Xi Ya Hotel
Travel Blogs from Chongqing
... roads and then a quick stop off resulted in Jon going missing! As the tour guide spoke no English we thought we were stopping off for a quick toilet break in some sort of tourist attraction resort. Jon got off the bus and I stayed with our belongings. Everyone else had gotten off. The bus then drove off with me on it and stopped no where near the drop off point. Poor Jon came from the toilets thinking where the heck was the bus.... and me! Trying to remain calm I gathered ...
Hello from Chongqing, China's grubbiest city!
We arrived late at night, after our internal flight from Guillin was delayed. Nothing exciting to report about our flight, although we were given seaweed-covered peanuts as the in-flight snack, which was great, and Mr H discovered a game called Monkey Boxing on the swanky tablet provided for entertainment.
After collecting our bags, we caught the Metro to the centre of town, and luckily, our Hostel is very close to ...
... with us asking some questions to the students.
“What is your hobby?” I asked the shy girl from the first row.
She Chinesely smiled: “writing.” And, again, she asked us how we’d start to write a story.
Julia and I had a hard time, squeezing the content of our years at the ‘Institute of Literature’ into simple phrases. We noticed the confusion on the faces, when we ...
by Julia Powalla
Julia mentioned, He Wu and Zhao Rong had taken her to a place like that before: an open air museum with re-build old Chinese country houses. On the way to the 'fake ancient town' He Wu kept referring to, he stopped the car in front of a modern Expo building, covered with lawns and trees on various plateaus. "Diversity" he said, repeating what I had said about China in front of his class. "Old - and new." Julia noticed how ineffective ...
by Julia Powalla
Pieces of cut raddish hanging on a line to dry
Mahaghoni-coloured heavy tables and chairs
People staring at us, without a greeting
People staring at us, and greeting us with a lot of excitement as soon as they heard us being able to say „Ni hao"
People cuing in ...