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30 Apr

Laundry drying in student dorm balconies, Basketball // Sunset in Yinzhou, Japanese plum wine // Stuffed Chinese flatbreads cooking in an oven, Teppanyaki // Dave hard at work, Planning Bureau Yinzhou and cherry blossoms.



Beijing Bicycle.

28 Apr

One thing I noticed in Beijing was the dire taxi situation. We had it all: no available taxis, taxis that would decide not to take you once they realised where you wanted to go, taxis that changed their meter reading, taxis that claimed their meters were “broken”… Continue reading

A few more holiday snaps.

21 Apr

Part 3: Ruth and Kenny in Beijing.

19 Apr

Beijing: 3 nights

What we did: on Sunday afternoon we took the 5hour bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing. I highly recommend the train: tickets were 500RMB per person (cheaper than airfares I found but I did only check last-minute) and if you include all the faffing about before and after flights, total travel time probably amounted to much the same. We arrived at our hotel quite late and the only thing we did was hunt for some dinner and book our tour to the Great Wall for the following day.

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Part 2: Ruth and Kenny in Shanghai.

17 Apr

Shanghai: 2 nights

What we did: walk, walk, walk. Again.

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Ruth and Kenny in China aka How to see as much of China in 10 days (Part 1).

16 Apr

Ruth and Kenny left on Friday afternoon after an action-packed 10 days with us in China. We did a lot. Walked A LOT. A relaxing holiday it was not, hehe, sorry!

The itinerary: Ningbo, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and back to Ningbo. In ten days.

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Suzhou Part 3: Touristy Stuff.

23 Mar

After a failed attempt at getting drunk in Suzhou, we got up the next day and faced a similar problem when we tried to find a place that served a Western breakfast. Not going to bore you again with our disorganisation but we ended up in a really cute café slash bookshop with sunny outdoor seating, massive breakfasts and really good fresh juices.

After fuelling up we headed to the Suzhou Museum which I highly recommend. The collection ranges from ancient jade pieces, ceramics and textiles to contemporary art but the whole thing is small enough not to be too overwhelming. There’s good English captions and the museum building is pretty cool as well.

Obligatory Mao painting... with small child and teddy.

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