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Oct 29, 2011 - Nanning, accidentally

All our plans started with us going through Vietnam (with a hint of Cambodia), onwards through west coast China and into Japan. However, we liked Vietnam enough to extend our plans and stay a little longer. This has put a little stress on China and Japan we have booked a boat already. This has left with not much time to see anything in China, so what we decided was to head straight to Shanghai in the hope that the one week we have in China is well spent. We got our ticket in Hanoi to head to Nanning, the hub between China and Vietnam. A...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Yangshuo

I took an early morning walk along the river. There was a hazy red sun rising over the river and 4 men floating down the river with no visible flotation device (Susan saw them the next day and they did have some kind of inflated pillow). The boat people were washing their clothes in the river and more people were exercising on the river walk on the public outdoor exercise machines. Today we biked 30 km (18 miles) from our hotel out into the countryside and experienced China the way Chinese do - on a bicycle through the city streets with...

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Oct 22, 2011 - Yangshuo

Our first stop was the town of Fuli known for its paper printed fans. We watched them making the fans. Bob was in a buying mood and bought a fan and stand and a Chinese scroll printed on silk. Next we walked through the local market. It is held every 3 days and it is where the local people shop for their food (no supermarkets in the area)and clothing. Everything was sold there, produce, meat, clothing, shoes (Susan bought another pair for Teva), tools, knives, etc. Lisa bought jicama in the vegetable market which she called “lian shu” and...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Kunming - Yangshou

We spent five hours in Kunming after a morning flight from Shangri-la. As we were going down in altitude and up in temperature, I hoped my tummy would be feeling better soon. John, our guide, met us at the airport and took us to the bird and flower outdoor market where we saw strange animals like scorpions, snakes and lizards being sold as pets and beetles being sold as pet food. He took us to a fast food Chinese restaurant called Dico’s for lunch. It could have been MacDonald’s except it was Chinese food being served. We then went to the...

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Oct 17, 2011 - Guangzhou/Yangshou/Guilin

Bus hopped to the Chinese border, had to wait 1.5 hours for bus to Guangzhou. Enormous manufacturing/distribution centre with miles and miles of wholesale warehouses. City has a population of 12m - over half the total population of Australia! Friendly, helpful people. Stayed 3 days at Grand Continental, $40pn - huge room on 28th floor, floor to ceiling windows, flat screen TV, kitchen - a bargain. Spent time just absorbing the place. Fantastic bus ride from Guangzhou to Yangshuo - 6 hours of tunnels (some 4 mks long) and bridges, through...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Cooking school

Woke up early so decided to take a walk through the town. Streets were pretty empty – shop keepers opening up, people cleaning up the litter from the night before. Quite misty in places as well. Interesting to see the town so calm. Then back to the hotel to pack. After a leisurely breakfast we got on the bus for the short trip to the town market with Erica, who will be our cooking instructor for lunch – this morning we learn to cook Chinese! The market was most interesting, and a bit disturbing. As we entered there were large baskets of...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Li River Voyage

Up way too early and a quick breakfast, then a bus ride across town again to the dock on the Li River. We were given a table to sit at for drinks and stuff, but the real action was on the observation decks. Starting off men on bamboo rafts would paddle up to the boat and offer various fruits and jade products, tying their rafts to the boats, then pushing off to go to the next boat in line – there were probably ten boats all together. Then we entered the karst garden – both sides of the river were lined with conical and oddly shaped...

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Jul 18, 2011 - The Dragon's Spine

After way too short a sleep we got up and had a hasty breakfast – after getting our dirty clothes together for the laundry – then headed for the bus to Long Sheng. We traveled through the town of Guilin and saw the incredible krast formations – limestone “buttes” with points all along the edge of the town. Then through farm country with duck and chicken farms – not the industrial stuff of the US – but herds of ducks – hundreds – all scrabbling around in a big pond area. The ducks here ave been bred so they can't fly, so no issues with...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Yangshuo Update

Today we went to a cave, but it turned out to be more of a walk through the forrest. Nothing is in English, so we never really understand what we are seeing. We crossed a big wooden bridge; the whole walk reminded me of something out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. We could hear loud music (sounded like a sacrifice) and a crowd of people below. When we got there, some sort of dance/show had just ended. Nonetheless, we got swarmed by people taking and wanting to take pictures with us and filming. This happens usually wherever we go...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Clay and delay

Up and a quick breakfast before boarding the bus – luggage packed and taken away as we're scheduled to leave at 4:00 this afternoon. Xian awaits! The day started with a visit to the factory where they make the Terra Cotta warriors. We took a look at the kiln and got an explanation about the great clay that is used to make these and other objects. Then into the workshop to see a man who does individual busts for about $900 – the ones on display were quite good. Then an explanation of how lacquer ware is produced. Then, surprise, we were...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Yangshuo

We landed at Guilin airport, cleared Chinese Customs, and came out to find a woman holding a sign that said BRENT FITZGERALD. That caught us by surprise. It was a taxi driver the hotel had arranged for us. We took an hour drive through the night to the town of Yangshuo. It was an interesting initial experience. We could also see the silhouettes of all the mountains around us. The retreat is relaxing and gives a good local experience, but also provides some needed western necessities, thankfully! The weather is extremely humid. Sebastian...

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Apr 16, 2011 - Guilin

Today was a rare day in all our travels – not much on the schedule. So, this is going to be a short post. And here we go. In the morning we said a reluctant goodbye to Shanghai. What a vibrant city it is. And, like Beijing, a city we want to return to someday to explore in more detail. We were off to the Shanghai airport to board a 2½ hour flight to our next destination – the city of Guilin. Well, actually our main destination will be a 4-5 hour cruise along the Li River. But, that is for tomorrow. It was mid afternoon when our flight...

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