China

Yangtze River. Finally, a dam in sight.

This was a highly anticipated part of our China adventure for Dave & Sam. When I first floated the concept to Dave about traveling to China, he said OK, as long as we could include a visit to the 3 Gorges Dam. Well, I had no idea of any dams…

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Yangtze River. When less is more.

A highlight of the Yangtze River cruise (for me) was our trip along the Shennong Stream, a narrow tributary of the Yangtze River – the Lesser 3 Gorges. From our cruise ship we boarded a small ferry boat which took us through amazing gorges. The scenery was a stark contrast…

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Yangtze River. Ghostly (ghastly?) encounters.

The Yangtze cruise included a side trip to Fengdu, known by the Chinese as the “Ghost City”. Modeled after Chinese Hell in the Taoist mythology and built over 1800 years ago, the place is now an island since the completion of the 3 Gorges Dam. We had to walk over…

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Chongqing. A river out there somewhere.

I really love train travel, and in China it was just as exciting and interesting as anywhere in the world. You really get to see the countryside without the frills. We all safely clambered aboard the Bullet train in Chengdu to make our way to Chongqing for our 3 day…

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Chengdu. Lost downtown

The cooking class at the backpackers’ was way over on the other side of Chengdu city from our hotel and not far from the “Jinli Ancient Street“.  Dave & I were keen to visit, and yes it is in fact an ancient street, dating back to the Qin Dynasty 221BC…

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Chengdu. Buddhists and Faux Fish.

Sometimes it is just all about the eating, and there we were in the food capital of the region. With one cooking class under our belt in Yangshuo we thought we’d have another chop at a class being offered at a backpackers hostel in Chengdu.  The mild mannered Chef Dave….

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Chengdu. It’s all about the pandas

I’ve never been a huge fan of visiting animals in captivity and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center wasn’t up there on my list of “must do” things in China. But it turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole China trip!  Pretty faces Absolutely loved being with…

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Yangshuo. The last word, promise.

Just to tidy up a few loose ends, I thought I’d finish off Yangshuo with some random pics from our time spent in this fascinating place. Of all the places we visited in China, I really would love to come back to this region. So, here are some wrap up shots….

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Yangshuo. Dragon the river.

It’s no wonder we loved Yangshuo so much. Bicycling, cooking, eating, and then floating on a bamboo raft down the crisp clear Yulong River (also known as the Mini Li River).   The English translation is “meeting the dragon” because mythically a dragon came to the river and wouldn’t leave because…

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Yangshuo, beer and fish, great combo.

I decided many years ago that because I love food and I love eating, I’d better learn to cook if I want to eat well. So for some time I’ve been developing my hobby of recreating dishes and finding ways to produce meals that I’ve enjoyed in restaurants or found…

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