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Trekking around Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
30 June 2010

Monk in the Tibetan highlands around Shangri-la, near Da Bao monasteryDuring the weeks that we spent in Shangri-la, we killed time with a hike to Xiagei hot springs in the mountains near Shangri- ...

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Lijiang E-mail
Asia - China
25 June 2010

The south gate in Lijiang at nightFrom Dalí we went straight on to Shangri-la in order to arrange our trip to Tibet. We needed to do that as soon as possible ...

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Yangshuo E-mail
Asia - China
01 May 2010

Street dog in the streets of YangshuoAt our hostel in Guilín we booked a trip to Yangshuo on a bamboo raft. After a gruelling bus ride to get to the starting...

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Xiao Likeng & around E-mail
Asia - China
27 April 2010

Almost full moon over Xiao Likeng, ChinaFrom ugly Wuyuan where we spent the night in a very cheap and ugly hotel and from there we took a motorbike to...

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Wuzhen E-mail
Asia - China
24 April 2010

Old man with his boat in the canals of WuzhenFrom our Hangzhou hostel we booked a tour to Wuzhen, an ancient canal village that had been restored in order...

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Quanzhou E-mail
Asia - China
19 April 2010

Two Chinese men playing a game in the streets of Quanzhou, ChinaQuanzhou was our basis for a couple of days to make day trips from. The city is not that appealing, but there are worse...

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Xiamen & Gulang Yu E-mail
Asia - China
17 April 2010

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visiting Nanputuo templeA horrible bus ride brought us from Chaozhou to Xiamen, from where we took a ferry to Gulang Yu, an island full of...

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Ming tombes E-mail
Asia - China
28 March 2010

Ming tombes, ChinaAnother Hutong School excursion took us from Beijing to the Ming tombes, last resting place of most of the Ming dynasty...

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Beijing Forbidden City E-mail
Asia - China
23 February 2010

Doors in the forbidden palace in Beijing, ChinaTogether with my flatmate Bim I went to what might be the most famous attraction in China: the forbidden city. But...

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Tianjin E-mail
Asia - China
06 February 2010

Traditional musicians in Tianjin, ChinaLast Saturday the Hutong School in Beijing organized a trip to Tianjin, a city that is characterized by it's European architecture...

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Simatai Great Wall E-mail
Asia - China
23 January 2010

The Great Wall of China (Chinese Wall) at Simatai, ChinaSimatai is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing, holds the access...

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Horseriding near Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
29 June 2010

Tibetan horse sadle in the hills near Shangri-laSome other guests in our hotel in Shangri-la had arranged a horse riding trip and we were asked if we like to join. ...

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Dalí E-mail
Asia - China
23 June 2010

Waterfall in a chinese garden in DalíThe bus from Luang Prabang, Laos dropped us off very early in the morning in Kunming. A taxi brought us to the ...

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Dragon's Backbone rice terraces E-mail
Asia - China
30 April 2010

The dragon's backbone rice terraces seen from above, ChinaOn a daytrip from Guilín we went to China's Dragon's Backbone rice terraces. Since we started out a bit late, we didn't...

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Tunxi E-mail
Asia - China
26 April 2010

Ducks in a cage on a market in Tunxi, ChinaThe little Chinese town of Tunxi actually got into our itinerary by accident, but it was a very pleasant surprise. The town...

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Hangzhou E-mail
Asia - China
23 April 2010

Floating walkway on the lake in HangzhouAfter Shanghai our next stop was Hangzhou, where we unwillingly got stuck for several days. We made a few nice...

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Zhangli E-mail
Asia - China
19 April 2010

Geese and ducks running around just outside the sleepy town of ZhangliAnother trip from Quanzhou brought us to Zhangli. We took a local bus for half an hour first, then hopped on the...

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Chaozhou E-mail
Asia - China
15 April 2010

Fallen flowers reflected on the wet pavement of Chaozhou, ChinaFrom Macau we took a bus to Guangzhou, but the hotels turned out to be so expensive due to a local trade fair...

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Beijing's disappearing hutongs E-mail
Asia - China
20 March 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaBeijing's hutongs, characteristic low profile buildings that have been the city's face from mongol times are rapidly...

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Confucius temple & Lama temple E-mail
Asia - China
22 February 2010

Prayer flags at the Lama temple, Beijing, ChinaAnother trip we made inside Beijing was to the confucius temple and the Yonghe (Lama) temple. Our visit to Beijing's Yonghe...

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Beijing Qian hai and Bei hai park E-mail
Asia - China
30 January 2010

Old lady enjoying the sun in the streets of Beijing, ChinaAfter our visit to the zoo on Saturday we continued to Houhai park, right in central Beijing and one of the three parts...

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Olympic village Beijing E-mail
Asia - China
17 January 2010

The Great Wall of China (Chinese Wall) at Simatai, ChinaThe first weekend in Beijing was actually meant for studying only in order to catch up with the first week of the course I had missed...

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Shangri-la E-mail
Asia - China
28 June 2010

Shiny Tibetan prayer flags hanging over the streets in Shangri-laAll in all we've spent around two weeks in Shangri-la, the town with the mythical name. The great dissappointment ...

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Fuli E-mail
Asia - China
02 May 2010

Old Chinese woman begging in the streets of FulíFrom Yangshuó we took a local bus to the nearby Fulí, a tiny, sleepy Chinese village famed for its fan making. We first...

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Guilín E-mail
Asia - China
28 April 2010

Karst peaks of GuilinFrom Wuyuan (that had been our base from which we visited Xiao Likeng) we took a bus to Nanning, where we had...

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Xidi & Hongcun E-mail
Asia - China
26 April 2010

The houses of characteristic Xidi reflected in the moat surrounding the villageWe'd been waiting for a few days to leave Hangzhou and in the end the bus we wanted was fully booked, so we had to change...

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Shanghai E-mail
Asia - China
20 April 2010

Little Chinese girl petting her cat in her front porch, Shanghai, ChinaFrom Quanzhou we took a delayed plane to Shanghai, at lot more comfortable than a ten euros cheaper 24 hour...

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Chongwu E-mail
Asia - China
18 April 2010

Fishermen taking fish from their nets and repairing their nets in the harbour of Chongwu, China at low tideFor a few day Quanzhou was our base from which we made a few trips to surrounding towns. One of them was Chongwu...

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Beijing - Temple of Heaven E-mail
Asia - China
05 April 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaA few days before finishing my Mandarin studies and leaving Beijing for Hong Kong we went to see the temple...

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Yuxian E-mail
Asia - China
28 February 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaA weekend trip to Yuxian turned out to be a great success and not only because of the interesting village. On the way back...

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Chinese new year E-mail
Asia - China
19 February 2010

Prayer flags at the Lama temple, Beijing, ChinaCelebrating Chinese new year is quite special, but you do get fed up with it in time, since they don't seem to get enough...

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Beijing zoo E-mail
Asia - China
30 January 2010

Monkey behind glass in the Zoo of Beijing, ChinaSaturday morning we met up with a couple of fellow students to go and see the Beijing zoo. I was told not to expect too much...

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Studying Chinese in Beijing E-mail
Asia - China
10 January 2010

Beijing Hutong in winter, ChinaLearn a language at home? Sure, but at Hutong School in Beijing you'll experience a whole different deal. As did I myself...

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