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Asia » China » Beijing » Xuanwu District September 6th 2013

Precruise Day Two Day Friday 6 September-Beijing Xuanwu district. Tried to have a big sleep in but by 7-30am China time I was awake and making use of the free wifi, but alas not facebook. We are staying at The Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven, Nanwei Lu, which is a short walk away from TheTemple of Heaven in the Xuanwu district of Beijing. It's a typical western style hotel with western toilet and bathroom facilities and a free buffet breakfast each morning in theGreat Room which has lovely views of the surrounding gardens. The buffet is a mix of western (or an attempt at this style) plus Chinese food, juices, fresh fruit,yoghurt, cereals etc. No fridge in room but tea making facilities, free bottled water, fresh white towels and hard Chinese beds! A ... read more
Taoranting Park
artist at work
The street

Asia » China » Beijing » Xuanwu District September 5th 2013

Precruise Day One Another overseas holiday begins today with a 6am wake up and a short work to Central train station in Sydney to catch the airport train to the International airport. We stayed at The Great southern Hotel on George St, which is a great heritage listed hotel right in behind China town. Arrival at the international airport required a long walk to the farthest ticket counter to board our flight with China Southern airlines to firstly Guangzhou and then on to Beijing. Modern well fitted out plane, but as usual with things Chinese some things don't work and that's that, take it or leave it. This pretty much describes the service or lack of it for the flight. Personal viewing screens worked for only half the flight, luckily I had a good ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon December 17th 2012

My trip from Jinan city to the airport was eventful,pouring rain & sleet, total darkness,blocked expressway to the airport, back roads from hell, I imagined if we had crashed my body would never be found. But...... I was dumped at the domestic entrance by my driver who has night vision and driving skills better than Brock and all those blokes combined, and found my way to international departure. A big sleep after the morning breakfast and hello HongKong. My business had arranged my hotel and airport transfers for me, I just had to follow the signs, easy, and by 1-30pm wearing multiple layers, hot sticky and a little shell shocked I found myself in LUXURY. I was booked into Harbour Grand Kowloon Hong Kong, 19th floor which has a club on this floor similar to airlines ... read more
My 19th floor room, welcome fruit platter
full size bath tub

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan December 13th 2012

I’m hoping this will be my last blog from Jinan as my flight is due out tomorrow morning at 8am. However there is a forecast for snow overnight so let’s hope roads and airports remain open. So these are the things that are on my mind after living and working here for 10 weeks: There is an obsession with keeping the roads swept with an army of people out there with their brooms, dust buckets and bags collecting up anything that may fall on the roads and footpaths. Yes this does employ lots of people. But there is little education about putting rubbish in any of the numerous bins, little information about what rubbish is recycling and total disregard for littering with some areas looking like garbage tips, right beside an immaculately swept street. The new ... read more
Footpath ideal to park your truck
Green means go but not just walkers
Gutted and abandoned buildings

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan December 9th 2012

Putting away the dishes this morning whilst waiting for my kettle to boil water for the pot of tea that is MANDATORY to start the day I had to break up the ice on the dish draining rack. Hmmm, yes it was cold overnight. I keep the window open a little in there and door closed to the rest of the apartment, but there is a radiator heater in there to take the chill off things, thank goodness the red wine may have frozen otherwise. English corner today and then lunch with Howard from Australia and 4 young Chinese guys. The top today was 0C but around midday today it was really cold, enough to freeze any water drops being dripped from the buckets being dragged up from the springs, into little icicles along the stone ... read more
Spring water
Picture menu
Interior of restaurant

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan December 8th 2012

I decided to go for a walk in the beautiful winter sunshine. Blue sky, little wind, half my wardrobe on me and out I ventured around 11am. According to the internet it was -4C, yes it was cold and water froze in puddles from mops and bowls of water being thrown out on the footpath, but walking in the sun it seemed OK. My new beanie which I bought from Carrefour for Y9 kept my head warm, my jacket crackled in the cold and off I went to walk the whole side of Daming Lake from the East to the West. As usual there were people out and about everywhere; winter does not deter the Chinese from the great outdoors. They just rug up with the children wearing so many layers their arms almost stick out ... read more
Ice at midday
Rugs for sale
Hot roasted goodies-delicious

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan December 3rd 2012

Cold, chilly, grey skies and English corner. Getting dressed to go out now is a major marathon involving 13 items of clothing, underwear, undershirt, top shirt, jumper/vest, tights, socks, jeans, shoes, jacket, scarf, gloves and hat. But English corner awaits and a dedicated bunch of Chinese are there wanting to chat about this that and everything. And really I use it as much for me, to glean what the real Chinese people think. We talk pretty much without any filter, I try to remain positive but I do go near those tricky subjects of politics and religion and comparison of East and West. Today we got around to talking about the one child policy and the implications of this. China’s population is still growing as this policy is not as simple as it sounds. It only ... read more
English signs and carols too
Parc 66 Christmas tree
Think these are presents

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan December 1st 2012

A Saturday with no obligations, fine cool weather, with a semblance of blue sky; time for a stroll around Daming Lake. But firstly let me tell you about my new love: sexy, sophisticated, super, sleek, smooth, supple, silky, stretchy, slinky, and strong; everything you would want in a pair of warm tights. I bought them after the failure of my thick pantyhose I had brought over from Australia, from turning my legs mottled purple due to wind chill and cold. With a size that said M to XXL I was a little dubious as to whether they were talking my XL or theirs, but they are super stretchy and so warm and cosy under my cords and jeans. So me and my many layers of clothing ventured forth for a big walk to the lake, around ... read more
Daming Lake
Braille map

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 29th 2012

You look at the jeans you have been wearing for the past 5 days and go, yeah sure why not; another day or two would be OK, it’s not as if I’m sweating at all. All the marigolds have been taken out of the flower beds and replaced with the “cauliflower” plants. Two colours, purple and white, they look just like cauliflowers. All the trees have lost their leaves and the trunks are painted white, a paint to reduce fungus and insects apparently. The trees are wrapped up for the winter in a fetching arrangement of a wicker basket. The large shops have a huge thick blanket at the front doors to keep the heat in and the cold out. You look longingly at the lingerie shops, but not at bras and knickers; but at long ... read more
Painted trunks for winter
Winter forest
A tree snug and warm for winter

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 23rd 2012

Today started off just right with a sleep in until 8am. Some days the body clock kicks in and you are awake and that is that; but today no 6am get up and 7am 1 hour bus trip…… no sireeee. Switched on the TV, lay back in my warm snug bed and watched “Take That” reunion concert at Wembley Stadium. What’s not to like about 4 gorgeous guys who can sing and dance and harmonize? Late breakfast of toast and tea. For anyone familiar with Chinese bread, you will know it is sweet and if you attached a balloon it would float away. Getting whole grain bread to Western tastes here is like searching for the Holy Grail. Ole supermarket in Parc66 has the only one that I have found that runs close. Off on the ... read more
Map of the area
Coffee shop/bar
View from window of coffee shop

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