Category Archives: Travel

Tian Yi Mu 田义墓 – the Eunuchs’ graveyard

Before I begin – I should warn you that there are pictures and information in this blog post that some may find disturbing/distasteful –  I know gentlemen who have become very squeamish contemplating this topic! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For thousands of years, … Continue reading

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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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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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