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24
May

China Diary 4: Day dreaming in Hongcun

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We arrive in Hongcun in the late afternoon, and because the day has been hazy, the town glows pink.   Fun facts about Hongcun: the village is a UNESCO World Heritage site, was apparently built in the shape of an ox, and served as the set for some of the scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It […]

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23
May

China Diary Part 3: On the streets of Shanghai

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Tuesday in Shanghai.   This city is made for strolling. Firstly, driving seems near impossible (although I think in time I could manage riding a scooter here). But walking means exploring the tree-lined alleys and hidden markets which have made this place so special for me.   So it’s Tuesday, and we’ve trying to fit in as much as possible before […]

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20
May

China Diary Part 2: Night falls over the Bund

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Night falls; Shanghai lights up. Strolling along the river, the city is awash with colour.     Later, through Yuyuan Garden, there are less people than during the day, and it is perhaps more beautiful.                

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19
May

China Diary Part 1: A weekend in Shanghai

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Arriving in Shanghai, my first impression is of chaos. The incessant honking, the unruly traffic flow, the extreme modernity of the city’s high rises coming into sharp contrast with the old townhouses, adorned with garlands of washing.   But just as I allow my eyes time to focus when I wake each morning, Shanghai came into focus […]

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