Category Archives: China

Letting things go

I always thought I was a minimalist with things. I do love and hoard books and anything connected with foreign languages but otherwise I never shop. I am the hand me down girl. I guess I treasure what I do … Continue reading

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Harbin Heaven!

This is a town I could live in. Built largely by Russian and Jewish immigrants… the old town is opulent grand European style buildings,  synagogues,  mosques, parks and museums full of pictures of the happy, prosperous, fashionable and roaring 1900’s, … Continue reading

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Chungchun Imperial Palace of the Puppet Emperor

Those that know the movie ‘The Last Emperor’ will know about the last Emperor of the Qing dynasty in China, Puyi, who was deposed when he was six and who later was installed in this Changchun palace as the puppet … Continue reading

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An Angel in Chungchun

I arrived in  Changchun at dusk with no hotel booked. . . Long story. Then, to spike the adrenalyn, the huge railway station was undergoing massive construction.  Despite wanting to go to the South side, we were all funnelled out … Continue reading

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Dandong on the North Korean Border

Dandong is on the Yalu River which forms part of the border between China and North Korea. It has a hearty mix of Korean and Chinese shops, foods and buzz. There is a busy rail and road bridge between the … Continue reading

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I found happiness on Yalu River

I found happiness on Yalu River Cloaked under a grey sky Lapping softly at its edges A fisherman cast his net, and hauled Empty again Cast again Excited tourists dress in North Korean costumes Pose for photos by the bridge … Continue reading

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Lushun (Port Arthur)

On the tip of a peninsular with sea on three sides, Lushun as it is now called has been of strategic military importance since the fourth century AD. Originally known as Shizikou (Lion Port), it’s current name signifies ‘plain sailing … Continue reading

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Darling Dalian

I arrived in Dalian at about six a.m. The birds were chirping, the crickets were clicking, and there was a gentle breeze cutting through the warmth that was refreshing after Beijing. Aaaah! It was also light. China has only one … Continue reading

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Fat feet and smelly tevas

I’d forgotten how your body can freak out after being in a hermetically sealed flying tube for hours, then landing in intense heat, humidity and (bless it) smog… sweating, chafing, appetite and thirst mood swings, the works. Add our favorite … Continue reading

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Hard Seat Trains

One of my most epic travel  journeys was a 45 hour hard seat train from Kashgar  to Beijing. But that was nine years ago.  Could I hack it now?! Hard seat trains have it all. They are cheap cheap cheap. … Continue reading

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