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Mayonnaise is for babies

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

We’re in Nanjing now, former capital and today a 5 million+ town. We are in a very cute little hostel, right on a picturesque canal where beautifully lighted boats slide by every night. The reception girl (I think her name is Summer, I have to ask her) is ever so helpful and sweet, it’s really a pleasure to hang out here and watch blockbusters in the tv-room before going out to the Scarlet bar where beer was supposed to be Y10 but ended up being Y25…boohoohoo…
You wonder where those Chinses kids get the money to be able to just drink Chivas Regal and Ice Tea all night…

Mayonnaise is for babiesI’m really quite proud of this photo, what do you think of it? I took it in the supermarket right before noticing the ‘no photographing’-sign. Why on earth is there a baby on a mayonnaise jar?

Cliffclimber

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

To my surprise none of you sent me an email or comment scolding me for not posting the conclusion of the hot cliff I left you hangin on and promised to save you from yesterday.
I’ll just assume you’re afraid that I’ll take it the wrong way and won’t post anything at all. That’s very sweet of you…

Huang Shan. It was just breathtaking. The way there was challenging, sharing buses with people with bad breath, screaming Chinese tourists and their even louder screaming guides, getting carsick in the bus driving up the hairpincurves and having to pay 200 yuan (E 20,-) entry fee, which is a lot, especially for Chinese people. But then you walk for 20 minutes and everything else is forgotten.

Granite peaks 1The trees, the mountains, the birds, the FANTASTIC VIEWS. The hike up was hardcore, but the views in the end were totally worth the trouble of getting up there by foot and also worth the money of course. The highest peak was 1864 meters, but the some 20 surrounding peaks were nearly the same height and we strolled over a bunch of them. I took some pictures, but they don’t do the scenery justice. So just believe me when I say it might just actually be the no. 1 mountain area in China.

Am going to post again in a minute so I can add a picture again I wouldn’t want you to miss .

Smoking and playing some cards

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Can’t get into my webspace the normal way, so posts are looking different as I post through Flickr. Excuse the mess and don’t lean in the doors. (And care the gap and of course attantion your head.)

From Nanchang it was “Onward, let’s go, we can do it!” and a thump with our heads together and we were back on the road again. We took a hard seat train for nine hours heading for Huang Shan Shi, also know as Tunxi from where you could visit China’s no. 1 mountain (who decides these things?): Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain).

The train was packed and the Chinese were suddenly not so friendly during boarding and claiming a seat. We had placed tickets, so for us there wasn’t a problem in the world, but the people who had bought spare ticktes with no seat guarantee the pushing was on.

After a few hours people started dripping out at small stations and the pub which was our coach was open. People were happily smoking away and playing cards and chatting like they had known each other for years. The atmosphere was very nice and we were certainly the talk of the town (in this case a moving town with only 120 people in it). Every once in a while a giggling young man or woman would try to say something to us in English, only to burst out in laughter after a few incomprehensible sounds. Even after nine hours in the same room they wouldn’t stop staring at us like we had no clothes on, I guess they’re still not that used to foreign backpackers in the train for ‘commoners’ .

Already in the train we had managed to find ourselves a hotel. Well actually it was the hotel-lady who managed to get herself some customers, or maybe just a commission. She spoke no English at all, and still we dragged out a little discount.

Huang Shan was a nice city, pretty quiet, again not so many tourists yet. And the centre was very old and beautiful, like you can see here. The area is famous for its architectual style, called Huizhou. I like it.

Of course we climbed China’s number 1 mountain too, but I’m keeping something for tomorrow. How’s that for a little cliffhanger.

Oh and the mongolia joke wasn’t really about mongolia but just the the irony of me saying we have to hurry and then saying we want to see mongolia too…so there. I should be more careful with my jokes, I get it now.

Ketchup part 2

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Groceries

Zhaoqing was a pleasant place to stay, cheap too, but we went on because worldtrips don’t travel themselves. We still had to see Guangzhou in the same region, and we already slacked in Hong Kong (5 nights!). Our Russian visa has a fixed date and only lasts a month, so there’s no time to waste to get to the Russian border on time.

With that in mind we decided we might want to see Mongolia too (get the joke?), and cram that into our schedule ad well. So things are not as laid back here in China as they were in India, completely in unison with the coutry morales.

Beijing Lu, GuangzhouGuangzhou was big. We stayed at an island that used to belong to the British (one side) and the French (the other side), so the athmosphere was far from Chinese. This is the most pleasant area in Guangzhou if you like things quiet and elegant, so it was stuffed with hotels and the streets were filled with adoption parents with their newly acquired kids who have to stay in China for at least one month after adoption.

In our hostel we met some fellow travellers for the first time, it was very nice to talk about all the small things that make travelling so nice and sometimes difficult. Chicken feetWe had dinner together in a fancy Chinese restaurant, ate chicken feet (but only bacause they put it on our table without us asking for it)¬†and after that, Jesse decided that even after a 56 hour train straight from ‘burning’ Lhasa he wanted to go party and so we accompanied him. If you want the hilarious details of this night, talk to W., he had the most bizarre encounters. Suffice it to say that is was a wonderful, even great night out.

The next stop was Nanchang, to visit a few ancient villages around there. The sleeper train was excellent, the annoying thing was our neighbour who decided he wouldn’t stand for breathing through his mouth even though his nose was clearly totally congested. This resulted in him making disgusting sounds every few seconds. It culminated in him throwing snotty tissues everywhere, even on my dear boyfriend, and so it is no surprise W. and I now have a cold too. The guy was really disgusting and he didn’t care what anyone thought about him, a rarity here in China so far!

So to get to the point: here are some pictures of the trip to the ancient villages.

Alley

Alley in Luotiancun, with two boys.

Home in the village

wooden interior

Village lady

village lady

Already this much story and I’m not even close to having talked about everyting. Next time I’ll talk about the town we’re in now and the train we took to get there. All the pictures I didn’t post here are also worth looking at, if I do say so myself. I have a Pro Account at Flickr now so I don’t have to be stingy when I upload pictures. You do the math.