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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!

For those who don't know what a strawberry day is, it is a current term that I have put into creation that refers to not a good but also not a bad day. You know, sometimes when you eat a strawberry it's nice and sweet, and some times when you eat them they're sour as can be, and sometimes you get one that's just in between sweet and sour, and it's just good enough to not spit out. That's what a strawberry day is, it's in between good and bad. And it just so happens that on this strawberry day, I went strawberry picking.

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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.

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When youre 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 dont know what these steps are, or maybe I just dont like them, so in short to woo a girl I take her on a trip, and then cant find a bus home and end up hitchhiking in the back of a farmers truck with her and a pig. YepIm smooth.

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Now, I learned Chinese in Beijing, that means I learned my Chinese with all the Rs, 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 thats how I started Chinese, so in 2009 when I came to Yangshuo to start teaching, and to learn Chinese, I wasnt even remotely used to their Chinese. None of the Rs 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 nowheres English.

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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.

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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 doesnt stop climbing lovers from all over the world from rushing to Yangshuo every year.

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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.

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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!

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