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Guangzhou 2012

Definitely one of my favorite places in China. In the summer of 2012 I flew into Hong Kong, took a ferry to Shenzhen and then a train to Guangzhou. Local IKEA Almost the same as we are used to CAN A bunch of ping-pong tables in the park The famous Canton tower Inside Canton tower […]

Как не нужно ездить в Taj Mahal

Что нужно среднестатистическому туристу в первый приезд в Индию? Правильно, туристу нужно в Тадж Махал. Туда я и собрался. What does an average tourist need on his first trip to India? That is correct, the tourist needs to see Taj Mahal. And this is where I was off to.     Моей наивности в этот […]

Taiyuan 2015

Тайюань – столица провинции Шанси. Такой себе небольшой городишко миллиона на три, но тем не менее – крупный промышленный центр. Тайюань называют “китайским Детройтом”, очевидно, из-за тяжелой промышленности и чрезвычайной загрязненности. Небо постоянно затянуто грязной и плотной пеленой, как и в большинстве китайских городов, лучи солнца практически не пробиваются через смог. Запах тоже тяжелый. Местные жители […]

Beijing Capital Airport

Some pictures from Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital Airport, aka PEK, while I was waiting for my connection Departure hall, check-in area Airport police wear flashing blue and red lights on their shoulders, pretty annoying You can recycle your cash here, if you have any Restrooms are not easy to find! But they are beautifully designed Another […]

Pingyao village

Pingyao is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to China’s oldest bank 1. Entrance gate 2. Golf cart used to deliver tourists to the gate 3. Main Street   4.Market Tower 5.Lunch 6. Table cat 7. Shanxi province is famous for its vinegar 8. Shopping street 9. City walls – space between inner and outer […]


A couple of times I made a stopover in Harbin on my way to Qiqihar. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to fly into Harbin and then take a train or drive to Qiqihar or Changchun. When I did that the first time in 2012, the train was a “green train”, i.e. a very slow one, […]

Longsheng Rice Terraces

I arrived to Guilin airport from Guangzhou, took a bus to central bus station then another one to Longsheng. The bus dropped me off at some intersection and then I got picked up by a minivan to Ping An village An elderly bellboy carrying my bag from village entrance gate to my hotel for 30 RMB   […]

Shanghai World Expo 2010

The first mega-attraction when you get out of the Pudong airport is, of course, The Maglev Train. It’s a fast, fun and inexpensive way to get to the city in just eight minutes! In fact, I only use taxi when I get to Pudong too late or too early for the train. Between 9 – […]

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