News Flash, Ron and Julie on Great Wall of China - 7th Oct 2011

News Flash, Ron and Julie on Great Wall of China Great Wall  great fun:
A trip to China in August included a walk on the Great Wall of China, yes that is the Otago Daily Times, and no, there is not an honesty box there. Since we do not read Mandarin, we took our newspaper with us! Well? That makes sense doesn't it?
Three weeks in China:
Twenty days taking in the sights in China included Hong Kong with it's harbour, bright lights and excitement, Guilin with the extraordinary cormorant fishing set against the eerie limestone crags and lakes, a cruise on the Li River to Yuangshuo wending round the river set in uniquely shaped conical mountains. At Yuangshuo in a still warm evening we wre treated to a fabulous sound and light show featuring a cast of 600, we climbed  Longsheng rice terraces, the view from the summit like a 360 degree panorama from a travel magazine, we visited Xi'an and the Terracotta warriors, and took an overnight train trip to Beijing and visited expansive Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall before returning home.
Painting not forgotten:
I took a small watercolour kit and tried traditional style Chinese painting while in China, authenticity was attempted by purchasing a Chinese "chop" to stamp my identity on the finished work in place of my signature. 

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