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Nov 3, 2012 - Hong Kong Visa Trip

Sorry I wrote this a few weeks ago but forgot to post so a bit outdated. Due to starting work I have had to update my Visa. This you would think would be easy, but no – they kicked me out of the country. So it was off to Hong Kong for a mid week break – real tough I know. Wednesday morning I visited the visa office to lodge the papers and I was then free till Thursday when I had to head back to pick them up. I spent the day looking around and doing some shopping (new iphone for Karen!) but was really just killing time until the real purpose...

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Oct 25, 2012 - Xi'an

National Day – Autumn Festival We started the first week of in October with a week break for National Day and Autumn Festival. Two of my co-workers and my buddy Drew who teaches economics at Shanghai University flew to Xi’an “the old capital” for a week of tramping around the area. I had my first real experience with masses of humanity. I did not comprehend the population in China and traveling when 650 million people are on break and many are trying to see the same sights that I am. We flew from Changzhou to Xi’an on Sunday. Our plan was...

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Barbee Travels

Oct 21, 2012 - Saturday 20th October

Breakfast then a trip to Xian airport for our flight to Shanghai. Shanghai airport is huge and we were only at the domestic airport. Then on to the bus For an our and half ride to Suzhou. Some interesting facts from our guide re a magnetic levitation train that runs from downtown to the international airport. Approx 20 million in the Shanghai area. Never seen so many power lines before. Arrived at our hotel which was built to look like a castle with many wings inside, pleasant gardens and ponds full of fish. Also an entrance to a beautiful...

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GillandDaveinChina

Oct 21, 2012 - Sunday 21st October

Left our hotel for the journey to Suzhou. When Marco Polo visited the town he coined the phrase "Venice of the East". We took a short trip on one of the canals then visited a Silk factory. The looms they were using looked liked something out of the 18/19th century. Looked like the old Jacquard looms I used to see in my history books at school! However, the store in the factory was very up to date in its marketing! We also took a walk around a historic house and garden called the "Master of Nets". Then a bus trip back into downtown Shanghai....

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Oct 15, 2012 - Sports Day At School

Four weeks down. The last month in reflection has gone by quickly. I can’t believe Monday is the 1st of October. We have a one week break. I am really looking forward to doing some traveling during our time off but it comes with a price. I have lots of work to do before and after so I can take the week off and not work on school stuff. Friday and Saturday was sports day. The Chinese have an interesting way of doing things. We were told we had to participate in some of the events. Low key, shooting free throws, doing a shot put, running if...

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Oct 9, 2012 - 2 Months Already?

So I said last time that 2 weeks into our China adventure was too long to wait, it has now been another 2 months and I am finally getting around to the next one. Since that time a bit has happened and a few dreams have ended: - The first and most challenging one is the end of me ‘living the dream’ retired at 35. Whilst working out my uni placement with the school, I was offered a job. After searching for many reasons to say no, I realized that there just wasn’t one. So in week 2 of the school year I started teaching PE for year 8,9 and 10...

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Sep 26, 2012 - venerable parents

On Saturday I met up with my parents as they finished up a two week Road Scholar tour of China. They are 80 this year, and seriously intrepid. After various transportation adventures – Mom crawled under the turnstile on the Shanghai subway; Dad did not get his camera out in time – we ended up at the fabric market, three floors of tailors’ stalls filled with samples and bolts of cloths. Negotiations ensued. We left with receipts and promises for a few custom-made articles of clothing. The last time I was here I developed a fabric market...

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Sep 17, 2012 - the Introduction of Lake Tai

Lake Tai, or Tai Hu as is known in China, is famous for its scenery and has been an aspiration to poets over thousands of years. Tai Hu is fed by four river, encloses more than 100 islands, and is one of the five larger freshwater lakes in China. Its water serve the Grand Canal, which passes between the lake and the town. The boat tour of Tai Hu is normally top priority for visitors. The major lake excursion begins at the boat dock near Wuxi railway station. The boat passes through the center of Wuxi, cuts across the Grand Canal, and...

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lihongyun

Aug 28, 2012 - Arrived in Changzhou

Two weeks down thirty-eight to go. School. I forgot what it is like to work a 12-14 hour day. It am amazed at how much time it takes to prep for my classes every day. I am glad my work load is not greater because I have serious doubts if I could keep up. Just from a purely mathematical standpoint let’s look at marking papers. I gave a vocabulary quiz, there were 9 fill in the blanks and then students were to use the same 9 words to create their own sentences. If I spend two minutes per paper with 90 students that is 180 minutes or three...

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Aug 14, 2012 - Ni Hao

Hi all, We have been in China 2 weeks and this is our first entry - not good enough but we have had a bit going on. Karen is flat out at school and I have been catching up on the first 4 weeks of Uni that I missed as we packed up, traveled to Hong Kong and then on to here. We will do our best to catch up but here is a bit of an overview of our first couple of weeks in China. We have moved into our new apartment which is probably about 15 years old (the whole city is less than 20) but looks like it was made in the 80's. The China of 15 years...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Zhujiajiao and Suzhou

March 23 & 24 Suzhou After a couple nights in Shanghai, we moved on to Suzhou [Sue – jo was how our guides pronounced it.] Rain accompanied us the first day so most of us were way less excited than our guides when we stopped at the site of the 2010 Shanghai Expo Site. The guides came across as very excited about all the work which went into preparations for the Expo; suspect they were following a script for tour guides. Richard did seem concerned that so many people had been displaced from their homes to make way for the site; often he...

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Alice's China Trip

Apr 16, 2012 - Suzhou to Shanghai

After breakfast we will travel by coach to Shanghai. Here we'll visit Xintindai, a former French Concession, and the Bund. Tonight we'll enjoy a night cruise on the Huangpu River. Our hotel in Shangai: Grand Mercure Hongqiao: 011-86-21-5153-3300. .............................................................................................................................

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Women's China Tour

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