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Asia » China » Guangxi » Guilin June 27th 2021

Guilin is famous for his 2 rivers and 4 lakes The Li River & The Peach Blossom River The Four Lakes are Chinese Fir Lake, Banyan Lake, Osmanthus Lake & Wooden Dragon Lake This evening Yvonne was able to show us two of these beautiful lakes during our walk through the illuminated waters edge. It was a interesting to learn how this area had fallen into deglect but back in 1998 a new mayor to the city had a vision to bring these beautiful lakes bs into life. Fir Lake with its Sun & Moon pagodas & Banyan Lake with the it’s zig zag bridge & crystal bridge that changed colour all looked so magical in the evening light. I had visited Guilin back in 2010 so today’s visit with Yvonne brought back many happy memories. ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai March 25th 2021

24th March - Ancient Water Town: Exploring Zhujiajiao #heygo Zhujiajiao Water Town is situated forty seven kilometers away from Shanghai. It is a typical and ancient water town in Qingpu District, south of the Yangtze River, which has almost 1,700 years of history. Zhujiajiao, also called “The Venice of Shanghai”, features lovely waterways, curved rock bridges, old streets cemented with stone, and over 10,000 buildings dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911). The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses. Fangsheng Bridge one of 36 bridges, Built in the 17th century, the 70-meter-long Fangsheng Bridge is now the most well-known landmark in Zhujiajiao. Fangsheng means release animals in Chinese. Local people believe releasing animals means you are merciful to animals and Bud... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai March 17th 2021 14th March - Shanghai People's Park and People's Square The Shanghai Marriage Market is a marriage market held at People’s. Parents of unmarried adults flock to the park every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. to trade information on their children. The primary goal of attending the marriage market is for parents to find a suitable partner for their child. The standards of finding the right match may be based upon, but not limited to age, height, job, income, education, family values, Chinese zodiac sign, and personality. All of this information is written on a piece of paper, which is then hung on long strings among other parents' advertisements for their children. The parents walk around chatting with other parents to see if there is a harmonious fit only after their children's standards ... read more

Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an March 17th 2021 15th March - Datang Sleepless City In August 2002, the North Square of Dayan Pagoda was officially opened, which opened the prelude to the construction of Datang Sleepless City. The North Square is centered on the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The overall design highlights the cultural spirit of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ci En Temple and Datang Culture, and is known as the "urban living room" and "cultural business card" in Xi'an On September 26, 2010, Kaiyuan Square was completed and opened. Kaiyuan Prosperity and Wuhouxing were completed from two major themed sculptures, marking the continuous passage of the central landscape zone of Datang Sleepless City 2100 meters long and 500 meters wide, showing the historical lifeline of the millennium ancient capital And cultural axis. In October 2018, Datang Everbright City... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai March 13th 2021 12th March - A night stroll along the Bund Alice was our guide again, I joined her a couple of days ago for a walk during the day along the Bund. It was midday in U.K. and 8pm in Shanghai. Alice made us all laugh when instead of pointing out the skyline buildings with her finger she produced a chopstick from her pocket. The clock tower building is The Shanghai National Post Office, built in 1924 with an interesting mix of European styles of architecture. It is now a historical landmark under protection as the Shanghai Postal Museum. Inside the museum, there is a statue of Mr. Zhu Xuefan who was the first minister of the postal department. There is also a display of oracle bones that records military correspondence. There is also a stamp ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai March 10th 2021 10th March - The Bund Shanghai As we started our stroll along The Bund the first sight was something more familiar with New York. The Bund’s ‘Charging Bull’ has become a popular attraction on the waterfront. At 5.2-meters long, 3.2-meters high and a whopping 2.5 tons in weight, it is almost identical to the original Wall Street Bull on which it is based – only “redder, younger and stronger,” according to the artist of both, Arturo Di Modica. Designed to represent the growing virulence and power of China’s economy, it was unveiled on May 15, 2010, after the global financial crisis and just ahead of Shanghai’s Expo extravaganza, in a boast that the country was immune to the economic woes of the rest of the world. Several people were having photographs taken but we managed ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai March 2nd 2021 2nd March - Yuyuan Bazaar Shanghai I visited this area back in 2010, & whilst the lovely old traditional building haven’t changed, the area around the Tea House resembled a theme park. A lot of the displays were still there following the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations but some I think are now permanent ! I remember better visiting the Yuyuan Gardens which is next to the bazaar so fingers crossed our new virtual guide will take more tours in a less commercial area. I guess some of the virtual guests had not visited Shanghai before were interested to see the local arts and different foods on offer. Yuyuan Bazaar location - Originally there was just a temple that was built in the 15th Century. Over 100 years ago there was an increase in pilgrims ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Pudong May 19th 2020

I have never been very good at languages. I took Latin in high school, from the teacher who probably invented it. Then German at U.C. Berkeley, which I enjoyed but could not dedicate much study to. My grandparents across the street spoke mostly Japanese. Since we grew up with them, we have a decent vocabulary, and know the correct pronunciation of much conversational Japanese. And I have studied numerous online Japanese language courses prior to our visits to Japan. I enjoy Pimsler the most, very straight forward, conversational and interactive. No hangups on grammar. But Japanese, German, and English do not compare in difficulty to the five most difficult in the world. What are they? Turkish is the 5th hardest, perhaps most prevalent in its agglutination, in which multiple individual words are pushed together to create ... read more
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Asia » China » Shanghai » Luwan March 2nd 2020

Cancel a trip yet? My cousins cancelled their trip to Japan this month. But I am boarding a plane tomorrow for a short flight to Vegas. What should you do? What is corona virus? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. Around 80% of people recover without requiring special treatment. The virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, has since spread to 53 countries. Of the roughly 84,000 reported cases, China accounts for over 78,800. Older people and those with preexisting conditions – including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes – are the most likely to develop a severe illness as a result of COVID-19. Well, I definitely would stay out of Asia. And not just because of the Corona virus, but because much of the region is ... read more

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