Huxinting Teahouse (mid-lake Pavilion)-Old Town-Shanghai

Oldest Teahouse in China Next door to the Yu Gardens and Bazaar stands another Chinese architectural delight, a classical Pavilion known as Huxinting Teahouse, with its highly decorative upward curving eaves.  The pavilion in the Old Town is regarded as the oldest existing traditional Chinese teahouse in China. The Teahouse, built about the same time as Yu […]

Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar-Yu Bazaar-Shanghai-Old Town

Old town architecture –  Yu Bazaar  From the Bund we headed to  Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar. The buildings in the Bazaar are old style classical Chinese architecture with modern shop fronts, and very appealing. Yu Bazaar area has well-preserved and restored residences dating from Ming and Qing dynasties,very attractive with grey roof tiles,white walls and […]

Port of Shanghai – Jin Mao Skywalk

Shanghai and Children’s Palace Shanghai next on our list and only a few days left on tour. After returning to Guilin from Yangshuo we boarded a flight to Shanghai arriving around 2.30 pm. Bused to our hotel, then a walk to the Children’s Palace, a special school for gifted children who  train after school in different […]

Yangshuo “Impressions” Sanjie Liu – Open Landscape Theatre

Sanjie Liu – Open Air Landscape Theatre Tonight, looking forward to the Open Air landscape Theatre, the largest of its kind in the world. A magical performance on the river and along the riverbanks with  Karst Mountains as a backdrop. I cannot wait to see this! The choreography at the Chinese Red Threatre for their production […]

Yangshuo|Countryside and Fisherman Li River Yangshuo

Yangshuo – First impressions  We were not leaving the Karst mountains behind or even the Li River, they are both an integral part of Yangshuo landscape and surrounding countryside. Arriving at Yangshuo wharf our first sight is of a Chinese women striding along the wharf carrying  two cormorants balanced either side of a shoulder pole. […]

Boat Trip – Limestone Peaks – Li River – Guilin to Yangshuo China

Zhujiang Wharf – tourist boat terminal Today we headed down to the tourist boat terminal, such a plethora of boats,  for a trip down the Li River  and scenic views of the limestone peaks of the Karst mountains. We have been so lucky with the weather and today looks fine again, mist still shrouding the nearby hills. […]

Dragon’s Backbone Terraced Rice Fields – Ping’an Village Longsheng

Farming the terraced rice fields The Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace supports about 180 families who live and work in the area. They make their living farming the surrounding terraced rice fields and growing vegetable crops. Traditionally they live in wooden homes with three floors like the houses we passed by the river’, and in the village. Ground floor […]

Journey to Longsheng Rice Terrace

Longsheng Rice Terrace In the past I have seen so many beautiful pictures of the Rice Terraces in many countries. Today I was really looking forward to seeing them for myself in China, such a fascinating part of the world. Our tour group journeyed by bus  from Guilin to see the Longsheng Rice Terrace at Ping’an, […]

Delicious Khmer food – Asian food with a difference

  About Khmer Food Khmer or Cambodian cuisine is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines, passed down through generations. Despite the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970’s Cambodian Cuisine  has made a remarkable recovery.  Cambodian cuisine renowned for its simplicity, freshness and use of seasonal ingredients. Unlike the hot and spicy Asian […]

Garment Factory Workers in the Rain | Phnom Penh

After two great days visiting the sights in and around Sihanoukville, shrines at Pich Nil Pass, the lush green pine forest of Kirirom National Park, then dabbling our feet in a clear running stream at the waterfalls, our tour bus headed back to Phnom Penh city. Rain and more rain It was the shortest distance […]

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