holidays category

National Week in China

I headed to China once more to visit my beautiful girl during National Week, when the masses get seven days of holiday. We were in Beijing (北京) and Tianjin (天津.) In Beijing, Yuanmingyuan (圆明园) was quite pretty. We didn’t really … Continue reading
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Japan II: odd conversations

A list of odd conversations, or just things I found funny. I ring reception to ask for an extra pillow, and a few more coat hangers. The lady doesn’t understand what I mean by hanger, so I ask her to … Continue reading
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Japan I: midnight arrivals

We arrive in Tokyo at midnight, after a shower and brushing teeth (and setting up wifi hotspot, of course: the essentials,) I say goodnight to Van, and get into bed. I hear a few knocking around noises, normal stuff, and … Continue reading
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China XIV: I am back

Well, I … was really busy for a while there, and didn’t have time to update. I visited Xi’an and checked out the Terracotta Warriors, Luoyang to visit the Shaolin Temple and the White Horse Temple, then left China! I … Continue reading
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China XIII

Got around to resizing some photos. Sort of chronologically ordered, except all the food comes first. Some are iPhone photos, some are Canon IXUS 1100 photos, the rest were taken with my new Canon G15, which is an awesome enthusiast … Continue reading
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China XII

For the past week, Beijing has shown me the most pollution on record. The US Embassy measured 883 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air. According to the World Health Organization, more than 25 micrograms per cubic metre of … Continue reading
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China XI: Harbin winter tips

Umm because I can’t put pinyin tones in this blogging platform, I have put a heap of information on Harbin winter tips here: Harbin winter tips Good luck, have fun, try not to get frostbite!
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China X

As it turns out, I don’t really like Hangzhou cuisine. It’s a lot of “lake fish” this, “lake fish” that. While I like the Dongpo pork, it’s always too fatty and you only end up eating half of it, the … Continue reading
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China IX

My interactions with Chinese people are always odd, usually frustrating for everyone involved, and also require me to say “wǒ bù míngbai” repeatedly, meaning “I don’t understand” (I wish I could add tones to the pinyin or just the Chinese … Continue reading
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China VIII

I visited the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, which was about a 40 minute walk from the University. It was pretty, for a lake, I guess. Would’ve been nicer if there weren’t dead lotuses (lotii?) in the water, live ones … Continue reading
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China VII

Last week we went to a Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum. Quite a few photos so it took me a while to even work up the effort to resize these. Some gross stuff. For my family at Accountants Australia:
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China VI

Three nights ago, I had one of the most disgusting meals I’ve ever had, here in China. Before that, I had a nice meal. So, here are some food photos! I couldn’t finish it, about a third of the way … Continue reading
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China V

Umm, here are some photos. I forgot my camera, so these were all taken on an iPhone 5. The quality’s not too bad.
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China IV

A list of things. If you can’t access Wikipedia in China, how does anyone … learn anything? I’m not sure why, but a phrase I hear all the time is, “You’re Australian? You don’t look Australian.” While walking with my … Continue reading
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China III

It turns out that there weren’t enough people in Level 1.5 or 2 for the administrators to keep it—which means those people get put into level 1 or 3 depending on the skill-level (and I’m not good enough to get … Continue reading
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