Archive for August 2011

Beijing Silk Market   Leave a comment

Beijing is reknowned for the silk market, which is seven floors of shopping heaven.  Thing is …..everything in there is fake.  There are clothes, bags, suitcases, tech, watches, everything you could possible desire. The funniest item was an iPad clearly running android OS!  Anyway so did have a shopping list of stuff I needed.  Being on the road I didn’t want to pay a fortune when it will only get trashed anyway. Entering the market I can imagine how the gladiators felt entering the ring to fight in the colasseum.  There were the stall holders hungry and ready to ponce for our blood.  In we went with every trick in the book being employed.  Including “your wife say she wants new bag”, can offfer you t shirt at very good price”, “mister would you like new wallet” and “we have nice Calvin Klien jeans”.  We have been grabbed, stroked (that was disconcerting) and flirted with.    Bartering is the name of the game.  Ultimatly I bought
*A kindle case for £10 – seller started at £16
*Converse trainers – £8 – seller started at £48
*A pair of zip off trousers/shorts £10 – seller started at £36.

I employed a number of negotiation tactics including “They are cheaper than your price in UK” and “My price or no sale” (I would then walk away only to be chased down the street with cries of “ok, ok mister your price”)  Of my purchases I can only compare the converse like for like.  They look identical to my  once pristine, now battered, existing battered pair.  It could be they are seconds, maybe time will tell.  It was all good fun!

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Stefan Palmer

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Posted 27/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

Kung Fu   Leave a comment

Great night out in Beijing.  Went to see a Kung Fu show.  The story followed the development of a young boy, to adulthood  who learns the Kung Fu discipline from a kind of jedi master.  There was acrobatics, dance, ballet and high wirer all thrown in.  The funniest part was when the lead charactor practiced his lying on swords and chopping concrete blocks in half routine.  He suddenly put on 5 stone!  Is was quite obvious that one actor was the dancer and the other the hardcore kung fu artist.  Well worth the money.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 27/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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The Great Wall of China   1 comment

One of the highlights of China so far and an iconic symbol. The views over the Chinese countryside are stunning. To see the wall snaking away in the distance high over the hills will stay in my mind forever. It was a misty day which only added to the experience. We walked along a section of less well treversed wall which was nice. The only downside to the day the our guides at the end getting pushy selling souvenirs.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 26/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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100 Days   Leave a comment

We have now been on the road for 100 days.  A big landmark.  We have just started on our China tour and will conclude that in Vietnamin mid September.  We have managed to travel half way around the world over land.  Some feat I reckon.  We may have a plan to get all the way to Australia without flying….more to follow on that one.

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Stefan Palmer


Posted 23/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in General Trip Blogs

Birds Nest   Leave a comment

We left visiting the Beijing Olympic Stadium until dark.  It was worth it……

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Stefan Palmer


Posted 20/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

Forbidden City   Leave a comment

Crikey our poor legs are taking some hammer at the moment.  After yesterdays visit to the zoo today was the Fobidden City.  This was huge sprawling residence of China rulers during the dynasties (Ming, Qing etc)  The site measures 720,000 m2 in size.  We spent 5 hours wondering around it.  It is a beautiful site and so well preserved considering parts are 600 years old.  Here’s a link to more info on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City

 

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 16/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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We’ve been to the Zoo!   Leave a comment

What an exhausting day.  Up at 6.30 to move our gear to a new hostel and then at 9.00 we hit Beijing Zoo.  First impressions were that the place was very well landscaped, however it is obvious that money is tight.  We paid the eqivalent of only £2.00 entry fee.  The sums don’t add up on doing a proper job of maintaining it, however the average  Chinese person is poorer than a westerner so hiking the admission fee would be counter productive. Most of the animal houses were straight out of a 60/70’s arcitechyre manual.  Animal keepers were none existant too.  It was evident that the animals had been fed.  The highlights for me were the big cats especially the Benagal white tiger, the leemurs, the beluga whales, the jelly fish and of course the panda.  But again for such hype about the panda centre, it wasn’t great.  The Aquarium was, in contrast, very modern and superbly put together. However when you have seen most of the fish, sea turtles, dolphins, wrays and eels at very close quarters while scuba diving at 30 metres they loose some of there wow factor behind glass.   Big gallery below for this one folks.  Some of the pictures are grainy due to light levels and the best I could do in post production.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 16/08/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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