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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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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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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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Nov 15, 2010 - Bikes and Beer Pong

Turns out only one entrance to the metro was closed, which means had I been able to understand the directions given by the station staff I may have been able to see more of Guangzhou. Anyhow, what’s done is done. By the time I returned to the metro all had returned to normal. In no time I was sitting in the Fangcun Passenger Terminal trying to figure out which gate my bus would board through. Through a process of elimination whereby I tried to match the characters on the signs to the ones on my ticket, I was able to deduce that gate 2 was...

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Oct 31, 2010 - First 30-days in China - Gaungxi Provence

Our first 30-days in China are up, so we've headed to Macau to exit the country in order to re-enter and continue on for our next 30-days. We've had an amazing experience riding the northeastern countryside of Guangxi provence. We'd like to share a couple of our favorite places. Yangshuo and Xingping: These two tourist destinations are just that, but the reasons are remarkable. They are surrounded by the most stunning scenery of karst peaks and they both sit along the Yulong and Li Rivers. The karst peaks go on as far as the eye can see, we...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Nanning

Arrived in Nanning at around 6.30am in the morning. Waited or the platform to clear and met back up again with Angie. Who began by complaining about people talking in the corridor outside her bedroom, needless to say very little sympathy was forthcoming. We went straight to the ticket office to buy tickets for Hanoi and managed to get soft sleepers, thank goodness. We spent the morning walking around Peoples Park a very picturesque setting in the middle of this busy city. We sat by the large lake there, chilling, killing time and...

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Jul 12, 2010 - Yangshou

Well turns out we picked a pretty good place to stay for a few days. Despite the main street being ridiculously busy with chinese tour groups the surrounding area is absolutley amazing. This is the place on the HSBC advert with the cormorant fishing and all the karst mountains in the background amd where crouching tiger was filmed. The past few days have been pretty action packed, we have been on bike rides, climbing mountains, kayaked down rivers, been on hikes and sweated a lot even when standing still due to the ridiculous humidity...

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Jun 6, 2010 - Foggy day in Guilin

STANDARD SIGHT SEEING The fog was even more extreme today but today is all we have left here so we stuck to our plans. The first site was Yao Mountain which had a chair lift to the top that is supposed to be a major tourist site. On a clear day it would be spectacular but today…not so much. There was the option of taking a sled ride down the mountain. Simon had done a very small one in Singapore and blistered his hand because he had to pull on the breaks so hard. This discouraged him from trying this much, much longer and steeper run. As it...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Guilin China

China Visas: Prior to leaving Canada we had read many things about getting a Visa to China and they all seemed negative for people in our situation, that of applying for a visa in a third country. The official China Embassy site even indicated that Visa’s would not be issued from Hong Kong. Because of this we planned our trip to have us in Hong Kong a long time (2.5 weeks) to give us time to get the visa, and China for only 3 weeks so we would not have to apply for the more difficult long term visa. Now, way back in Calgary I went to the...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Shi Ban Qiao Village nr Yangshuo

Shi Ban Qiao, China: A Rural Retreat ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 03-09 June 2010 Journey & Accommodation It takes nine hours to get from Shanghai to the small village a 25 minute walk from the centre of tourist Mecca Yangshuo. It involves no fewer than six types of transport: a subway train to the maglev train to the airport. A flight to Guilin then a shuttle bus from the airport to Guilin and a taxi from the drop-off point to the bus...

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May 29, 2010 - Last week in China :(

Hello!!! :) It's been an interesting week. Helen and I started the week off with an adventure to Kunming in Yunnan province. We took an 18.5hour train journey and eventually arrived at a brilliant hostel. In Kunming we walked around the city, saw some of the sights, the Bamboo Temple in particuliar was stunning! But Helen then left to venture off to Lijiang to do Tiger Leaping Gorge. I was supposed to be going with her but there wasn't enough time in order for me to return to Guilin to catch my flight. Instead i stayed in Kunming one more...

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May 25, 2010 - Li River, Biking, Rafting And Hiking In Yangshuo

If there was just one word, one place which would be the whole reason to visit China, I would tell you "Yangshuo". Nothing we expected to be just so beautiful, so amazing with breath taking views and the one place that was the icing on the cake for my Roam China trip. We arrived at Guilin train station around 5am for the hours drive to Yangshuo, and we began our visit with a beautiful sun rise over the lush mountains that we drove further towards. We arrived out our Mountain Side hotel, as our rooms weren't ready yet we went for breakfast...

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