27 avril 2006

Chinglish

One of the nice thing about visiting China is that you are exposed everyday to a bombardment of assaults on the English language known as "Chinglish". Chinglish is a term used to describe poor or 'broken' English employed by native Chinese speakers. So let's finish this travelogue on China with those great signs. That's for fun, Chinese shall take no offense. indeed! I guess we should play cards instead... that's right self explanatory mmh all is said ... [Lire la suite]
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26 avril 2006

Time to leave

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25 avril 2006

Guangzhou - DAY 19 - Canton

A major discovery took place in 1983 in Canton. As some excavation were undertaken in the heart of the city to build yet another skyscraper, a cave was found. It turned out to be a tomb. This tomb was the one of the Emperor Wen, the second ruler of the Southern Yue Kingdom, dating back 100BC. The Southern Yue Kingdom was the name of the area around Guangzhou during the Han Dinasty. Inside the tomb, archeologists found 5 funeraries bodies - four concubines, four cooks and seven eunuchs who were all sacrificied to be... [Lire la suite]
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24 avril 2006

Guangzhou - DAY 18 - Canton

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23 avril 2006

Bamboo rafting in Yulong River - DAY 17 - Ballade en radeau de bambou sur la rivière Yulong

The scenery along the Yulong river is as stunning as along the Li river. Bamboo rafting seems a nice way to descend this river, so we give it a try. Imagine a dozen pieces of bamboo, 5 metres long, sticked together, with on top of this - some kind of throne... - two chairs made of (you guessed it...) bamboo!! That is our mean of transportation of the day. We start from the... [Lire la suite]
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22 avril 2006

Around Yangshuo - DAY 16

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21 avril 2006

Yangshuo - DAY 15

Fifteen years ago, a little girl saw a postcard with a fantastic scenery. A green river surrounded by surealistic moutains. This picture stunned her and she wondered where that place could be. She heard the name but could not remember it. But she did not forget the sight and promised herself she would go there one day. This place is the river Li, flowing between Guilin and Yangshuo. When we decided to go to China, Rita recognised the place and we are today fulfilling one of her child fantasies. I should add here that we are... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2006

On the way to Yangshuo - DAY 14

          One of the numerous shops in Kunming It's unfortunately time to move on from Xichuangbanna, as we wish to have some time to discover Guangxi, another region of China.  We manage to secure a same day flight to its main city Guilin. Planes are full so we travel business class this time. En route we stop by Kunming. We wander through the animals and flower market. Once again, we enjoy the Chinese creativity of making use of everything. The voyage comes almost to its end and time for... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2006

The Hani - Les Hani

The Hani ethnic group is one of the many unique tribes in YunnanProvince. With a population of 1.25 million, they are mainly distributed over the mountain areas between the Red River and the Lancang River in Yunnan Province. The Hani share the same origin with the Yi and Lahu ethnic groups. According to the historical records, they all evolved from the ancient Qiang people. The Qiang people used to be a nomadic tribe living in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The Hani people have their own language. Their... [Lire la suite]
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18 avril 2006

The Dai - Les Dai

The Dai ethnic group, with a population of about 1.2 million, mainly lives in the Dai Autonomous Region and in Xishuangbanna. Dai is the name of the nationality, which means 'freedom' or 'human beings'. Descendants of the same ancestors as the ancient "Baiyue" people, the Dai ethnic group has strong connections with nationalities such as Zhuang, Dong, Shui, Bouyei, and Li. The earliest records about the Dai ethnic group can be traced back to 1 B.C., when it was named "Dianyue" or... [Lire la suite]
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