Monday, 30 January 2012

It's a Wrap!

It was only when I was looking for photographs to display in the recent CNY posts, here, here, and here, that I spotted this in the corner of the China tour album. It would seem that I commenced a kind of scapbooking back in the 80's without realising it.
My 'roomy' Nancy, wrote this in my album

I have always kept bits and pieces from my travels since the 1970's. I have numerous brown envelopes stuffed with brochures, receipts, photographs, local information etc. that I never knew what to do with. I just knew I wanted to keep them. Maybe it would be a fun project with my granddaughter sometime to seek them out and journal them? Endless possibilities, never enough time!

Before I depart from this trip down memory lane, I thought I would share some of the things I wrote in a journal while in China. List of characters: Tour escort Richard, and Jasmine, the National Guide in Guilin.

Some memorable sayings and moments:
  • Jasmine had a beautiful voice and when she wasn't coughing alarmingly, sang songs from the Sound of Music learned from the television.
  • The trip on the Li River, the fabulous 'karst' mountain formations.
  • Those who carried hairspray had them confiscated at the airport after a demonstration by an airline assistant where he sprayed a board and set light to it to show us it was flammable. (!)
  • The cormorants perched on slim rafts along the river banks.
  • While on the bus which took us to the collection point for our river trip, Richard said 'That is Elephant Trunk Hill, the most photographed landmark in all of Guilin'. We asked, 'Can we stop for pictures?', he answered 'No, we don't have time'.

This was our lunch on board. The packet of Yupi peanuts has this on the reverse: 'It can lower cholesterol levels, prevent arteriosclerosis and heart disease, at the same time it has function of raising children's intelligence and keeping human vitality'.

After Guilin, we flew up to Xian to see the extraordinary Terra-Cotta Warriors. The vault took 37 years to build and 720,000 workers were involved in making this tribute to the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty. When we were there they had discovered around 6000 of the warriors, some weapons and chariots. My younger daughter has visited Zian more recently and there are now more than 8000 warriors on display.

Our guide in Xian was called Mr Liu and we loved him for the following comments:
  • 'It is harder to find a room (in Xian) than a girl friend'
  • 'I am going to enjoy you all very much' (my all time favourite!).
check out the ponchos - it rained a lot!

There's so much more to show and tell about my travels in Asia but for now, I hope you have enjoyed these glimpses into some of my Chinese New Year adventures.

1 comment:

Sian said...

I have enjoyed them very much. Your collection of brown envelopes stuffed with "bits" sounds very like my own collection - right back from the days went I went to France and before. I guess a scrapbook can take many different forms :)