The City and the Village Part II, a short story from China. After a prolonged period of stability, I finally bid farewell to Belgium in the summer of 2009. Uninspired by life in grey, uneventful Brussels, my girl and I headed off to China for an unforgettable year of teaching and traveling. “Gooooood moooooorning Jinan!!!” […]Read More
Tag: Visit Shandong province
July 2009. I’ve seen a fair bit of China over the years. Over all my extended travels, I can’t think of a more raw and authentic destination than the time machine village of Zhujiayu (pronounced joo-gee-aye-oo). Located in Shandong province, some 80km outside the concrete jungle of Jinan, arriving here literally feels like landing in […]Read More
August 2009. Architecturally speaking the Chinese city of Qingdao is quite unique thanks to its tumultuous history of German occupation in the late 1890s. I guess being invaded and colonised by the Germans wasn’t much fun. Nevertheless, the whole chapter did at least leave the city with cobbled streets, European style squares and a smattering […]Read More
July 2009. The concrete jungle of Jinan in Shandong Province, China, lies some five hours south of Beijing. That’s a comparatively swift three hours if you treat yourself to the high-speed bullet train. As the capital of Shandong Province, the city is home to a whopping seven million people and is a major economic and […]Read More
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