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Sep 29, 2004 - Mooning

It is the Full Moon Festival tonight, though I have yet to find out whether that is an annual thing or a monthly thing. I do know it involves a lot of people walking the 1200 steps up a karst peak about 10 kms from here that has a moon shaped hole in it, and is therefore called Moon Hill, uncharacteristically straightforward nomenclature for Chinese. Another nearby hill is called the "frogs playing with their boots before eating". I won't be going to Moon Hill, but I will be up for any partying in town. To be honest, I expect little. Mellow...

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Sep 27, 2004 - Paddies

When I was in Beijing, I saw this incident a few times on TV. There had been very bad rains and floods in the area I am now in, and some TV crew and officials were looking at some landslides, and next thing you knew, half of them had just vanished. I couldn't help thinking of this as we were driving into the hills today, where there was evidence of landslides everywhere, and some were still being cleared. This wouldn't have been so bad if there weren't such huge drops off the side of the road, and of course, being China, we were still...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Chasing the dragon

The title refers to three of us looking through thousands of tattoos to try and find the one I chose a few days ago. We have also been having a Mexican stand off about the price, but I gave in in the end, as the guy clearly wasn't going to budge, almost unique round here (as is having tattoos unless you are in the criminal world in some way). Last night I wandered around a while, bumped into Phoenix a couple of times, once with her cute daughter, but no-one else I knew, though eventually Peter found me and we drank until it got quite quiet...

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Sep 25, 2004 - Up the Swanee

I had arranged with Phoenix to find her this morning, and she would sort out with a relative in the town of Xingping for me to get a boat on the River Li. Couldn't find her though, so I went there on a bus on my own and worked it out. The reason to do this was as the official boat-trips are very expensive indeed, but they are an eighth of the price if you get these 'illegal' ones. There was some hiccup at the start, as apparently there were police around somewhere, but then an all clear, and a couple of hours on the Li Jiang, which was...

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Sep 24, 2004 - Road, river and rail

Last night I was having a very yummy duck and mushroom stir fry, and got talking to this local woman who offered to be my guide round the countryside today (for less than four quid for the whole day). Her name (in English, I can't remember it in Chinese) is Phoenix, which I thought was a really cool name. She is also rather good-looking. But before you get any ideas, we had the usual discussions about family, etc, and as I think I said before, it just couldn't happen here anyway. Anyway, she was very nice, and I wouldn't have easily been...

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Sep 23, 2004 - Bonsai Mountains

Early night after Huang Shan I can tell you. Then got up early yesterday and went to visit this old village before I had to catch my train. A lot of places that are billed as old in China (other than grand temples and palaces) are often a dissapointment as they tend to be converted into shops selling tourist stuff, which sort of counteracts the point. This village was the first exception I have seen and was fabulous. When the Chinese middle classes discover second homes in Provence so to speak, they will be flocking down here. Big old...

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Aug 2, 2004 - Yangshou

Well, the train wasn't too bad - managed to sleep for a good part of the 10 hour trip, with a 6:30 arrival in Guilin. It would have been nice to do it in daylight, although I still saw some beautiful moonlit scenery in the dark as we crossed rice paddies and farmland. Met up with another group as we left the train - Olli (a German from England), and Kiae and Chang Yi from Korea. We got the bus straight down to Yangshou, a smaller and cheaper town about an hour & a half south of Guilin. Yangshou is a lovely little town next to the Li river,...

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Adrian's OE 2004

Jul 4, 2004 - Guilin

Chris and I woke up to a gray but dry morning. We packed our climbing gear and headed to West street for breakfast. Only 5 minutes into eating our breakfast, the skies darkened and the rain began. No climbing today : ( Instead, Chris and I decide to go on a leisurely bike ride through the country side. The rain doesn't stop the locals so why should it stop us? We rent bikes, change the contents of our day packs and head our to Moon Hill. We are greeted by two woman selling ice cold water, soda and post cards. Once through the gates and onto...

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Nov 4, 2002 - Yangshuo

Rain, rain go away....Parlows want to go out to play. Somehow the misty drizzles of November in Vancouver had found us in the small travellers' haven of Yangshuo where we huddled over our cafe lattes and played chess to the strains of George Winston on the cafe's stereo system while the rain rain rain fell down down down. Yangshuo is unlike any other place we have seen in China to date -- one entire section of the town seems like it has been lifted from somewhere else and plunked down in the middle of southwestern China. Cafe after cafe...

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Nov 4, 2002 - Yangshuo / Guilin

Rain, rain go away....Parlows want to go out to play. Somehow the misty drizzles of November in Vancouver had found us in the small travellers' haven of Yangshuo where we huddled over our cafe lattes and played chess to the strains of George Winston on the cafe's stereo system while the rain rain rain fell down down down. Yangshuo is unlike any other place we have seen in China to date -- one entire section of the town seems like it has been lifted from somewhere else and plunked down in the middle of southwestern China. Cafe after cafe...

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Parlow China Trip

Nov 30, 2001 - Funny Pointy Hills

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1100 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com F u n n y P o i n t y H i l l s Everything we'd heard about China was wrong starting with the best place to see its most famous scenery, the funny pointy hills soaring a thousand feet over misty waterways. This paradise actually exists where fishermen float on five bamboo poles lashed to impersonate a raft, spearing fish through cone-shaped nets, red lanterns reflecting off perfectly still waters. The waterways, rafts, conical nets and red lanterns were magical, but contrary to what...

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Nov 4, 2001 - Guilin/Yangshuo - updated

Rain, rain go away....Parlows want to go out to play. Somehow the misty drizzles of November in Vancouver had found us in the small travellers' haven of Yangshuo where we huddled over our cafe lattes and played chess to the strains of George Winston on the cafe's stereo system while the rain rain rain fell down down down. Yangshuo is unlike any other place we have seen in China to date -- one entire section of the town seems like it has been lifted from somewhere else and plunked down in the middle of southwestern China. Cafe after cafe...

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