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mercredi 20 janvier 2010

My return to Japan, Dec 2009!!

After a marvelous 3 weeks spent back-packing up and down Japan in spring 2008 I jumped at the slightest opportunity to go back this winter (last winter now, 2009).

Check out the pics: (they'll be here soon, for now I just have a few of friendly people I met on my last weekend there, thanks to Ken !!):

Week in Guangzhou-Dongguan Dec 2009

Coming in from Guangzhou where I spent just a couple of days, admittedly very restful days, I didn't know what to expect from Dongguan, apart from being very famous for prostitution (the best in China I hear with something for everyone and every taste). I found out that my friend's family lived in a rural setting and these next pics are from his neighbourhood:

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I was lucky enough for my friend's dad and cousin to take me around some of the few places of interest in the unexciting city of Dongguan:

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This is my friend's dad, who took time off work just to show me around (all day!!!).

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The next pics are from attractions we visited including a world heritage site home to a museum dedicated to a key actor in the opium war, a hugely famous Chinese partisan and soldier that contributed a lot to the Chinese struggle against Western forces. Unfortunately I can't remember his name, I shall look it up....

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The following pics & video were taken along the riverside where one can find another war museum precisely where the Chinese resisted enemy navy forces navigating upstream of the Pearl River. An elevated bridge was constructed over the river and is a very busy channel for goods into and out of the Guangdong province (one of China's industrial powerhouses, if not the largest):



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Here some random videos I shot whilst staying at Xiao Li's place:










mardi 27 octobre 2009

Sunday 25th Oct at Discovery Bay (Lantau Island)

A few friends from Uni and flatmates plus friends from elsewhere all went to D-bay last Sunday, spent the afternoon getting nicely ta....hum...roasted under the hot HK sun.

More pics are on the way but here's a first few to wet your lips on:

coast_line_D-bay.jpg the coast line as we arrive

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me___my_economist.jpg Thought i'd get in some light reading with the Economist....

rob.jpg My other flatmate and fellow Brit, Rob....note the pink tan :-)

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shirls__leo___pierre.jpg Shirley, Leo & Pierre: friends of friends, now friends...

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looking_back_to_polluted_HK.jpg HK we left behind in the smog

as_we_leave.jpg helas, it had to end sometime as_we_leave_2.jpg

leo_flatmate.jpg My flatmate Leo, for the 1st time on camera, the elusive figure is at last revealed..

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and more on the way.......

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