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Jul 6, 2005 - I've Lost A Day of My Life

Today was supposed to be the day I caught a train to Shanghai, however fate and my own ineptitude have conspired against me. I rose in plenty of time this morning to catch the 8.30 train - yet it was only on my way out the door that I noticed the hostel clock was half an hour fast. It turned out that my watch was in the wrong and that it was in fact half an hour slow. I therefore had to dash across the city in the pouring monsoon rain whilst trying to hail down a taxi - the morning rush hour meant there were no cabs available. Eventually I...

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Sep 21, 2004 - Peak Experiences

As I said, the reason I am here is to go to Huang Shan, a 72 peak mountain range in Anhui Province. It has been a top Chinese tourist attraction for 1200 years, and inspired countless pieces of art, etc, and it is truly awesome, and the best place I have been yet in China, even though it has rained constantly for the last two days. The highest (Lotus Flower) Peak is about 7,000 feet and there are about 30 over 5,000, and I think I went up most of them this morning (not on purpose). Early start yesterday, minibus to the bottom of the Eastern...

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Sep 19, 2004 - Blow up cushion

Not a lot since last entry. I decided I couldn't quite face Shanghai, so messed around and then spent most of the afternoon in the Garden of the Humble Administrator again, chilling, and drooling over the bonsais. And then 5 hours in the train station. If you think there are some interesting cases in British train and bus stations, you should see Chinese ones. I am never quite sure whether they are homeless mad opiate addicts, or just peasants from the deep country come to town to have their gills removed and their toes counted. The Weston...

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Jul 14, 2004 - Tunxi / Huang Shan

In Tunxi aangekomen gaat het plotseling weer hozen. Het was de hele reis mooi weer. Op het station spreekt een vrouw ons aan die een vriendje heeft die een neef heeft die ons wel naar Tangkou aan de voet van de Yellow Mountains kan brengen. (Zo werkt dat in China...) De rit duurt 1 1/2 uur. Ze vragen Y 100, maar na lang pingelen doen ze het voor Y 60. Onderweg kopen we kaartjes voor de trein naar Shanghai die hij 'toevallig' bij zich heeft. Hopelijk zijn ze niet vals. Kaartjes kopen op een station is echt een ramp dus we nemen het...

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Oct 5, 2002 - Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain)

Huang Shan typified our impression of traditional Chinese scenic painting, with multiple majestic peaks of black rock poised amongst the omnipresent clouds. We approached our climb of this mountain from the east, consisting of 3 hours of straight climbing up endless steep staircases. There were no delightful strolls between staircases. It was the proverbial "stairway to heaven". Faye, whose had a 24-hour tummy bug, ended up backing down to the cable car and meeting the three boys at what we thought to be the summit. As with the earlier...

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Oct 5, 2001 - Huang Shan

Huang Shan typified our impression of traditional Chinese scenic painting, with multiple majestic peaks of black rock poised amongst the omnipresent clouds. We approached our climb of this mountain from the east, consisting of 3 hours of straight climbing up endless steep staircases. There were no delightful strolls between staircases. It was the proverbial "stairway to heaven". Faye, whose had a 24-hour tummy bug, ended up backing down to the cable car and meeting the three boys at what we thought to be the summit. As with the...

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