China – Everyday Life

One of our favourite pastimes in China was people watching, and there is no better place to do it than the myriad tea houses, like this one in Chongqing. A cup of tea, with unlimited refills of hot water, and pavement tables full of local people, for just 4 yuan! Jimmy, our guide informed us that these…

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Paradise On Earth?

Several ancient Chinese texts refer to Hangzhou as paradise on earth! West Lake – the original one – and there are several around the world, is the soul of Hangzhou and truly beautiful. We could understand why so many poets and artists had drawn inspiration from it for centuries! But the city seemed a bit contrived and…

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