Category Archives: China travel 2014

Showers in Shaxi and The Trouble With Tourists

We had hoped to get on some bikes on our first full day in Sideng village in Shaxi, Yunnan province. Except we woke to rain which wasn’t in the plan.  We had fun having Cato’s Inn breakfast – sort of … Continue reading

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Heading Up The Highway – To Sideng Village Shaxi

Time to confess. We are travelers who follow Lonely Planet guidebooks. We realise that Real Travellers look down on us, faithfully following the words as writ, clutching our chunky little books as we try to navigate our foreign adventures. We … Continue reading

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Flying (Sort Of) Up Mt Cangshan – Dali

We had known that Dali in Yunnan province in China was near a lake, Erhai Lake to be exact. But we hadn’t appreciated that it was underneath a sizeable mountain range called Mt Cangshan. Faced with a choice of lake … Continue reading

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Discovering Dali Old Town – China

Night trains that arrive before the day starts are a bit awkward. Where the heck are you supposed to go? We were in the carpark/taxi park area of the Xiaguan Railway Station. It was 5am and still firmly dark.

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Night Train Hard Sleeping – Kunming to Dali

So there we were, rosy and relaxed in the plane from Shanghai to Kunming. Trying to work out how we’d been so lucky to even get there. We knew we owed the God of Travel. After that we always turned … Continue reading

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How Not To Catch An Aeroplane – Shanghai-Style

Some days you don’t know it when you wake up but you are going to be very unlucky or very lucky. Our day leaving Shanghai turned out to be one of those. It started out nice and relaxed. We went … Continue reading

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Shanghai – Seeing Sights

The day after our big day in Shanghai was wetter and cooler. We had a second day on our hop-on bus pass and set off to explore some more. We linked up with a bus on the temple/shopping route, and … Continue reading

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A Big Day Out in Big Shanghai

Our first full day in China didn’t start so well, and then ended a little bizarrely. But mostly it was amazing; an eye-opener – Shanghai is a modern city with lots of surprises. We had a bit of a loose plan … Continue reading

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China Reconstructed – Part 1

Our China adventure started in Shanghai. Largest city in China and one of the largest in the world. Air New Zealand flew us there nicely and we even managed a few hours sleep. And arrived at the very civilised time … Continue reading

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To China and Back …

Sorry about the silence. The difficulties and frustrations got the better of me. Posting just got too hard. I think having my web stuff hosted in the US might not have helped. I could sort-of access my blog stuff, but … Continue reading

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