Archive for the ‘China’ Category

Diary date : 6th August -2010

Back to Medan

and onto Hong Kong, see Mary’s Hong Kong blog. (more…)

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Yangshu on the River Li at Sunrise

Dear Readers, stay with us!  We are still out here far, far away soon to leave Nepal for India.  So many adventures to tell you about.  I can’t wait to tell you about the treasures of Tibet and our adventures on the Annapurna Trek.  But, 33 years in the government have
not yet de-programmend my chronological senses!  So, back to China… (more…)

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Wandering in the Afternoon Light High on the Rice Terraces in Long Ji

After our short stay in Yangshou, we took yet another tour to get to Long Ji to see the mountain side rice paddies.  We only had one night in Long Ji as our aim was to cross China to Chengdu to make our arrangements for our Tibet tour.  In fact, our main aim in China was to get to Tibet and coming in from the east allowed us a longer visa for visiting Tibet. (more…)

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Life of A Kept Panda is Pretty Good

Chengdu is the home of Giant Pandas and gateway into Tibet.  We were there for both.  Travelling without a Lonely Planet Guide did create gaps for us.  Key on every train or bus we have ever taken on this trip is to know where your hotel is, how far from the station and a general sense of how much it will cost getting there by taxi or rickshaw.  What is guaranteed is that the taxi driver will charge you four times the amount and they will never put their cab meter on to make it an honest ride.  This was what we were faced with on arrival in Chengdu.  Our taxi driver refused to give us a real rate and failed to realize he had a map in the back of his cab and other cabs posted the legal rate/kilometer.  Before he could take us on the longest road around the city, Matt ordered him to pull over and out we jumped with no knowledge of how to get to our hotel! Luckily we found an honest cycle-rickshaw driver who agreed to a reasonable rate and delivered us to Sim’s Cosy Garden and Cafe.  (more…)

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