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The great loop of China - April 2018 - Page 8

Day 22 - Saturday, 5 May 2018

Complete waste of a day

As you shall soon see, it is raining, it is really raining a lot, it is raining so much that I cant even walk around in the street because its all just deep puddles.
Despite my ongoing attempts to completely expel both lungs through coughing fits, I had plans today. I planned to climb some of those hills over the back of the lake. I now wont get to do that. I still get to cough a lot, but I dont get to cough n' climb, just cough n' whine.
Since tomorrow I am going to Shanghai, I now wont ever get to see if you can climb along those hills, I believe you can, I guess I will have to come back again another time, get a cold again, another cold that has now lasted 9 days, hooray.

Can I put a sick leave form in for the days I was sick on my holiday? I used to know someone who did that, he got fired for doing it, true story.
Back to the rain rant, a few times I thought it would stop, only to find it was raining harder, right now out my window I can see a whiter bit of grey sky, but I wont be fooled, its going to rain for the rest of time.

The great loop of China - April 2018 - Yes, its raining. I sat and drank two expensive coffees at the expensive cafe thinking it would stop. It didnt.

Yes, its raining. I sat and drank two expensive coffees at the expensive cafe thinking it would stop. It didnt.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Instead I scrolled the map and found the furthest mall on the subway line, because what else can I do in the rain? As it turns out, this is the mall I

Instead I scrolled the map and found the furthest mall on the subway line, because what else can I do in the rain? As it turns out, this is the mall I went to last time I was here, only that time I had to go on a long dark bus trip through the remote ghost town suburbs which were all under contruction back then.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There is an ice skating rink, and small Chinese babies are very good at ice skating, I saw a quintuple lutz to double axel.

There is an ice skating rink, and small Chinese babies are very good at ice skating, I saw a quintuple lutz to double axel.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - As you can see, this area is no longer a ghost town, it is the new modern city centre.

As you can see, this area is no longer a ghost town, it is the new modern city centre.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The mall has a very nice roof garden area to get wet in while taking photos of the view. The cleaners who rake leaves all day were standing under shel

The mall has a very nice roof garden area to get wet in while taking photos of the view. The cleaners who rake leaves all day were standing under shelter making fun of me for getting wet.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Once I had walked around indoors enough, I descended back to the subway and found a food stand selling 5 mystery balls of mystery meat for $2. They we

Once I had walked around indoors enough, I descended back to the subway and found a food stand selling 5 mystery balls of mystery meat for $2. They were quite nice, each one had a different mysterious filling of grey boiled flesh. Fittingly grey and moist.


Resurrection of the day

The rain stopped at 4pm. I had my face pressed against the window in anticipation, as soon as I saw it had stopped I was out the door. My destination - the small hill along the edge of the lake with the brick pagoda on top. My verdict on this area - excellent.

I had actually been there on my last trip to Hangzhou, but on that occasion i walked up from a different side and straight back down again, no idea why, because it is an excellent walk all the way along the top of the hill and down the far side into a completely different area of Hangzhou.
There were not too many other people up here, although I could see that everyone who was visiting the lake was waiting for the rain to stop so they could make their mad dash around it in the mini buses to view my 10 new amazing lake sites, I can already tell my list is a big hit.
I could have easily done a list of 10 new things to see on the hill as well, because in the post rain light there was excellent fog and mist, strange twilight sunsets over the city, and a one in one hundred year appearance of the dual hounds of hades! (dogs that guard the gateway to hell).

The great loop of China - April 2018 - I wanted to get up there to where that tower is, I assumed I would be able to approach the hill from the pointy bit nearest the city. I was wrong, I m

I wanted to get up there to where that tower is, I assumed I would be able to approach the hill from the pointy bit nearest the city. I was wrong, I made 3 attempts that resulted in retreats.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Instead I found myself walking back along the west lake, lots of people were setting off on their lap now that the rain had stopped.

Instead I found myself walking back along the west lake, lots of people were setting off on their lap now that the rain had stopped.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I found my path, here we have a gate, fog, steps, bundles of electrical wires.

I found my path, here we have a gate, fog, steps, bundles of electrical wires.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Yes, the photo everyone takes, enjoy the modern recreation of the ancient pagoda.

Yes, the photo everyone takes, enjoy the modern recreation of the ancient pagoda.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The lesser causeway in the lake.

The lesser causeway in the lake.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There are numerous slippery rock paths to choose from, I tried them all and never slippd over once.

There are numerous slippery rock paths to choose from, I tried them all and never slippd over once.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I was really enjoying the late afternoon view of the rain clouds leaving the city.

I was really enjoying the late afternoon view of the rain clouds leaving the city.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Have a bit more lake, and fog leaving the forest.

Have a bit more lake, and fog leaving the forest.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Here we have the other side of Hangzhou, the non lake side, rarely seen!

Here we have the other side of Hangzhou, the non lake side, rarely seen!


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I have not taken one of these for a few days. I was so happy (cant you tell?) that the rain had left and I could run up a hill today. I originally int

I have not taken one of these for a few days. I was so happy (cant you tell?) that the rain had left and I could run up a hill today. I originally intended to run up lots more hills a lot further away, but any hill will do.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There are lots of things to do here on the hill. There were some Chinese kids camping here, you can see their rolled up space blanket things on the bo

There are lots of things to do here on the hill. There were some Chinese kids camping here, you can see their rolled up space blanket things on the bottom of this ancient shrine. I told them a ghost story about a weird white guy who collects Chinese childrens teeth, they descended immediately.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I decided to keep heading in this direction, through the fog, down the far side of the hill.

I decided to keep heading in this direction, through the fog, down the far side of the hill.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There was a chance for one last view of the sun hitting parts of the tourist side of Hangzhou.

There was a chance for one last view of the sun hitting parts of the tourist side of Hangzhou.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I was surprised at what I found on the far side of the hill, here we have a tea plantation, thats it, no more just this little bit in this hidden vall

I was surprised at what I found on the far side of the hill, here we have a tea plantation, thats it, no more just this little bit in this hidden valley.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Thats when I stumbled into these dogs guarding the gates of hell! Quite surreal.

Thats when I stumbled into these dogs guarding the gates of hell! Quite surreal.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Then in an amazing twilight I descended through the sacred bamboo forest, with kung fu warriors flying over head.

Then in an amazing twilight I descended through the sacred bamboo forest, with kung fu warriors flying over head.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I exited the hill area by skirting around a pay to enter temple garden, without paying.

I exited the hill area by skirting around a pay to enter temple garden, without paying.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - This part of Hangzhou is the government building area, it now has a brand new (opened last month) subway line. Here we have the olympic stadium. Can y

This part of Hangzhou is the government building area, it now has a brand new (opened last month) subway line. Here we have the olympic stadium. Can you remember the Hangzhou olympics? So many wonderful memories, China won every single medal and they also came 4th in every event so invented a new kind of medal made of silk.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - This is the local power companies building.

This is the local power companies building.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - And from what I could work out, this is the police headquarters. It is a new building.

And from what I could work out, this is the police headquarters. It is a new building.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I returned to the area near my hotel for dinner, descended underground and found a place claiming to sell Hangzhou specialty noodles. OK then. It was

I returned to the area near my hotel for dinner, descended underground and found a place claiming to sell Hangzhou specialty noodles. OK then. It was noodles, not sure what was special, they were nice and spicy, but just noodles. Hangzhou specialty - plain noodles.


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adriana on 2018-05-05 said:

Nice last lot of photos of Hangzhou. The police building would make a nice hotel. Lucky the dogs were friendly.


mother on 2018-05-05 said:

Bad luck today with the rain, but you have been lucky so far. Opportunity to shop? like the fancy shaped new buildings



Day 23 - Sunday, 6 May 2018

Last day of boring train photos

Now I am in Shanghai, my final destination. That means I have been on my last bullet train ride unless I decided to take a daytrip out of Shanghai that requires lining up for a ticket with my passport again, that is unlikely. That means there will be no more boring days of boring photos of train stations, trains, and my new hotel room. There will probably still be a boring day of airport photos, because what else am I supposed to do when I get to an airport hours early on Thursday?

The trip from Hangzhou to Shanghai was only a bit over an hour, but then you get to the outskirts of Shanghai, to the mega station I have been to a few times before.
From there its a long subway ride into the city, there are now multiple subway lines, I nearly boarded the one I know from previous trips, but as it turns out a newer one gets me much closer to my hotel, google maps doesnt know about it yet.
Actually getting onto the subway was a challenge, I already have a Shanghai transport card from previous trips, but if you have not used it for a few years they need to be reactivated. I went to the service window and told the girl to please check my card, she told me it still had lots of money on it (about $15 AUD which was surprising!), and I assumed that meant it would now work. So I go through the subway security, and of course my card does not work. I stumbled back through lines of people to the service centre. I made sure I went back to the same girl and we had to use a surprising amount of half assed Chinese for me to explain that my card is very old, I have not used it for years, it is not working, please make it work! Eventually another person showed her how to do this.

One last hotel check in story, my visa was fine this time, police were not called on me, but they tried to trick me into buying breakfast with my room. No different to Australia here where they do this to me EVERY TIME. I had pre booked online of course, and the hotel check in girl tells me I want breakfast. Not ask, told. I told her I dont think its included in my booking. She said OK. I said I dont want breakfast unless it is part of the booking. She said OK. Next thing shes showing me the rate on the credit card machine, sounded high, about $200 too high. I checked my booking and it was too high, so I show her my rate and ask why is it so high? Breakfast of course, $50 Australian per day! She was trying to add it on despite me making it very very clear I did not want it added on. I am convinced she was trying to rob me. I called her a cheat in Chinese, told her I am not stupid, fix it now or I will leave. Perhaps where I am staying is owned by Novotel who do that to me everywhere in Australia, only in Australia they love to tell me 'but its a corporate account booking, your work is paying, why do you care?'.

You might think I am being harsh to the hotel staff, but its really nothing compared to what I do to them in Australia. They often add on bullshit room service and minibar charges a month after I have stayed somewhere, when that happens I go back every night in person, and make a big scene about it and tell everyone else checking in that the hotel staff are stealing credit card information to book up fake charges. An ex staff member at the Ibis in Darling Harbour told me they have a quota of fake charges they are expected to add on per month to get a bonus!

That was long winded.

The great loop of China - April 2018 - This is a small part of the Hangzhou east station, according to some wikipedia articles, the largest high speed rail station in China. I cant fit it a

This is a small part of the Hangzhou east station, according to some wikipedia articles, the largest high speed rail station in China. I cant fit it all in even though this is the narrower side.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - You can walk all the way around the outside, I tried to capture a bit more of its majestic grandeur.

You can walk all the way around the outside, I tried to capture a bit more of its majestic grandeur.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The inside of it is quite similar to other stations, except 2 levels under here is a lot more restaurants and shopping than other Chinese stations, mo

The inside of it is quite similar to other stations, except 2 levels under here is a lot more restaurants and shopping than other Chinese stations, more like a Japanese station.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - My mother keeps telling me I dont show photos of trains, even though I do, so heres the trains.

My mother keeps telling me I dont show photos of trains, even though I do, so heres the trains.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - And here is the inside of the train. I took an identical photo already on an earlier page, I am sure of it.

And here is the inside of the train. I took an identical photo already on an earlier page, I am sure of it.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - My hotel room this time is getting closer to Japanese levels of size and amenity. Although you can still walk on both sides of a full queen size bed.

My hotel room this time is getting closer to Japanese levels of size and amenity. Although you can still walk on both sides of a full queen size bed.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Finally, bonus bathroom shot due to not many photos today. Not a lot to see here, very modern and clean.

Finally, bonus bathroom shot due to not many photos today. Not a lot to see here, very modern and clean.


Fully bunded area

Go to Shanghai, walk along the bund, take photos of big buildings, get approached by girls wanting to show you their art or take you to a tea house. Thats the general order of things.
A bit of very light rain meant I had most of the bund to myself. Actually all of Shanghai seems very quiet, I suspect that compared to other cities in China it actually is. I even noticed this riding the subway back to my hotel, on a Sunday night through peoples square, I could get a seat.

As for the teahouse scammer girls, I of course agreed to go with them for tea tasting, after telling them this is my first time in China and I had arrived at the airport earlier today. They spoke wonderful English.
So off we stroll along the boardwalk, they try to take me in one direction I walk in another, they follow and ask me to please come with them, they know the way. They continued to follow me thinking I just wanted to see the view for quite some time until I told them in fluent Chinese that we would first visit the police station over here where I can explain to them that you are trying to rob me. They ran off. I ran after them yelling PLEASE SELL ME SOME VERY EXPENSIVE TEA!

The great loop of China - April 2018 - Bund #1, everyone has seen it before. Since I was last here there is a much much higher building, in fact the worlds second tallest seen here on the r

Bund #1, everyone has seen it before. Since I was last here there is a much much higher building, in fact the worlds second tallest seen here on the right.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - More bund, I walked a long way beyond where the tourists get their photos taken.

More bund, I walked a long way beyond where the tourists get their photos taken.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - A small amount of barely noticeable rain meant I had the place to myself. I took my pants off and screamed nonsense at the top of my lungs to celebrat

A small amount of barely noticeable rain meant I had the place to myself. I took my pants off and screamed nonsense at the top of my lungs to celebrate, then collapsed into a coughing fit. Yes my cough is still terrible.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The rain stopped as I was back at the busy bit, but its really not as busy as I would expect at this time on a Sunday.

The rain stopped as I was back at the busy bit, but its really not as busy as I would expect at this time on a Sunday.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Now I walked a long way beyond the other end of the tourist photo area, over the small bridge. Still not dark.

Now I walked a long way beyond the other end of the tourist photo area, over the small bridge. Still not dark.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - A bit later and I was at the overseas passenger terminal. I couldnt get a decent photo, but they were filming a tv commercial on the dock for a new el

A bit later and I was at the overseas passenger terminal. I couldnt get a decent photo, but they were filming a tv commercial on the dock for a new electric SUV. I could however photograph a passing neon pirate ship.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There are also other big colorful buildings around here, and gardens.

There are also other big colorful buildings around here, and gardens.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I am not sure what is going on here, but as far as I could tell there were no shops? This whole are was very quiet.

I am not sure what is going on here, but as far as I could tell there were no shops? This whole are was very quiet.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I thought if I followed the rainbow road I would surely find my dinner. Sydney continues to have ongoing debates about a rainbow painted on the road,

I thought if I followed the rainbow road I would surely find my dinner. Sydney continues to have ongoing debates about a rainbow painted on the road, meanwhile China has built a kilometre long lit up version to guide all the homosexuals to the mall.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - In the mall I found Japanese curry. It is a small serve and vegetarian, but very nice. There are a lot more non Chinese food options in Shanghai.

In the mall I found Japanese curry. It is a small serve and vegetarian, but very nice. There are a lot more non Chinese food options in Shanghai.


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jenny on 2018-05-06 said:

lit up harbour looks great. Not impressed with the tallest bulding - looks like a drain pipe. I prefer the bottle opener. They obviously don't need to save power in Chinese cities these days.


mother on 2018-05-06 said:

but are they washlet toilets with heated seats?



Day 24 - Monday, 7 May 2018

The subway to the ancient water town

The subway system in Shanghai is extensive, todays journey was over 50km away from the city centre, and nearly all underground. The destination, one of Shanghai's numerous ancient tourist water towns for the cultural re-appropriation of traditional culture in the form of peppa pig, minions and fake disney lego. My chosen version of this setup? ZhuJiaJiao.
Despite my pessimistic introduction, it was actually quite good. People still actually live here in between the shops and activities for tourists. There is a nearby high end shopping mall due to open with a starbucks, but it was not yet quite open.

The subway to get to this location is also brand new, and drops you about a kilometre away, just far enough to discourage most people from braving such a great terrible unwielding relentless 10 minute walk to their destination. What this means of course is there are already about 100 old men wanting to pull you there in a rickshaw, and indeed, lots of people were taking them up on their offer.

The weather today as you will see, very very grey, also cold, I was surprised at just how cold it was, cold enough for locals to have on full size puffer jackets and balaclavas, possibly as cold as 20 degrees.

The great loop of China - April 2018 - The short walk from the subway station to the ancient water town took me through a wet market. I bought some reconstituted powdered sea urchin flavour

The short walk from the subway station to the ancient water town took me through a wet market. I bought some reconstituted powdered sea urchin flavour to go with my fake eggs.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - And here we are, water town, no entry fee!

And here we are, water town, no entry fee!


The great loop of China - April 2018 - There are lots of little sewers like this one to wander around and over.

There are lots of little sewers like this one to wander around and over.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Many places are cafes or bars, but also boutiques, and occasionally an art gallery, just as you might expect.

Many places are cafes or bars, but also boutiques, and occasionally an art gallery, just as you might expect.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I found my cafe.

I found my cafe.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Here we have the main river running through the area, you can see a bridge going over it, guess where the next photo will be from?

Here we have the main river running through the area, you can see a bridge going over it, guess where the next photo will be from?


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Here is the photo from the bridge.

Here is the photo from the bridge.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - You can pay a small fortune to go on a gondola, imported directly from the factory that exports them to Venice.

You can pay a small fortune to go on a gondola, imported directly from the factory that exports them to Venice.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Many shops have a resident bird on a chain. The chain is to protect me from the bird, because I was insulting it in Chinese and it was getting angry a

Many shops have a resident bird on a chain. The chain is to protect me from the bird, because I was insulting it in Chinese and it was getting angry and trying to attack. As long as I hurled insults from just beyond the reach of the chain I was safe.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - They have recently built a few temples in the area to further ancient the ancient town. The temples looked brand new to me.

They have recently built a few temples in the area to further ancient the ancient town. The temples looked brand new to me.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - One last street in tourist zone.

One last street in tourist zone.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I walked away a bit from the tourist area and took some photos of the normal streets of a water town where people actually live. Probably fairly wealt

I walked away a bit from the tourist area and took some photos of the normal streets of a water town where people actually live. Probably fairly wealthy people judging by how well maintained the place is.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Last photo of water town, I would imagine it would be much nicer on a sunny day.

Last photo of water town, I would imagine it would be much nicer on a sunny day.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I mentioned the subway journey in my intro for today, the last bit is above ground, and goes through miles and miles of bleak nothingness to get here.

I mentioned the subway journey in my intro for today, the last bit is above ground, and goes through miles and miles of bleak nothingness to get here. They still however have built a huge station, ready to handle massive volumes of people that dont exist yet. The subway comes every 5 minutes.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Back in town now, and this is the area near my hotel which has an old neighbourhood. It is very central to Peoples Square and the bund, so its hardly

Back in town now, and this is the area near my hotel which has an old neighbourhood. It is very central to Peoples Square and the bund, so its hardly going to be for poor people. Very colorful even on a grey day.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The alleyways off the alleyways get narrower and chaotic, but still quite clean.

The alleyways off the alleyways get narrower and chaotic, but still quite clean.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - OK, one more photo of the old streets of central Shanghai.

OK, one more photo of the old streets of central Shanghai.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I am not sure what is going on here, someone has hung various pieces of polystyrene off their window where underpants would normally hang. Art / Rubbi

I am not sure what is going on here, someone has hung various pieces of polystyrene off their window where underpants would normally hang. Art / Rubbish / Both?


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Last photo for today, my lunch. I went to a bakery, where I would normally browse for 5 minutes, but I was pressured into a fast decision. They had ru

Last photo for today, my lunch. I went to a bakery, where I would normally browse for 5 minutes, but I was pressured into a fast decision. They had run out of tongs so a bakery girl with plastic gloves followed me around to place things on my tray. I selected charcoal walnut loaf. Not bad!


The main drag

It is raining again, not hard, but enough to prevent any kind of epic walk this evening. I also have decided that my cough is annoying enough that I need cough medicine. I was starting to develop an abdominal six-pack from excessive coughing. It is mostly a problem as soon as I sit down or go to bed, it is not really an issue when walking around. Last night I was up half the night coughing, no doubt annoying the whole hotel.

In my quest for the cough medicine I decided the best course of action was to head to the main shopping street, Nanjing Road.
This road while still interesting, is a good example of how Shanghai is dated compared to the 'newer' mega cities of China. Some of the shops are closed for redevelopment, but many are now quite old looking, and are huge uninviting concrete cubes with one door and 200 small allocated cube spaces on each floor for individual shops selling jade and ginseng.
Shanghai does of course have hundreds of modern style airy malls filled with modern stores, but the old guard has a long lease on almost everything on Nanjing road.

The best part about Nanjing road now is the numerous people trying to scam tourists. The have not changed much, they still want to sell watch / bag / girl massage, they used to add dvd onto the end of that, but the dvd market has dried up. What they should be selling is xiao mi battery / DJI Drone / ZTE mobile banned by trump?
The good news though, the constant flow of scammers targeting a solo middle aged man gives me a great opportunity to practice speaking Chinese. This was great fun, and I ended up making most of them laugh. Generally my tactic was to tell them I am poor, cant afford to eat, I need a job, please hire me to work with you etc. But I then also enjoyed telling them that I am a government official, or in one amusing case, that I am a confused nun on a religious tour.

The great loop of China - April 2018 - Here is the start of Nanjing road, this huge place on the corner is being completely redeveloped to become more modern.

Here is the start of Nanjing road, this huge place on the corner is being completely redeveloped to become more modern.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - This was not here last time I was here, there was a watsons chemist inside, but I found out watsons is not really a chemist, it is a make up and vitam

This was not here last time I was here, there was a watsons chemist inside, but I found out watsons is not really a chemist, it is a make up and vitamins shop.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - A bit more of Nanjing road, I was on the hunt for a chemist.

A bit more of Nanjing road, I was on the hunt for a chemist.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I found Shanghai #1 pharmacy. That was its official name, I suspect they are all numbered. Anyway, there were 3 levels and you had to go to the top le

I found Shanghai #1 pharmacy. That was its official name, I suspect they are all numbered. Anyway, there were 3 levels and you had to go to the top level past the ginseng and other crap to get to the actual medicine. They found the young girl but her English was worse than my Chinese. Eventually I was able to tell her in Chinese I wanted western cough medicine, not Chinese traditional medicine. This meant we could stop looking at the broken spore powder and ground turtle shell.
I have no idea what I have bought, but it was $5, its tablets, and I think we agreed I take 2 tablets twice a day.
She then takes it back off you, you get a piece of paper, go and pay, and they want ID. I didnt have my passport on me, but they actually accepted a photo of my passport. Time will tell if I got placebo, poison, or something that will cause me to develop breast soreness.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - It started to rain more, time to find dinner.

It started to rain more, time to find dinner.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - Pasta night! It did not look like the photo on the menu. The menu said vegetable and chilli wholegrain pasta with olives. I guess I kind of got that b

Pasta night! It did not look like the photo on the menu. The menu said vegetable and chilli wholegrain pasta with olives. I guess I kind of got that but also mystery meat. It was actually quite nice, once again a small serve which is good.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - I found myself at the end of Nanjing road soon after, which meant I was back at the bund, in the rain and fog, time for a mysterious photo of the buil

I found myself at the end of Nanjing road soon after, which meant I was back at the bund, in the rain and fog, time for a mysterious photo of the buildings in Pudong disappearing into the night.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The number of dark barges that go past very quickly is amazing, you really could stand here all night.

The number of dark barges that go past very quickly is amazing, you really could stand here all night.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - The bund is actually the old buildings on this side of the river, not the shiny new buildings on the other side. I guess I will go to the other side t

The bund is actually the old buildings on this side of the river, not the shiny new buildings on the other side. I guess I will go to the other side tomorrow and fire off some photos of the old buildings, until then, heres a preview.


The great loop of China - April 2018 - And here is my cough defence pack, paper aeroplane pills and an ice cream. I also bought an apple (a day to keep the doctor away). I dont feel weird f

And here is my cough defence pack, paper aeroplane pills and an ice cream. I also bought an apple (a day to keep the doctor away). I dont feel weird from the pills yet. They were bright blue.


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David on 2018-05-08 said:

Ok don't forget the photo, that was pretty random


on 2018-05-08 said:

don't forget the photo !!!


mother on 2018-05-07 said:

Hope the pills work. If you had been in Japan I could have helped you. Still have good Jap cold medicine here too. Nice night shots.


mother on 2018-05-07 said:

water town very nice though water does look sewerish. like alleyways.



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Contents

Day 1 - Saturday, 14 April 2018
  The long winded getaway
  Projectile vomit boy
Day 2 - Sunday, 15 April 2018
  Pollen count
  Walking too far eating too much
Day 3 - Monday, 16 April 2018
  A really long journey to a really big wall
  The Mongolian spicy cold noodle denial
Day 4 - Tuesday, 17 April 2018
  The west lake of the northern capital
  Gentrification
Day 5 - Wednesday, 18 April 2018
  The bee filled mountain of many amenities
  An uncomplicated exchange
Day 6 - Thursday, 19 April 2018
  The bus debacle illegal taxi comedy show
  Fun running race but I cant join in
Day 7 - Friday, 20 April 2018
  From the old to the new old
  The most China of places I have ever been
Day 8 - Saturday, 21 April 2018
  Everybody was kung fu fighting the rain
  The new old is new again
Day 9 - Sunday, 22 April 2018
  Windwalker
  Named in my honor
Day 10 - Monday, 23 April 2018
  How to make a short train ride really long
  The grandest scale
Day 11 - Tuesday, 24 April 2018
  Everybody can get fogged
  Shining beacons of ancient
Day 12 - Wednesday, 24 April 2018
  Pottery barn
  The other great wall
Day 13 - Thursday, 26 April 2018
  Around the bottom of the wall
  The first of the three long journeys
Day 14 - Friday, 27 April 2018
  The mountain city
  I have succumbed
Day 15 - Saturday, 28 April 2018
  Massive Renewal
  I am very good at dancing
Day 16 - Sunday, 29 April 2018
  Sick polluted and awesome
  The crush for the view
Day 17 - Monday, 30 April 2018
  Tales from a moving train
  Monday night madness
Day 18 - Tuesday, 1 May 2018
  Not the west lake
  Wanda world
Day 19 - Wednesday, 2 May 2018
  Revolutionary tower poetry
  The not so shiny and the not so new
Day 20 - Thursday, 3 May 2018
  The long view of the amazing blue
  And now for the view
Day 21 - Friday, 4 May 2018
  Lap completed
  The old hole
Day 22 - Saturday, 5 May 2018
  Complete waste of a day
  Resurrection of the day
Day 23 - Sunday, 6 May 2018
  Last day of boring train photos
  Fully bunded area
Day 24 - Monday, 7 May 2018
  The subway to the ancient water town
  The main drag
Day 25 - Tuesday, 8 May 2018
  Botanists delight
  The old side from the new side became more of the new side
Day 26 - Wednesday, 9 May 2018
  Every single park and garden
  I found another park
Day 27 - Thursday, 10 May 2018
  The maglev update
  The end