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HONG KONG IS HOME

Hong Kong is Home. from Javin Lau on Vimeo.

When I was in HK I only got to spend one night/two days, before I had to go to the Philippines. If I get the chance, I would def go back! And the light show with music by the river every night? It’s amazing. I got a little disappointed, though, ’cause they told us it was the world laaaargest light show. To be ‘the largest one in the whole World’ I thought it was pretty lame and small, but if you look at it alone – without these big expectations; it’s amazing!

PRINCESS OF CHINA


1. By the river in Yangshou, China


2. Up on the Moon Hill


3. Local selling flower power. China was waaay ahead of us on that fashion trend haha


4. Riding the bike in Yangshuo


5. Local farmer in Yangshuo. He was so amazing with his birds, he had trained them to jump on his command! If any other of us tried, they refused. His voice and his hand were the only thing they were responding to.


6. A farmer and his bird


7. Inside the farmer’s house, where they were saying their prayers and drinking the shot of eternal Youth….


8. This is the shot the old, old farmer was drinking every day. It’s a mixture of snake, bee, scorpion, spider and centapeed. I tasted it – it tasted like alcohol… Without alcohol. Funny thing! Keeps us forever young!


9. Spinning Cotton


10. Birdie


11. A river in Yangshuo again


12. Isn’t it beautiful?


13. Caroline in action.


14. Backpackers in a row <3


15. Aussies in the field


16. Tangerines


17. View from the Moon Hill


18. Me and the view from the Moon Hill


19. Dave and the Moon Hill!


20. Cotton plants


21. Moon Hill, baby

A few more pictures from when I went to Yangshuo, China, last December. More from my travel through that amazing country HERE.

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IN DEEPEST CHINA


ph_priv, Yangshuo, China

Så fort jeg ser noen skal til å forme ordet Kina med leppene sine, har tankene mine allerede slått røtter i Yangshuo. Minnene fra den vakre, lille landsbyen har stilt resten av Kina i skyggen. Jeg falt hodestups! De majestetiske fjellene, som ikke lignet noe annet fjell i hele verden, de små butikkene, hotellet, arkitekturen, alt klaffet ett hundre prosent. Det var perfekt!

Ting å gjøre i Yangshou: lei deg en sykkel og sykle deg en tur på landet. Langs rismarkene, elvene, mandarintrærne, bomullbuskene. Det står igjen som ett av de fineste minnene jeg har fra reisen min, ordene strekker ikke til, det var så bra. I Yangshuo ligger også Moon Hill, som er et fjell med et hull i, av helt naturlige årsaker. Så stilig! Den er fascinerende å se fra avstand, men fortjener også at du tar turen helt opp. Det tar ca 20 minutter, og består av 800 trappetrinn. Utsikten fra toppen er ubeskrivelig! Bilder får dere i neste innlegg.

Et lite sykkelstykke videre finner man gruver med gjørmebad i. Omvisningen i forkant av badet var latterlig. En dame ledet oss rundt i gruvene, og brukte lommelykt på veggene for å vise oss forskjellige “dyr” leiren hadde skapt oppetter veggene og i taket helt naturlig. Det lignet jo ikke i det hele tatt! Dessuten var gruvene lyst opp i billige discolysfarger, og jeg ble egentlig bare pinlig berørt av å være med på det hele, og forferdelig svimmel av den klamme luften vi var pent nødt til å puste i mens hun viste oss dumme dyr som kun eksisterte i hennes egen fantasi. Gjørmebadet var gøy, da!


Mud bath

I selve byen Yangshuo igjen er de små butikkene verdt flere runder. Og dere må spise middag på 7th Heaven, maten der står til navnet. Jeg tok også en time i Kung Fu fighting da jeg var i landsbyen, noe som var vanvittig gøy!


Meg og Kung Fu-læreren min. Vi er slanger. Me and my teacher during my Kung Fu lession.We’re snakes.

Yangshuo var et eventyr, dere. Dette var bare kort oppsummert og what to do – dere skal få flere bilder fra sykkelturen og Moon Hill. Om dette innlegget ikke overbeviste om at YS er verdt et besøk, vet jeg at de to neste vil!

As soon as I see someone is about to shape the word China with their lips, my thoughts have already taken root in Yangshuo. The memories of the beautiful little village set the rest of China in the shade for me. I fell head over heels! The majestic mountains that resembled any other mountain in the world, the small shops, hotel, architecture, everything worked out one hundred percent. It was perfect!

Things to do in Yangshou: rent a bicycle and go for a ride in the countryside. Along the paddy fields, rivers, mandarin trees, cotton bushes. It remains as one of the best memories I have of my travel around the world, my words can’t justify at all. In Yangshuo you also find the Moon Hill, a mountain with a hole in it, of all natural causes. So cool! It is fascinating to watch from a distance, but it also deserves that you walk up to the top. It takes about 20 minutes and consists of 800 steps. The views from the top are indescribable! I’ll give you photos in my next post. 

A little bit further you’ll find caves with mud baths inside. The tour ahead of the bath was ridiculous. A lady led us around the mines and used the flashlight on the walls to show us different “animals” that the mud had created on the walls to the roof – all natural. It didn’t look like animals at all! Besides the mines were illuminated in cheap disco light colours and I was really just embarrassed to be a part of it all, and terrible dizzy ’cause of the heavy air we nicely had to breathe in while she showed us dumb animals that only existed in her own imagination. The mud bath was fun, though!

Back in Yangshuo: the small shops are worth several visits. They sell alot of cool chinese things! And you’ve to eat dinner at 7th Heaven – the food matches the name. I also took a lesson in Kung Fu while I was in town – that was so much fun! (See pic above)

Honestly, Yangshuo was a fairytale. This is only a short summary and a what to do-guide, I’ll show you more pics from the bike tour and Moon Hill. If this post didn’t convince you to go to YS – my next two posts will!

GO TO XI’AN


ph_priv, Xi’an, China

Velkommen til vakre Xi’an! Ett nattog unna Shanghai. Xi’an er uten tvil en av favorittbyene mine i Kina, en god nummer to etter Yangshou. Ved første øyekast er det bare “nok en by”, med Starbucks, pockys og kjøpesentere, men dere skal vite at den er så mye mer. Det er som to byer i ett! Byen er full av små, kinesiske markeder, trange bakgater og meter på meter med streetfood. Jeg prøvde et gatekjøkken som serverte varm suppe med chili og dumplings, og den var helt fantastisk!

Byens store stolthet er Ming Dynasty City Wall. Den har forhindret absolutt alle inntrengere i kinesisk historie fra å komme inn, og er blant de best bevarte skattene i hele Kina. Du må betale for å gå inn, men det er så verdt det! Du kan også leie sykler og sykle rundt oppå hele muren, det tar ca. en time. Jeg fikk desverre ikke gjort det, måtte kaste inn håndkle og gå tilbake til hotellet fordi feberen tok overhånd….

Et annet must når du er i Xi’an er selvfølgelig å dra og se Terra Cotta-krigerne. De underjordiske soldatene av leire blir uoffesielt sett på som verdens åttende underverk. Dere kan lese om dagen min med de HER. I skrivende stund står en liten Terra Cotta-mann på hyllen min under verdenskartet også, en surrealistisk påminnelse om at jeg faktisk har vært der. Kommer det noen gang til å gå opp for meg? 

HER og HER finner dere de to andre innleggene mine fra Xi’an.

Welcome to wonderful Xi’an! A Night Train away from Shanghai. Xi’an is without doubt one of my favorite cities in China, after Yangshou. The city is full of small Chinese markets, narrow streets and meter after meter with street food. I tried a kitchen that served hot soup with dumplings and chili – it was SO good!

The City’s big pride is Ming Dynasty City Wall. It has stopped absolutely all attempts to break through the wall through history, and is one of the best kept treasures of China. You’ve to pay a fee to enter, but it’s worth it. You can also rent a bike on the top to cycle around the wall, it takes about an hour. 

Another must when you’re in Xi’an is of course to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. The collection of underground soldiers is unofficial the 8th wonder of the world. You can read about my day with ‘em HERE. A tiny Terra Cotta Man is standing on my bench under my World map as we speak. An unreal little reminder that I’ve actually been there.

You’ll find my other posts about Xi’an HERE and HERE

THE NIGHT I GOT SHANGHAI’D

As you know – when I was in China, I traveled with G Adventures. It’s like an organized backpacker tour you sign up for, together with other backpackers from all around the world – 18 to 30 years old. I made friends for life! But that’s another story. In China I traveled a program named Roam China. That was an itinerary from Beijing to Hong Kong, and our second stop were Shanghai!


ph_priv, Shangai, China

The clearest memory I have from Shanghai is TALL buildings, and (sadly enough) being wasted….. I totally got Shanghaied. We went out to this posh club where we paid like 100 yuan for the entrance, and then you could drink unlimited amounts of vodka/orange juice all night, with a couple of tequila shots as well. DANG-ER-OUS! But so much fun!

Well, before I totally screwed my body up that night, we got to look around for a bit. The weather was bad, so the skyline of Shanghai were shit – as you can see in the first picture. We spent the day shopping instead, and in the evening we went out to a bar called Cloud 9 – in the 87th floor of a skyscraper. The view would’ve been CRAZY, I’m sure, if it wasn’t for the – yeah exactly, clouds…. The dessert we ate there, though, was killing me. SO GOOD! I felt like I was in heaven – literally and practically spoken.

The next day we went out for breakfast before we bought tickets for the jump on-jump off-bus. We took a seat to City God Temple and Yu Yan Garden, where we spent the whole day. Typical Chinese buildings, shops – everything. Such a nice area! After a couple of hours there, we jumped on the bus again and went to the French Collection. A VERY posh area with expensive stores and restaurants. We were just wandering around, until we grabbed some dinner at Pasta Inn and eventually got back to the hotel to get ready for the big night out. The night I got Shanghaied……

I was dancing on tables. I was dancing on stage. I was talking to random guys because Benji (one of my travel buddies) told me to. And on my way to the hotel bed, I managed to make a phone call. A major call. To Norway. From CHINA to NORWAY! That’s like… $$$$$$! I was talking and talking, 26 NOK pr minute and I was talking for more than an hour….. Where’s my medal?

The day after is happily deleted from my memory. I was writing a world record in hangover, and I did it on a noisy, moving night train to our next destination. That’s the worst day of my 23 years long life, I tell ya’.

Next stop: Xi’an!

THE HUTONGS

Jeg satt og så på Mulan for ikke så lenge siden, og kom på at… Jeg har jo vært i Kina, jeg! Og jeg er langt i fra ferdig med å fortelle dere om det. Så, da fortsetter vi der vi slapp:

Beijing.

Foruten Den kinesiske mur og Den forbudte by er Beijing Tiandi Theater et must å besøke. Vi dro ut en kveld og så The Legend of Kung Fu - og det var helt fantastisk! Kineserne er GALE! De la seg regelrett ned på SPYD, knakk marmorplater PÅ hverandre, øynene mine var på nippet til å ramle ut og ned på gulvet, hvor haka mi allerede lå fra før av i et slep. De har også de sykeste akrobatikkshowene, kineserne KAN kropp for å si det sånn. Om dere skal til Beijing, eller Kina generelt – finn dere et show!

Og, for all del, finn hutongene:


Me and Caroline, a Norwegian Army girl (!!) I randomly ended up living with all my way through China! She’s just awesome!


My boys! I met three of them in India, and we happened to be in the same group of backpackers in China as well – haha. I got stuck with them for a whole month during my travel – and I miss them so much! They’ve settled down in New Zealand now, I’m SO gonna visit them one day. Dave, with the glasses, is going with me. (yes you are!)


ph_priv, hutons, old Beijing, China

Rundt innsjøen Houhai slynger det vakreste strøket jeg har sett i Kina seg. SE, da! Noe helt annet enn skyskraperne og det litt kjølige moderne som ellers kjennetegner Beijing, og de andre store byene i Kina. Hutonger er navnet på tradisjonelle kinesiske bakgater, og med viltvoksende siheyuan (tradisjonelle Beijing-hus) danner de det gamle Beijing. Vi ble fortalt at bydelen er i ferd med å dø ut, av modernisering, og det synes jeg er så trist! Det er dette som er Kina for meg, skyer kan vi skrape i hvilket som helst annet land i verden. Dette var noe annet. Med vintersolen som hang lavt over oss, trærne som kilte det speilblanke Houhai, de kinesiske viftebutikkene, spisepinner til 10 yang settet… Det var som å entre en fantasi. Nei, leve hutongene!

Om dere finner de må dere også ta med dere Sølvblokkbroen, som bøyer seg over kanalen der hvor Houhais to innsjøer flettes sammen. Den er så vakker! Vi dro også innom tromme- og klokketårnet, og fikk med oss trommespillet som i gamle dager sørget for at embetsmennene kom seg tidsnok på jobb. Trappene opp i det gamle tårnet var u-menne-skelig bratte, og vi hadde selvfølgelig dårlig tid før trommene skulle starte, så vi måtte løpe opp i firsprang. Den forhatte 3000 m er ingenting i forhold, jeg sier dere……

Vi hadde ikke så god tid til å nyte hutongene før vi skulle reise videre til Shangai, men jeg rakk å få det meste inn på kameraet. Nok til å sitte her og drømme meg tilbake, iallfall. Dere finner alle innleggene mine fra Kina HER.

I was watching Disney’s Mulan the other day, and I suddenly realized… I’ve been to China! And I haven’t told you everything about it yet, so let’s continue: BEIJING. Other than walking the great wall of China and visit The forbidden CityBeijing Tiandi Theater is a must. We went to see The Legend of Kung Fu one night and that was amazing! The Chinese people are crazy! The lay down on spear, cracked marble slobs in each other backs… My eyes were going OUT of their holes. They also know their acrobatics! The Chinese people know the concept BODY, no doubt. Go see a show!

And, oh my, you need to see the Old part of Beijing, the hutongs. Wrapped around the lake Houhai you’ll find the most beautiful district in the entire China. I felt head over heels…. Just LOOK at the pictures above! Something completely different from the skyscrapers and the cold, modern that usually characteristics Beijing and other big cities in China. Hutongs is the name of the traditional Chinese backstreets, and together with wild growing siheyuan (traditional Beijing-houses) they form the old Beijing. We were told that this district is dying and getting modernized – and that’s so sad! THIS was the picture I had of China before I went there, we can scrape skies in any other country in the world…. The Winter sun was hanging low above us, the trees were tickling the mirror Houhai, the Chinese fan-stores, chopstick for 10 yuan per set… It was like entering a fantasy. No, please, let the hutongs live!

If you find them – go find the Silver Block Bridge as well, the bridge that bows over the channel where the two lakes of Houhay meet. It’s so beautiful! We also paid a visit to the Drum Tower and listened to the drum play that made sure the officials made it to their jobs in the old days. The stairs to get up in the old tower were SO steep – the 3000 m I’m working so hard on is NOTHING compared to that, haha. We didn’t have the best time to enjoy the old part of Beijing, but enough to catch most of it on my camera. At least enough so I can sit here and dream about the streets again… 

You’ll find all of my articles about China HERE. (Some of them aren’t translated yet, so please use Google Translate if you want to see more than just my pictures!)

FORBIDDEN


ph_priv, Tiananmen and The forbidden city, Beijing, China

Velkommen til Beijing! Mine fangede øyeblikk fra 紫禁城, eller ‘Den forbudte by’, som vi dødelige ville kalt den, og Den himmelske fredsplass, Tiananmen-plassen. Plassen som introduserer og lokker oss inn i den forbudte byen. Kinesisk arkitektur er galskap, det gnistret inni meg da vi gikk rundt og betraktet alt sammen. Majestetisk, våkent og vakkert! Kina i seg selv er et eneste stort kapittel i den boken vi kaller verden. Hopper du over Kina, hopper du rett og slett over noe viktig som du trenger for å få med deg hele fortellingen. Dra til Kina!

Jeg skal ærlig innrømme at Den forbudte byen er ensformig i lengden – vi gikk gjennom hele på én dag (1 km med MANGE stopp underveis), og det var etterhvert ingen overraskelser igjen. For hver port vi gikk gjennom, ventet det samme synet som ved den forrige. Jeg var SÅ mett på templer etter den dagen, dere aner ikke. Men jeg holder fast ved det magiske ved byen, det er så mye historie og så mange inntrykk å få med seg! Resten kan bildene få fortelle.

Welcome to Beijing! My captured moments from 紫禁城, or ‘The Forbidden City’, as mortals like us would call it, and Tiananmen square. The square in front that leads us into the city. Chinese architecture is madness, it sparkled inside me when we walked around and admired everything. Majestic, awake and beautiful! China itself is a big chapter in the book we call the world. If you skip China, you’ll skip a big part of the story that you need to read to get the picture. Go to China!

I’ve to admit that the Forbidden City is quite monotonous after a while – we went through all of it in one day (1 km with many stops down the road) and it just stopped surprising us. Every gate led us to the same sight as the last one. I was SO filled up with temples after that day, you have no idea. But I’m sticking to the magic around the city, it’s so much history and so many impressions to swallow! I’ll let my pictures tell the rest of the story.

WHEN I WALKED THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA


ph_priv, the Great Wall of China, Beijing

One of the many highlights during my travel around the world – walking the Great Wall of China! I can still recall all the fresh air, the sun that gave me that warm feeling of Spring, the most amazing view of the Chinese mountains that surrounded us…. And the crazy ride down again, haha. All the stairs was a nightmare for a lazy girl like myself, and I’ll never forget the sight of the Chinese worker* that have to walk all these stairs EVERYDAY with his big heavy box with drinks and souvenirs for the tourists inside. People really have to make efforts out there to make it through their days, we must never forget that when we’re complaining about NOTHING over here.

*you can spot him in the third picture from the top, it’s the white box climbing the stairs behind me. Respect!

VIDEO: China

I’ve made a small video from my travel in China. You can see Beijing (the great wall of China), some from the hutons/old Beijing, some from Yangshou and Yangtzee River and the light show in the end is from Hong Kong. Enjoy!


music: here

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REISEVIDEO: China’s coming

Sølveplet mitt er fullt, så det er grenser på hvor mange videoer jeg får til å lage mens jeg er ute og reiser. De må nemlig bli liggende på minnekortene for tiden, jeg kan ikke laste opp for da sprenger det og blir sølv overalt. Men her er en liten teaser fra reisen min gjennom Kina. Jeg gleder meg til å få laget den “store” filmen – å sitte sånn og mimre føles som å ta den samme turen all over again! Håper dere liker det!

Ps. Hvis dere vil se videoene mine før de havner på bloggen, kan dere følge meg på Videofy.me sin app! Jeg heter… Supermarie. Sjokk.

My Macbook is overloaded, so I don’t know how many videos I manage to make during my travels. They’re still on my memory cards, if not my mac will blow up and it will be memories all over the place! I can’t upload them. But here’s a tiny teaser from my travel through China. I can’t wait to make the “big” movie – it feels like taking the same tour all over again when I sit here and edit the clips! Aww. Hope you like it too!

Ps. If you wanna see my videous before I put them on my blog, you can follow me on the Vidofy.me app for smartphones. My username is… Supermarie. Shocking.