethered during this time. Clothes ... read more
Anchang-new temple
Anchang-new temple
Anchang-new temple

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing January 18th 2010

CHAPTER 18-MORE SHAOXING MORE SHAOXING The much bigger and more interesting city of Shaoxing is a pleasant diversion on my few months here. It is relatively modern, but not too crowded and semi touristy but mostly famous for the locals than international travelers. The main city centre is about a square kilometer surrounded by a circular canal (sort of like a ‘mote’), with other canals criss-crossing the city. It is one of China’s famous ‘water towns’ and is very easy to walk around. (I no longer get lost here…. how boring). It is also famous as the birthplace of one of China’s most famous writers-Lu Xun. I now often walk past and thru his house on the way to somewhere else. There are also many photos in this blog of his home This main city mote ... read more
From tower
From tower
From tower

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing November 1st 2009

By now, you know the routine. Woke up at 7, went downstairs for a buffet breakfast. This one was exceptionally exciting as they had CEREAL! We both opted for Coco Krispies, not a cereal we'd ever really eat in the states, but this was a special occasion...we haven't had any cereal since leaving the states! As we headed out to get on the bus, we noticed it was drizzling and looked pretty chilly. YES! We'd been just waiting for some cooler weather and a chance to wear our new coats. Walking outside we were greeted with temperatures in the low 60s and rain and we both couldn't stop smiling. We rode on the bus once again for awhile and then got out at an area where a famous Chinese calligraphers works were on display. It was ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing October 31st 2009

Halloween definitely did not feel at all like a holiday being in China this year. We taught our students about it for the two weeks leading up to it and they seemed to have some fun, but it is a pretty weird holiday to explain to foreign people- "Oh yeah, we dress up in creepy costumes and encourage children to demand candy from strangers!" Hmm. I can see why my students looked at me in confusion. As it was just another day on the trip for us, we woke up yet again at 7am and went downstairs for the standard hotel buffet breakfast. It was fancy, delicious and we definitely were full by the end of it. We ended up sitting with another older Chinese couple (not in our group) at breakfast and they immediately tried ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Shaoxing October 22nd 2009

CHAPTER 16- A NEW START IN CHINA After a year back home from teaching in South Korea (including holidays in North Vietnam and Cambodia-See Blog Chapters 3 to 15) I am now teaching again in China. In September of 2009 I returned to China for my forth teaching trip. (See Chapters 1 and 2 of this blog for summary of first 2 trips to China). A TALE OF TWO CITIES- SHANGYU AND SHAOXING I now work at a small university campus in a smallish city/town called Shangyu (about 2 hours south of Shanghai). This town is quiet and pleasant, since it has no particular attraction for tourists to visit. The students and other teachers are all friendly and helpful. Because my apartment on the campus is rather small and old, I have been given the use ... read more
Near Shaoxing University
Map of Area
Near Shaoxing University




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