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Feb 15, 2013 - Terracotta Warriors

Army of Terracotta Warriors The Terracotta Army is one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world. A life size army of thousands of soldiers stand watch to guard over the soul of the first unifier of China, Qin Shi Huang. The discovery of the site was purely a random event. A peasant farmer discovered the underground vault while digging a well in 1974. There are thousands of soldiers each with a different face modeled after one of the peasants who help to make the soldiers. After the completion of the army all the peasant workers...

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Jan 10, 2013 - Chilling in Changzhou

Well nice to have a bit of time to chill out - the last two days have been spent at Cen's hometown, where we are finally catching up on a bit of sleep after all those early starts! Family dinners out are continuing to expand my waistline, and the afternoons shopping has put a small dent in the bank balance, but its fun just taking it easy and not having to rush to the next destination. Meet the grandparents tomorrow, and maybe a day out at the park - hoping for some more sunshine! We'll have to think about packing after that - glad I got...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Temple Day

Well Cen baby has decided its time to convert me to Buddhism. After all the temples we've visited so far I'm quite surprised that I'm not one already! This time she had the home turf advantage, so off we went to the small temple in town. You know the one with the 14 storey pagoda? The one with the room full of 300 golden Buddha statues? The one with the largest bell in China? do I need to go on? Initially the temple looks a bit forlorn at the front entrance, yet as you progress through, the riches inside just keep getting better and better....

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Jan 6, 2013 - Quiet day about town

Finally a quiet day about town, just had to pop to the insurance company an queue behind 30 people for an hour or so! Train tickets booked for Tuesday trip to Shanghai, and we even discovered a Christian Church - quite odd with a layer of shops underneath it, but beautiful stained glass inside. It was a huge building, recently rebuilt but the original dated back to 1916. The dreaded tummy bug has eventually caught up with me - grrr. I guess it had to happen sometime! Ah well at least I have an excuse not to get fed too much tonight!

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Jan 3, 2013 - New Year Number 1

New Years Eve was spent playing games with great friends and our wonderful boys. A really nice finish to an amazing year. The next afternoon we headed into a hotel in central London right near the Tower bridge. David and Emma joining us the next morning for a day on the double decker buses seeing all of the sites, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Shakespeares globe, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. Again the history and beauty was striking. The time had come to head for home the next morning, Ben threw up in the taxi on the way to the airport...

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Dec 31, 2012 - 4 Days in Paris

We made our way on the Paris metro to our hotel. We had booked one near the Eiffel Tower that said that some rooms had views of the tower. We weren’t expecting much but were amazed to open the curtains in our room to a perfect view of one of the worlds most famous landmarks. We walked down to it that afternoon and planned our ascent for the morning. As night fell the tower came alight and each hour on the hour it sparkles, we just sat in the windows watching and laughing as Matty repeatedly pointed out that the “Awful” Tower is in this...

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Dec 27, 2012 - An English Christmas

Our time with Emma, David and Flynn was fantastic. After such a big year we were very happy to settle in Alcester and village way of life. The weather was cold and at times wet, the boys were happy all playing together so we kept it pretty simple. We spent a nice afternoon walking around Stratford upon Avon, the home of Shakespeare. The highlight of the pre Christmas time was a Saturday afternoon pub crawl through the main street of Alcester, beautiful old pubs and quality English Ales, very different beer to home and China – each one more...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Off to London

Our school year ended on the 14th, strange finishing up for a calendar year and it not being the end of the school year. We have three weeks off now before heading back to school for four weeks before the Chinese New Year holiday. We had a few days to rest up and get organised, and early visit from Santa on Tuesday morning and then headed into Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon for a night in a hotel before heading to the Airport Thursday morning for our flight to London. We left arouund midday Shanghai time and arrived 12 hour later at 4 pm...

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Dec 14, 2012 - The Chinese Cities Introduction

The construction of the Chinese cities began 5,000 years ago at least, and the ancient Chinese cities generally fell into two hypes: capital cities and ordinary cities. The ancient, capitals were all laid out with the imperial palace as the center, and civilian residences in the surrounding areas; and the ordinary cities took the local administration seats of the prefectures and counties at the core, with the temples and civilian residences in the nearby areas. It is the concrete reflection of the feudal hierarchy in the construction of the...

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Dec 14, 2012 - The Cemetery of Confucius

The Cemetery of Confucius is about one kilometer north of Qufu City. It is a cemetery specially for Confucius and his descendants, and the largest,oldest and best-preserved ancient family cemetery in the world. I often travel Xian since the Xian airport transportation has been developed. At the beginning, the cemetery only occupied an area of one hectare. Over the last 2,400 years, all the descendants of Confucius and the members of the Kong clan were buried here. The emperors of the past dynasties constantly bestowed graveyards to the...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Christmas coming fast

Starting to get cold now. We have been very focused on getting a decent winter wardrobe together, the kids leave the house with a beany or ear muffs on in the morning - going to be a very long, short walk to the bus for the next few months. Due to a very unexpected event at school, a real tragedy that knocked us around for a few weeks, I have taken on a full time roll at the school. Time is really flying by and I am slowly getting the hang of it all. The extra money will be nice, although I think we have spent it a few times over already....

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Nov 13, 2012 - Nanjing South of China

Nanjing, meaning "Southern Capital,"is the capital of Jiangsu Province. It is located on the east bank of the Chang River, better known as the Yangzi. It has been national capital several times in the history of China and is today one of the most important national centers as well as being China's biggest inland port. Nanjing is an attractive city with wide, tree-lined boulevards and streets .To the west is the Yangzi, to the north the large Xuanwu Lake,and to the east the Zi Jin, or Purple Mountains. Parts of the old walls of the town are...

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