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  • Shandong Excursion: Day Three (Jinan)

    Today was our final day of travelling around Shandong Province and we have now returned to our hotel in Weihai. While it's nice to be back in familiar surroundings, it feels a little lonely here without our friends from the other participating countries! This morning, we were very pleased to find that the breakfast provided by the hotel in Jinan had western food! It's been a very long time since we've had a chance to have proper western food. So it was nice to be able to eat fried egg, bacon, sausages, proper chips and cheesecake; the simple things that just don't exist in most of the places in China! Obviously we all had second helpings! Our first stop of the ...
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    Posted on: July 17th, 2010
  • Shandong Excursion: Day Two (Mount Tai)

    There's a lot of videos in this one, so the page might take a while to fully load! What a tiring day, it's been fun though! We started off quite early, leaving the hotel around half 8 in the morning. During the drive, we kept excitedly pointing out mountains in the distance asking if any of them were Mount Tai; although they all paled in comparison to the mountain we saw when we actually reached our destination. The view was spectacular; and the misty weather added to the atmosphere. It was hard to grasp the true grandeur of the mountain because the visibility was quite low (and it was going to get even foggier as we went up!) We had to get a coach to the start...
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    Posted on: July 16th, 2010
  • Shandong Excursion: Day One (Qufu)

    Well, considering I got almost no sleep the night before and went to bed pretty late last night (because of packing!); you can imagine the amount of willpower and effort it took me to actually get up this morning to get ready for our coach ride at 6am! Somehow though we all managed it (except Sam and Gemma who were 30 minutes late...tut tut!) and by half 6 we set off. Since the coach journey was about 6 or 7 hours, that gave me lots of time to catch up on my sleep. Although, that said, sleeping through the driver's crazy driving wasn't easy and a number of times we were all rudely awakened by a long beep of the horn and swerving....just another day in Chinese traf...
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    Posted on: July 15th, 2010