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Jan 22, 2008 - My Birthday - big night out in Dezhou

After a Nana nap in the afternoon, it was time to head off to my "Birthday party" organised by Tonys cousin. We went to KTV which is a room with a big screen, stereo and microphones - karaoke. I don;t know what it is about me and overseas holidays but I won't karaoke in Austrlia but always seem in a position to "have" to do it when I'm away (same deal in NZ). This was a night where I learned (as if I didn;t know) that even though it may be 3% beer, if you drink enough 3% beer, you will still feel sick in the morning. It also doesn't help...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Day 2, Arriving in Jinan, drive to Dezhou

OK, so I'm finally in China proper... I arrived at Jinan and hit straight up by the very cold air even in the closed airport. So I went straight into the toilet and added some more layers and got out my possum merino scarf gloves and hat I bought in Brisbane... I also experienced my first Chinglish which I should have taken a photo of but didn't want to draw even more attention to myself. It was in the bathroom and was along the lines of "recycle save bumf" I'm not even sure what it meant. Nikki and Tony were waiting for me and we headed...

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Apr 20, 2007 - Quindao

Qindao wasn't that great, I'm not going to try and kid myself. There wasn't much to do here, the language barrier had a huge impact on our stay although it made things pretty interesting, it just doesn't top the list. First day, Candace, Leah and I decide to search for a tea set that I've been wanting since Malaysia, but have decided to wait until China because I thought there would be more options, better prices, and what not so that's first thing on our list! The travel agent on board leads us in the right direction, we hail a cab and...

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Sep 9, 2006 - To Mount Tai

Today, September7, we got to sleep in. We were free until 11:00 A.M. so what did I do? Of course, I woke up at 5:00 A.M. and couldn't get back to sleep, so I got dressed and went for a walk. I got out there just as the city was waking up and the street venders were getting set up for breakfast. At 11:00 A.M. we checked out of the hotel, got onto the bus and went for lunch. After lunch we headed south through the mountains to the city of Tai'an. Interesting note 1: for each lunch and dinner, in addition to the food our group is allotted two...

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Sep 6, 2006 - Our day off

Today, Monday, is supposed to be a day to ourselves but they offered an optional tour for a nominal fee so we decided to go with them. I wanted to visit a "hutong" and figured it would be easier to get pictures if I was with a tour group. You could really get some amazing pictures by being a little aggressive but I can't bring myself to be that "in your face'. I find the ordinary chinese to be very shy and private and really don't want their pictures taken. If you ask someone if you can take their picture nine times out of ten they'll say...

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Aug 17, 2006 - Finish sightseeing in Qufu and then drive to Tai Shan, "walk" up mountain

Up and at it this morning - Off to see the Confucious Temple and Mansion. Confucious was born into a noble family in 551BC on September 28th. His father was 64 and his mother in her 20's. He married at 19 and had 1 son; all the temples were built after his death as the Emperors all respected the Kong family and built pavillions and temples to Confucious. From the 44th descendant to the 77th, the title of Duke Yantsen has been given to each of the descendants. The last descendant lived at the mansion in 1924. At the beginning of the Republic...

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Aug 16, 2006 - Continue on to Qufu

The train station wasn't quite as bad here in Nanjing as it was in Suzhou - at least we only had one flight of stairs to maneuver our luggage down! Long day on the train from Nanjing to Qufu - 7:30 til 2:30. 7 of us were in a cabin for 4 - they're called sleepers, but they're hard benches (triple decks). The Chinese people slept well all day; Judy, Rick, Martyn and I played bridge using a suitcase for a table. The toliet was the WORST. Eastern toilet - what they call a squat pot! We finally arrived in Qufu. Confucious was born and died...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Climbing the holy mountain

From Shanghai I headed to Tai'Shan, China's holiest mountain. According to Chinese myth the mountain was formed from the head of Pan Gu who created the earth and those who climb it will live to be 100 years-old it is claimed. I managed (just) to climb the mountain getting up at 5.00am (in an attempt to avoid the worst heat of the day) and when I eventually got to the top, I was so out knackered I felt like I was going die and wouldn't even live to see the next day let alone be 100 years-old. But when I got my breath back the view was...

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Nov 18, 2005 - Mt. Taishan

On our way to Beijing we planned to stop at a small town called Tai'an and try to go and see one of China's five sacred montains, Mt. Taishan. The weather was sunny, but really cold in in the city. We decided to spend the night and go to the top in the morning. There are 6600 steps to the top of the mountain, but Dustin and I took the easy way out. We took a taxi to the base, a bus to the midway point, then the cable car to the top and we only had to take about 100 steps to reach the summit!! It was beautiful up there. There were temples,...

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Nov 16, 2005 - first week in china... impressions

Hello Everyone and thank you for your very supportive emails and responses to our website. It is really nice to know that so many people are following us on our trip. We read all of your email responses... sorry we cannot always take time to respond personally. The past couple of days have been filled with learning and new experiences. Leaving Shanghai and travelling to smaller and more rural cities has been fun and challenging... In the past few days we have seen gardens, temples, a sacred Buddist Island, a famous city by the lake and a...

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Oct 20, 2005 - Qingdao

Qingdao turned out to be a very busy transit hub with ships and trains coming and going every minute. It is also a regional business center with the new town bristling with high-rise office buildings. And they have great kebabs. While on the ship I made friends with a Korean traveler who's ultimate destination was the Soccer World Cup in Germany. His most noticeable peculiarity was the fact that he always wore his rollerblades. Even on the ship we would skate around the decks to the amusement of the adults and delight of the kids. After...

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Oct 23, 2004 - Tai Shan

Thursday (21 October) started pretty early for me with my alarm off at 4.15am as I have to get off the train at Tai'an at 4.40am. I tried to be as quiet as possible as the three old Chinese women sharing my compartment didn't seem best pleased to be sharing with me to start with so I did not want to offend them too much. As it turned out they snored like steam engines so I had hardly slept anyway. Staggered out onto the dark platform and wandered to the exit where there was a frenzy of taxi drivers for very few travellers. One was yelling...

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