Category Archives: Travel

The flowers that bloom in Yangzhou – tra la!

This past weekend has been the Qingming festival and is a national public holiday, so the DH and I, together with another couple, decided to make the most of the time and travelled south from Beijing to visit the ancient … Continue reading

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The Marquis Yi of Zeng’s musical bells

Over Zhongqui Jie (Mid-autumn festival) AMM and I, together with some friends, took the high-speed train down to Wuhan, a city which straddles the mighty Yangtze River almost 700 km inland from Shanghai. Amongst other things, we wanted to see … Continue reading

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Long time no blog

Its been a long three months. Back in early June I flew back to the UK to see family and friends and have some medical checks, but now I am back in Beijing and raring to go. One way and … Continue reading

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Cock-a-doodle-doo!

This week some friends and  I went on a jaunt to a town called Jingbian which is in the north east of Shaanxi Province.  It was a fascinating trip for lots of reasons two of which were ‘firsts’ for me.  … Continue reading

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Lugouqiao – the Marco Polo Bridge

As it was a public holiday yesterday – Duanwujie aka Dragon Boat Festival – AMM and I decided to pack a picnic and spend the day exploring various places in the South West outskirts of Beijing.   One of the places … Continue reading

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Picturesque Pingyao – a glimpse of old China

Last week was Qingming  – aka Tomb Sweeping Day – offices and schools in China closed for three days holiday so that people had time to travel to their ancestral tombs to remember family members who have died, honour their … Continue reading

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A break from Beijing – four days in Chengde

In China, the first week of October is known as ‘Golden Week’ and is a national holiday. Most businesses close for the week, though everyone has to work the following Saturday and Sunday to make up the time.  We decided … Continue reading

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