Travel Blogs from Changsha, China

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Getting to know my local area., Changsha, China travel blog

Getting to know my local area.

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Saturday goes by in a bit of a daze, having slept pretty badly. Chilly, all new etc, woke boiling due to the air-conditioning!!! Jin Shan had school, that much I can be sure of. He's always at school. Was up late(ish), so lunch appeared pretty soon. Much ...

Primary school and

Primary school and "beer bars"

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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... a good idea it might be to do the same in Denmark. This school was also, of course, one of the very best primary schools in Changsha. It’s probably not just something they say! Enjoy the photos – I will try to upload video too. If not, you can ...

I am getting so hot!, Changsha, China travel blog

I am getting so hot!

A travel blog entry by cng

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... so construction was everywhere and wreaked havoc on traffic and city streets, which made even walking a maze as they closed many streets. Changsha seems like a nice city but it’s definitely one of the places where you need a local to show you around ...

How the rich live!, Changsha, China travel blog

How the rich live!

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

Morning Chinese lesson moved to Friday, so morning free. Prepared my lessons for the afternoon - two English lessons. Went fine. Straight after the lesson went to Jin (another Jin)'s house over the river near the "mountain". Huge, and I mean huge, ...

Chilled in Changsha, Changsha, China travel blog

Chilled in Changsha

A travel blog entry by hayleybay

Well, although I really didnt do a whole hell of a lot here (I visited a lovely friend Heidi and her gorgeous pooch shao bing), I did manage to watch a whole lot of TV show re-runs on DVD (Bliss!) Eat a bag of Pineapple lumps (Double bliss!) and miss two ...

The trials of one lesson a day!, Changsha, China travel blog

The trials of one lesson a day!

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Having spent evenings waiting for stuff to happen, I decide to take things into my own hands. Decided I needed to start using my weekends to get away. Chose Chengdu. Fancy seeing the pandas. And a little mountainous terrain – way out of the city, ...

The Wanderer..., Changsha, China travel blog

The Wanderer...

A travel blog entry by kevinmarkbrown

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Up and had the English lesson with Kai Xing and his cousin too. Oral English really is generally very poor in China but this family is very good. As a week earlier they ended up inviting me for lunch. We were in a mixed Chinese-Western style restaurant so ...

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 & ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Notes on the past week, Changsha, China travel blog

Notes on the past week

A travel blog entry by adrian.hosler

8-8-12: From my chinese classes i am starting to have the over whelming realization/fear that everything will be lost in translation in the cultural exchange between my students and i getting my lessons across... for example, when Lao SHi Pan Chen does 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wow!!!, Changsha, China travel blog

Wow!!!

A travel blog entry by mbryred

Monday's 3 classes, were exhilarating, and exhausting. Today I slept in, did another kitchen cleaning spell ( I can only clean/sanitize and leave so many dishes at at one time) had my Zinc and Emergency, still in pjs, when Lee called about the desktop. ...

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 ...

Ending Orientation! and week three!, Changsha, China travel blog

Ending Orientation! and week three!

A travel blog entry by adrian.hosler

... . The Japanese responded with arresting the activists and planned to prosecute them in Japan but then ended up sending them back to China which was then responded to with riots by Japanese activists in Japan. Soooo how is this affecting me? ...well um to ...

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 ...

Earth to Michael, Come in Please, Changsha, China travel blog

Earth to Michael, Come in Please

A travel blog entry by mbryred

Well, I'm hoping for a good night's sleep, as I haven't had one yet. Unfortunately for my students yesterday, and more so today, as I think (here's my string of excuses) I think that between jet lag and the excitement of how well things have been going, ...

Changsha: Warm, Welcoming and Beautiful, Changsha, China travel blog

Changsha: Warm, Welcoming and Beautiful

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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... see. Every day I have so many new stories of little things the people do or say that absolutely delight me.  By China standards, Changsha's a small, big city. I feel fortunate to be in such a non-touristy town, off the beaten path. I saw 2 ...

Technical difficulties, Changsha, China travel blog

Technical difficulties

A travel blog entry by mbryred

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I'm using a computer at China Mobile since the I haven't yet gotten online in my apartment with my laptop and the apartment PC wouldn't turn on after I did some reorganizing last night. I have my teaching schedule and of course tomorrow, Monday, is the ...

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 ...

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