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Mar 23, 2016 - At sea again

At sea. Thank goodness! A chance to relax and put our feet up and reflect on Beijing. John grappled with the launderette, but you don’t really want to read about that. It’s amazing how quickly a loud voice can empty the “quiet bar” – especially when they are reading out the various trip options for two days’ time. If you develop a heart condition during the voyage, should you (a) take things a bit easier and watch what you eat ? or (b) carry on as before, since you are 73 anyway, and you like red wine/ice cream/cheese, and no matter how...

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Mar 22, 2016 - Beijing Day 2

First I must conclude Day 1; we finished with a special “Beijing Chinese meal" featuring of course “Peking Duck”. 8 or 10 people on a round table with the turntable in the middle for the food. A really good idea for a meal like this is to bring out 8 or 9 other dishes first, then when people are really getting quite full, bring out the pancakes, shredded duck etc and wonder why quite half of it gets left. The little pancakes were very thin (good) and totally tasteless (not so good) and also stone cold due to some poor soul in the kitchen...

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Mar 21, 2016 - My Birthday

Finally, after 3 days at sea, we are reunited with the internet. And dry land. We are currently in a hotel in Beijing, having left the ship in the port city about 3 and a half hours' drive away this morning. First stop on the trip was "lunch" at a massive venue clearly set up for the purpose of entertaining coach tourists to Beijing area. Seeing so many coaches parked outside, we rather dreaded another massive queue - however it was amazingly well set up and organised; we had been served with and eaten a vast range of "western-type" Chinese...

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Jan 15, 2016 - The $130 nap

One of the most common questions I heard leading up to this trip was "how long is the flight?" The answer, I'm sure, could be answered in hours, but I'd prefer to answer like this: From YVR to our layover in Beijing, it took two airplane meals, two Mazerunner movies, one episode of Brain Games, one journal entry, one beer, one glass of wine, one coloured postcard, three cutthroat games of videogame pool, 3 other random videogames, two very swollen feet, and two bathroom breaks. Then we had a 7 hour layover in the Beijing airport, where...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Explore China

A couple of weeks ago, I had to China to attend a meeting. This was not totally an official visit but my company also allowed the staff that they can stay here for a week after attending this meeting. Before describing my journey in China, let us share some facts and figures regarding China and its people. The world’s most populous country is rising as an economic power on the map of earth. The country is also a member of WTO and according to IMF, China has the second position in GDP’s graph of 2014. However, the people of China are very...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Last Day In Beijing Then Off To Xi'an

Up early again as we had to pack our suitcases & get them down to the hotel foyer. They would be picked up later & taken to the airport in time for our first internal flight to Xi' an later that evening. . We would spend the day in Beijing first visiting the Summer Palace, a freshwater pearl factory, attend a tea making demonstration, take a rickshaw ride & dine with a local family in the old Hutong district before leaving on a late night flight to Xi' an. Who said this was to be a relaxing holiday? The Summer Palace is the largest royal...

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Oct 17, 2015 - The Great Wall Of China & Peking Duck

Wide awake before the 7am call as our body clocks not yet adjusted to China time. Breakfast & then off on the coach for our trip to the Great Wall. We headed North out of Beijing through heavy traffic & the ever present haze. We did catch glimpses of parts of the Great Wall as we travelled North but after a while we ran into a traffic jam near to our proposed stop. After crawling along for nearly an hour Raymond decided to rearrange our programme for the day and we turned round & headed off to our lunch stop for an early meal. Our...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Around Beijing

It was a bit of a feeding frenzy time at breakfast but there was a good selection & plenty of it. After breakfast our groups piled onto their coaches & headed off on the first of our trips. It was fun to watch some of group racing to get the front seats on the coach. Our group of 31 included four Lithuanian ladies amongst a varied mix of people from around the UK. Traffic & visibility was pretty poor with lots of traffic & smog. It took over an hour to get to our first stop at the Temple of Heaven which was set in a large, sprawling, open...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Beijing

We were met at the airport by our Chinese tour guide, Raymond, who looked more like a Mohican Indian than your typical Chinese guy, with his unusual hair cut. By the time all our tour party got together, split into groups of thirty or so, collected our luggage, made our way to the coaches and drove the hour or more into Beijing, it was about 9am before we got to our hotel. It was a bright sunny morning but there was quite a lot of mist or smog about as we drove into the city. Unfortunately we had to wait till midday before we could get into...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Beijing!

The main stretch of our overland journey ended in the city of Beijing; we lost a large chunk of our passengers, bidding a sad farewell to friends James and Toby. Our stopover was only two full days, not nearly enough time to check out all the sights that this fabulous city has to offer. But we did our best! We visited the obligatory highlights of the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Mao's tomb. My pictures cannot convey the immensity of these landmarks. How many other squares span two subway stops, for example? Inside the Forbidden...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Goodbye China

August 5: Lost Day There will be no photos for today, which was spent by Jackie in the hotel room. Gary did escape a bit, but only to go to the Pharmacy across the street for meds. Jackie cannot wander too far from the bathroom and Gary now has a raging cold with cough. Love, love, love traveling in groups. We are not the first to have maladies. We’re just lucky ours struck on the last day of the tour while we have a couple to re-coup for the next part of our journey. The really good medical news is that Gary’s arm wound has significantly...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Beijing-Part One

August 2: Beijing, Part One Current Events- China Views • Malaysia Flight Wing Piece Found—Evidence that the MH370 passengers are all dead was taken particularly hard by Chinese parents and grandparents. Because of the “one child” policy, these elders are left with no other children. Sad enough, but they also face the economic reality of having no one to care for them as they age. They are concerned about their futures. • Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics—There is great pride across the country. There is also considerable concern about...

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