Archive for April, 2008

Centipedes on a stick

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

A new location, a new opportunity to post the real way. We’re in Beijing already, covered 3000 km in just under 3 weeks. We were at the snack street just now to have dinner and saw that the Chinese really do eat anything, and all on sticks.

colour candy

Our favourites were the strawberries in caramel coating and the lamb-kebabs from heaven (heaven is probably located in central-Asia). But for the extravagant foodies there were centipedes, starfish, beecocoons, snakes, kidneys and shredded cow stomach on a stick. Just the way you like it.

I hear Beijing isn’t as well equipped with cheap internet cafes as it should be, I’m using the expensive hostel facility now, so maybe I won’t be posting many photos or stories anytime soon… But then maybe I won’t be able to resist and I’ll just post and spend like there’s no tomorrow because it’s not like I’ll be backpacking in China anytime soon again.

Here a little taste of Nanjing still for you to enjoy (the strawberry-skewer picture actually was taken back in Nanjing too, but the one we ate tonight looked quite similar.)

Nanjing lights 1
Arch on Fuzimiao, opposite the Confucius temple

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.