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China trip post (photo heavy)

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 10, 2012, 3:38 AM

Mm I don't know how to go about this in an organized manner, so this will just be a stream of photos with my intermittent narration.

Our trip was Shanghai > Hangzhou > Nanjing > Suzhou > Wuxi > back to Shanghai. Then we went to Hong Kong on our own.

Oh yeah, first, since I have no photos of these (for good reason): THE SQUAT TOILETS. They suck. They stink. You can always tell if there's a bathroom nearby by the smell in the air! Half the time the flush doesn't even work. All the used toilet paper is tossed in a bin, so the smell just lingers and lingers. For some reason, sometimes they sell food right outside the bathrooms. LIKE WHY?! I don't know how anybody can think about eating with that smell there.

I drank as little as possible. Between my sis and I, we also brought 5-6 rolls of toilet paper, so it was more than enough. (We left the extra rolls at Grandma's in HK afterwards haha.)

Anyhoo, onto pictures...

From our place to China was a 12 hour flight, 4 hour break at airport, then another 3 hour transfer flight -@ It's definitely unpleasant.

In my hours of boredom, I made a croissant out of the towel they gave us.

On the plane, I also tried watching Twilight for a laugh....but I fell asleep instead and when I woke up, it was over. After that I just watched lots of TV shows.

Chinese Coca-Cola!!! I thought these were the greatest things when I first saw them! And then they became ordinary lol.

The sky in China is perpetually gray. It's very smoggy and there's always a funny smell in the air. Sometimes the funny smell is toilet.

Lucky for us, it was rainy season when we went, so the temperature hovered around 30 degrees the whole time. Still warm and very sticky, but at least not deadly. It's indeed very humid though. It's hard to breathe when you step outside after being in A/C indoors.

Like everyone warned, traffic is bad. The traffic lights are just for show. If you follow them, you will be run over >8I
I saw 4 cars driving side-by-side on a 3-lane road. Oh yeah, and mopeds are everywhere.

How is this guy not falling? -@

We went with a bus tour, which was all Asians from overseas. The tour guides spoke in Cantonese and English and had terrible accents in both. Whenever our bus stopped anywhere, vendors would come around and try to sell us things. I guess you learn some useful phrases right away like "wo bu yao" (I don't want). I haggle by walking away =w= it's surprisingly effective.

First city was Shanghai, where I picked up that birdie at a market :3

At the market we also came across this anime/toy store, and found Eli!

My (taller younger) sister and I in Elizabeth hats 8D 8D

At this market we lost 2 people from our bus already. They never came back to the meeting place, and after a 45 minute wait, we left without them =o=;;

..and went to Shanghai Museum:

Lots of sculptures and paintings and such here. I liked the furniture.
And this duck figure 8D

My ancestor was some famous painter during the Yuan dynasty (according to my dad) and this is apparently his painting! He uhh..I don't know.. he paints nice trees.

After our museum visit, the 2 lost people managed to get ahold of a phone, call our tour guide, and we picked them up again, lucky for them :b They had gotten led away by vendors and were sold lots of suitcases. Don't follow strangers in China D:

Grapes above our heads! (in Hangzhou)

Tamarinds too! Ate some (outside of pad thai) for the first time :3

We got to ride a boat on a lake, and later on a canal.

This lady played and sang for us on the boat ride........ unfortunately I couldn't really hear her above the noise of the boat motor =3=

My favorite parts of the China trip are the acrobat shows 8) We got to see 2 of them. They're absolutely superhuman *___* Didn't take pics because I was too busy gaping in awe. I always like the flipping through hoops parts most. At one point, there were 8 motorcycles driving around inside a round metal cage.

My parents however, fell asleep the moment they turn off the lights. At BOTH SHOWS. D8 HOW???

The hotels were very nice as well. These tours are government-sponsored and they put us in awesome 5-star hotels.

The 1st night in, my sister left her shorts at the hotel.
The 2nd night in, I left my tablet charger at the hotel ;-; (Bought a replacement later in HK.)
So lame.

My sister and I were mesmerized by the window between the room and the bathroom..

Also, free slippers 8D! I kept them at each hotel, now I have 7 pairs hahaha

The free buffet breakfast at each hotel was by far the best meal of each day.

My sister likes her fruits and veggies..

And I like my meat.

Otherwise, the meals were pre-ordered by the tour and the food was pretty blah.

^ A fly in my soup at one lunch.
Nobody got sick from anything though as far as I know. I brought all this Pepto-Bismol along too =o=;
Instead of giving us water, we just had beer at every meal.

Snakes in a jar!!! But we didn't get to eat any :(

One of the hotels had a pond outside.
Inside were black swans

And ducks! 8)

More ducks!

I love ducks!

Oh no they're leaving D8

Crazy swarms of fish as well. If you walk nearby, they think you're feeding them and will crowd around.

I thought this J-shaped banana was wonderful.

Somebody suggested we try these yangmei (bayberries) which aren't exported outside of China, so I bought some :) They're good, but have a funny sourish smell.

We also ate some peach from Wuxi (which was mediocre because they weren't in season yet) and some mango from some island..I forget which, but it was really delicious.

Since it's a government-sponsored thing, we got ushered into all the national goods places that they want to promote: tea, silk, pearls, jade, etc. Anyone touring China with a bus tour will have gone to all these.

They give really convincing speeches but ummmm... the stuff they sell at these places are almost always overpriced, and may or may not be authentic. I'll just leave it at that. They'll also make you stay there for a long time to pressure you into buying something. On the good side, there is air-con.

Tea place. Free tea yay x:

We went to multiple jade places which I grew to hate. The ladies wouldn't stop putting bracelets on me and I couldn't get them off on my own without lotion D8<

Anyway a jade bok-choy 8D

Silk factory

We were there for HOURS. Sis and I bought these silk pencil cases and then got really bored and started taking pointless pics..

There was also this guy who paints inside of hollow glass bottles and teapots, that was pretty cool :0

Thanks to my mosquito-magnet sister, I only got one bite on the trip. She got 3? 4? Haha 8D I don't think it's peak mosquito season yet though.

A pretty garden in Suzhou...

..full of engrish signs!

Lol what

I think this one is a threat.

My sister the rebel.

Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum at Nanjing:

It's nice..but not sure if it was worth climbing the 392 steps of stairs =A= We had green bean popsicles afterwards to avoid death by exhaustion.

My mom bought a sword here lolll 8'D

Lingshan at Wuxi

Xiangfu temple there

To go in, we had to wear these footbag thingers heehee

It had pretty ceilings and some cool carvings.

The giant buddha statue at Lingshan. Those steps looked too daunting, and it was pouring rain, so we just looked from a distance =v=

BEWARE THIS GIANT BUDDHA FOUNTAIN. It will suddenly spray everyone within a certain distance >80 We fell for it.

On the last day of the tour, they let us go eat on our own 8)
We had xiaolongbaos in Shanghai because it's a must!

They were decent and super super cheap. BUT, not as good as the xiaolongbaos in Hong Kong.
nom nom nom nom they were so ridiculously good

Also, tofu pudding *-* This tofu-fa place has been around since I lived in HK as a kid. I used to eat there in preschool. Still so good :L

Also, roast whole suckling pig!

I bought a bunch of random items in both China and HK, but too lazy to take more photos now. We bargained shamelessly 8D Got stuff like 30HK$ shirts (about $4) and some retarded toys meant for much younger children.

My cousin lives near the Peak so he drove us up. The sky in HK is a billion times bluer than that in China.

I don't have many pics of HK since it's fairly familiar grounds :b We just ate and shopped a lot, visited relatives, and picked up our government rebate 8Dv (yay free money)

There was a typhoon when we went to HK, so we walked around outside in it 8) The weather was pretty wonky while we were there, lots of sudden pouring rain, followed by bright sun, then pouring again 5 min later.

Ok that's it. Sorry for ultra long post xD;

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jinjeon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG I WENT ON THE SAME TOUR IN 2012!! glad you had fun!
OtakuSyra Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
y-you eat snakes? O.-
watashiWaKazedesu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cant help but see that picture with a sign saying "dont take pictures":rofl:
YenSerenity Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
This was great to see! The window between the room and bathroom was pretty funny, I remember there was a hotel room I stayed in that was similar to that. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it gave me a mini-vacation back to China! =)
Lytzzzz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i loved this post
Lytzzzz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it
Sinussa Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooohh nice... it was a very fun read and nice photos.

I was born in Chile and for some of my summer's holidays I went to China to visit my relatives in Qingdao and Beijing, the flight is always so long (around 36hrs.). Whenever I went, there is so cold and snowy hehe...

I have never been in Shanghai or HK, but my little sisters and mom have been there 2 years ago and my dad lives there 4 months going also other cities of China for bussines... and then lives 2 months here in Chile. Actually, I am planning to move there, Shanghai, for work, but not sure yet, I am waiting for my bosses confirmation.

I also hate those squat toilets. When I went to China to meet my grandparents for the 1st time, they had those freaking toilets in their apartment, and no just that, it was a simply blackhole hahaha... Fortunately they moved and now they have a nice bathroom.

The only think I love from China is their food and traditional places.

If I said something funny, please sorry, english is not my main language :)! I speak better in spanish (and my chinese is good just oraly).
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Haha wow D: It sucks that they have those blackhole toilets even in a home. I think China's traditional buildings/landscapes are the high points too. For food you should really visit HK sometime! :)
Sinussa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahaaha... I will go someday! :heart:
Sinussa Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
x-rain-check-x Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
WTF! I went on the same tour as you! Except I went in May. Hahaha! I was thinking that these tour pictures looked really familiar.
Dragons-Garden Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a great post :D Enjoyed it! Wish I could visit there someday ^^
sleepy-KC Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student
OMG!!! when i saw this post i was thinking "huh...these places and buildings look rather similar to my trip to china 2 years ago" (even the hotel room with the glass walled bathroom... it seems like a trend in hotel rooms)

then i skimmed back up to see that you had visited similar places ... xDDD

Our trip was Shanghai >Suzhou > Hangzhou > Huanshan > Xitang and then back to Shanghai

... it looks like you had a blast :DDDDDDDDD
Stack-A-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
did you manage to watch the dragon boat races in HK near Victoria Harbour?
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
No, but my cousin took part in it (I found out the day after) 8)
Stack-A-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
oh cool! was he or she racing? what team?
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
She was rowing in one of the boats xD.....and that's all I know haha.
klendusic Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
seems you had a lot of fun aww i wish i could go anywhere outside my country ;-;
i can't stop laughing at "your health rests with your civilized behaivour"
Kururu-Pon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was a very fun read fa;fja;f; <33 shame about the toilets :'D...maybe the smell doesn't bother them anymore if they are willing to sell food out side lmao wth XD

I'm also a bit confused about a see through toilet...they must think that all who share hotels are very close hahahaha XD -awkward for convention times cough*

the HK photos are so beautiful too ;; are the toilets kinda squat and gross there too?? hmm hmm
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Haha nope, I think HK used to have squat toilets (like a decade+ ago?), but now it's all modern seated ones. Hopefully China makes the switch soon too xD
Kururu-Pon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh waa ;A; -motivation for visiting HK returns- Toilets are very important for when visiting countries imo :iconseriouslymemeplz: I hope so too ffff >:VV
junweise Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh, xiao long bao and tofu pudding >.< *drools*
im starving now xD
kidoairaku Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your commentary is awesome along with those pictures :D

So couple things I learned from this journal are that.... I really want to see that Xiangfu temple you went to. It looks amazing. I don't remember the last time I went to China so it'd be nice to see the sights :o Second thing I learned is that you're Cantonese? Haha I am too and last time I went to HK... "We bargained shamelessly 8D Got stuff like 30HK$ shirts (about $4) and some retarded toys meant for much younger children. " <~~~~ love it XDD definitely do that too

thanks for the awesome journal
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Hehe glad you do it too 8D
Shopping is so fun there, I feel like my dollar goes so far even though I'm actually buying all this junk I don't need xD
kidoairaku Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;;; it's the trap of spending money in those countries... you feel like you're getting a great deal but in reality you don't need any of it Dx
cherriluu Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, that last picture of Hong Kong is gorgeous! * A * It belongs on a postcardddd <33333
No really, it's a great great view. THE CLOUDS
The first time I saw it, I was like "WAIT. WHERE IS THIS IN CHINA? I DON'T REMEMBER SEEING ANYTHING REMOTELY SO BEAUTIFUL BLUE--'s in HK. That explains it;;;"
Ahh, the buddha statue is in Lingshan! I've always wondered where it was. I visited when I was really young, three or so, and I have pictures, but I didn't know where it was in China.
...Not that Lingshan means anything to me OTL;;; I don't remotely know where that is, besides the fact it's in that city area.

I went to the Shanghai museum as well. I...It wasn't all that great, in my opinion :icontearplz: It had proper toilets though LOL.
SMALL MIRACLES ;;; v;;; <3

Ah, those signs!! They're almost like poetry, not even remotely sentences. xDDDD

I saw this bus blatantly run a red light :iconmingplz: It didn't even slow down, and it was at a turn OTL;;;
Oh, btw, can you speak Chinese?
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Haha yup, I'd agree about all the indoor "attractions" xD Not terribly interesting, but great clean toilets 8D!

I speak Cantonese and some very very limited Mandarin xD If it's listening, I can understand it ok unless the person is speaking super fast..or from Taiwan haha =A=;
kawaiibunnychanchan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
woow! i went to mostly all the places you went to!!! (i hope nobody was stalking you there)
you probably had a great trip there. :D
ArtisticAnri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Weird J shaped banana is weird :O
FlyingNoodles Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
This reminds me a lot about my trip to China this summer! I also went to Shanghai, Suzhou, and HK. Every time I go, I always find it amusing how vendors chase you around trying to sell you products. Have you encountered the public toilets that force you to pay? A lot of the tourist places have 1 RMB fee on toilets and they are still really gross. And they almost never provide toilet paper in all toilets since people keep on stealing the entire roll lol.
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Nope, I heard about those but didn't encounter any. Our tour guide was really well-versed in where the (relatively) decent toilets were XD
eternalwishess Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No pickpockets happening to you, right? o_o
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Nope, it didn't happen. We all wore our bags on our front *w*
CherylBlanche Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Your recap of the event was fun to read/see. xD
It's disturbing to hear merchants would assault you like that, of the permanently gray sky, and that you can get run over even if you follow traffic lights.
I really love Koi for that behavior, and they're so colorful and pretty.
Nyanimu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Those photos were great. :) It makes me want to go to China, I haven't been there in forever DX
I love the engrish signs. Engrish always makes me laugh so whenever my dad says some weird engrish thing while he's lecturing me I almost die trying not to laugh.
And for some reason, I can totally imagine a Chinese person coming up with the idea of putting a giant window in a bathroom.
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I think it's for watching tv while taking a bath xD (but still.. so unnecessary!)
Miayami Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha not to be weird or anything, but I stayed in that exact same Hotel in Shanghai because I have almost the same picture lol. I never did understand why they felt they need a window in the bathroom
Paipuru Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
That is so cool!
I just went to Japan for my first time, and I want to see the rest of Asia! China is now next on my list. Thank you for posting these! I really enjoyed them! It was such a omnivorous scenery XD
Witchking00 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

I just read all your story about your trip to China and is funny becouse the first things you said about chinese poeple is the same as I think hehe... I am spanish and my wife is chinese... and almost every year I travell to China to visit my chinese family here and we stay about three months almost times... and during all this years allways the public toilets smell like hell... are dirty... are horrible! XD I only use them as an emergency... but even the restaurants toilets are the same XD only I go to two toilets that are clean. Is habbit here have always some tissues in your bag for some emergency too... becouse as you said the WC paper not exist here hehe... well in public toilets hehe. Another is about the traffic... i got my chinese car certificate three years ago and i can prove everyone of the words you said... the traffic signals are only to descrive the road, the lines the same... I had seen traffic accidents just becouse people never respect the rules, when I take my car is an odissey arrive to my destination... the claxon exist only to warning the other cars to let you pass... tais are damm dangerous... they drive like if only they are on the road... never care if have another cars or not... XD And the sky always is grey yes... In all this summer I only had seen the blue sky 6 days... and i am here since beginning of june hehe... Is a pity but all this is China, the country is interesting, the culture, the buildings, temples, life style is quite particular, but all this give a bad impression about them. But some day all will change like my wife always say to me hehehe. But im glad to see you enjoy in CHina! :)
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Hehe, nice to hear your stories too. China IS changing quite a bit, it's very different from the last time my parents went, which was over 20 years ago, so I think it'll keep getting better :) I saw lots of young trees so hopefully these grow and the air quality improves *-*b
PippaOfShadows Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Artist
8D Why on Earth would they have a window that looks into the bathroom? I thought the bathroom was a place of privacy, not publicity! :XD:
Mothhawk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I liked the photos! :thumbsup:
darkdaliia Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Sounds like you had lots of fun ^^ hahaha and the signs killed me! lovely engrish there lol xD
AikiMiharu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that I've been to the hotel with the window to the bathroom! @_@ What was it called?
nuriko-kun Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I think many of the newer hotels have it. More than one hotel we stayed at had the window.
AikiMiharu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I getcha. :) Our hotel was The Glamor Hotel, or something like that. How weird!
junweise Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I heard it from my friend when he have a bussiness trip to Bali with his co-workers. A bunch of guys in a room with transparent bathroom, with no curtains, I almost laughed to death heard how they...LOL
Poki-art Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for all those photos :) i would like to travel to lot of places in the future (i need moneh for that though:D) and i just want to see new things, and be amazed, and.. and i want shopping too xd thank you again for photos!
Shadow-Blossom888 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
That looks like so much fun! I wish i could go to China :)
sakuracaramel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg your trip looks awesome ; A;
i was born in china then moved to the us and haven't
been back in like 10 years TT nTT i want to go back for a visit
so badly, it was a treat (but also somehow torture some cuz i wanna go visit xD ) looking
through your photos :D
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