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  • Journey to the West - VThe last leg of my Sichuan travels is coming to an end. Chengdu is depressing - its always grey, cloudy, misty, dark. It feels like judgment day has arrived. I need to see mountains again, feel the wind, see a Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 25, 2009
  • Journey to the West - IVChengdu/Leshan/Emei Shan After returning to Chengdu, I got myself the Panda Card (15RMB) which offers free entry to 10 sights in and around Chengdu. At Sim's, I signed up for a tour to the Giant Panda Research Center ([[http://www.travelchinaguide Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 11, 2009
  • Journey to the West - IIIKangding/Tagong/Danba From Ganzi, I departed to head back to Kangding via Tagong. I decided to stay one night in Tagong at the Snowland Hostel. One the way to Tagong, the bus was stopped 3 times because I was Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 11, 2009
  • Journey to the West - IIAfter my stay at the school, I went to a few places along the Sichuan-Tibet highway. The 2,412km long Sichuan-Tibet Highway starts from Chengdu of Sichuan on the east and ends at Lhasa of Tibet on the west. The road Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 6, 2009
  • Journey to the WestAfter 3 years in Beijing, time has come to get to know the other places of China and Asia. And so, I decided to spend 3 months travelling and volunteering around Sichuan and Yunnan province in Western China. After Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Oct 4, 2009
  • Great Wall Marathon and other May happeningsMay is coming to an end already and I find myself having to update my blog again. The weather is gorgeous which means lots of outdoors activities are taking place in my life. The second week of May saw the "Beijing Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 28, 2009
  • Beijing Spring - 2009 cont.Two of our Beijing Explorer trips were reserved for art complexes; Caochangdi Village and The Brewery. Nine years ago, the pre-eminent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made a bold move to the outskirts of Beijing. In an area called Caochangdi Village, by Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 30, 2009
  • Beijing Spring - 2009The cold Beijing winter is finally gone, Spring is at its best and the travel season in Beijing has officially started - it is May 1st, International Workers Day. This months also marks my 3rd year in China; it Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 30, 2009
  • Goodbye 2008; Welcome 2009Its Christmas time and I haven't updated my blog in 4 months. So, let me recount some of the events that happened during the past months. Before heading back to work, I took some time off after the Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Dec 22, 2008
  • Shanhaiguan - Great Wall into the sea[[http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/scene/hebei/shanhaiguan/| Shanhaiguan ]] I finally made my way over the Hebei province to visit the famous Shanhaiguan Great Wall. Its pretty straight forward to get there; there are a number of trains Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Aug 30, 2008
  • Paralympic GamesWe, Brian and Jennifer, Wandi and Claire and Shawn and Sofie, had a great day out watching wheelchair basketball at the NIS (National Indoor Stadium) and then rowing at the Shunyi Rowing and Kayak Park. Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Sep 12, 2008
  • Jiankou Great Wall overnight campingDue to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery, Jiankou Great Wall has become a photographic hotspot and also a hot travel destination these days. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, because the shape of the mountain Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Sep 10, 2008
  • Parks and Temples of BeijingThe week after the Olympics saw me racing around BJ visiting temples and park that had been on my "list to do/see things" for the past 2 years. So here it goes: Ditan Park Just north of the Lama Temple Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Sep 8, 2008
  • The 2008 Beijing OlympicsSo the time finally came to participate in China's long awaited event - The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A few days after I got back from central Asia, the first foreign volunteer training session was held at a hotel near Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Aug 24, 2008
  • China after the quake ... and last working daysIts been almost 2 weeks since the devastating earthquake in Sichuan. Being in Beijing, I hadnt felt the earthquake although many people/companies evacuated their office buildings. Since then, donations have poured in. However, I would much rather Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 28, 2008
  • Visiting QufuSituated in the southwest of Shandong Province, Qufu is one of the first of 24 famous historical and cultural cities announced by the State Council. It is 160 kilometers (about 99 miles) from the capital of Shandong Jinan and 45 Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 9, 2008
  • Jiankou Great Wall adventureLocated in the mountain ridge of Xizhazi Village, Huairou County in Beijing, Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | May 2, 2008
  • Harbin in SpringHeilongjiang Province, the most northwesterly part of China, when viewed on a map has the shape of a swan. Its capital city is Harbin, which is located south of Heilongjiang. Not only for its special position, but also as the Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Apr 7, 2008
  • Beijing's new CCTV tower and 798 Art SpaceAs Beijing is reaching its building climax (construction will be stopped between July and September) I asked one of my students if he could give me a tour of the CCTV tower which is suppossed to be completed just in Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Mar 20, 2008
  • Chinese New Year CelebrationsHappy New Year China; it is 2008, the year of the rat. Besides meeting with friends, attending a Chinese Family New Year celebration and visiting Temple Fairs, I am taking it easy and enjoying a rather quiet BJ. I don't Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Feb 10, 2008
  • Drum and Bell Tower and skating on Houhai LakeWintertime in BJ offers opportunities for ice skating/ice chairing and skiing. There are a couple of man-made ski resorts within 1 or 2 hours driving distance from BJ. We went to Houhai Lake for the skating and to Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • Beijing Crosstalk anyone?As I mentioned earlier, I have been to two Xiangsheng performances and one Pingshu performance. For the uninitiated, let me give you a little background info on Crosstalk Crosstalk, xiangsheng in Chinese (literally, "face and voice"), is a traditional fo Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • The latest perambulations in and around BeijingBrowsing through my travelpod entries, I realized that I have neglected the faithful friends, family and travelers. And so, on the 2nd snowy day in Beijing, while drinking the 3rd cup of tea and listening for the 3rd Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Jan 22, 2008
  • Impressions of MacauThe Macau marathon trail;-) I fly into Zhuhai and crossed the border to Macau from there. Wayne, my CS host, was waiting for me on the Macau side. The border was extremely busy and I feared being sent back to Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Dec 15, 2007
  • Beijing Life IIIIts getting cold in BJ but there is always time to go hiking and explore new places. I finally made my way to Datong to visit the Yungang Caves. At the Feitian hotel where I stayed, I met Mark,a Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures by grizzly99 | Nov 13, 2007
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