Mar 14, 2018 - Haikou, Hainan – Hawaii of China
The weather is getting warmer as we go south to the bottom of China. Haikou is a large tropical island on the South China Sea and definitely more relaxed. The Li and the Miao people have lived here for 10,000 years, the last 3,000 as part of China. The morning is drizzly and overcast, but that does not discourage the lion tamer and his lions from frolicking along side the ship as we dock. Big welcome party with over 40 people lined up to sing, clap and present us each with a coconut necklace or bracelet. Not the steely eyed immigration...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2018 - Haikou, China
History: Haikou is the capital of China’s Hainan province. With its strategic location near the mouth of the Nandi River it grew into a walled fortification during the Ming Dynasty. After 90 days this was the first day of mist and rain, not an issue we went to old town and shopped. It is amazing to see how the Chinese communicate, if they feel you don’t know their language they must feel you are deaf and yell and raise their voices. No problem we have 2 days to rest our ears as we head to Ho Chi Minh city /Saigon Vietnam.Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2018 - Hong Kong
History: Hong Kong was a British Territory until 1997 and is home to long cherished Eastern traditions amid Western sensibilities. Glittering skyscrapers stand between soaring mountains and bustling Victoria harbor. Victoria Peak offers a beautiful sweeping vista of lush gardens. Victoria Harbor keeps the heart of Hong Kong beating. More billionaires then any other country amazing real estate beautiful cars and boats. Sanpans “water taxi”and junks all over the harbor really fun and enriching country. So much history and captivating...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2018 - Hong Kong- Land of ABC’s (American Born Chinese)
Hong Kong is tucked into several islands and a peninsula on the China mainland. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula was ceded to the British in the 1860’s during the first Opium War. During the second Opium war, (1897) more land called the New territories was “leased” to Britain for 99 years. In 1997, Britain gave all of it back to People’s Republic of China with the provision the area remain self governing for the next 50 years. Not sure if self governing is the right term, because there is a separate government from PRC but PRC has to...Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2018 - The journey is over, and I am home again.
So, a 3.10 departure from Guangzhou's Baiyun airport, so late, and I was so very tired. Not really time to get a sleep though, as we landed in Kuala Lumpur at around 7.30, then just time to get through the airport to the next departure gate. Around an hour and a quarter, which was enough, but no time to dally!! Off again, and I think I was dozing on and off all the way to Perth. We landed on time, and did not take too long to get to the gate this time. I staggered through the arrivals, cleared immigration, then headed to the baggage...Jump to full entry
Mar 9, 2018 - Leaving Zhaoqing.
Quite a sad day, but also busy, getting final packing done, washing done, and actually dry, floors cleaned etc. Frankle had been messaging me during the day. He has meetings all day, for some special guests in the educational field, and then dinner. Then later this evening we will leave for the airport. He is a busy, busy guy, with a full day, and then off to the airport, on his way to meet with one of his business partners in Guangzhou. I have no doubt there will be a lot of screen time for these two guys, and precious little sleep! I met...Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2018 - Dinner - Denise's family, and the Hu family!
A somewhat busy day today. Lunch with Denise over the road at the little cheap restaurant. And around that, mostly packing and sorting what I need to take home, and what can stay here until I return. Hopefully that will be in October. We had arranged to pick Melrose up on the way to the restaurant, so I messaged her to let her know we were on our way. And amazingly, we got through the city smoothly, to collect her from near the Golden Diamond Hotel. I love going out for a meal with these guys, because they know places that I would never...Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2018 - Shanghai China
History: Shanghai began as a tiny fishing village 5,000 years ago. Today it is the largest city in China and one of the worlds most important ports. Beautiful clean city with great sky scape. No homeless no litter and they scrub their sidewalks. Shopping was great and a very fun place to visit.Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2018 - Shanghai – Explosion of Chinese growth
We are anchored on the Yangtze River, right in the midst of at least 100 neon/LED light skyscrapers. All types of shapes from twisting monoliths to oval/egg organic domes. The weather is also quite different than the 95 we had in Manila. Shanghai is a damp 45 with a high of 51. Its not been this cold since Jan 5 in LA. Time to dig out our sweaters we had put away under the bed. It’s a long walk through the cruise terminal to immigration. Everyone has to go ashore and get their passport stamped along with a copy of our passport we need to...Jump to full entry
A lovely day today, with lots of catching up with friends, old and new. Denise escaped from the library in the morning, and came up for a coffee, and then we went and had lunch at a little place over the road from the back gate. Interesting little, very local eating spot. There are bamboo steamer boxes with cooked rice in, and at the counter you get to choose two or three meat varieties, which get put on top, and then over the steamer until cooked. It is a great lunch, and very cheap, 8rmb for two meats, or 10 for three. And it comes with...Jump to full entry
Mar 6, 2018 - Yay! Melrose is back in Zhaoqing.
Well, today is a day I have been looking forward to. Melrose has arrived back from her holiday, and we are going to catch up in the afternoon. I got a bus into town, and as I was heading for the underpass to get over the road, I saw a lovely new display of flowers over the road from Paifang. Not sure what is the significance of this display, but they are beautiful. As I took photos, I had a young woman come up and speak to me. She spoke reasonable English and told me her English name is Shannon, and she loves making chocolates. Not sure if...Jump to full entry
Mar 5, 2018 - Two Grannies to collect Qianyu from kindy today!!
Last night, Shelly suggested that we go and collect Qianyu together, from kindergarten. Little one loves to have two grannies to collect her. So I went and waited at the hairdressing shop for Shelly, and filled time taking phone photos of leaves. I love the close up features on my phone. I wanted her to help me to buy some of the gel for my hair, like what he had used when he cut it. But he has no small container. He will have it by tomorrow, and Shelly will collect it for me, when she goes back for a deep treatment for her hair. On we went...Jump to full entry