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Some of the things I found interesting.

One of the first things I noticed and have continued to find remakable is how much of the country is very heavily wooded. Vast areas of green canopy stretch as far as the eye can see on either side of … Continue reading

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Karuizawa!

This morning it was raining!!! The kind of rain that needs several exclamation marks. Breakfast was beautifully served at tables overlooking the koi carp lake. I never realised how big koi were. At least twice the size of a large … Continue reading

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Waterfalls and flying squirrels!

The weather broke at about 8 p.m. last night and it poured all night. We woke this morning to find a thick mist which threatened to spoil our plans for the day. We left the lovely traditional Ryokan inn at … Continue reading

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Nikko.

We now feel thoroughly immersed in The Japanese Experience! Two hours drive north of Tokyo higher in elevation and very rural is Nikko. Nikko is a sacred area surrounded by woods and mountains and there is a Shrine complex which … Continue reading

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This is Tokyo,that was!

Several of my companions came 2 or 3 days early and I am sorry that I didn’t do likewise. One day is not enough to see Tokyo. But we did our best! We began with a walk through the backstreets … Continue reading

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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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Shanghai 2

This morning we had a return trip to the airport just for the experience of travelling on the Maglev train The Maglev train is the most advanced train in the world, running by magnetic levitation, hence the name. There is … 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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Shanghai!

This morning we walked along The Bund which is the famous road along the waterfront. The busy river on one side, the busy bankers on the other. As well as the banks, the Peninsula Hotel and the Peace Hotel which … Continue reading

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Suzhou.

Suzhou is a smallish town, only 8,000,000 people! Gtr Manchester is 2.5 million, so Suzhou is only small by Chinese standards. Chongqing has 23,000,000 which is more than in the entire State of Calfornia. My brain is dizzy from all … Continue reading

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