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A chance in Beijing

Beijing by solopes

Chance to Learn​The trips to the Great Wall and tombs always include a stop in a jade factory (I read it in VT prior to go, and… got it there). The usual quick look at some people working (nothing new, I had already seen it, in Thailand, or India, or… both), and a technical explanation about the process and…

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Night in Yangshuo


Cormorants Cormorants play a very important role in Li river, catching fish. With a ring around their neck they dive and catch the fish, but can’t swallow it, so after a couple of divects the s, the owner, picks them and collects the small fishes, and the ende retirng the ring and allowing the animals to eat some of…

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For the night

Photo of guilin

Minorities show Gold Coast Cultural Exchange Co Close to the hotel we had, included in our travelling package, a show of the ethnic minorities. It was totally different from the previous shows in Beijing and Xi’an. We were in a common theatre, with a popular audience, talking and laughing during the show, only missing… the popcorn. More visual and varied than the…

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Shopping in Guilin


South Pearls Museum HELP! The word came to my mind, but didn’t reach the mouth, when we were received by 5 elegant girls, modeling… pearls. A rational analysis gave me some tranquility:” I’m with Americans, so, THIS TIME, someone else will pay the show. I will escape!” Pure illusion! THAT necklace was… inevitable. Hope again: the employee, in her…

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More in Guilin


Cormorant training I was tempted to believe that this tradition only lives now because of the tourism, but I’m not so sure. Along the river lots of cormorants, waiting in the rafts, make me believe that they keep being useful. After the parade of the touristy caravan, life may continue in its traditional way. Cards One common detail in…

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Portuguese heritage


Portuguese heritage, in Macau, became World Heritage for UNESCO.  Many buildings are classified, but Portugal is present everywhere, even in the common buildings, pavements or small details.  I think, those are the most difficult things to preserve Governor’s Palace  The residence of the former Portuguese governor became in 1999 the official residence to the President of Regional Government.  No…

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Out of town

Stanley Market

Stanley Market Chek Chue in my first posting, in VT I verified that Stanley was listed there with its Chinese name: Chek Chue.  Respecting that, my notes about Stanley (market and more) were in Chek Chue page, but there’s no reason now to keep them apart. ​Here we go… Street Market Promoted by the guides as a must see in…

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Modern and accessible​The most important museums of Hong Kong are concentrated in a modern complex by the bay, in Kowloon side, the Cultural Centre. The most visited are the Art museum, still with a section in Flagstaff house, and the History Museum. ​Easy to identify and reach, it shares its part in the night Festival of Lights, around the…

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Terracotta and museums

Terracota warriors

The terracotta warriors Maybe it’s true… that story of the 8th wonder… A very well conceived 360º film explains how did time lead to the actual situation: the construction, the destruction by the mongols, the recent discovery. It is, really, enough reason to visit Xi’an. Colors When the terracotta figures are dug, they show almost the original colors, but,…

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Around Beijing

 Beijing was the entrance to our small trip in China, with only time to see its most remarkable points. A couple of days was used to travel around, visiting the great wall, the Summer palace and the Ming tombs. Great wall The sixth of seven ​The great wall was the 6th of the 7 wonders of the world that I saw (I…

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