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Central Asian Market Day, Hotan, Xinjiang, China travel blog

Central Asian Market Day

A travel blog entry by beats

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I avail myself of another one day sleeper bus ride direct from Urumqi to Hotan, actually quite comfortable, I seem to do my best reading on these trips, but they always leave me quite tired at the end of them, even though I might have slept for a ...

Mr Rush Rushed, We Didn't.......!, Jinghong, China travel blog

Mr Rush Rushed, We Didn't.......!

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... was an English teacher and was extremely opinionated about Communism and was very well read - also listened to the BBC world service etc. China he said had opened up in the last 5 years and government spies were no longer on the listen for those opposed ...

In Communist China, internet is good, Beijing, China travel blog

In Communist China, internet is good

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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So we just got to China, after an epic train journey. Almost everyone on the train was western as it was the weekly train UB to Beijing so we made lots of friends. English, Americans, Dutch, Swedish, was a party! There was rousing classical music as ...

Arriving in China, Kunming, Yunnan, China travel blog

Arriving in China

A travel blog entry by beats

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... more exotic to me than the Indochina countries and about on a par with Burma. Kunming is a very gentle introduction to China, with high sanitation standards, clean toilets, some people who speak some English & western food. Things I did not expect in ...

Hong Kong - shop until you drop..., Kowloon, Hong Kong travel blog

Hong Kong - shop until you drop...

A travel blog entry by alexndean

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Alex: We arrived into Hong Kong late but even so it was still very hot and humid, still our first glimpse of the city was at its best, lit up across the strait from Kowloon where our hostel was. The hostel was like nothing else we had ever stayed in. We ...

Going to  Xi'an, Beijing, China travel blog

Going to Xi'an

A travel blog entry by mikeysoft

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Whenever I walk into our hotel, all the girls behind the counter standup with big smiles and say good morning to me, even in the evening. :) We are taking the overnight train to Xi'an tonight (Friday night). The temperature in Xi'an is around 36C, ...

Heading south on the KKH, Karakul Lake, Xinjiang, China travel blog

Heading south on the KKH

A travel blog entry by beats

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I headed off south down the Karakoram Highway, the KKH, towards Pakistan. I was excited to be on this road with massive mountains jumping out at me from either side of the road. I was met at Karakul Lake, 4000m asl, by some Kyrgyz guys who took me to ...

Hong Kong by night, Hong Kong, Hong Kong travel blog

Hong Kong by night

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... People finish work and hit the streets to eat and shop. A million neon lights suck the power from all over southern China in a retail addicted version of Las Vegas, where the biggest and brightest usually gets the sale. It's consumerism and materialism ...

Sweet Innocent Killer and the Final Cut, Shangri-la, China travel blog

Sweet Innocent Killer and the Final Cut

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... to get married now." Tears rolled down her face. Thus is the burden of this only-child generation. The other burden of China lies with Confucius. Within Chinese hearts is the quest for unity under one benevolent king--not just China, but all of ...

Love and marriage in China - foreigners paradise?, Kunming, China travel blog

Love and marriage in China - foreigners paradise?

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... get some advice. But first, why do Westerners want to marry Chinese? And why do Chinese want to marry Westerners? China Today gives an overview: Mixed nationality marriages are on the increase, but to most Chinese marrying someone from the West ...

Day 19, Beijing, China travel blog

Day 19

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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We met up with Kasja and Malin at 11am and got Malin sorted with sim card for her phone too. We headed for the Forbidden City where we would spend the afternoon looking around. The Forbidden City is really a city within a city a bit like the Vatican ...

Autumn Adventures, Beijing, China travel blog

Autumn Adventures

A travel blog entry by amyfisher

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"Autumn is Beijing's most beautiful time of year." My teacher said as she gestured outside the window.  As we looked out the window, the pollution was so thick that the building across the road was wasn't very clear.  We all laughed at the ...

Panda-monium, Panda Breeding Research Base, Chengdu, China travel blog

Panda-monium

A travel blog entry by bethverde

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... undue stress. The other side of it though, is that only "rich" foreigners can afford to have their pictures done with China's national symbol while normal Chinese tourists might not be able to afford it. Feeling poor, my friend Joanna and I pretended ...

Tibetan land, Western Sichuan, China travel blog

Tibetan land

A travel blog entry by beats

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... route to Chengdu was a tough one. I estimate that I have spent over 50 hours on buses and 9 hours on trains in my time in China so far. About 90% of the time, the buses have been on mountain roads too bumpy to read a book on! I headed from Zhongdian to ...

The Big Kora, part I: Power, Yading Nature Reserve, China travel blog

The Big Kora, part I: Power

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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I inspire the strong and noble Who shun deception, and favor truth For the world is full of lies And the clear sword of Truth is needed To pierce its darkness. ~ Vajrapani, the Bodhissatva of Power We didn't decide to do the Big Kora at any ...

The Chinese Dream? The new world order, Beijing, China travel blog

The Chinese Dream? The new world order

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... , and patriotism Martin Fletcher In the magnificent new stadiums of their capital, in front of their fanatical compatriots, China's Olympians have walloped their American counterparts this past fortnight, capturing 16 more gold medals and ending the ...

Temples and Caves, Datong, China travel blog

Temples and Caves

A travel blog entry by meandher

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... will have phlegm on the floor.(It's not the nicest background noise when eating a meal in a restaurant..its just a shame for China that it won't be included as an event in the olympics...they'd be certain to take all the medals!). After getting our ...

3AM:  Daddy, can we ride bikes today, Shanghai, China travel blog

3AM: Daddy, can we ride bikes today

A travel blog entry by kevinmoss

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8:30 We're leaving for the French Concession which is a place I think I read where we can ride bikes like we did in Central Park once.  Major is fixated on riding bikes and we need to get this done or we will hear nothing else.  Noon We're ...

Everest, Tingri, China travel blog

Everest

A travel blog entry by arlash

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Tingri, Tibet         The small village that supports the Tibet side of Everest for climbers and tourists. Everest from our lunch stop on the road to ...

50th Anniversary, Taiyuan, China travel blog

50th Anniversary

A travel blog entry by trent

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... think Chinese are all the same, but there's quite a variety, actually there are more than 50 different ethnicities throughout China. So, a few of the performances were interesting and this also began a one week vacation for the school and its students, ...

Celebrity Status, Guangzhou, China travel blog

Celebrity Status

A travel blog entry by mikeandrachel

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Over the last 3 days in Guangzhou we have been visiting some local attractions and trying out new foods. We visited Guangzhou Zoo, they have over 5000 animals here including Panda's. Rachel thought they were cute! We don't think they are in any zoo in ...

Soft Power and Greenth: Dr. Fan's Tooth Whitener, Kunming, China travel blog

Soft Power and Greenth: Dr. Fan's Tooth Whitener

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... example of Soft Power would be China influencing the world through its cheap labor force and wonderful culture. US: Hard. China: Soft. These television shows are interspersed with advertisements. Like elsewhere in the urban world, people's teeth are ...

Autobots, roll out., Kunming, China travel blog

Autobots, roll out.

A travel blog entry by guavamama

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... amazement and awe on our faces, Laura proceeded to tell us that after Reform and Opening, one of the first American exports to China was Transformers.  Everyone watched it - kids, young people, old people, it didn't matter.  The show became a ...

New rules could force foreigners to stay, Beijing, China travel blog

New rules could force foreigners to stay

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... Traffic Accidents, and will take effect in January. However, it will be subordinate to the Regulations of China Concerning Consular Privileges and Immunities as well as other international conventions and agreements signed between China and other ...

A Pair of Roosters, Wuhan, China travel blog

A Pair of Roosters

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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Since the boat had been docked all night I had a colder than usual shower before getting the first bus to Wuhan. I actually felt pretty crappy this morning for the first time since starting traveling so I armed myself with some immodium just in case, ...

We are lazy sods really..., Shanghai, China travel blog

We are lazy sods really...

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... people who are nice really. This is a great country, and although there are a lot of government restrictions, the people of China should still be proud that so many foreigners want to visit. As for Geckos Adventures, well I was not impressed I'm ...

Overnight train to Wuhan, Wuhan, China travel blog

Overnight train to Wuhan

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... doing with being messed around. I am not too impressed with Geckos at the moment. We had originally had our current tour (China Odyssey) itinerary changed because of the earthquake, which was understandable and fine, and we were told this before we left. ...

China overland, Beijing, China travel blog

China overland

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... , rather than launching headlong into the independent travel/backpacking thing, we are taking the soft option - have booked a 3 week tour of China with Intrepid Travel (Beijing to Hong Kong). For more info about our tour in China, go to ...

Great Wall and Gardens, Beijing, China travel blog

Great Wall and Gardens

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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We have now actually moved on from Beijing and looking back on our entry a few days ago when I think we were a little hesitant on first impressions - I can say that we were sad to leave such a wonderful city. Hazy, warm slightly murky in places but it ...

Food in China, Yunnan, Sichua, Gansu and Xinjiang, China travel blog

Food in China

A travel blog entry by beats

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The food in China has been surprisingly good, indeed it has been quite a highlight. It is easy to get a local type of flat bread for breakfast & other than that there has been a healthily high vegetable & tofu content in the food. The Chinese are highly ...

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