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    • Day29

      Tag 30 Xian / Shanghai

      May 10, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      Shanghai ist ein Traum. Es kam mir so vor wie bei Onkel Japan. Es gab 7Eleven und Family Marts (da kauften wir auch in Japan unser Essen ein). Es war schön,einen Blick auf die Skyline von Shanghai zu werfen. Und am Abend gingen wir in eine Bar die sich im 87. Stock von einem der Wolkenkratzer befindet.

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      Traveler

      Mega he... so schön das deer doch no öbis kuuls in china heit..se dört d chinese chli netter??

      5/10/18Reply
      Traveler

      Hoffe dört goht de left emmer..und bes me ganz obe esch het me im left secher 15 min.😂

      5/10/18Reply
      Traveler

      Schön dass es weder guet esch för öich

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    • Day1

      又到南京

      April 6, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      以前来过两次南京,都是匆匆忙忙,除了夫子庙旁熙熙攘攘的人群,竟没有什么别的印象了。这次与家人同行,希望可以好好探索一番。

      出租车驶入城区后,街景开始变得江南起来。粉墙黛瓦,即便是新修的房子,看起来也那么妩媚动人,气温舒适,春花也还未谢尽,清风拂面而来,甚至带着一股淡淡的花香。妈妈和外婆开始背起诗来,这次的江南行便缘起于她们俩的诗词学习,今天又恰好是农历三月初一,可真的是“烟花三月”了。

      安顿好后,妈妈便陪外婆去探望了当年在北京一起工作的老同事。本来想陪她们一起,但一晚上没怎么睡觉的我,实在是没有了力气。后来看妈妈拍的录像,几个年过八旬的老人,在餐厅里一起吟唱李叔同的《送别》,“长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天……”,让我特别感动。

      刚好赶上清明假期,附近的秦淮河畔一定是游人如织,还是少凑热闹,明天先去玄武湖看看吧。
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    • Day3

      金陵风物二三

      April 8, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

      南京的饭菜可真好吃啊!

      这两天吃了三家馆子,都非常满意,特别是几道当地特有的时令青菜,芦蒿、菊花脑、豆苗……简单的烹调、清淡的口味,却让人回味无穷,赞不绝口,连作为四川人的外婆,居然都开始贬低自己家乡的菜肴了:“这比川菜的重口味好吃多了!”

      想起之前看谷崎润一郎写的《秦淮之夜》,里面便记录了南京的菜肴:“据说虾是这边的名产,原料自然是上乘的,而其味道则相当地清淡。即使是日本菜也难以做到如此清淡。这样的佳肴,任凭怎样讨厌中国菜的人,也不可能不举箸一尝。”

      除了饭菜,金陵的历史风物也令人流连忘返。

      “烟笼寒水月笼沙,夜泊秦淮近酒家”,千百年来,但凡读过杜牧这首《泊秦淮》的人,恐怕都无法不对秦淮河的夜色产生几分向往。有趣的是,这里明明在历代都是夜夜笙歌的繁华之地,可在文人的笔下,却偏偏总是被染上悲剧的色彩——“肠断秦淮三百曲”,“伤心最是秦淮月”,“想得玉楼瑶殿影,空照秦淮”……如今的秦淮河,游船画舫在桥底穿梭而过,两岸张灯结彩,热闹非凡。附近的夫子庙,更是办起了夜游灯会,游客比白天还要多。我很想知道,那些诗人是否当年就是面对如此盛景而发出悲叹的?

      “南朝四百八十寺,多少楼台烟雨中”,来了南京才知道,原来这四百八十寺之首,便是玄武湖旁的古鸡鸣寺。漫步玄武湖时,便可以看到鸡鸣寺的佛塔与远处的摩天大楼一字排开,构成绝妙的对比。想必古时,这座佛塔一定是附近唯一的高层建筑,不论是从玄武湖远观鸡鸣寺,还是登临佛塔眺望玄武湖,一定都是别具一格的风景。鸡鸣寺虽然地处南京市中心,可因为地势较高,立于禅院之内,却丝毫感受不到墙外的车水马龙,犹如置身于深山古刹一般。

      位于长江北岸的浦口火车站,现已停止使用,可就是这样一个破破烂烂的旧车站,却有着许多故事。从破碎的玻璃窗中,可以窥见曾经的候车大厅,里面堆满了旧物,墙皮也落了一地,淡淡的霉味混着尘土透出窗来,一呼吸,仿佛就能嗅到历史的气息。初中课文朱自清先生的《背影》,便是在这个小站发生的故事。小的时候学这篇散文,只记得了晦涩难懂的生词,却并不能体会到笔墨中所透出的父爱、亲情、离别,甚至觉得那个穿越铁轨去买橘子的父亲形象有些可笑。然而长大后再读,竟被感动得流泪,果然人生的很多道理,只有经历了才会明白。
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    • Day8

      Fast trains and slow boats

      December 2, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      We left Xiamen on Wednesday aboard the bullet train. We whistled at top speed through some pretty huge cities and some rural areas where we saw farmers with oxen pulling plows. China is such a study in contrasts.

      Our first stop was Putian where we took a car (Uber equivalent that Maria can get at a moment’s notice through a phone app). A little lady near the train station magically appeared and we trustingly left our luggage with her for the day. Everyone here has a small business going on if they are not in some official, uniformed position.

      We headed back to the coast and took a ferry to Meizhou Island the birthplace of the Mazu culture which seems to be some sect of Buddhism who worship this goddess Mazu. It was all a bit confusing given the lack of English translations that made any sense. Anyway, we walked up to a series of temples and hired a nice lady to tour us around the island. Then it was back to Putian -where our luggage was right back where we left it, and another bullet train to Wuyishan where we arrived late to our very Chinese hotel named the Jooch.

      Wuyishan is a beautiful area with dramatic buttes and a river that meanders through the area. It is a key tea growing area -although finding a decent cup of tea was surprisingly difficult and expensive!
      Our hotel had been a Best Western hotel in the recent past but is no longer that brand so as Mike says, it was all fur coat , no nickers. Meaning it looked great but was missing some important things. Our room was lovely and quite comfortable. The lobby bar billed on the ads is no longer but we managed to get a half decent bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the restaurant which took 3 people to sort out. The boys reported that the local beer was good.

      Our 2days in Wuyishan were very active. We hiked three times including a real grind to the top of one mountain called the Heavenly Peak(I think, again limited English signage), It was like a 45 minute stair master. Views at the top were nice. The place was very crowded, as with most attractions here. We certainly got lots of attention as this area is not really a Western tourist draw and people kept exclaiming about us wearing shorts. We also took a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the Jiuqu river.
      The fellow steering our raft seemed a bit concerned about our total weight given his rickety raft. I doubt he was concerned about Maria. Although he grumbled a lot probably in hopes of getting more money from us-he and his buddy managed to steer us deftly through the rapids and to a safe landing downstream.

      Got a question about the “facilities”. We have been off the usual tourist track so mostly squatty potties. They have been very clean though. I’m well equipped with my toilet provisions and if there is a regular toilet for disabled people I use it shamelessly. We hear that China is trying to attract more foreign tourists and has a Toilet Revolution starting . This is the name given to all large government initiatives.
      Late yesterday we arrived via another bullet train to Huangshan . We are staying at a lovely little boutique hotel near the base of the Yellow Mountain scenic area. Today we are due to go up and hike around the top area. Onward!!
      Must run, being called to breakfast.

      Heather xx
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      Traveler

      Heather we need Chinese hats for our summer hikes !! We could set a new island trend

      12/2/17Reply
      Traveler

      Alec and I think you are hilarious mom, especially the bit about the stair master. Glad your shorts are providing excitement for the locals. Xoxo A & C

      12/3/17Reply
      Traveler

      Glad you are enjoying yourselves while we peasants are suffering jn the fog while the warm weather passes a mile over us; but at least we are out of the wild fire areas of Southern California awaiting for the WAR to begin.

      12/8/17Reply
       
    • Day100

      Nanjing, China

      October 13, 2015 in China ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Nanjing liegt auf dem Weg nach Shanghai und hier blieben wir nur kurze Zeit, hauptsächlich um ein wenig zu verschnaufen. So besuchten wir hier eigentlich nur einen schönen Park, aßen abends wieder unser beliebtes Straßen-Essen und ruhten uns aus.

      Wenn man in China einen guten Kaffee trinken möchte, gibt es so gut wie keine Möglichkeit dazu. Entweder man bezahlt 8€ für einen Zucker/Milch-Instant Kaffee, oder man lässt es einfach. So entdeckten wir in der letzten Zeit unsere Vorliebe für grünen Tee :-)
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      Inga Hoffmann

      Heute ist eure Karte aus Mongolei in der WGS angekommen! Vielen lieben Dank! :-) Ganz viele liebe Grüße aus der Schwalm und ich hoffe, es geht euch gut! Inga.

      10/15/15Reply

      Danke für Eure Karte aus der Mongolei 😀

      10/17/15Reply
      Bine und Manu auf Reisen

      Hi! Sehr gerne! Uns geht's prima, was für eine erlebnisreiche Zeit! Wer hat ins denn da gedankt? Steht gar kein Name dabei 😊✌

      10/17/15Reply
      Eugen Gomer

      Schließe mich an :) Vielen Dank! :D

      10/21/15Reply
       
    • Day10

      Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

      December 10, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China and its first president, is buried here at the Purple Mountain. Thousands of people (very close to 100% Chinese) were here today, on a Sunday with beautiful sunshine.

      It is the first time this week I really saw a blue sky and was able to feel the warmth of the winter sun.
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      Traveler

      Machst du die Bilder mit Canon oder iPhone?

      12/10/17Reply
      Traveler

      Die meisten mit iPhone und ab und zu ist mal ein Bild von der GoPro dabei.

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    • Day4

      Quacks and Pandas

      May 2, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

      We started the day with a stop at a Traditional Chinese Medicine centre. While we received a 25 minute foot massage, a team of " doctors" gave us each a private consultation - just by looking at our tongues and feeling our pulse. Amazing!!!

      Apparently I have a weak pulse - which means I am always tired; hormonal changes and may be going through menopause and "enhanced" breasts. This could all be fixed with a prescription which would only cost 8800 yuan (approx $2200) for a 4 months supply.

      Matt's kidneys could do with a bit of work but other than that he was okay.

      He seemed quite put out when we decided NOT to buy and came back twice to Matt, to tell him how sick his wife was .....before moving on to the Cambeys. Di has a stiff neck and one breast bigger than the other which could have been cured for $880 dollars, while Cambey's kidney and liver were in alignment.

      We then drove to Bejing Zoo to visit the pandas....as did several million other people, as it is a 4 day Chinese public holiday celebrating May day. Chaos - but as Lot , our guide, kept saying; Welcome to China!

      Then it was back to Bejing airport for a 2 hour flight to Shanghai; before meeting our new guide, Jacky, for a 90 minute drive to our motel. Matt and I headed out to explore a bit of the local night life - making sure we didn't get lost because there wasn't an English sign to be seen. So cool!
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      Traveler

      Oh dear

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    • Day47

      Hangzhou, Suzhou & Nanjing

      April 14, 2016 in China ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      After a zippy high speed train journey, we arrived in Hangzhou, known as one of China's most beautiful cities, in the early evening. We caught the metro to our hostel and then quickly headed out for dinner near the town's famous West Lake. We ended up having a lovely local meal, with the highlight being a whole duck, cold but cured with delicious salt and spices, before heading back to the hostel and eventually to sleep.

      The next day we woke up late, so had to hurry to the 'Citizen Service Centre' where we needed to set up our smartcard to use the city's Boris bike scheme, the most extensive in the world. Soon we were off, cycling in the direction of West Lake. At our first stop we took in sweeping views of the lake, surrounded by pagodas and containing two islands connected to the mainland by causeways. Further round the lake, we arrived at the first island, where we visited the serene ruins of the first Qing emperor's summer palace, situated in a hillside park overlooking the lake. The park also contained the tomb of a famous Tang dynasty poet who became a recluse on the island, giving us an insight into the lake's literary and artistic influences. Leaving the park, we strolled down the weeping willow lined causeway, before hopping back on our bikes. We leisurely cycled round the lake, eventually reaching the next causeway, which was clogged with people but still incredibly scenic. Our final stop round the lake was in some beautiful gardens, filled with carp ponds and stunning blossoming trees. Tearing ourselves away from the bucolic beauty of the gardens, we cycled round the rest of the lake and back into town. Once we'd had a rest after our day of cycling, we met up with Zhu Ruoxi, a student friend of one of Mum and Dad's colleagues, who very generously treated us to a divine dinner, where we were joined by a couple of her friends. We feasted on melt in your mouth pork belly; sour and spicy prawns; sticky date cakes and best of all succulent Hunan style fish heads. After bidding fairwell to Zhu Ruoxi, we went out, ending up in a club full of super rich Chinese where we were given a table and free bottles of Hennesey cognac, which didn't bode well for getting up early the next morning to go to Suzhou.

      Feeling incredibly grim, we dragged ourselves out of bed on Wednesday morning and after a lengthy journey stuck in traffic, arrived at the bus station, where we got the bus to Suzhou, the Venice of China, famous for its canals and gardens. We arrived at around 2pm and rushed into town, keen to visit the local museum and one of the most highly rated gardens before they closed. First we headed to the Suzhou museum, which contained some fascinating Buddhist artefacts recovered from local pagodas and some beautiful local pottery. But the main highlight was the building itself, designed by IM Pei as a modernist take on a Suzhou garden, complete with indoor water features, ordered geometric designs and a futuristic yet tranquil pond filled central courtyard. After marvelling at the modern architecture, we visited one of its inspirations, the Lion's Grove Garden, built in the 1360s by a Buddhist month. Appropriately, it felt extremely zen, with mesmerising rock formations, carefully manicured plants and ornate wooden pavilions creating a very relaxed atmosphere. After strolling around the garden for an hour or so, punctuated with plenty of breaks overlooking the placid central lake, the garden closed and we wandered down the attractive, albeit clearly reconstructed, canal lined streets in search of dinner. We eventually found a pleasant canal side restaurant where we enjoyed a simple twilight meal, before making our way to the train station for our nighttime high speed train to Nanjing. We arrived late in Nanjing and took the metro at our hostel, which bizarrely had a ludicrously expensive Belgian craft beer bar attached but was conveniently located in the touristy Confucius Temple area, a shopping district on the site of a giant former temple - very Chinese.

      We woke up slightly later than planned (as usual) and, with only a day in Nanjing (China's former capital and site of the WW2 rape of Nanking), hurried to our first sight of the day, the Jiming Temple. The temple was not as impressive as the Tibetan temples we had seen, but still featured some attractive Buddhist architecture and an ornate pagoda, as well as a constant flow of worshippers which added to its authentic feel. Round the back of the temple was one of the city's iconic landmarks, the intact Ming city walls, the longest in the country not to have been significantly rebuilt. Our walk along the wall in the spring sunshine, with the pristine Xuanwu lake on one side and the modern city foregrounded by trees on the other, proved particularly enjoyable, with the stone walls dotted with Ming dynasty cannons evoking a long lost China. After meandering along the wall for around an hour, we climbed down the ramparts to catch the bus up the nearby hill to Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum, passing the Ming Xiaoling Tombs which due to lack of time and money we had to skip. Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum was thronged with visitors, understandable as after Mao he is considered the father of the nation, due to his founding of the Republic of China, although the government's promotion of his legacy is somewhat confusing as he was part of the KMT, the communists' civil war rivals. Perched on a hill, up steep steps designed to evoke the nearby Ming emperor's tomb, the mausoleum loomed above us. Forcing our way through the crowds, with a few photos taken of us along the way, we clambered up the steps to the entrance of the mausoleum, where even the sheer numbers of people couldn't detract from the reverential atmosphere. Entering the tomb, we saw the simple yet striking white statue of Sun Yat Sen, below a beautiful ceiling carved with the rather attractive blue and white Republic of China flag. After walking round the statue in silence we left the mausoleum, to sweeping views of the forested mountain below, which we contemplated for a while before descending the steps and returning to the city center. With some time to kill before dinner, we relaxed in the park housing the ruins of a former Ming palace, along with old people playing cards and practicing their ballroom dancing. We then enjoyed a meal of Bibimbap after our preferred restaurant, a local favourite situated in a luxury shopping mall, had an hour wait for a table and then made our way to the train station for our hard seat night train to Beijing. It proved to be as uncomfortable as it sounds, with most of us only getting a few hours sleep on our 10 hour journey, crammed into clusters of 3 seats opposite each other, with the train totally full due to it being a national holiday weekend...
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      Jenny Zmroczek

      Fascinating as usual, thank you!

      4/15/16Reply
      Janet Z

      Yes, v fascinated by what you say re Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum

      4/16/16Reply
      Chrissie Zmroczek

      Fabulous! I loved the descriptions of the lakes and the photos too of course. Funny you should mention brandy/ cognac as Robert and I found ourselves rather involved with the Spanish varieties on our holiday..... So much to enjoy in your blog, thanks for taking the time to share it xxx

      4/22/16Reply
       
    • Day3

      First authentic Nanjing food experience

      December 3, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

      Vivian lead me to this awesome place. I would have never found it as just a tourist. It is close to Nanjing university, were you can obviously find lots of authentic Chinese food places in the rather dark side streets. We had Tofu, cooked fish heads, vegetables with lots of garlic and sweet & sour pork chops. Yummy!Read more

      Traveler

      Na Mahlzeit. Für 5 Mann reicht das dicke oder täuscht das Foto

      12/4/17Reply
      Traveler

      Ich denke eine dritte Person hätte mitessen können.

      12/4/17Reply
       
    • Day8

      Must try: chicken feet (or 凤爪)

      December 8, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

      “After an outer layer of thin skin is removed, most of the edible tissue on the feet consists of skin and tendons, with no muscle. This gives the feet a distinct texture different from the rest of the chicken's meat.” (Wikipedia)Read more

      You are brave. M

      12/8/17Reply
      Traveler

      Hm. Muss man das mögen 😵

      12/8/17Reply

      Ewwww I don't think I could try that after seeing how dirty they are at home! Laura

      12/12/17Reply
       

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