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Jun 5, 2014 - Xian and Terracotta Warriors

For some reason everyone was awake early this morning. After a great hotel breakfast we embarked into our minivan and were off to visit the Wild Goose Pagoda located only a few kilometres from our lodgings. Built in 684 AD the pagoda is now a tranquil garden with a small museum. We strolled the grounds and noted the numerous elderly people doing morning exercises. We then went to the site of the Terracotta Warriors discovered by 9 farmers digging a well in 1974. If the farmers had dug six feet further east they would have missed this...

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Greely Go'ers

May 5, 2014 - A happy farewell to China

And so it ends as it began. Shanghai, like Hong Kong, is a metropolis devoted to lucre, with huge skyscrapers and ugly modern buildings, not to mention terrible food. Plus there's the usual hassle, with the specialty here being girls who try to lure single men to bars where they then get ripped off with exorbitant bills. But - hang on - isn't Shanghai in China, a supposedly Communist country? The only real evidence you still get throughout China that it is a one party state, apart from the hideous architecture, is the fact that you can...

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Six months in Asia

May 1, 2014 - Last entry

2nd May Last day in Shanghai today as we fly out this afternoon with a connection in Guangzhou that will see us arriving home at 9:00 am Saturday morning, that is if all goes to plan. This morning there were no planned activities (a relief) so Ieva, Sue and I decided to catch a taxi back along the Bund to have morning tea in the Peace Hotel. Today is a public holiday for most people and the streets were filling fast. We walked along Nanjing Rd to take in the shops before exploring the Peace Hotel. The hotel is Art Deco and had a 300 million...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Shanghai

30th April and 1st May Wednesday started off with a visit to the Shanghai Museum. Security there has certainly been upgraded since I was there 12 years ago. Bags go through the scanner and everyone was checked with metal detectors. If you wanted to carry in water then you had to drink some in front of the guards. The museum is not too large, but certainly is of world class standard. The dress of the minority groups were colourful and many also exotic. After lunch we walked along the Bund which follows the Hungpo River. The skyscrapers all...

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Apr 27, 2014 - In a Shanghai Noodle Factr’y….

Place where I once used to be Nowhere doing nothing…. Shanghai! One of the largest cities in the world! I’ve heard it said that it looks like 5 Manhattans jammed together! I wouldn’t know, it was all clouded in when I arrived and stayed that way the whole time I was there. Sucks. Especially because I had a hotel room with a view of the entire skyline, well I mean it would have been the entire skyline if it wasn’t so cloudy :-) Oh well, I can’t control the weather. So there I was nowhere, doing nothing, seeing nothing, well it wasn’t that...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Avril 2014 Shanghai

Tranche de vie du mois d'avril a Shanghai avec l'anniversaire d Aloe et ses amis sous le theme de la jungle/safari'. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Few photos in April at Shanghai including Aloe safari birthday party with her friends.

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Jan 20, 2014 - Were off again on our travels

Hi All of you poor souls who signed up for my blog the last twice. I have been asked to write one this trip so as you had signed up previously you will get my ramblings. If you would prefer not to then please just respond to this and I will remove you from my list. Take care and enjoy the winter. See you all again soon but hopefully when we do we will be a bit tanned. XX Ann New Zealand 2014 so 2nd time around! Well we have finally set off on our travels again- it must be that time of year when snow is expected in the UK and the Barnes head...

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Jan 4, 2014 - The Balmoral--Embarcation

On January 4th, we transferred from London to Southampton. We looked at all options for the transfer. Busses had a limit of 2 bags of 44 pounds each. To take the train we needed a cab to the station, a train to the next station, a train to Southampton, a cab to the hotel--and that meant we had to move 5 bags between each one. We found a private car that would pick us up door-to-door for about the same price as the train/cab option, so that is what we did. I was a little concerned when the traffic jam appeared and our taxi's low fuel signal...

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Jan 2, 2014 - Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by succeeding monarchs and it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The castle includes the 15th-century St George's Chapel. More than five hundred people live and work in Windsor Castle. Originally designed to...

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Dec 23, 2013 - Day 10

Today was a very low key day and I did nothing. I went downstairs and had breakfast this morning but spent the rest of the day in my room. Grandpa and Carol went to the hospital because Carol is very sick. I stayed back at the hotel but grandpa was there all day with her. I did homework and watched a lot of movies and TV. Grandpa called me around 4 and told me that carol has an ammonia and that she has to stay at the hospital for a couple days. Later when grandpa came back to the hotel, he told me that Carol was being put into a different...

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Dec 22, 2013 - Day 9

Today we went to the Master of the Net Gardens. It was cool but didn't really spark my interest a whole lot. For a matter of fact, it didn't interest any of us but that's okay. After, we went to lunch which was fine. Then we went on a boat down the Grand Canal. This was really pretty because the views are similar to when you would go down a canal in Venice, Italy. After, we went to a market but it was to cold to walk the whole market so we had people bike us around the market to see everything. We didn't shop, but there are better markets...

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Dec 21, 2013 - Day 8

This morning only grandpa and I went down to breakfast, because Carol still isn't feeling well. The buffet downstairs was amazing. They had cinnamon toast, pancakes, fruit, and much more. After breakfast, we met up with Jenny, who is our guide in Shanghai. The three of us went to the Oriental Pearl TV tower and took an elevator all the way to the top. The view of Shanghai was gorgeous, all the high rise buildings in the city by the river was an unbelievable sight. There was also a glass floor and that was really fun to look down. Also,...

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