Blogs from Zhejiang, China, Asia

Advertisement

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo May 29th 2018

We took the bus from Ningbo train station (988) to Fenghua. The bus driver was totally mental and drove like a maniac, which is unusual as most bus drivers are pretty good. He stopped in the middle of the road to use his phone at one point and then sailed past one of the bus stops, coming to an abrupt halt a hundred metres or so past the stop. The bus journey took about an hour and we definitely passed some of the grittier and grimier parts of Ningbo. We got off the bus in Xikou, a small town. My friend had went to high school in this town and had visited the scenic area back then so she recommended this place to us to visit. Fenghua is famous for beef noodles, and since we had ... read more
Xuedou Temple
Xuedou Temple
Xuedou Temple

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Jinhua December 1st 2017

…and fruit flies like bananas…hard to believe I will be home in less than a month. I think this China trip has gone by the quickest of all. I’m really not sure why, but maybe it’s a combination of being totally at ease with what I do here and, to some extent, with China itself. China is always going to be a mystery regardless of how long you spend here as a foreigner, but at least some of the mystery becomes less, well, mysterious. Overall, the Chinese people that I am in contact with, even if just for a few minutes, have been great. Gentle, generous and genuine. (How’s that for alliteration?) As a ‘for instance’, I have been going to a restaurant by my supermarket for dumplings or noodles from time to time. The husband ... read more
Joel Rubuchon's Le The Salon, Shanghai
 Shanghai: chaps playing checkers
It really is just recycled...

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Jinhua October 14th 2017

Fall is here finally. Today, Saturday, is in the low 20's C (just started to rain! Yippee!), which is still shorts and tees, but last night I found myself surreptitiously eyeing my sweatpants; managed to stave off the temptation, though. As soon as you slip those bad boys on, it's a slippery slope to admitting that you are snivelling weenie that can't handle a bit of a nip in the air. Still, it does make for a much more conducive environment for "teaching", if that's what we're calling it these days. The students are a little more perky, but only marginally so. They just had the Fall National Holiday break, so theoretically they should be all energized and zippy. I'm still waiting for the zippy bit. The students are still scampering around in cut-off denims and ... read more
Duck necks...
Kids on Diggers...
Dumpling place...

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
Shaoxing
Shaoxing
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
Shaoxing
Shaoxing

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou October 6th 2017

Since we didn't have too much time for my friend to see many places in China, we decided to do a day trip when we were in Shanghai. I said either Hangzhou or Suzhou would be good destinations as they are both popular destinations with plenty to see and do and they are both close to Shanghai. My friend chose Hangzhou, so I booked the train tickets and we headed there early in the morning. The train took about an hour and after getting the subway, we were in downtown Hangzhou. Our first port of call was Starbucks for coffees and breakfast. We got seats by the window and got to watch the world go by as we ate and drank. Then we followed the crowds down to West Lake. West Lake was swarmed with people. ... read more
West Lake
West Lake
West Lake

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 25th 2017

We drove to Jiangbei, the northern part of Ningbo to go hiking. There are quite a few mountains and trails in this area. It has been about a year since I went hiking in Ningbo and was looking forward to exploring another part of the city. We parked up in the carpark of a very fancy resort hotel, that is next to a lake. The lake is called Sunhu Lake and it looked pretty, but we didn't have time to explore the area around the lake as we were headed for the hills. We followed the road back round. It was really quiet, I know it was a week day, but there weren't too many people about. We passed an army base and lots of fancy houses. I think the houses were for military people and ... read more
Start of the
View of Ningbo
Pagoda

Asia » China » Zhejiang September 24th 2017

August 23-24th As an art student China has fascinated me, especially through its many forms of sculpture. So I visited the ancient port city of Ningbo. Tianyi Pavilion is a diamond in the rough for most international travellers. China’s oldest private library full of brilliant relics preserved for over 2,000 years. The sculptures did not disappoint either. Dignified Dragons, mysterious cat-like figures, and the stone landscaping are truly inspiring. The next stop: Southern Song Dynasty Stone Carvings Here was what really brought me to Ningbo. The stone carvings are the largest archaeological relic collection in the Southern Song dynasty, arguably the most artistic of all the Chinese dynasties. The details of each stone have been preserved for centuries and have all kinds of forms. The serious expressions cover most the figures, except for a ... read more
2
3
4

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 24th 2017

I went to visit two friends studying in Ningbo, only to fall in love with the city. The First Stop The Tiantong Templ, built in Jin Dynasty, dating back over 1,700 years. The Second Stop: The Old Bund Best place for an evening out in Ningbo The Third Stop: Cicheng An ancient county in the Yantgze river delta brings out the best charms of the Chinese countryside.... read more
2
3
4

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 18th 2017

China’s development has been remarkable. Not only has the country’s economic progress lifted countless people out of poverty, but also positively influenced global economic growth. But it’s not just these feats that have attracted me to China. It is the cultural heritage that brought me specifically to China andfinding the right balance has led me to Ningbo. Ningbo delights its visitors, especially walking through the city on a pleasant evening. The different neighborhood and unique lighting bring a sense of modernization through its heritage. Despite this Ningbo is not like Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and other congested cities. The leisure lifestyle of Ningbo is a hallmark of the city. Ningbo’s Skyscrapers are not overbearing on the traditional charming features of the city. Dongqian Lake, Ningbo Library, Cicheng and many parks in Ningbo mai... read more
2
3
4




Tot: 2.966s; Tpl: 0.042s; cc: 7; qc: 80; dbt: 0.0569s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 5; ; mem: 1.5mb