Long time no seen..

So I have disappeared for a really really long time. I know and I’m sorry. I can’t even promise it won’t happen again in the near future as my life is so busy right now! It’s mainly down to the course I’m doing whilst working full time but also due to wanting to enjoy life a bit more and being out more often than before.

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I’ve always been a fan of the concept of rental bikes but am now a complete convert thanks to the dirt cheap scheme running in Guangzhou. There are quite a few competing companies offering VERY cheap rental, and apparently there are even plans to makes the bikes free in the future! I love it as it is great for me personally because it feels much more pleasant than exercising in the gym and is easier to do, plus I get to explore areas of the city I would have never been able to get to on foot or by any other transport. It is also fantastic for the city, less pollution, less crowds on the metro and public buses, less cars on the roads, brilliant!I just wish so many people wouldn’t abuse this scheme and keep stealing the bikes or, worse, destroying them or plainly throwing them away e.g. into a river just for kicks.

My OH and I have managed a few cycling trips so far but with our busy schedules it is proving harder to plan than we initially thought. Nonetheless, we have discovered some very interesting sight around the city, true hidden gems of buzzing communities or quaint parks. Here are some photos to display our discoveries:

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Stumbled upon this misleadingly empty house very near to the modern centre of GZ

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Right outside the university campus

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Lovely cycling route by the Zhujiang River

Public Hospital in China Part 2

…The mad queuing started to make sense, kind of, once we found ourselves sitting in front of the doctor’s room, waiting to be called in or for my name to appear on the screen. You see, in China they don’t seem to have quite grasped the whole concept of following the order of appointments. To my utter astonishment I soon discovered that those, who queued up first, felt they had the right to walk into the room before those, who actually had earlier appointments! Continue reading

Exploring Guanzghou-Huangpu village

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I might not be a huge fan of living in China. I’m not even trying to hide it. That is not to say that I don’t appreciate what China has to offer. I am not blind and one would have to be either that or extremely negative and/or depressed not to see the beauty of the country. We don’t manage it every weekend but every few weeks my OH and I will make an effort to visit an area we haven’t been to before. We do this out of pure curiosity and to avoid boredom but also because we’ve found that there are still plenty of hidden jems that can bring extra joy to our lives in this chaotic place. Continue reading

Done with traveling. For now.

I’m back in ‘good, old‘ PRC. After the wonderful trip to Australia over the Spring Festival and my recent escape to the States (a separate post is in the making) I am ready to take a bit of a break from traveling. Not for long, mind you. I enjoy venturing out and exploring far too much to stop for any prolonged period of time. In fact, it looks likely that I’ll spend some of my summer break in Europe but for now, I’m back ‘at home‘, in Guangzhou. Continue reading

What Lunar New Year?

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Last year’s Chinese New Year decorations

Everyone knows Chinese New Year, aka Lunar new Year, aka Spring Festival is the most important holiday in the Chinese culture. You might have seen the photos depicting tens of thousands of Chinese stranded at train stations all over the country, trying to get home before the holidays start. Sadly, some of them will not make it home, for various reasons…Most citizens get a week off work and for many, this is the only time off they get in an entire year. I’ve been told time and time again how significant, family-focused and generally special this time of year is for every Chinese. This year, however, I’ve noticed a change…

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Natural escapades

It’s no secret that China has a huge problem with air pollution. Of course it is by no means the only country in the world struggling with this issue but it is the largest one and the situation here seems worse than anywhere else. The bonus of living in Guangzhou is that this area of the country is not nearly as affected by pollution as the rest of it. Sure, we get bad, sometimes really ‘bad air’ days but most of the time, we are able to enjoy clear blue skies -something very rare indeed in certain parts of China (*caugh* Hubei*caugh*) Continue reading