Location: Ungarie, Australia
Home sweet home,
How good do we have it here, we don't think that you can really appreciate this untill you go to another country.
We will miss the smog, the crutchless pants and foul odours that come up from no where. We also really missed our night sky, we don't remember seeing any stars at all whilst we were away. Some days in Beijing we did not even see the sun.
The trip was amazing though a great experience and memories we will have for a long time. We now have to get to editing all of the video footage and pictures for everybody to see.
Thanks to everyone for keeping us up to date with what was hapening back home. Will get some more photos up on here at a later date once we get our heads around having to get up and go to work, agh!!
See you all soon.
Adam and Kathryn
Location: Patong Beach, Thailand
Hi all, and hello semi civilisation!! It is nice to back in a nice resort etcm and from we can work out able to drink to the tap water, will keep you noticed on that one though.
Hong Kong finished up well, not sure if we would rush back though??
Where we are at the moment is pretty nice, and convenient. we are heading to Phi Phi island tomorrow for the day of snorkellig and monkeys. We will also hopefully get a elephant trek in as well. Adam's diving might be on the go slow with a big thanks to China and their filthy air, and a big hello asthma again. Yes mum I am using the pulmicort!! I know lucky you made me take it!!
We have found everything outside of the hotel is at least half price so we are off shortly to find some dinner. We head off from here on Tuesday for a two night stop over in Bangkok and then back home. Will update this a after our trip with hopefully some cool pictures.
Ruby if we don't get back to this before your birthday have a wonderful day and we hope that you are feeling better. You will have to wait untill we get home to get your present.
Bye for now.
Location: Hong Kong
Sorry we have not updated more recently but a bit hard to find internet access. Just a quick one, we are in Hong Kong at the moment, starting to recognise more foods which is nice and less people are looking at us. We went to Disneyland the other day which was pretty cool, and yesterday we went to Macau, which was an hours ferry ride across. It is the LAs Vegas of the East, apparently a table here turns over 10 times the equivalent in Vegas.
We went to the Venetian Casino, WOW!!! This place was amazing complete with its very own internal canal with singing gondola rides. The Casino floor was divided into four sections which we reckon all of Australia'a casino's could have fitted on to one!
Just grabbing some breakfast and making themost of the free internet. We have finally found a toasted ham and cheese sandwhich, yeah.
Off to Thailand tomorrow and we will hopefully get some pictures up there. I thkn we ar eup to around 1500 photos and about 12 hours of video footage. Just having a look around Hong KOng today going to catch the star fery and head out to Stanley.
It is Chinese national day today so they are having a fire works demonstration tonight which should be really good as long as we can find somewhere to see them through the crowds.
All the best,
Kathryn and Adam
In Yangshuo at the moment, we head off to Hong Kong tomorrow night. We are excited because we think we have found a place that we can watch the AFL GF at tomorrow. It is very humid here though. We went for a bike ride today which was really good. We ended up at Moon Hill which is more like a boomerang than a moon but I couldn't convince anyone. I do not think the Chinese have seen many boomerangs!! We then headed out to a cave which we crawled through, boated throug and swam through. It was really good. We finished up with a swim and than the ride back to town. A great day. Sorry still no photos just can not get reliable enough internet here should have better luck in Thailand. Will try though at Hong Kong. This place is unreal, hopefully somwhere we can come back and visit some day.
We went for a walk this afternoon and found what they call the farmers markets. Very interesting, with guts lying basically everywhere, fresh lizard, frog, turtle, duck, chook, snake and even dog. It was really hard to comprehend that there were these dogs in cages that were not there to be taken home as a pet if you know what i mean.
Anyways time to go and have some dinner!!
Location: Xian, China
Hi we are in Xian today probably best pronounced (she arn). It is totally different to what Beijing was like, kind of what we expected China to be like. It is a little dirty, lots of smog, our tour guide today tried to tell us that it was fog?? it ryhmes with fog but fog it is not.
We caught an overnight train down from Beijing, 6 people to a room probably a bit smaller than our bathroom. I couldn't lie flat on my back as the bed was not wide enough for my shoulders and arms. It was fairly comfortable though kind of like cruising in a boat a gentle rocking motion.
We arrived in Xian around 9am Tuesday morning. We saw the drum and bell tower, and rode a bike around the top of the city walls. It is about a 14km ride. The city itself is one of the oldest in China and the original city is completly surrounded by a 14 metre high wall with a moat in front of it. The wall is 18 metres wide, so it is a fairly dominating figure.
That night we went to hot pot which was quiet an interesting dinner. From here we watched a light and fountain show which was pretty amazing. We hope all of the photos turn out well. Today we went out to the terracotta army, and it was very impressive although the tour guide that was supposed to take our group around managed to lose half of us and the majority of the information was in chinese. So we made up what we thought they were trying to say.
We fly to to Yangshou tomorrow morning a 5am start. Keep the messages coming and will try and get some more photos on when we get to Yangshou.
Adam and Kathryn
Location: Beijing, China
Bye Bye Beijing, We now depart you after a week of exploring and calling you our home.
It has been a great week here as we are getting ready to board the overnight train to Xian. We have seen some olympic moments, some great walls and amazing parks and palaces. We also managed to get our tour leader abducted by the police???
We are a little unsure of what to expect of our train ride ahaed but that is what tis trip is all about.
We actually got sunburnt today, yes i know the sun was out and the sky was nearly blue. We hit the Forbidden City today and we were given strict instructions not mention Tibet or the 1980's incidents as we walked through Tiannamen Square. The Forbidden city is an enourmous place that was built during the Ming Dynasty about 600 years ago. Most of the famous attractions in China were done during this time. It is to hard to expolain but hopefully the pictures will help show the enormity of this place.
What is difficult to uinderstand is that the Qing dynasty was th elast emperor in China and they were overthrown in the early 1920's. The descendents of the Emperor are now everyday people, all of their wealth and property was taken from them and they are in somewhat exile/hiding, from what our tour guide explained to us. Enough of the Chinese history.
From here we went to the Summer palace for the afternoon. We only had twp hours here so we hired a little motor boat to explore the massive lake. All up the park is 2.7 square kilometres, it was built yes you guessed it in the ming dynasty and was used by th emperess as a playground during the summer. So we cruised around at about a good doggy paddle and saw the park from the water.
We re still getting used to the fat tha tpeople keep starring at us and wanting to have their pictures taken with us or secretly snapping photos at any time, very funny stuff.
No photos this time will get some up when we hit Xian.
Again hope all is well.
Kathryn and Adam.
Location: Beijing, China
Kathryn's Birthday, yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We celebrated this on the great wall of China today. Very early start around 6am to get out there. It was a two and half hour drive. We all sang Kathryn Happy Birthday on top of the Great Wall of China and then ate Custard Tarts as they were the closet things that Icould find for a cake.
We can now see why they call it the great wall, somewhere in its name it should include bloody steep climb to the top as well. We have posted some pictures for you to have a geezer at. Our tour group seems really good so far with all poms and one spanish girl who lives in te UK. See pic for names.
We are a little concerned though over the size of the rabbits, but we concluded that the "GREAT" rabbit must be extinct, most likely eaten as there appeare to be no signs around the wall.
It has rained most of the afternoon and into the night as well, but thankfully not whilst we were out at the wall. It is definantly somethign that everyone must see in the flesh to really appreciate it.
We went to some CRAP Kung Fu show tonight, pretty ordinary but made all the better for the walk there through the rain, arriving late, exiting to have lost our guide to get us home. We managed this in the rain and all and some broken chinese or chinglish. On arrival we find Peter the guide ordering some dinner to inform us that he was taken away by the police. As he did not have his identity card on him this made it worse. After some questioning and a phone call to his mum to get the local police from his town to vouch for what he was doing he was released. They have a saying, much like the one from Blood Diamond, but it is TIS, this is China, we have coined another one, OIC only in China.
All good and well Forbidden Kingdom tomorrow and then bye bye Beijing and hello sleeper train, and the Xian. Talk later.
Thanks again to everyone for the updates and birthday wishes. Enjoy your last week at school guys!!
Adam and Kathryn.
Location: Kings Joy Hotel, China
G'day, the Chinese really don't enjoy that as much as you would think. we don't think Steve Irwin is all that big here?
New place today, new China. We think where we have been staying and eating and visiting has been very westernised, this has now changed. we could have eaten our first dog today, but decided against, and settled for what we thought was chicken and beef. Three dishes for lunch and some drinks all up $12 aussie.
We had a sleep in this morning as we are still trying to get over the flight here. Once we packed up off on the subway to our new stop. It is still funny to see that there are so many Chinese people that must be in Beijing for the first time as they have little idea on how to use the ticket machines and get through the security checks and gates.
At our exit station was when we realised that we had finally found what we expected Beijing to be like, people everywhere, kind of like when they first open the doors at a myers stocktake sale, crazy. We worked it out that if I went first and Kathryn tucked in close behind that seemed to biounce off me and make a nice little clear path. This sounds really bad but imagine 1.3 billion people, and then trying to get noticed, they can be pushy and persistent, they get as good as they give.
SPIT..... It is quiet funny the first time you see grandma hock up the biggest gollie and let it fly at your feet, trust us only funny the first time!!
The new accomodation is very good, clean etc. Single beds again though. We went for a walk through the Hutongs today these are the old Beijing, very tight streets with lots of little shops, and little doorways through to we think peoples homes. See the pictures.
We wnt for a stroll through Tiannamen Square today as well, they were removing all of the Olympic/Paralympic displays, lots of people - tour groups, posing to thave their picture taken in front of Mao and the forbidden city. Security checks in and out, we are wondering if all of the security will start to drop off now that the games have finished??
We meet out tour group tonight and head off for some peking duck for dinner. Tomorrow we are off to the wall at Simatai, and the Forbiden City on Monday. We are hoping to get in the Summer Palace as well.
Kathryn's Birthday tomorrow so will have to find a cake and some candles.
We hope everyone is well and thanks for all of the messages, we really enjoy hearing from everybody and what you have all been up to.
Bye for now.
Has it been raining?? Don't forget to keep us informed what is happening back home, e.g football results.
Location: Beijing, China
Thanks everyone for my birthday wishes to date, and don't forget Kathryn's on Sunday.
Another hectic day today, sorry how can it be we are on holidays and having a ball.
I can not remember what we put in the last message, but we had a quiet night last night inpreparation for a big day today.
Kathryn had arranged a birthday present for me, which was a chinese cooking lesson. It was really good they came and picked us up from the hostel and off we went to the college?? It was only Kathryn and myself, the translator and the chef. He would show us what to do the first time and then we would do it. When I said that we would normally be drinking beer whilst cooking he dissapeared to come back with a few beers!! Cheers to Chan.
This took a couple of hours and the food we put out was pretty impressive if i say so my self. We got them to drop us off at the Temple of Heaven this place was pretty specky, it was used by the emperor to talk to heaven. I think all up the park was nearly 300 hectares. We spent a few hours here and then headed opff across the road to the pearl markets.
This place was as busy as the silk markets but the sales people were no where as pushy and rude. We got a few bargains in all I think 10 shirts and a belt for under $100 aussie.
Chill out tonight and then head off to our new hostel in the morning and meet up with our tour group. We are hoping to get out to the Summer Palace as well, but it is a little out of town.
Apologies about the photos but we will try again tonight and see how we go.
We hope everyone is well and will chat later. Not sure what the email access will be like from here on in but will do our best.
Location: Olympic Village, China
Hi all, Just at the olympic village catching up with Kurt before he heads home. They have done a great job with the village. Photo's timed out yesterday so we will try again later. BLUE SKY today yay!! Anyways have to go all the best!!