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  • PER RICOMINCIARECiao a tutti, buon annooooooo!!!!! Scusate la lunga assenza, ma ahime' il rientro non e' stato semplice...diciamo che ritornare ai ritmi del lavoro, della lingua e della Cina in generale mi ha un po' provato. Vabe' bando alle ciance, cominciamo questo Posted by Gamby in Travel Is My Nature | Jan 23, 2015
  • The heart of the city4 January 2015 Beijing A couple of weekends ago, following advice from a well known travel book, I visited one of the main tourist Hutongs in Beijing. To say I found it a little underwhelming after the hype I had read Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Jan 18, 2015
  • Chengdu MuseumOur first full day in Chengdu, we ventured out to the Sichuan museum. It was much trickier to find with Google maps being blocked by the Chinese government, but luckily, two parking attendants and a random man who spoke English Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Jan 14, 2015
  • Another day in karst wonderland: Yanshuo We had a few morning missions to complete in Yangshuo. Making breakfast was one of them, although we were met with a line of fellow travellers. Most seemed to be in their thirties and European Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Jan 14, 2015
  • Matters of Pollution30 December 2014 Beijing After almost 8 years in Wellington I was convinced the wind was my enemy; those bad hair days, being blown in the opposite direction to where I was walking, and of course those days of having to go Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Dec 30, 2014
  • Do We Know It's Christmas?25 December 2014 Beijing As in my previous post Christmas morning was first spent at the Public Security Bureau (PSB) to apply for my residents permit so that I can stay in China. To be honest I wasn't really feeling at Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Dec 29, 2014
  • Bureaucracy and more bureaucracy....25 December 2014 Beijing So, when I first got my visa I was told I had 30 days in which to apply for a residents permit. One of the local consular staff members at the Embassy was very helpful in facilitating Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Dec 29, 2014
  • Yangtze A 4 day luxury cruise down the Yangtze River was definitely one way to get from Chongquing to Shanghai. Regarded as the lifeblood of China, the mighty Yangtze is bestowed with sheer gorges, mountain villages, and spectacular scenery. [img=http://photos Posted by 2 Idiots Abroad in 2 Idiots Abroad | Dec 28, 2014
  • Traffic Chaos13 December 2014 Beijing Well it is almost two weeks since I arrived in Beijing, and to be honest I still haven't ventured far from the Embassy area. Though it is a large area in itself it is hardly surprising. Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Dec 27, 2014
  • First Impressions7 December 2014 Beijing What a week! I left NZ a week ago to come to Beijing, flying Air New Zealand via Hong Kong. So first a few thoughts on the flights. The Auckland to Hong Kong leg was Posted by Wendils in Kiwi in China | Dec 27, 2014
  • Yangshuo Arriving in Yangshuo wouldn't be complete without the standard terrifying bus ride, complete with horn blaring and ultra-aggressive driving. It didn't help that it was only a two lane road mos Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Dec 22, 2014
  • Day 3This morning we checked out of the Shangri-La Hotel and visited the Song Shan Lake Factory and we're guided through the SMT (surface mount technology) production line where their circuit boards and optics are constructed and tested followed directly by Posted by kelly.mac in Huawei - China | Dec 10, 2014
  • Day 4Checked out of Renaissance Hotel Visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where we saw Pandas and Red Pandas, saw our first spider there and birds flying around, up until then we hadn't seen a single fly or bug Posted by kelly.mac in Huawei - China | Dec 11, 2014
  • Day 2Out of bed bright an early this morning, seem to be coping okay with the 5 hour time difference, woke up at what would be 8am in NZ, but managed to get back to sleep straight away so not a Posted by kelly.mac in Huawei - China | Dec 9, 2014
  • Day 1Arrived in Hong Kong International Airport early this morning, and after a quick stop at Starbucks we were in the people movers and on our way to Shenzhen. As we drove over the huge bridges on the Lantau Highway heading Posted by kelly.mac in Huawei - China | Dec 8, 2014
  • Day two at the Longji rice terraces Our second day at Longji we woke up early to take on a 4 hour hike to the JinKeng rice terraces. After light breakfast at the hostel, we took a look at our not so detailed map and headed out Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Dec 15, 2014
  • COMPITI PER LE VACANZECome molti di voi sanno, da poco piu' di un mese ho iniziato a seguire un corso BASE di cinese (aiuto!). Devo dire che, contro ogni aspettativa, si sta rivelando alquanto divertente: sara' che c'e' feeling con i docenti o semplicemente Posted by Gamby in Travel Is My Nature | Dec 15, 2014
  • Longji Rice terracesThe next morning, we slept in and had breakfast at the hostel. We could see the beautiful harvested terraces out the window in the lobby area. Cats wandered in and out of the front door, leaving rodent treats for their Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Dec 8, 2014
  • DOPO MANGIATO#sabato'sera#amici#party#drinks#casino#pub#bar fatta la suddetta premessa, tra un bar e l'altro, in attesa di un taxi, ecco in 'cosa' ci si puo' imbattere: quando non c'e' Daygum Pro Posted by Gamby in Travel Is My Nature | Dec 8, 2014
  • On the train to GuilinDespite almost missing our train, the whole ride was a great experience. We slept soundly on our bottom and middle bunks. Trains in the hard sleeper class (still not as hard as my mattress in Thailand) had three bunks, the Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Dec 4, 2014
  • Communication ProblemsWhat do you do if you want to buy something or engage in any social transaction but do not have any Chinese? Often staff in the hotels have a good grasp of English but inevitably there were times when we Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 30, 2014
  • Tourism on the Li RiverWe have prided ourselves on pretty much organising every thing ourselves on this trip since Beijing, but there are certain things one has to do as part of an organised trip. The Li river trip is one of these. Like Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 30, 2014
  • Lost, late and just plain luckyOur first mission of the day was to go get hard sleeper train tickets to Guilin from the Train Ticketing Office. It was a nice 20 minute walk from the place we were staying. We passed a university with a Posted by Sarah.M in Explore | Nov 29, 2014
  • Nothing to do with TrainspottingIn order to avoid the "anorak" label I thought some more general observations of life in China might be of interest (back to sleep trainspotters). First Impressions - Descending down from the Mongolian plateau early in the morning with a hazy Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 27, 2014
  • Beijing and other cities we have visitedAs we move on from China, I wanted to write about the everyday things I observed during our stay in Beijing and also in Xian and Guilin. Toilets (no, I am not really obsessed!) - the first thing I noticed was Posted by CandPandKandS in Across and beyond | Nov 27, 2014
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