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  1. dolphingirl47

    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    With at least 5 more trips on the cards this year, planning could almost me a full-time job at the moment. This is after I already had two mini trips this year as well. The next big highlight is now just over two weeks away. This was supposed to be my next trip, but I may “accidentally” have...
  2. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Just quickly checking in to say "hi". Things have been crazy busy in preparation for this happening: Essentially over the last few months I have been doing my old job and most of my new job so there was not much time for much else. I am heading for a sneaky trip to Disneyland Paris on...
  3. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    It was an absolutely amazing day and one that I will always look back to with the fondest memories. I can't wait to get back to Guilin, which will hopefully happen around 15 months from now. My leave for this year is maxed out. I think I can claim the title of Queen of Being Behind by now...
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    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    Yes, definitely alive and kicking. I have to venture over there and thank Magdalene. Corinna
  5. dolphingirl47

    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    Just quickly checking in to say "hi". Things have been crazy busy in preparation for this happening: Essentially over the last few months I have been doing my old job and most of my new job so there was not much time for much else. I am heading for a sneaky trip to Disneyland Paris on...
  6. dolphingirl47

    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    Thanks, it was very magical indeeed. It is nice to be missed. Everything is great. I just have been madly busy. Corinna
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    Amy's (Non-Disney) Designs - Part IV

    Here is a photo of us wearing our embarkation shirts. Corinna
  8. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Ovation of the Seas was in port again that day and I wanted to check out if I could see her. We went exploring. It did not take long until I got a glimpse of her. Unfortunately, there is a lot of building work going on along the waterfront and construction fences blocked my view. We did figure...
  9. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Day 14 We woke up to the realisation that the sad day of leaving had arrived. Our time in Guilin had flown by, but at the same time, we had made memories to last a lifetime. We got up and ready. Then we headed downstairs for breakfast. I had another bowl of soup noodles, bacon, egg, sausages...
  10. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    The food was as delicious as it looked, too. Thanks. We definitely got to visit some amazing places on this trip and it is a huge privilege that we have the chance to visit places like this. Corinna
  11. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    After lunch, we headed to our final destination, Yao Mountain. Yao Mountain is the highest mountain in this area at 909 meters. It features a cable chair lift, which was the first one in this region. Considering that this is a major tourist attraction, the road leading up to it is interesting...
  12. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    We drove through the suburbs of Guilin for a while, but soon we were out in the countryside. A short while later, we arrived at our destination, the Tea Research Institute. This is a government facility located in a former royal garden and they produce only organic tea. As soon as we pulled into...
  13. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Day 13 We were awake before our alarm went off. We enjoyed the lovely view for a bit and then got up and ready. I had a bit of a slow morning, so I sent Graham down to breakfast and said I would follow. By the time I got there, he had just about finished. I was not particularly hungry and was...
  14. dolphingirl47

    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    It is absolute ages again since I last updated this and as I am now officially well into single digit territory and Graham will be in Hong Kong already by this time next week, I thought it was high time for an update. The good thing is that I am 90% ready for this holiday. Even though I have...
  15. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Thanks. There are even prettier photos to come. Corinna
  16. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    When we left the park, I took a quick photo of a pretty building just outside the park and then we decided that we better do something about lunch. There were plenty of restaurants nearby. We ended up in what was essentially a fast food restaurant, but they had a menu with photos, which always...
  17. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    Day 12 We had planned on a more leisurely day and a lie in, but I was wide awake by 6:00 AM. I read for a bit and then managed to fall asleep again and we both woke up at 7:30 AM. We got up, had a shower and then got ready for breakfast. It was pretty busy that morning and we ended up sitting...
  18. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    The low cloud also gave a ver mysterious feel to the karst mountains. This area of China is just stunningly beautiful. I thought so, too. This was very much the exception. I have found that people in China are normally overly punctual. I suppose this had to do with the morning rush hour...
  19. dolphingirl47

    It's A Small World - A Never-ending Pre-trip Report

    It feels like forever since I have been here and this is my thread. I am sorry that you were sick. Thanks. I am very excited about this part of the trip. Shanghai and the surround area had lots going for it. Hopefully we manage to see most of the highlights on this trip. Corinna
  20. dolphingirl47

    A Tale Of Four Cities

    We were welcomed with a cup of the sweet rice wine that is produced in the village. This was delicious. We then headed into one of the houses. The majority of people in China are Han people. However, about 8.5% of the population of China belongs to the 55 recognized ethnic minorities. Officially...

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