Category Archives: Travel

Authentic China?

Seated on the shuttle train taking passengers who had arrived in Beijing through into the main airport terminal I overheard two Americans talking, and was so intrigued that I am ashamed to say I blatantly earwigged their conversation. The exchange … Continue reading

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Salmon ‘fishing’ on the Great Wall of China

One section of the Great Wall of China runs along the peaks of the Yanshan mountains to the north of Beijing. In one of the ravines running down the southern side of the mountains, immediately below the wall, there is … Continue reading

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfullness in Mutianyu

A few weekends ago the DH and I, together with other friends, had a weekend away at a place called Mutianyu.                                                                                                                      Mutianyu is a village which nestles in a ravine on the southern slopes of the Yanshan Mountains, some 70 … Continue reading

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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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