Tag Archive: China

Chinese Bible

I think pretty much everyone in the room laughed in recognition, as Gene Sherman told the story about the promise she and her husband had made to each other. As she noted they… Continue reading

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Nexus Holidays China Sampler

BACKGROUND: When my friend Sue first spotted the “Nexus Holidays China Sampler” late last year, we both thought it sounded “too good to be true”. For about the cost of a return flight… Continue reading

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China – Shanghai

There was a moment today when the guy sitting behind me, Paul, said “You know I think I wouldn’t mind living in Shanghai for a year of two”. Without hesitation, I told him… Continue reading

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China – Tea Plantation

I learned more today about green tea than I have my entire life. Our day started with a visit to a nearby village of Mei Jia Wu, where they seem to grow nothing… Continue reading

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China – Shopping and Travel

Earlier in the trip I wrote about how the “shopping parts” of the tour were the ones most likely to divide the men and the women of our group, including the jade factory,… Continue reading

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China – Shopping Day

Partly by design, and partly by chance, this ended up as a “shopping day”. The planned part was a visit to a “silk worm factory” in Suzhou. And when I say “factory”, I… Continue reading

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China – Surprises

I never thought I’d ever find much interest in silk embroidery images of the Mona Lisa and Chairman Mao, but somehow today I did. We’re spending the night in Suzhou, the silk capital… Continue reading

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China – Day of Contrasts

Today was a definitely a day of contrasts. We started the day off at a medical clinic where we learned a little about the principles of Chinese Medicine. Minutes later, a group of… Continue reading

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China – Group Tour

Sue and I went out for a meal tonight at a nearby Chinese restaurant where the food was a little more spicy than what we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of days.… Continue reading

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China – Back in China

“When we’re old”, I said to Sue, “I think we should move to Beijing and just hang out in the park”. Sue laughed in agreement, as we made our way out of the… Continue reading

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China – Beijing Blog

At first I thought I thought it was a simple check of the numbers. But when I saw virtually every flight attendant walking up and down the aisles with clicker counters I became… Continue reading

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Gallery Tuesday

The phone call from my friend Kate came at about 5.30 this afternoon. “What are you doing? Have you already left work?” By chance I HAD already left work, and was on my… Continue reading

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Australian Arts in Asia

“That’s fantastic! Do you mind if I take a photograph of your shoes?”, I said to the woman nearby as I noticed her taking off her high-heeled shoes only to replace them with… Continue reading

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Visiting China

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Coming through Customs

Customs at Sydney Airport this morning was an absolute nightmare. Although my baggage came off reasonably quickly, there were still delays. I have one of those new “electronic passports” which, strictly speaking, speeds… Continue reading

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Blame it on the Baijiu

My final complete day in Beijing was one of some rather intense socialising. It all began with late afternoon drinks, which then morphed into dinner, and then a bit of bar-hopping. The drinks… Continue reading

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Walking On The Chinese Wall

The early 80s pop song, “Walking On The Chinese Wall” by Phillip Bailey has been repeating itself over and over in my head today. When it was released way back then I liked… Continue reading

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Wet and Wild

The only other time I’ve been this cold and wet was two years ago in Sweden. Although it was summer, the combination of colder temperatures and wet weather combined for truly unpleasant conditions.… Continue reading

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The Day Of Dirt

Those strong winds last night brought their fair share of dirt into Beijing. It’s not as bad as people have previously described the combination of dirt and pollution here – far from it… Continue reading

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Clothing Market

Just down the road from Kate’s there’s a big shopping market. Over several floors they sell everything you could possibly imagine from clothing to electronics. Outside the market there are two giant signs… Continue reading

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