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Made in China

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Home again after a great trip and up there with the best of them.  Some of the best bike riding we are ever likely to do in a great country with lovely people and don’t get me started on the food.  We rode through the centre of Beijing in peak hour traffic and felt safer than riding through Ocean Grove on a Sunday morning.

600k’s and all went very well and only three unorthodox dismounts by our group which weren’t too serious.  Fantastic scenery and did I mention the people?  Some of our group went on to Shanghai for a few days which we regretted not planning but we get home to an invite from the Red Dragon to come visit him in Wuhu where he has a large flat and the following tantaliser…..“You could take a slow boat trip up and down the Yangtze to see the three gorges and visit wonderful Chansha in Sichuan or take the bullet train to the greatest metropolis on earth, Shanghai, or visit the sacred Yellow mountain in the south of this province.  There is much to do within a short radius of Wuhu and transport, for the most part, is cheap, quick and efficient”

Who could resist that, so looks like next year is already planned and we’re going to burn up some of those 250,000 Frequent Flyer points and toss in the an upgrade to those comfy sleeping pods because the thrill of sitting in an aircraft with ones knees under their chin wore off a long time ago.  Incidentally, as we flew across Victoria, the amount of water filled dams and reservoirs were amazing.  Our rain gauge had 44mm in it and we’re home one day and the heavens opened again and it’s been raining solid for nearly two days.  After the wet winter, we’ve had 130mm in October which is more like the days of yore and the drought has truly broken.  The two adjacent dams in our Nature Reserve are now one giant lake.  Great stuff!

Thanks again to MM for posting to the blog and we got a visit from her and Muppet yesterday and Muppet was delighted with her presents which we told her were very special as they were made in China.  Too young for that subtle humour.

I’ll knock up a brief report and get the photos posted next week hopefully.  A small slideshow of 27 photos to start off or the Gallery here.

  1. Thomas Houseman
    October 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, those Terracotta warriors are awesome!

    Thomas, awesome was a word I used too. Another one ticked off the bucket list.

  2. Red Dragon
    October 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Loved the slide show and glad you are back. Truly you have seen much more of China than I have cloistered away here in my uni. Think I might try to do that ride too if it happens to fall on a holiday. Looking forward to the other photos

    Rural China and it’s people are fascinating. Didn’t show you the photos of the busy roads and trucks belching fumes all over us. Don’t try and do that trip in summer as you’d be going through more than the 4 litres of water I did a day.

  3. October 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I’m glad you’re back! It is always good to hear that a trip that a person spent a lot of time and effort into planning went so well. The photos you put up are fantastic! I’ve always wanted to see those pointy mountains (karsts?).

    Thanks, Peggy. Karst topography it’s called and the ones in southern China are World Heritage listed. Fascinating area and great to cycle through.

  4. Randy in Adelaide
    October 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Welcome back. Glad to hear that you had a good time.

    Thanks, Randy. You didn’t need the Adelaide as my memory is still as sharp as a tack.

    Damn, just remembered I have an appointment today.

  5. November 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Lovely pics, you look very happy. Great to see. I’d like to hear about the food too.

    Thanks. Chinese food? Plenty of meat, fat, oils. All those things that give you the horrors. Give you a ring shortly.

  6. muscat55
    November 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Fantastic pics, looking forward to the rest of them!

    You may regret that! 728 more to come.

  7. june in florida
    November 2, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Glad your back, waiting eagerly for more great pics. Did you actually go or did your hire someone to take the pics, didn’t see you in any.

    Thanks, June. I’m actually in 5 of those 27 photos.

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