Category Archives: China Week 1

Chengdu 3

After the pandas we visited the old town of Chengdu. It was a bit Disneyfied but full of local colour and atmosphere. It was full of tourists but apart from our group they were all Chinese or Japanese. The pedicure … Continue reading

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Chengdu

A quiet day today, we flew from Guilin to Chengdu. We were reassured to know that we were flying from a civilised airport. In fact Chengdu does seem like quite a nice city with wide tree lined streets and a … Continue reading

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Chengdu 2

This is one of the few areas in the world where giant pandas live in the wild. When they were first seen in the 1930’s thet were virtually extinct due to environmental factors and also because they are solitary creatures … Continue reading

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Xi’an 2

24/10/17 This is our local guide. She is older than our group manager and she grew up in Chairman Mao’s time. As a child she believed that China was the only country in the world where people were happy and … Continue reading

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Xi’an.

23/10/17 This must be the tower block capitol of the world! For mile after mile they rise like trees in a forest. All 35/40 floors high, all featureless. Beijing is acommercial centre, Xian is industrial.  People come here to work … Continue reading

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Beijing 2

A very intense dat today with a visit to the Olympic Stadium. The area is very well maintained and has developed into a smart residential area with some fantastical looking apartment blocks. We then drove to visit the garden which … Continue reading

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Beijing

21/10/17 The day began with a visit to the famous, some would say notorious Tianenmen Square. The square which is big enough to accommodate 1 million people is watched over on one side by a benevolent looking chairman and is … Continue reading

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China (week 1)

20/10/17 We arrived in Beijing early this morning. At first sightBeijing looks like any other modern overcrowded city with its tower buildings and vast blocks of flats. I connected to the hotel internet and am receiving a strong signal. However … Continue reading

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