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Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei August 20th 2019

We had a day off today, as we worked all weekend and had a travel day yesterday. We are worth it! Breakfast was not a patch on the other places we’ve been to, but there is no danger of starving and I found some kind of bread and butter pudding which was delicious. We decided to get a cab to the Mixc shopping centre we’d seen from the taxi yesterday. I had spotted Calvin Klein, so we thought it would be a good bet. The map said over an hour’s walk, which neither of us were feeling like in 35 degrees and high humidity. The hotel called us a cab, a lady driver who definitely took the scenic route but the fare was less than £2 so not the end of the world! We did knock ... read more

Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei August 19th 2019

So today I checked out of the hotel and expected to be able to get a taxi from the concierge, no problem. I had to go to Shanghai Train Station, not the one I arrived at near the airport, thankfully, as this one was really near where I was staying, It almost looked walkable, but with my luggage and the heat I decided against it. A wise move. But getting a taxi wasn’t easy. They looked a bit abashed and said it could take 20 minutes. There were others also waiting. Luckily I’d allowed loads of time. After 20minutes the guy said he’d ordered me an uber instead, or the Chinese version of it, and I paid him (20RMB) and he gave me a receipt, so I didn’t have to pay the taxi directly. Fine by ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Putuo August 19th 2019

So 2 days ago I worked in 2 centres, meaning a change of hotel in the middle of the day. I took all my stuff with me, the hotel called a taxi and it took about 15 minutes, no unnecessary diversions and he had put the address in his satnav So found it no problem. After the first session getting a taxi wasn’t quite so easy. The centre rep had an app on her phone but the first one cancelled on her. Then all 3 of us tried unsuccessfully to flag one down in the street. They all sailed past, even the ones with green lights. They can’t have liked the look of me with all my bags. Eventually they managed to order another one. Again, no diversions. The second hotel, the Amara Signature Shanghai, was ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai » Yangpu August 16th 2019

Last night Leslie and I went for a stroll along one of the arms of the big junction next to the hotel. There were some big government offices but nothing of too much interest. Then we spotted the Sheraton on the other side of the 12 lane road. Normally they have a pleasant bar, sometimes a spectacular one, so we bunched up with some locals and crossed over. I used the wing mirror of a swanky car to put some lipstick on in an attempt to smarten up. We swanned in and showed them the word beer on my phone. They indicated a bar on the ground floor so I changed it for roof bar. Sheraton Club, they said. We pointed upwards enthusiastically and the guy came to the lift with us and used his pass ... read more

Asia » China » Henan » Zhengzhou August 15th 2019

So our idling about came to an abrupt halt as we had to go to work. We were collected by taxi, which was just as well as the addresses are not easy to find and are usually part of a huge building. Finding the right entrance is a challenge. We got there early and were taken for a coffee in Starbucks, which was a nice start. We walked in like members of the Royal family, the staff all clapped. Oh dear! But the little children were the cutest ever and so polite. Lunch was a takeaway, Chinese food, but not as WE know it. Really interesting although we weren’t too hungry and declined dinner at the end of the day due to exhaustion and needing some down time. The worst part of the experience is the ... read more

Asia » China » Henan » Zhengzhou August 13th 2019

Yesterday my connecting flight to Zhengzhou on Air China was disappointingly over an hour late departing, meaning that I finally arrived at the hotel at 1am after 27 hours of travelling and not being sure I was going to love it here. It was easy at Zhengzhou airport. The taxi rank was well organised. I showed the queue guy the hotel address in Chinese and he gave me a meaningless bit of paper. The taxi driver grunted at it and put something into his phone and off we went into the pitch black, no landmarks at all. I didn’t have a clue how long it would take except that Leslie, my buddy, had messaged to say his fare was 72RMB. I asked for a receipt and the driver flapped his hand at the meter. By this ... read more

Asia » China » Guizhou » Liping August 8th 2019

Hi All, LongLi is a small fortress town in the heart of a Dong and Miao region. The fortress was built in the Ming dynasty, 17th century, to bring the region under the control of the empire. The people who still live in LongLi are direct descendents of the soldiers who came here from the east. The town also has a distinct look thanks to its eastern style architecture, so different from the surrounding Dong and Miao buildings. It was again easy to get here. We caught a bus going to JiPing and we were dropped off at the motorway toll booths of XiHua. We were then given a lift by a kind couple from LongLi who dropped us off at the east gate which has an old wooden pagoda on top of it. Directly outside ... read more

Asia » China » Guizhou » Basha August 4th 2019

Hi All, From Zhaoxing it was back to CongJiang bus station to find out that there are no buses that go to BaSha so we had to take a taxi, 30 rmb, to BaSha village. The taxi dropped us off at the ticket office, 40 rmb, and then we took the tour bus up to the village. We stayed in the hotel, name I cannot remember, which is just to the left of the village square. The view of the valley from our window was amazing. The hotel also had a great restaurant on the ground floor. BaSha village is a wonderful collection of hamlets that are pretty much unspoilt by tourism. There are some huge wooden racks that are used in the autumn to dry the rice grass. Alongside these there are also a great ... read more

Asia » China » Guizhou » Zhaoxing August 2nd 2019

Hi All, Fairly easy to get to ZhaoXing from KaiLi. First a bus to CongYang, about 3 hours, then a bus to CongYang's high speed train station and then finally a bus on to ZhaoXing. There is an entrance fee of 80 rmb which has to be paid before the bus continues on to the village. The village itself has really been spruced up for the tourist trade with masses of restaurants, hotels and shops selling the usual tourist niknaks. Behind the main street and down the little alleyways beats the heart of a working Dong farming village. There are a remarkable amount of drum towers and little wind and rain bridges scattered around the village and the houses down by the river are very pretty. In the evening we went to watch a performance of ... read more

Asia » China » Guizhou » Zhaoxing August 2nd 2019

Hi All, Up early and breakfast, sweet bean steamed bun and banana fritters, on the hoof as we headed east out of ZhaoXing to Tang'An. It's about 10 kms up a fairly steep road, or you can take the bus 10 rmb each way, which winds its way through some spectacular rice terraces. The views as we got higher and higher were just wonderful. We did end up having a slight divertion ending up in the village of XiaGe but as luck would have it there was a tourist pathway leading up to Tang'An this time up some rather steep steps. I was rather out of breath when I got to the village so I had a little sit down and watched the little kids playing. Tang'An is very much a working farming village with people ... read more

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