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Photos from everywhere, not really in any order

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Jet Li Takeaway restaurant chain, Ningbo

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Personal Hot Pot Dinner, Ningbo

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Drinking tea in China, Hangzhou

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Riding bikes around West Lake, Hangzhou

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The 3 wheeled car that gave us a lift, Quzhou

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They really don't want you to walk on the grass here, Shenzhen

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Liam and I before the Temple St. Market begins, Hong Kong

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In class at Quzhou. This is where we went to a "Business English" class with Lovonne (one of Liam's teacher friends). We kind of let them as a few questions at the start of the class while we talked about Australia. Then we split up and let them ask more questions. Boy was my throat was dry after that!

Posted by hengel 09:52 Archived in China Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Jiujiang

Wow, now we are deep in central China. When we arrived at Jiujiang I discovered what it really was like to be different. Pretty much every person on the street stared at us and me. We got a taxi from the train station into town and found a cheap hotel from the Lonely planet book.

At the counter, no one could speak english so it came down to Liam's chinese skills and somehow we got our room. The rooms weren't flash but still really cheap, probably cheaper than most hostels in Shanghai or Beijing will be. We got our own TV and bathroom and three beds, which were still as hard as a rock.

Later that afternoon we headed to Lushan, a nearby mountain that had a bit of a park and a few old temples and the like. The bus was very cheap but the price paid for the insanity of the driver. We were driving up this windy hill in a minibus, overtaking other buses on blind corners into oncoming buses. It was still amazing how crazy the drivers here were.

But we finally made it safe to the top of the mountain. Until we found it was going to be 135 yuan just to enter the park ($22 AUD)! So we paid the fee and discovered that you still had to get to any of the attractions, the only way, by taxi! So we walked for a bit then got a taxi to something that sounded good, Dragons Head Rock.

When we got there, we couldn't find the rock but we did find some other buildings and some amazing views, the mountain was surrounded in cloud but was still great and covered in a range of different trees.

When we finally got to the end of the trail after many stops at various temples and lookouts we were rewarded with an beautiful view of the valley. We could actually watch the cloud moving over the mountain.

So the day ended with us trying to find a way to get back to Jiujiang. We go to the visitors centre to find the last bus left at 6pm, it was about 6.10pm. But inside the visitors centre we somehow ran into the tourism manager who helped us out by saying that some taxis should take us back to Jiujiang for about 12 yuan each. He gave us his card to show the driver in case they tried to rip us off.

We went in search of a taxi, found a few but some didn't want to go back to Jiujiang because they were Lushan taxis. But we finally found one who would do it, for 60 yuan (not a bad deal, considering the trip took about 1 hour).

So we couldn't use our card on anyone but we did get to see Lushan.

The next stop, Jingdezhen

Posted by hengel 02:29 Archived in China Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Shenzhen to Central China

That's a lot of slacks and slip ons

overcast 25 °C

After our action packed few days in Hong Kong we began our actual treck into China, this began with a 45 minute train ride from Hong Kong to Lo Wu, the last town on the Hong Kong new territories side. Once through passport control we got our first taste of China. Yet to our surprise, it was much the same as Hong Kong, quite humid and almost constantly hazy or foggy, it seems to be a constant curtain of have here.

In Shenzhen we met up with "Smiler" one of Liams friends (smiler is her english name, but she changed it to "bowie" and now it is "bobo").

She lived with her sister in Shenzhen in a sweet apartment. This, unfortunately was our introduction to car travel in China, which to put it frankly is insane. So far we have been in countless froms of transportation: Ferry, Funicular, Train, Bus, Mini Bus, Three Wheeled Green Mini, Taxi

Here are a few interesting things i have found out about the roads in china:

1. Lines seem to be merely for show
2. It is ok to pass a bus whilst driving into oncoming traffic
3. It is ok to pass another car, who is passing a bus into oncoming traffic (i.e. the car passing is in the first lane going the wrong way and we were in the second lane going the wrong way)
4. Police are merely for show and are often oncoming when passing a bus
5. on busy mountain roads (Mt. Lushan, below) it is ok pass a bus on a single lane round on a blind corner as fast as you can
6. Speed Signs seem to indicate the speed which is half the speed you can travel at

The same night we arrived in Shenzhen we left on the overnight train bound for Nanchang. We were in a sleeper carriage, three high. The lights went out at 10.20 so we had to stop playing cards and hit they hay.

We woke the next morning and helped out by a fellow traveller who spoke english, decided to not get off at Nanchang but to continue to Jiujiang. This involved moving to another sleeper carriage, mainly to move the bags and sit in another carriage. We could have moved to cattle class but the people there were really cramped and our gargantuan baggage would not suit the environment.

We finally arrived at 10 am in Jiujiang... more to come later

Oh a final note, the traditional dress of most chinese men is a casual slip on dress shoe and semi-pleated slacks. This uniform is worn but almost 80% of all men, the other 20% seem to prefer a laced dress shoe. This uniform is worn on every single occasion, even construction workers on the street.

Posted by hengel 01:03 Archived in China Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Hong Kong

The first few days and what the hell are all these people doing here

Wow, Hong Kong. As the first major asian destination for Morto and myself, Hong Kong is probably as westernised as we are gonna get. The train system rocks and is easy, but the ferry across the harbour is even better at about 25 AUD cents. But there are so many people around who seem to be going somewhere or seem to be doing nothing

The first real day took us in search of a geniune Hong Kong dim sum/yum cha into the heart of Hong Kong central. We didn't find a reasonalby priced place (aka dirt cheap) so we went to Kowloon in search of "Sneaker Street" and the Temple Street market for some bargains/trash.

We got off the ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui, greeted to the chorus of "You want Rolex?", "You want suit?". Within the first 30 minutes in Kowloon we got 8 dudes asking if we wanted Rolex's and 5 guys asking if we wanted a suit. To be honest after about 5 guys, I really wanted a Rolex, bad. But that is what we wanted to find at the Temple Street market, cheap shit.

After finding "Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Restaurant and Jazz Bar" our stomachs were truly rumbling. We finally found what we were in search of YUM CHA! This place was great, the manager a legend, the food cheap and the beer cold. This feast set us up well for a hard night making rounds of the Temple Street market.

It took a while for the market to get going, but once it did the stalls were great. Some sections contained "Erotica", the nastiest, rudest toys you have ever seen. Other sections were watches (CK and Swiss) and crap shirts, leather goods and bracelets.

We loved this market so much we came back the next day (today, we are in a net cafe above the market as I type this). But only after we found the elusive "Sneaker Street". Our trusty hostel manager showed us where this street was, in lonely planet "Fa Yeun St." but in his local Hong Kong map "Sporting Goods St.". This street contained non-stop shoe shops. Every single shop, except for a few were shoe shops. And not different shops selling different shoes. There were about 5 of the same shop and every shop was selling the same shit, all about 50% of the AUD price. But alas, my cursed feet, I asked a local shopkeep if he had a size 12 in stock (probably the smallest I could squeeze into), the guy nearly laughed in my face and said no. I asked if I could get them anywhere, to which he replied "In Hong Kong, No", shattering. Morto managed to find some shoes after about 2 laps of the street.

On our way home we stopped by the Temple street market, again. Where morton needed to by another discount shirt after the first one he bought turned out to be too small, but at $10 AUD ($60 HKD) they were a steal (but also a rip off considering we got Swiss watches, fitted, for $20 HKD, about $3.50 AUD).

I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little homesick. The first night especially, getting to Hong Kong and realising that I was in a strange country and I wasn't totally sure what was going on. I miss everybody already. Hope to hear from you

Posted by hengel 02:34 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged backpacking Comments (1)

Welcome!

Hi there everybody, this is just the first welcoming message for the new blog.

Check back here often when I'm away for all the good stories and some pictures

Matt

Posted by hengel 01:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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