Travel Blogs from Changsha, China

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T-in the park, Changsha, China travel blog

T-in the park

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... excellent English and so can help out when I get stuck. She's willing to use part of her day-off, she showed me a park in Changsha (a first), and we drank ginger tea for an hour or more. Nice and relaxing, well, apart from racking my brain to drag up the ...

Two Day Trip back to Changsha, Changsha, China travel blog

Two Day Trip back to Changsha

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... for over 1,000 RMB. We said no and got an even later time, at a lower rate. We ended up paying the 1,000 and left Changsha around 6:00 p.m., on a train that doesn’t stop at the North station. So, it was the Metro to and then a taxi home, arriving ...

Observing Deng Ling's lesson, Changsha, China travel blog

Observing Deng Ling's lesson

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Cold in Changsha today, max 8 degrees. Really happy for my Siberian sweater indoors! Observe (and occasionally help) in Deng Ling's lesson. Really enthusiastic teaching – made me feel old! Longer chat with Deng Ling after the lesson (she really is ...

Kai wen laoshi., Changsha, China travel blog

Kai wen laoshi.

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... having Chinese lessons - at my request. They are more worried that I will get "overburdened", as they call it. Teaching in China is definitely not a doddle, but the rules are a lttle (really) different for foreign guest teachers. Class teachers have to ...

Yuelu Shan, 1st time, and more..., Changsha, China travel blog

Yuelu Shan, 1st time, and more...

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... around 2:30. Photos will tell the story. I walked East to the river as it had gotten sunny and I had some of the best views of Changsha since arriving two weeks ago. I even caught a dip netter, and as you'll see, I wasn't the only one interested in him. I ...

A Stroll Down Fenglin 1st Road, Changsha, China travel blog

A Stroll Down Fenglin 1st Road

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... he could get John and Chris's wireless modem to work with my laptop... or give me an alternative. Maybe tomorrow. I didn't come to China and sit around, so with the best weather yet for being outside: in the 70's and humidity not too bad, I decided it ...

October's Winding Down, Changsha, China travel blog

October's Winding Down

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... pharmacy we just had to check out. The 5th Tone was swamped, with more foreigners than I've seen at a single time or place in Changsha. We got a coffee and pastry and got back near the door where we had a great chat with a few students. By about 8, we ...

Lesson for the English teachers., Changsha, China travel blog

Lesson for the English teachers.

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Big day! Lesson for the English teachers – that's to 86 pupils plus 40 or so English teachers are crammed in, while I teach the class. A bit hair-raising. Had discussed it earlier with Deng Ling and she accepted that to really being able to show ...

Take it eeeeassssy!, Changsha, China travel blog

Take it eeeeassssy!

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Easy (as in relaxing) day, with an early lesson and the day to myself. I need some space so am happy for that. Have lunch with some people I met on the night out, otherwise just walked around a bit in the city, trying to get my bearings (old expression ...

China: more to consider, Changsha, China travel blog

China: more to consider

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... it's still tier 3. The higher the tier the greater the educational, business and even tourism possibilities. So, we get to Changsha with its great natural infrastructure, the XiangJiang which connects North of here to the great Yangtze River. It is a ...

Finally Beers N Noodles With Aussie Crusty, Changsha, China travel blog

Finally Beers N Noodles With Aussie Crusty

A travel blog entry by eddakath

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... create a kind of solemn atmosphere. Many Chinese come to pay respect and visit here during the memorial days. Changsha people boast to be the best gourmand of China and here people spend a lot of time eating. Xiang Cuisine is one of the Eight Cuisines ...

Dumpling Breakfast, Changsha, China travel blog

Dumpling Breakfast

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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If a word has ever meant different things to different people, I don't know of a more confusing food item. I don't know where America went wrong, but it seems we have the poor man's dumpling: a hand torn wad of plain dough tossed into some boiling ...

Farewell party and dinner with the school leaders, Changsha, China travel blog

Farewell party and dinner with the school leaders

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... students are just like their Western counterparts in many ways. She was asking them loads of things about UNESCO sites in China, and related stuff, they knew practically nothing. They are just into each other, music, films and whatever. No difference ...

Another day...another experience..., Changsha, China travel blog

Another day...another experience...

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Had my first Chinese lesson (learning Chinese). Excellent. One of the English teachers at the school. In exchange I will chat with her son for an hour on Saturdays. Seems fair enough. Not sure what he thinks about it, after his 70 hr school week. Could ...

Welcome to Hunan Dizhi Middle School., Changsha, China travel blog

Welcome to Hunan Dizhi Middle School.

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... morning left to myself. After lunch, Jin BP stays at home, and he and I give communication a go! He speaks Changshahua (Changsha speak - local dialect) and has trouble spelling / reading pinyin (the Romanized system for writing Chinese), so it goes ...

Delightful trip back

Delightful trip back "home"

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... headed back to retrieve our bags, hail a taxi and head to the airport and Sanya. Whirlwind journeys don't get much better than these few days back in Changsha. Bobby is a natural at traveling, and is thoroughly soaking up the experiences.  ...

Tian Hui's flat and an evening out with teachers, Changsha, China travel blog

Tian Hui's flat and an evening out with teachers

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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After two late nights, lots of sleeping. Really hot – summer has now arrived – 30s. Steaming! Two t-shirts a day kind of heat. Late afternoon I was taken to see Tian Hui's new apartment across town. Very smart. Very modern. Nice to see it ...

Day to Day stuff: heat, Imodium..., Changsha, China travel blog

Day to Day stuff: heat, Imodium...

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... 2nd classroom to start setting up the AV, and just had to take a few photos out the window. After I did so, I told the students "Changsha is so beautiful." I was astounded by a small chorus of "No it's not." I love hamming it up for these kids and played ...

She's be coming 'round the mountain when she..., Changsha, China travel blog

She's be coming 'round the mountain when she...

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... ask me why? Anyway, Yu L mountain was great. Or at least the school (academy) was – the earliest, remaining school in China. Excellent. Will go back there again to see more of the actual mountain. Was enough for me that day anyway. From there we ...

Friday October 1, 2010 a blast!, Changsha, China travel blog

Friday October 1, 2010 a blast!

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... -up, pack and grab a bite to eat, maybe not in that order. He tells us we may not have internet access up there, so, we’ll see. We will blog, even off line, and have some new stories and photos soon. Thanks y’all! From Changsha, Mike & ...

Just Another Day, Changsha, China travel blog

Just Another Day

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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Life is good! Ruth did a Western eating class the past few weeks, culminating in all her classes dining in a campus restaurant with knives, forks and spoons. She got lots of positive feedback for her efforts. I hope she will do the same for my classes, ...

Yi tang ying yu ke (An English lesson), Changsha, China travel blog

Yi tang ying yu ke (An English lesson)

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Tuesday 12th April Another slow, easy day. A lesson at 11:15 – went much better today. Got them talking a bit. Took the opportunity finally to film their "eye massage". Will try to upload when I can find out how to compress the video files. Any ...

Oral tests, Changsha, China travel blog

Oral tests

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Got a cold. As the weather warms up. Made me feel really shitty. Luckily only lessons in the afternoon, or to be more precise 2 hours of oral tests for class 16, and then an extra lesson presenting myself and Denmark & the UK again. The oral tests ...

The Job- Not So nitty gritty, Changsha, China travel blog

The Job- Not So nitty gritty

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... . Like the fact our contract is through June 30th, though all the students agreed they have classes into July. And the “travel within China” allowance. Well yeah, we have 2 months off! What will we do? Will we get 5,000 Yuan a month when on ...

English Corner, Week 2: Chinese too, Changsha, China travel blog

English Corner, Week 2: Chinese too

A travel blog entry by mbryred

... amused at my transliterations of the Pinyin, which is the current standard transliteration of the Chinese characters. They also felt I should know China and Chinese, in Chinese. So China is "Zhong guo" (chung kwa) and Chinese (people & language) is ...

Things to know about China, Changsha, China travel blog

Things to know about China

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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I don't have class until afternoon today, and just like last Friday when I arrived in Changsha, it's raining.Which I hope will clear the air some and cool us down a bit. Stacey, you would not be liking this: only last Friday has it not gone up to 80+. As ...

A long chat overlooking the river, Changsha, China travel blog

A long chat overlooking the river

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Cancelled my Chinese lesson at 8:30, couldn't really face it, getting to bed at close to 3. Teaching at 10, a grammar lesson. Didn’t enjoy it at all – the kids seem to like it though, or at least think it useful. They are very focussed on ...

Another family home (and a tourist town!), Jinggangzhen, China travel blog

Another family home (and a tourist town!)

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... with Jin and family. After much disagreement between father and son, we all travelled to Jinggangzhen – a little tourist town outside Changsha, and not far from the town where the family lived earlier, and where Jin Shan went to primary school. Our ...

Slow days before Qing Ming, Changsha, China travel blog

Slow days before Qing Ming

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... for 3 days tomorrow. Should be interesting. Discussion about wages in the school canteen today. Teachers are reasonably well-paid in China, I am told, a starting salary is around 3000 yuan a month (2400 DKK or 284). Deng Ling fancied the salaries in ...

Ruth Finally Leaving for China, Changsha, China travel blog

Ruth Finally Leaving for China

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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Mike preceded me to Changsha China by 3 weeks and I stayed back to finish wrapping everything up in the US. We gave away, sold or loaned out all of our furniture and got down to a 5 X 7 X 10 ft storage unit. Many friends and family helped me since I had ...

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