Monthly Archives: September 2012

LUOYANG & BEIJING

After our visit to the Shaolin Temple our little party stopped at a roadside Chinese only restuarant. Our party consisted of a Chinese one child family with the daughter about 18 and a single guy in his early fifties. As … Continue reading

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LUOYANG LONGMEN & SHOALIN

There is no sign of history in the downtown area of Luoyang unlike European cities. Hundreds if not thousands of years of history has been bulldozed to create modern Beijing and you wouldn’t believe any human habitation existed before the … Continue reading

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Luoyang

The twelve hour train journey to Luoyang started at one in the morning and our carriage was full already. Hell it was going to be, but unlike some we had seats and the places were graciously given up? But any … Continue reading

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China Japan, A return of the Falklands

I spent a few hours last night watching television  with a Chinese friend, and anyone in the right wing media, conservative party or some offshore media mogul who mentions curbing power or license fee of the BBC should be tied … Continue reading

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PINGYAO

Beijing West Station is from a distance an impressive piece of architecture. Enormous central arch with three pagoda like roofs. But it could be one of the busiest in the world, and I think a few extra decided to travel … Continue reading

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BEIJING

Beijing is so very easy to navigate around. Once you have acquired your ludicrously cheap travel pass about 20p per trip you can travel anywhere on the reasonably crowded buses and super efficient subway system. Beijing was revamped for the … Continue reading

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TIAN’ ANMEN AND FORBIDDEN CITY

Tian’anen and the Forbidden City The civic space of Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City is one of those places that is probably more impressive in presence than in any well crafted photograph. There is something about that iconic portrait … Continue reading

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