China Journals

Around the World Without Flying - Part 3

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A February 2010 trip to China by Shady Ady

11th Harbin Ice & Snow Festival Photo, China, Asia More Photos
Quote: I'm attempting to travel around the world without flying. From England the first leg of the journey will see a one month train journey to China. Once in China I will teach for one year before continuing my travels. See http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/ShadyAdy/ for photos (they are too big to add here).

Week 22, 23, 24 & 25 - Big Chest

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Benxi Skyline Photo, China, Asia
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Since coming to China I’ve been called many things. Edwin, Adin, Andy and even the odd Andriy have all made appearances. The pronunciation of English names isn’t one of Chinese people’s strong points. Saying that though, I can’t say I can boast to being any better. I only remember those students with an English name. Those without an English name, disappointingly on my behalf, get little more than an array of finger points for months before I finally learn them.If I can expect my Chinese students to adopt an English name to make my job easier, I thought it only fair that I returned the favour and adopt a Chinese name. I of course have no idea where to start when it comes to adopting a Chin...Read More

Week 21 - Doggy Doggy

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Benxi Skyline Photo, China, Asia
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With normal teaching services resuming after my short holiday, morale was low. Not only did I have to run the gauntlet of complaining parents again, but my teaching schedule was now completely opposite to that of my wife’s. While I work predominantly evenings and weekends at a private school, she works days in various public schools scattered around Benxi. This leaves our one solitary day off a week as the only quality time we get to spend with each other. If I remember correctly, this isn’t quite the job description that we accepted all those months ago!As daytime temperatures have slowly been rising towards a more respectable zero degrees Celsius, it has meant the chance to explore the ...Read More

Week 20 - The Truman Show

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With Harbin immensely enjoyed, it was on to the final destination of our little vacation, Dandong, before returning to teaching life. I like to research a location before visiting and Dandong was no different. I knew there were good views to be had into North Korea and also a sparsely visited stretch of the Great Wall of China. I’d also read several accounts from other travellers who had found a very thin stretch of the Yalu River that separates the two countries and had waded across. Hearing of the recent trouble several American citizens had found themselves in when crossing illegally in to North Korea, I wasn’t so sure I’d be willing to risk wasting several months of my life in a North ...Read More

Week 19 - I Want My Ticket

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11th Harbin Ice & Snow Festival Photo, China, Asia
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Spring Festival celebrations continued well in to the first day of the year of the tiger. After enjoying far too much of the local tipple baijiu, a sorghum fermented paint stripper, I was hoping for a good few hours of sleep before catching my train to Harbin, the first destination of my week’s vacation. If I thought the constant firework and firecracker explosions would cease with the start of the new year, I was rudely mistaken. Even before sunrise, they had started again, and they continued until lunch. There was little chance of catching up on my sleep. I was hoping the hassle of buying train tickets over the hectic Spring Festival period was going to be worth it. Harbin, meaning ‘a pl...Read More

Week 18 - Tornadoes

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Spring Festival in Benxi, China Photo, China, Asia
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If Christmas felt like a normal day, the lead up to Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) had that special holiday feeling. As people hurried along the streets with enough provisions to survive the apocalypse, I could sense this was one Chinese festival not to be missed. Spring Festival not only signifies the start of the Chinese lunar calendar, but more importantly, it also indicated my first holiday and first chance to leave Benxi since arriving in China. Many locals had warned of the hassle of travelling over this festive period, but with no other holiday on the horizon, I was willing to take the risk. Travelling during what many people call the world’s biggest annual migration...Read More