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Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang February 6th 2019

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Asia » China » Guangdong » Dongguan February 5th 2019

Hong KOng, CHina is the best and easiest city to travel to in CHina! No visa required. I love CHina just because it's a massive country ranked the number #2 by largest url=https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjLjtC9sqPgAhVyQt8KHUZ4D6wQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworldnews%2Fasia%2Fhongkong%2F9056268%2FHong-Kong-rails-against-invasion-of-Chinese-locusts.html&psig=AOvVaw1pnEQHbmL7gx9FBAoGCafI&ust=1549414911346122... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 1st 2019

Hi All, I really love this festival. Second time I've been able to see some of the most beautiful lights I have ever seen. We stayed in the RongGuang Business Hotel. A big double ensuite room. Clean and warm and with our room at the back peaceful. A couple of nights is plenty of time here. We had visited the fascinating salt well before but we did visit to buy some traditionally mined salt. We had planned to visit the old town but the weather was chilly and miserable so we didn't bother. Food is a little difficult as many of the street stalls are not clean, watching the woman blow her nose on her fingers and then wiping them on her apron then serving some noodles! My stomach must be made of strong stuff!! On ... read more
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Asia » China » The Great Wall January 30th 2019

China is a place of beauty filled with incredible sights, mountain and deserts. It has some of the most beautiful landmarks in the world and has proven to be a choice destination for tourist of all kinds. Adventure seekers from all over have discovered the many fascinations China has to offer. So for your next adventure be sure to check out some of these places in China; The Great Wall of China This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and walking or hiking the Great Wall should be seen as a personal once in a lifetime accomplishment. The Wall is divided into about 14 segments and this means that you can choose what area to explore. Parts of the wall are very steep and tough to climb but if you are not interested ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 18th 2019

Wow. Well it's been a whirlwind of a week for sure! Definitely in a good way. Having Dad here was brilliant and it was fun to be able to be a sort of tour guide! We went to the Summer Palace on Saturday, and had a lovely meal together afterwards. Pretty much every explanation board in front of buildings there read “Burnt down in 1860 by Anglo-French forces”! Then on Sunday we visited the Lama temple before going to my Bible study group. Fun to see the massive 18m tall Buddha and all the different rooms there. Then Bible study was a great time as always and I love that Dad now has an idea of what that's like. That's kind of the feeling for all of his trip really - I'm really glad he now ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Yibin January 18th 2019

Hi All, Had to go to Yibin for a few days and instead of staying in the city we went to LiZhuang which is an 1 hour 20 mins on a city bus outside the city on the banks of the Yangtze river. It is a lovely, vibrant small old town with some beautiful buildings and temples. It has managed to escape the gentrification that has hit most old towns, but it won't be long before that changes. In the Sino-Japanese war LiZhaung was used as a base for the army to launch attacks. Some universities from Beijing and Shanghai also relocated here to escape the Japanese occupation. Many important items of art and cultural objects from museums in Nanjing were also stored in the old buildings. Staying here has been a trial. Hotels would not ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 12th 2019

Hello again! Apologies that this update is a little later than usual - all responsibility for that goes to a certain Mr Lapworth. He’s here safe and sound! More on that in a bit. At the end of last week I had my first tai chi lesson! Another au pair found a group of old people doing it in a park and they have a proper master showing them all what to do. We just joined in! It's a lot harder than it looks - there are some difficult stances to hold and we definitely don't look as graceful as the teacher. It's amazing how he just walks around, correcting our form and showing us how to do it! Great experience. I got to have another lesson with Wendy this week which was lovely. It's been ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan January 9th 2019

Hi All, Things didn't quite go to plan. The plan was to go onto the mountain at Wunian temple and head up close to the Golden Summit to see the sunrise. Unfortunately we ended up going the wrong way and took the scenic route. I'm pleased we did as the hike up to Xianfeng temple was hard work but breathtakingly beautiful. The ice formations on the trees were like something from another world and we also got to see some of the wild Tibetan Macaques that live on the mountain. The ice made it very hard going and crampons are essential to prevent slipping and injuring oneself. It was 4.30 pm when we got to Xianfeng temple and I couldn't go on anymore as my legs were like jelly. We stayed in the monastery and also ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu January 6th 2019

Hi All, Holiday times are here again. Decided to stay on the outskirts of Chengdu this time as there isn't much in the city that I haven't seen. So staying in Pengzhen, Shuangliu district in the western suburbs of the city. In Pengzhen is an 18th century teahouse with some remarkable propaganda art from the Cultural Revolution. Around the teahouse are some very old wooden houses which are fast disappearing in China. This is a really lovely area with the houses being lived in and used by local businesses, so different from the touristy old towns. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 4th 2019

Happy New Year! Little late, but better late than never. Want to start by wishing you all the very best for 2019 and thanking you for reading these blogs! Your comments and messages have meant so much, and it’s been (and still is) a pleasure to share some of this adventure with you all. Going back to almost a week ago now, Saturday was yet another exercise in spontaneity - if that’s a thing! I was given about 2 minutes notice that we were leaving and as usual not told where. We eventually ended up at an old people’s home, where Robbie and his classmates were doing some singing for the residents. I was watching from the back when Bella comes up and says “Simeon, you can play piano and sing” so I was reluctantly bustled ... read more
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