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Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!

International Passenger Trains run between Beijing and Ulan Bator

2012-05-14 | News | Comments(0) |   Views:(222)

 
For the convenient of travelers travel to and fro between China and Mongolia, three international trains are operated between the Chinese capital city Beijing and the capital of Mongolia Ulan Bator, namely, train No.K03 (departs from Beijing), K23 (departs from Beijing) and K23 (departs from Ulan Bator). All of them set out in the morning at 08:05 and get to the destination the next day afternoon around 13:20 after 30 hours ride.

A good day for a pig ride

2012-05-07 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(83)

When you’re wooing a girl there seems to some socially accepted steps to do so. You know, first off talk to her, and later get her phone number after "accidently" bumping into her (after waiting for said "accidental" opportunity for an hour.) Than after a quick bit ask her out, give some flowers, yata yata yata and so on. Now maybe subconsciously I don’t know what these steps are, or maybe I just don’t like them, so in short to woo a girl I take her on a trip, and then can’t find a bus home and end up hitchhiking in the back of a farmer’s truck with her and a pig. Yep…I’m smooth.

Chinese, and travel

2012-05-04 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(99)

 

Now, I learned Chinese in Beijing, that means I learned my Chinese with all the R’s, my first time hearing Chinese was in Beijing and I kinda thought it sounded like a bunch of dogs barking at each other. Ruf ruf ruf ruf ruf. But hey that’s how I started Chinese, so in 2009 when I came to Yangshuo to start teaching, and to learn Chinese, I wasn’t even remotely used to their Chinese. None of the R’s I fell in love with, or for that matter really good Mandarin. At that time hearing the difference between Northern Mandarin and Southern Mandarin was like hearing a true New Yorker speaking his form of English, and hearing someone from the deep deep South in a swamp in the middle of nowhere’s English.

Bargaining in China

2012-04-27 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(109)

 
Now, when I was in America I never got the chance to bargain, where I went I just paid whatever the price was, no questions asked, no second thought. But you see, all that changed when I came to china, it was no longer I paid what the sticker price was, or what other people said it was, it all came down to how well I could bargain, how much I wanted it, could I grit my teeth longer and be more intense and more into bargaining then the person selling it.

Rock climbing in Yangshuo

2012-04-17 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(157)

Thanks to the peculiar karst landform, Guilin especially Yangshuo is endowed with abundant scenery made up of karst hills in various shapes, while some of them are more than landscapes. In other words, it is no exaggeration to say that you can find a hill suitable for climbing wherever you stand in Yangshuo. Thus, no airport, no railway, but that doesn’t stop climbing lovers from all over the world from rushing to Yangshuo every year.

Beauteous Li River in misty rain, Guilin

2012-04-13 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(174)

 
As is well-known, the Li River of Guilin is amazing with its elegant peaks reflecting on the clear green and mirror-like water, while the best time for experiencing a surprising Li River is always from March to May with spring drizzling rain- the celebrated Li River in Misty Rain, the one to enjoy a surreal beauty of this dreamy and fantastic wonderland.

A visit to Stone Forest and Yueling Village in Wenshi Town, Guilin

2012-04-05 | Life in Guilin | Comments(0) |   Views:(160)

 
Not long ago in early March, I went to Wenshi Town of Guangyang County (a eastern county of Guilin) with my friends. Wenshi Town is famous with Stone Forest and Yueling Village, which I have always wanted to visit but never had a chance. Before the Spring Festival this year, I had made an appointment with several friends to visit there, but cancelled finally due to the bad weather. This time, I have got my wish finally!

Qingming Festival 2012 falls on April 4

2012-03-31 | Cultures | Comments(2) |   Views:(149)

 
As one of the 24 Chinese solar terms and an important traditional festival of China, Qingming Festival usually falls on the 4th, 5th, or 6th of April every year. Commonly translated to be “Tomb-Sweeping Day” or “Pure Brightness Festival” in English, it always comes on the 103rd day (one day later in leap years) after the winter solstice. For more than 2500 years, Chinese have been going to tidy up their ancestors’ tombs and burn joss sticks and “paper money” to show respect and express love.