Tag Archives: China Travel

Pancake Make-up

Ah! This is the kind of result we women want to see when we go to the beauty salon. From 76 year-old Chinese woman to 23 year-old western woman, in one treatment. (I presume the left half is the “after” … Continue reading

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Gul Jul! ( Repeat Christmas Extravaganza)

Ahhrghh where did November/December go? I was so busy making the mildly time consuming Stay Grounded, a total China guide book in film format complete with imperialist communist speech-language Mandarin! That’s right, there are no limits to what I’ll do … Continue reading

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Your Travel Tool for the Mainland

Three months of work are finally over and the result is a 114 minute travel, language, transport and accommodation guide to the Silk Road including Kazakhstan, and, well, anything in China really. The premiere was last night in the venerable … Continue reading

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Camel Time!

Camels, what’s not to like? They are haughty but kindly, patient but laconic. They understand human nature, then spit on it. In Dunhuang, an oasis town between the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts, there are camels galore. Hundreds. We thought that … Continue reading

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Training for the Olympics

I love trains and especially Chinese ones. Always have. Having said that, when my bunk is the top one of three and it’s so close to the ceiling I can’t even sit on it but must take up a Being … Continue reading

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China Travel!

Wei, we’re on a massive trip through China by train and then into Kazakhstan. But? You ask. That photo looks suspiciously like Hong Kong? Er, yes. It was taken the day I had to go to Shenzhen via Tung Chung … Continue reading

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Fried Lies

I can’t say it often enough, children: Never play on the train tracks! Unless you’re in China and can’t be arsed to find a tunnel, of course. Yes here we are in delightful-ish Chenzhou, just across the border from Guangdong … Continue reading

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The Tibetan Plateau

Tibet!!!!! For make no mistake; the little town of Xiahe in Qinghai province isn’t Xiahe in Qingdai province at all, but Sangchu in Amdo, Tibet. The beauty of the place elicited constant “waaaah”s from us, even while doing mundane things … Continue reading

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Becoming Addicted

Ahhrghh, three days without internet access! Well, there was an internet cafe in the little town of Xiahe (summer river) but I just didn’t have time to go there. The day after we left I was told that the water … Continue reading

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Hinterland, Ahoy!

Xian, former capital of China and one of the most pleasant, relaxed cities in the mainland. I saw the people in the photo above inside a courtyard as we staggered back to the hotel after an excellent Sichuan meal, and … Continue reading

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