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Apr 16, 2008 - 美麗的中國!!!

Well we certainly had a crash course on Chinese language, culture and history over the past week. Guangzhou hit us like a tonne of bricks... we arrived into the largest city we have been to this year (a staggering 13 million people!!) to a humongous smoggy overcast skyline and no English to be found...anywhere! Somehow, we found our way onto a local bus which ended up dropping us at a famous roundabout, one of the only recognizable landmarks in our guidebook. We found out quickly that much of the next two months would depend on good luck,...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Cheryl flies in to Guangzhou.

This morning I was up at 6.45, to make sure that I had plenty of time to wake up, and get myself moving, in time to get the 9.20am bus out of Zhaoqing. I left the college, and had plenty of time to get a bus into town, and actually arrived at the bus station at 9am, which meant that I had spare time. So, I went into the little shop at the entrance, and bought myself some biscuits, to nibble on, on the trip. We left on time, and I actually slept for quite a bit of the journey, which helps to relieve the boredom. But, when we arrived into...

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Mar 31, 2008 - Goody Goody Gumdrops!

By Reece “The good news is that I am not just addicted to chocolate…I like all kinds of candy.” – Reece Jacobsen My family and I went to a candy factory in China. My Daddy’s friend’s friends own the factory. When we first got to the factory there were 6 shelves filled with candy! And a lollipop 3 times the size of my head! The first place we went to on the factory tour was where they made the candy molds. They would carve characters out of candy bricks. A person that worked there gave us a huge marshmallow bear. Then we had to put on hair...

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Feb 19, 2008 - Looking for Dong, Xiao Hua - off to Guangzhou

February 19th was a big day for us. The touring was over and it was time to embark on the 3 hour flight to Guangzhou, in southern China. Over the weeks prior to the trip, we frequently checked the weather and found it to be very cold with many people who work in Guangzhou stuck due to weather conditions. We figured it would be cold there as well. Wrong. It was balmy and there were palm trees. We didn't know it would feel a little like Hawaii or Florida - a pleasant surprise. The hotel, The White Swan, is a beautiful 5-Star hotel where most...

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Dec 14, 2007 - Zaijian (Goodbye) China

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We both felt that after almost three months in China we should close with an overview of our time in China. Here are a few notes about some of the things that stand out in our minds. INFRASTRUCTURE In many ways we feel that we picked almost the perfect time to visit China. We made a conscious decision to visit before the Beijing Olympics because we think the Games will change many things about China and we wanted to see the country before this happens. However, we were so amazed by the fabulous state of the...

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Dec 11, 2007 - Guangzhou

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Guangzhou (Canton) has a long history as an active trading port at the mouth of the Pearl River. Many people give the city a miss because of its reputation for pollution, traffic snarls and drab concrete architecture. There was nothing we had heard about the city that would tempt us to make a visit but as there are no direct flights from Guilin to Hanoi, we had to choose to return to Kunming or move on to Guangzhou. We could have passed through the city as a transit passenger, but we have come to trust the Lonely...

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Dec 5, 2007 - Day 71 - We did it!...Sa Pa to Guangzhou in 38 hours

We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in Guangzhou at 7am after an 11 hour journey. Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton) is the 5th largest city in China with approximately 12 million people (a similar size to Bangkok). It is modern and clean. It was another huge mission to try and find one taxi driver who could understand which hotel we needed to go to. Our booking confirmation was written in English and did not have a phone number for the hotel. The radio operator from the taxi company spoke a little English and we eventually got...

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Sep 1, 2007 - Guangzhou

Well, travelling in China has proven to be a little harder than anywhere else we have travelled so far and we have run into a couple of obstacles so far! I guess firstly we have been very spoilt that everywhere we have travelled so far everyone has spoken English and here very few people do! And as Chinese is a tonal language we try to say the Chinese word how it is translated into English and it's totally wrong! Like the other day John was trying to get to a train station called Tung Chung but as we found out later it is pronounced...

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May 4, 2007 - To Guangzhou to collect Noel.

Well, I had the clock set for early, so that I could get everything done, before I left for Guangzhou. I had a bus ticket booked for 9.40, so that will give me plenty of time to get to GZ and then to the airport, I hope. I wanted to get some snacks for on the bus at the supermarket, but they were not open, so I missed out! The man at the gate called a taxi for me, and then, when it had not arrived, called again. He speaks no English, but he is so very helpful, and friendly. Taxi to the bus station, and just enough time to pick up some...

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Apr 11, 2007 - 2474 km til Beijing (Guangzhou)

Hej folkens! Saa er der nyheder igen, nu fra Kina! Tog bussen i morges fra Hong Kong og sidder nu i en ny storby, Guangzhou. Ved ikke lige helt, om byen har det store at byde paa, men orkede ikke en laengere rejse end de smaa bitte 3 timer i dag. Forresten, god paaske til jer allesammen! Vi havde selv en paaske med masser af paaskeaeg, der var fragtet til os med Britta og Erling. Tak for de smaa pakker, I har sendt med, blade, slik og leverpostej! Erling og Britta var jo paa besoeg. Havde en dejlig uge i Hong Kong, hvor vi fik koert en hel...

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Mar 26, 2007 - Rush trip to Guangzhou to meet Margo and Coby

I got stuck into finishing cleaning and tidying my apartment, and doing some washing, ready for my visitors. Meilia called me to ask if she could come up to visit, which was a bit of a nuisance, but she needed to talk to me, so I said that it would be OK. It actually worked out quite well, as it meant that I did not need to get dressed yet, and I could send her down to get some lunch for us from the restaurant. I finished mopping the floors, with her watching TV, and then got my shower, checked that I had everything I needed for my night...

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Mar 8, 2007 - Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is nothing short of amazing. We are happy to be spending our last few days before heading home. Our tour guide picked us up and said, "welcome back to civilization", which was somewhat off-colour but much like any British settlement, the ways of the Brits can be seen everywhere making Hong Kong an interesting combination of old and new. We did a half day tour and visited Hong Kong Island, across the harbour from Kowloon Peninsula where we were staying. Hong Kong Island (HKI) is a short drive through an underwater tunnel and a...

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