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Nov 24, 2004 - Nankin

docieram do kampusu. niestety 'single' kosztuje Y100, dormitoriow nie ma. duzo. trzeba bedzie poszukac hostelu, mam adres jednak mapka jest jakas lewa. tymczasem... miasteczko akademickie jest bardzo sympatyczne, szkoda ze nie bede tutaj mieszkal. pelno tu knajpek studenckich. tradycyjnie prosze, zeby mi cos polecili. dostaje miche pelna makaronu i ostrej zupy. cos jak chinska zupka tylko ze dobre. ostre ale od czego jest piwo ('for relaxing time, suntory time'. nie wiem czy to to same 'suntory' ale jest calkiem dobre. przyzwyczailem sie...

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Sep 17, 2004 - The Water margin

Another amazing thing round here is the (big) Grand Canal, which passes through here. 1000 miles long, as busy as a British Motorway, and finished in 700 AD. Yesterday was tacky tourist day. Snobby Lonely PLanet didn't mention it, but my Rough Guide did, so off I went to Wuxi, a city of two million near here - probably three million by the time I finish this entry - and the most manic city I have been in yet. It is recommended primarily as it borders this huge lake, and lots of beautiful stuff, etc. In fact it isn't beautiful at all, at...

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Sep 16, 2004 - Does your friend do haircuts too?

Last night I ate at an Ughyur place, they being the peoples of North-West China and other Central Asian republics where I would like to go. To be honest it was a bit disappointing, just heated up mutton on bread in gravy, probably good to prepare on horseback before invading Europe, but I have gotten used to some very nice Chinese cooking, albeit that I don't always want to eat all of it. Anyway, apropos yesterday's conversation about hairdressers, on the way home afterwards, I saw what was obviously a hairdressers, at least I thought it...

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Sep 15, 2004 - Ming-ing

I had forgotten how much travelling in many countries involves much more travelling than actually being in places. I've lost track of days a bit, but I think I woke up yesterday in Qufu to another tropical rain storm, hopefully not as bad as Sunday's one which killed 200 people in a town I will be in a few weeks time. I was nearly out of cash (and am trying to save my traveller's cheques and dollars for when I am in really out of the way places) so I went looking for an ATM, getting very wet in the process. Eventually this nice woman in one...

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Jun 14, 2004 - Still Life with Water Lillies

I am in Suzuo, which is a "water town" that dates back 2500 years. There is an intricate canal system which served as a critical artery for commerse in this province during the Sui dyansty. These same canals also provided security from invading tribes, much like a moat around a castle. Today the commerse comes in and out by way of deisal spewing 18-wheelers, and the canals have been relegated to a mundane side-show tourist attraction. I would love to report that the "old ways" are still in favor here, but the truth is that China seems to be...

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ROVING ENOPHILE

Oct 13, 2002 - Zhouzhuang - little Venice

On our final day in Suzhou, we day-tripped to Zhouzhuang, a small town about 40 km southeast of Suzhou. Zhouzhuang calls itself the first water town of China and the old town is full of traditional old buildings fronting on to picturesque canals. Like Venice, the old town is a pedestrian-only area full of narrow winding streets and graceful bridges, and the canals are filled with gondola-like boats and Chinese gondoliers. Zhouzhuang is a huge tourist attraction to the Chinese who come here to shop, take gondola rides, tour the ancient...

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Parlow China Trip

Oct 13, 2001 - Zhouzhuang

On our final day in Suzhou, we day-tripped to Zhouzhuang, a small town about 40 km southeast of Suzhou. Zhouzhuang calls itself the first water town of China and the old town is full of traditional old buildings fronting on to picturesque canals. Like Venice, the old town is a pedestrian-only area full of narrow winding streets and graceful bridges, and the canals are filled with gondola-like boats and Chinese gondoliers. Zhouzhuang is a huge tourist attraction to the Chinese who come here to shop, take gondola rides, tour the ancient...

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