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Traffic in Xijiang Road, we are off on our out of town...

Traffic in Xijiang Road, we are off on our out of town...

Bus passengers, not too crowded this time.

The old railway bridge, which veers around to cross the river.

Crazy development around Mugang area.

Getting a little closer to the countryside.

Blue Ribbon Beer factory, the oldest beer brewing plant here, I understand.

Out to the countryside. This is the main old road to Wuzhou.

Constant river traffic.

Manoevering a barge loaded with cars and trucks.

Manoevering a barge loaded with cars and trucks.

Manoevering a barge loaded with cars and trucks.

Constant river traffic.

Constant river traffic.

Small vegetable plot, looking a little sad, but no spot is wasted.

Constant river traffic.

Constant river traffic.

Wild banana plant.

Wild banana plant.

Looking away from the river, up into the hillside.

Constant river traffic.

Constant river traffic.

Constant river traffic.

Small vegetable plot, looking a little sad, but no spot is wasted.

Maybe a brick factory, just over the road.

Opportunistic tree roots.

Bus shelter at the end of the route.

The name of the location.

Wild banana plants.

Bus shelter at the end of the route.

Greg, waiting for the return bus.

At least being the first ones on the bus, we had open...

Rice is turning to gold, through the trees.

We had to change buses here, it appears to be a bus...

More rice fields.

Countryside development. Dusty and simple.

Greg tells me that this market area opens at the back onto...

Countryside development. Dusty and simple.

More rice ripening.

Massive piles of cut poles, that I almost missed looking through the...

A stop along the way.

New bridge for the high speed train service to Wuzhou.

New bridge for the high speed train service to Wuzhou.

New bridge for the high speed train service to Wuzhou.

New bridge for the high speed train service to Wuzhou.

Police check? We did not have to stop!

Roadhouse, local style.

Pretty flowers, taken out of the bus window.

The approach to the old GaoYao bridge. What a difference now there...

Traffic heading in off the bridge is heavier, but nothing like the...

I love the shapes and textures in the trees in town.

I love the shapes and textures in the trees in town.

I love the shapes and textures in the trees in town.

Our 4RMB dumplings. I keep coming back, they are just so nice.

Please be conservation aware, and do not use disposable chopsticks.

Food Safety Grades Notification. It does not look to special, but I...

I love the shapes and textures in the trees in town.

Chinese flag, fluttering proudly at a window over the road.

Colours and textures on these leaves were interesting.

Colours and textures on these leaves were interesting.

Colours and textures on these leaves were interesting.

Tiny little leaf on the tree trunk.

Shop making and selling lion dance costumes.

The colour of Zhaoqing city.

Up a little back alley.

Looks like a mosque up here.

If you close a shop, just tear everything down, and walk away!

If you close a shop, just tear everything down, and walk away!

Just a little gold jewellery. Not much overkill!

Greg was thrilled with this display in Walmart.

Greg was thrilled with this display in Walmart.

More New Zealand import.

And even Australia is represented.

How R U - great name for a shop. I got myself...


Before I make a start, a disclaimer, particularly for my camera club friends. Apologies for the quality of the images, most were taken through very dirty bus windows!!

Well, finally today, we did our bus trip. We took a #4 bus, which Greg got from near his hotel, and I picked up at the back gate of the college. This bus heads out of town to the west, along the river. And instead of the normal 2RMB fare, it cost 3RMB to get to the end of the run.

Even through Mugang, near where Andy first worked, the development is intense. Perhaps sometime I will stop being so amazed! But not any time soon, I reckon!

As we got well out of town, a girl came up to talk to us. It seems that the driver is concerned that we do not know where we are going to, but with her help, and her pretty good English, she could reassure us all. She works in a bank in Shenzhen and is coming home for the weekend.

We got off the bus at the terminus, and from there, we saw a road heading down to the waterfront, and as we arrived, a ferry was leaving the wharf pushing/pulling a barge loaded with vehicles, which he appeared to be transporting over the river.

At one point there were eleven freighters in view at the one time. All different sizes and load types. It is incredible how busy this river is, but it is in fact the biggest river in the area.

There was a small shop at the bus terminal, but it was not open. The time was around lunch time, so perhaps they were sleeping. It certainly appears that they still live there as there was washing drying outside.

Over the road was a smoke stack, emitting a constant stream of smoke. By the location, and the environment, Greg surmised that it is probably a brick factory.

It was very nice to spend quiet time out of time, with the river to watch, and after about 25 minutes, the next bus arrived, for us to head back to town.

We'd only gone a couple of kilometres, when the driver pulled in to a bus parking area, and indicated that we should get off this bus, and onto another one that was waiting there.

I tried many times to get good shots of the new high speed rail bridge, but with trees along the roadside, it was quite a challenge. I did end up with a few reasonably good shots, but I was very disappointed to miss out on a really special one. The high speed train was crossing the bridge, heading from Wuzhou to Zhaoqing, but it was way too quick to get the camera back up to catch an image!

We got the bus all the way back into town, and got off near Greg's hotel. First stop was the little dumpling shop, for our favourite lunch snack! From there I went over the road to a little shop where Greg gets insect spray from. I am taking his recommendation, and the price is really good, in this local market area.

We wandered further up the street, and I met the lady Greg bought his phone from. I am leaning more and more towards a new phone - and probably very soon!! I did actually go back, unaccompanied, and got a price on the latest model Huawei Honor 7x, which is a newer model than Greg's. A little more expensive than I had hoped, but she can no longer get the same model as his, so a newer one it might just have to be!

Next stop was the little supper/snack shop, for fried eggs, and coffee! Nice to be back here, and to remember some of the yummy foods I have had here in the past!

Then we got a taxi over to Kangle Lu, to go to Walmart in the International Square. I was looking for a couple of storage boxes, to try and organize cooking utensils, so they don't clog up the whole of the drawers. Found two boxes, with lids, for 9.9RMB each. Around $2.

I couldn't believe what I found in Walmart - a half leg of lamb - or mutton as it translated. But it looks too small to be mutton, so I could not resist. This is surely going to be a first for me in China. But Scott has bought himself an oven, so we will see how we go with it!

After finishing in the shops, I headed on a bus to home.

I had not been home long, when Scott asked if I wanted to come into town with him, to look at fridges. He is thinking about buying his own fridge. The one he has is very small, and not at all efficient.

So, what is a girl to do, but put back on the shoes, and head off again!

We got a bus into town, and went firstly into Suning. their fridges were all way over priced. So next stop was over the road to RT Mart, and they had much better prices. But we also went to Walmart, and they had the best range, along with best prices. So that looks like it will be it, when he gets around to it.

When we left the shopping mall, we went to KFC. I got a chicken burger, chips and a drink, and we got a bus home.

By the time we got back, I was pretty tired, but it had been a great day!



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