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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou April 16th 2006

It's around the middle of April and the weather is finally consistently warm enough to say that spring is really here! Earlier this month the Rolling Stones performed for the first time in mainland China with a concert in Shanghai. I had hoped to snare a ticket through the Shanghai H3, but just missed out! As a consolation I met up with the hashers for pre concert drinks at a local well known H3 watering hole about a 20minute walk from the stadium. I then wandered up with them on the off chance I could talk my way into a reasonably priced ticket from the "yellow bears" (read "scalpers"). Needless to say, mission unaccomplished, even 30minutes after the show had started. Had fun checking out the "clientele" though. Every "wannabe" and "has been" rocker in town ... read more
Someone from home!
Guangxiao Si (Temple)
Guangxiao Si (Temple) Complex

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou March 31st 2006

Birthdays have always been of importance to me, not only mine but of those near and dear to me as well. After all, our birthday is our day and celebrates each of us coming into this world. Something definately worth remembering! Despite a number of interesting variations around the world in the way birthdays are celebrated, it seems there are a number of common factors that transcend many cultural barriers: the birthday cake with candles, birthday card, birthday song and ,of course, birthday presents! My students inform me that, in China, they celebrate their birthday twice, once on the day and the other at New Year, where everyone celebrates the start of another year. Children are given money in red envelopes and treated to new clothes as well. I have asked them all to write their ... read more
The Inspiration Behind The Birthday Hat
Happy Birthday Kerrie (GC) - March 1
Birthday Girl Kerrie (GC)

Asia » China » Shanghai March 20th 2006

My teaching schedule means that I finish at 11.30am on Fridays and don't recommence until 7.50am on the following Tuesday. So it's time to spread the wings and head to Shanghai "town"! Shanghai is an uneventful (except for the often chaotic traffic!) 3.5hr bus ride from Taizhou. Life has been made easier for me this visit as my old school pal Judy Ashcroft and her husband Brian are in town. They have kindly extended me an invitation to stay with them. Their apartment is right downtown in Huaihai Zudong Lu and a short 5 minute walk from the metro. We are on the 20 something floor with almost 360 degree views of the Shanghai skyline- absolutely spectacular, day or night! On arrival, Jude warmly welcomed me and we started to talk animatedly, the years melting away ... read more
More "Disneyland " History
Fangbang Zhonglu
Elegant Stone Statues

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing March 6th 2006

As part of my contract, Taizhou College will be giving me as many opportunities as possible to get "out and about" in Jiangsu province. Our first trip was to Nanjing the provincial capital to celebrate the annual Plum Blossom Festival on the slopes of Zijin Shan (sometimes known as Purple Mountain). Our group consisted of Victoria and Bobby (my colleague and her boyfriend), myself, Arthur (my boss) and Vivian (our Chinese co teacher). We were joined and "hosted" in Nanjing by Tracy, one of the Nanjing Normal University teaching staff that teaches in Taizhou during the week. Zijin Shan is the location for many of Nanjing's historical sights: Sun Yatsen Mausoleum, Xiaoling Tomb, Linggu Temple to name but three. However, as the others had visited these previously, this was not to be the focus of this ... read more
Let's Have A Closer Look!
Cultural Celebrations
Ethnic Costumes

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou March 1st 2006

Despite the still wintry weather, it's time to abandon my cosy "nest" and explore my local neighborhood. Let me take you on a walk around town and share with you the everyday life of Taizhou city in the surrounding streets to where I live. A walk around my local area is always an "occasion" as one never knows what or who might be around the corner. As the only foreign face that I have seen around town, I am always the subject of much curiosity, amusement and shy, nervous "Hellos". I have begun Chinese lessons this week with Vivian my Chinese co-teacher as my tutor. Absolutely hilarious. I usually have a good ear for languages, but I might say that I don't think I'll be a "natural" at this. Besides, the local people speak Wu- a ... read more
Bicycle Maintenance
Chinese Chess
#22 bus

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou February 25th 2006

Food, one of my favourite topics! None more so than when I am travelling through, and in this case, living in, a new and exciting place. Taizhou is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, about 3hours NW of Shanghai, one of the most fertile and productive regions of China. Consequently there are always lots of fresh ingredients available. The cuisine here is generally considered to be of the “Eastern School” although with the variety of fresh ingredients and condiments and the increasing mobility of China’s population, many styles of cooking are gaining popularity. In my short time here I have been given the opportunity to try a wide variety of local dishes. Surprisingly, peanuts seem to be a very common ingredient, usually fried whole. They are not only used in appetizers but other ... read more
Breakfast On The Run
Louise and Snoopy's Baozi Breakfast
Don't Forget Me!

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou February 18th 2006

My first week (almost) in China has passed so quickly and has been filled with a kaleidoscope of new sights, smells, tastes and experiences. The flight from Australia with a change in Singapore went smoothly and was made more interesting with animated discussions with two of my fellow passengers. In particular, Mr John Norman, an Aussie gent from Melbourne, who, like me, was travelling to China to teach English. We chatted freely about his experiences (he’s a China “veteran” of several years) and he gave me some valuable tips on what to expect. He is located in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province) at the Zhejiang University of Sciences, about 5 hrs from where I will be teaching and we exchanged cards in order to keep in touch. Formalities of customs and immigration dispensed with, I am eagerly met ... read more
My New Abode
Aussie Corner
Dining Room

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