Monthly Archives: November 2012

SHANGHAI PUDONG & THE NEW CENTRE

Now that the internet was working at the ‘Baolong Homelike Hotel’, I had a downloaded map of Shanghai on my phone. It is not easy to get English language maps of any city in China. After working out where to … Continue reading

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SHANGHAI MEETING THE WORLDS BIGGEST CITY

An early taxi from  Si Ming to take me to the outrageously large and empty Xiamen North station.  As it was so bare it looked as though at least four football pitches could fit in the waiting room. In the … Continue reading

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XIAMEN BEHIND THE MODERN FACADE

According to the guide books and local tourist map the only old part of Xiamen is Gulangyu Island.  I took the ferry across and was greeted by a fleet of silly looking extended electric golf carts vying for business for … Continue reading

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XIAMEN THE SEASIDE

There is no direct train route from Guilin to Xiamen, and the journey would have been another twenty hour trip, so I had decided to take the plane. Guilin airport is busy with flights to Hong Kong & Macao as … Continue reading

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LONGSHENG DAZHAI PING AN

I had seen photos of the Longsheng rice terraces while I was in Beijing, and then stuck in the middle of a city with twenty million the thought of seeing beautiful landscapes was irresistible. . And now a month later, … Continue reading

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YANGSHOU AND DAXUZHEN

From Guilin one is obliged to take the  boat trip down the Li river to Langshou. I had thought of taking the bus to Yangshou to avoid the tourists but  the river trip is the only way to see the … Continue reading

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BEIJING AND TRAIN TO GUILLIN

Early start for Laurence’s taxi to the airport, safely off,  I go, via a food market  to Tian’amen and the National Museum of China. It is a very symmetrical square even down to the odd shaped  twin police surveillance vans … Continue reading

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