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Aug 10, 2015 - The Great Wall at Jinshanling and Chengde Summer Palace

The Great Wall of China is on most travellers’ bucket list, and of course, Fran and I were eager to see this man-made wonder. The wall was built over 2000 years ago by Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who was credited for unifying China. Our hotel was conveniently located right at the base of the wall at Jinshanlang, in a quaint Chinese-style home with stand-alone stone “cottages” along cobblestone paths, all within a walled structure. We took the gondola up to the top and basically had the place to ourselves as we walked about a mile along the wall...

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Jun 2, 2012 - Weekend trip to Chengde

This weekend we took a two day group trip to Chengde, which is a town (well, city really) about 3 hours northeast of Beijing. We had a nice comfy bus (perfect for sleeping, which we all did like pros) going in both directions, everyone taking up about 4 seats because it was so big. Although we were there a short time (two days, one night), we made the rounds to the different temples in the area. We visited the Little Potala Palace, Puning Temple, and Bangchui Hill that has what is called a huge "thumb" rock at the top (see the photos, you...

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Jul 11, 2011 - Beijing and This Week's Plans

On Friday night, I met up with Andrew, Melissa, Cameron, and Rob from the CET crew. We went out to a typical Chinese dinner on the side of a road near their campus. After dinner, we walked over to Fox Bar where we had a few drinks, chatted, then I grabbed a cab to the train station. I got there over an hour before my train left and just ended up hanging out in the crowded waiting room before finally boarding at 9:40. I had a glamorous soft sleeper, which meant a strong AC, thicker mattress, and a duvet cover. I went to bed pretty shortly...

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May 18, 2011 - mid May in Qinhuangdao

We can see our time in Qinhuangdao coming to a close and spent some time this past weekend sorting out plans for our classes. I went to the place that makes clothes and ordered a silk jacket for my mother. There are such vibrantly coloured and patterned silks and silk brocades. The frog closures and all the trim is hand done in any fabric you like. We are planning on shipping a box back to Canada and are losing as much excess as possible so that we can travel a little easier. The weather in Qinhuangdao is certainly variable. It has been...

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May 8, 2011 - Weekend trip to Beijing

We were given a little notice this year about "Sports Day" so it meant we were able to plan a little holiday for the days off. A second year student here has a small business providing services to the foreign teachers so we hired her to buy tickets for the train ride to Beijing. We paid the extra money for the D train, which takes a little more than two hours rather than the normal train which takes 4. Even with almost a week's notice she could not buy seats for the trip there so she said we might have to stand. We hear horror stories about...

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May 2, 2011 - May Day Weekend

It's the May Day long weekend, the flowers are blooming and it was 26 degrees today. Miranda and her mother arrived last Sunday and are getting settled. Miranda is from MHC and is teaching some Business courses. They were ready to see some sites so we headed out to Laolongtou on Saturday to see the Great Wall. We read a little more about its long and eventful history. Parts of it were under the sand and have been excavated and restored but you can see parts of the wall that are hundreds of years old. There is a French cannon there left...

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Apr 24, 2011 - Easter Sunday 2011

Another Easter in China! I brought an egg dyeing kit with us and had fun doing Easter eggs. I invited a few of the foreign teachers to help and Gis thought it looked like old times when the kids would spend a day together doing eggs. David spent two months in Canada this past winter and he invited us to his house for lunch and cooking lessons. We gave him the eggs and explained about the custom of colouring eggs for this holiday. This is the first time we have been in a Chinese home and David, his wife and her mother could not have been...

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Apr 16, 2011 - Dinners, Dinners Everywhere

It has been really busy around here. Last week we spent an evening with Sam who is the International Education guy here. He recently returned from two months in Vancouver and he had many questions and comments about life there. He has a son currently studying ESL who lives on his own in Vancouver. There is a new College president here that he wanted to introduce to us. The previous president is now the Party Secretary and, as such, trumps the President. That's the way it is here! The foreign teachers headed out to a Turkish restaurant last...

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Apr 6, 2011 - Tomb Sweeping Holiday

We had several days off for the annual Tomb Sweeping holiday. Chinese honour their ancestors by visiting their graves, if they can, and leaving gifts. We saw on our lone English TV channel that there were even fake Ipads and Ipods to leave on the tombs. In lieu of being near home many Chinese will light fires and burn fake money. There were fires burning every evening around this area. We saw a bouquet of flowers being dug into the sand at the edge of the sea. One of the foreign teachers here is getting married in October back in the...

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Apr 2, 2011 - Our first full week

We have completed our first full week in China. Tuesday is the annual tomb sweeping day so it is a holiday. We have Monday off as well, but had to make it up by teaching today. We keep hearing that we have a three day holiday but Gis tried to argue that it is really only a one day holiday. I watched him tackle that one at least twice. Gis has spent the week sorting out plumbing and other issues with his classroom which he fondly refers to as "the dungeon". My students now all have English names and I'm putting names to faces. One boy told...

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Mar 27, 2011 - Getting Settled in Qinhuangdao

We had a rather relaxed 3 1/2 hour ride to Qinhuangdao on Saturday morning, believe it or not. We are getting used to traffic, had a really good driver or are still in the throes of jetlag. . We have been given two apartments again but, much to our delight, they just completed renovating them so all the appliances are new, the paint job is new and things are clean. We were supplied with all the necessary supplies for the kitchen - a cutting board and butcher knife, two small bowls and two large bowls, two sets of chopsticks and, in...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Arrival in China

Here we are in Beijing. It took exactly 24 hours from the time we got up in Medicine Hat until we arrived at the Huadu Hotel in Beijing. Everything has gone according to plan so far and we are trying to acclimate to being back in China. We have to catch ourselves with things like the water, ice cubes and the traffic! Beijing is a good introduction to China. We had coffee at a Starbucks yesterday and pasta last evening. That will be the end of that for a while. We are awaiting our ride to Qinhuangdao. We spent two nights in Beijing to steel...

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