Off to the Amusement Park we Go!

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Last week a group of teachers local and foreign decided to go the Hangzhou amusement park. Waking up early and heading out on an adventure was just what I needed as I sill feel like such a foreigner in this city.

The journey took us a bus ride in peak time, and a train ride later taking us about an hour to get to the area where the amusement park is.We then had to navigate ourselves to the actual park. Walking to the bus stop, a women convinced us to go with her, she had a van and would take us for the same price of as a bus. We all agreed and got lead to a dodgy looking van like we were about to get Kidnapped Lol Jokes aside we arrived alive…

With very little idea of what to expect we were all excited to get in and see what this place was all about.Since its October and the month of Halloween, the park was decorated in a Halloween theme. They had actors dressed like zombies scaring people and doing random flash mobs from time to time.

The first ride we went on was the Rollercoaster it’s not very big and its very quick. It was fun, but you move around a lot and can be very painful. The rides in the park are very mediocre. Nothing too crazy and even our Rangtanga Junction back home in Cape Town can beat this place, but it was fun to see and experience and be out with friends.

One thing that’s for sure is Chinese People get scared so quickly.There is a haunted house in the park, but it’s a dark house with a few rooms you walk around in with a few scary props here and there. It was so silly not scary at all, and our Chinese friends that were with us were so scared it was crazy a real good laugh.

If you have been to any other amusement park, you will really laugh at this one it is very lame. I enjoyed being out and having to see it and go on all the rides reminded me of being kid again.

I would say this place is to be enjoyed in a group so you can maximize your fun, but I wouldn’t recommend going if you alone. It was a fun day out and especially working the way we do in the week when it comes to down time we need to let our hair down and have some fun.

So overall I enjoyed the day out but will give Hangzhou Paradise a 4/10 based on rides and entertainment value.

Let me know the best amusement park you have ever been too in the comments. Hope you all are well and welcome to all my new subscribers Thank you for joining my adventures in China and who knows where else I may end up….

Peace love and Happiness

 

Cherry ♥

 

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Getting out of your Comfort Zone

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I feel so out of touch with this blog I do apologise for this; life in China has been chaos as can be expected. Since I have been back from holiday in Shanghai reality had to set in.

Adapting has been tough but as time passes by and boy does time pass by extremely fast here it has been such a good experience. I love living here, getting lost has been so frustrating but so good at the same time.

I have been here for just over a month now and have done so many things that are out of my comfort zone, it’s extremely scary, but it makes my journey here worth it. I bought a pink bicycle and cycle, everywhere. Try cycling in peak time traffic with so many people cars, buses and taxis it’s intense.

Teaching that has now become my job is so far out of my comfort zone its crazy and I ask myself every day what am I doing. Things have been so hard for me I put so much pressure on myself to get things right but when I step in that classroom, I just have to roll with the punches and do my best. I have good days and bad days, and I know with time things will get easier or so I keep praying. I have a new found respect for teachers I had no idea what a tough job this would be. From preparing lessons to managing the classroom its no easy task. Then I keep thinking to myself I didn’t come halfway around the world give up I just need to keep moving forward.

We have been fortunate and blessed with awesome work people the foreign staff and the locals are awesome. We speak English all day in the office that I sometimes forget I am in China until I need to go to the toilet and need to squat still slowly getting used to the long drop toilets

Life in China is so different, and I can’t explain it, it feels like I am living in a dream, like I am not here LOL. I don’t miss home just yet more the friends and family I have left behind and missing pivotal moments..Like hearing my dearest sister Courteney who competed in a talent competition last week got a call back to compete in the international competition in Florida USA and potentially has an opportunity to attend the New York Film Academy. She truly inspires me not give up and to continue to peruse my passions as she is doing.

One thing I have learnt on my journey here and getting to this point is not to give up. Believing in yourself is truly important and even though you may not have the plan fully mapped out when you have a goal and God on your team he will provide a way for you.

I had to move to China a million miles away to get out of my comfort zone and I can feel I am turning into a stronger person because of the obstacles I need to overcome. I urge you to get out of your comfort zone no matter how big or small it is try and do something that will challenge you in some way.

I am always keen to hear what it could be so let me know in the comments.

I will defiantly be posting soon I went to an amusement park today so I will fill you all in on that soon!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

Travel Diary -Shanghai the Chinese NYC

 

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Luckily for us we arrived In China around the right time to cash in on the National Holidays we got five days off. ( screaming inside thank you lord) So we had decided to make the most of these days as we don’t know when we would get a holiday again for a very long time. Since Shanghai is an hour away it only made sense for us to go and explore.

We took the bullet train from Hangzhou that took an hour and 10 minutes it was better than flying. The legroom was amazing, and the seats go far back that you feel like you can sleep comfortably. Minus a family who were up and down next to me the journey to Shanghai was a smooth one. A highly recommended experience.

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Using the metro/subway system to get around is very simple we navigated our way to our hotel using nothing but trains, and our hotel was 5 minute walk from the station. We stayed at a place called the Ibis Hotel. It wasn’t anything too fancy, but it was cheap and perfect for us.
That evening we decided to get dressed up and go to Nanjing road this road is the popular road we were told about.

We didn’t realise how popular until we got there it felt like a street carnival so many people it was crazy. So many shops I could not count. We found a Market area that sold cool things and you can literally barter your goods for next to nothing. Spent way too much money way too quickly.

We walked the entire strip about 5 km of hundreds of people millions of shops and bright lights. It was intense but loved it. Eventually, our feet ached from walking, and the crowds got annoying and all we wanted was good food and drink in a vibey place. Not knowing where to go was tough because all the bars are scattered around the city. Eventually, it got very late, and we could not deal with it anymore walking so we decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel.

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Now being a tourist in a city like this I warn you to be smart because Taxi drivers will rob you with cab fare. One Taxi driver wanted to charge us 100RMB to take us about 3 km. After arguing and joking with him because, we knew it was a ludicrous amount he then told us he will take us for less and wanted to put us into a van that wasn’t his…. Laughing we walked quickly away. (we have all seen the movie taken right.)

The next day we went shopping at the market place again got some good deals and random items. Then met up with a friend of mine from Cape Town, who is also teaching in Shanghai. It was so awesome to see her and listen to how China has been treating her. The best thing about meeting other people is knowing that we are going through the same thing. We met her housemate Zee an Indian Muslim Scottish guy lol, needless to say; his accent didn’t match his look at all. He was cool we went to this hand pulled noodle bar with them for lunch it was so good and so cheap.

They live near a beautiful park called Zhongshan Park, and we wandered the park for a while meandering along the paths watching people having fun. So many people were out enjoying the sun flying kites, picnicking on the grass music going, people singing and dancing it was a feast for the eyes. I could imagine myself living in this city and running away from hustle and bustle in this park a little secret garden in the midst of the madness.

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That evening we met up with two work colleagues who came to Shanghai. We met for dinner and wanted to do some night tour of the Pearl Tower and river cruise. When we arrived, it had closed, so we decided to do it the next day. We found the worst place for food ever some Chinese diner place near the Pearl. So with setback after another it looked like the night was off to a bumpy start followed by another scavenger hunt for a bar that took about two trains and it felt like an hour of walking. Eventually, we made it to the bar, and they had decent western food, and the prices were ok. (Light at the end of the tunnel.) In China, we have come to realise in order to remain sane we need celebrate small victories every time.

The next day we headed out again the beauty of the metro is it makes it so easy to travel around without spending an exorbitant amount on Taxi fare.Trying to explain to a taxi driver where we were going when we weren’t sure ourselves could have been an expensive setback.
We went to see Jing’an Temple a temple in the middle of the city. It was so strange to have this beautiful ancient temple in the middle of high skyscrapers and shops. It felt very odd I guess this what China means by new meets old lol. We then spent the afternoon at Century Park bigger than Zhongshan Park and in my opinion not has beautiful. It was once again buzzing with people. I have never seen so many people in a park cycling, picnicking, and just having fun. We even managed to catch a few weddings too. We walked around had Ice-cream enjoyed the sun while people watching.

Then we headed off to the Pearl Tower along with the rest of China. After being disappointed the night before, we got there earlier not knowing that the rest of China had the same idea. When we got to the front to buy tickets, we got hit with the sad news of a 3-4 hour wait because they were so busy. So we left feeling defeated by Shanghai what more could go wrong seriously.

We left on what felt like search 500 for a bar with a vibe awesome food and people. Everyone told us about this place called Paris and we were determined to find it since it was our last night in this city. We got off the metro and started walking, and we found a bar café that looked amazing Unas Pizza I think it was called it was a breath of fresh air. Since we concluded the Chinese food in Shanghai is bad, or atleast the places we had tried was bad. This place was awesome reminded me of a bar restaurant I would have gone to back home. The food was awesome the burger I had tasted real, and the price was right.

After dinner and feeling sleepy they quest to find Paris continued. We then took the last train before they closed at 11pm got off at a place that seemed like the dodgy part of town. Now not knowing which direction to walk we then got a taxi that dropped us off and to our surprise our wild goose chase for a place called Paris was actually called Perry’s. When we realised this, we all just burst out laughing, and we were determined to have a good night. Thank you Perry’s for not disappointing. I will recommend this place its cheap buzzing full of foreigners and locals. The music is good it is just a great party without being too fancy just what Stacey and I were looking for to end our trip on a good note. We met so many interesting people from all over the world.

So after setback after setback and not giving up on Shanghai you are a city that will never be forgotten. Even after spending way too much money, walking way too far and dealing with far too many people, it is not a place for the faint hearted.Shanghai is one beautiful city with an unmistakably unique skyline and a vibe I cannot put into words this city can suck you in. (Fyi if you plan to visit do not go over the national holiday there are just too many people to enjoy the touristy things.) Shanghai we will be back….

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥.

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Adventures to Ninxun Town

IMG-20140918-WA0017It’s been awhile since I last posted but due to lack of social networks and very poor internet connection at times and being very busy time seems to be my worst enemy. As I get into life of China and find out the hacks of life here, I plan to be more dedicated and up to date with all my adventures.

Where do I begin in our first week the school I work for English First had planned a trip for the staff to visit the ancient town called Ninxun. It is an hour out of the city we live, and the school organised a bus, lunch and then we could wander the city for the afternoon. Looking at the typical ancient Chinese architecture.

The story has it that a rich Chinese Lady from the Shang dynasty married a local from Ninxin and moved to this town her father sent her a 1000 maids. There is one corridor of a thousand rooms dedicated to her maids she had. (This is a story one of the locals told us so it should be true, but don’t quote me on the facts it may be slightly wrong.)
It was an awesome day having to explore this city. People are looking happy playing Chinese dominos living a very simple lives.

They turned half the city into a museum preserving the heritage of this little town. One of the local teachers explained that these small towns people have small dreams and never leave. They happy fishing, or having a small house shop in the streets or fruit and veg stall. It was very interesting to see and experience. It is a very beautiful little town with a river running through it and beautifully crafted bridges going across it.
Just my luck my camera broke on the second day in China so my phone is all I have right now until I can get a new one.( tear tear)
We went to this local place for lunch where they just kept bringing out dishes to eat. This is where we were a tad adventurous, eating things like pigs gut that didn’t taste too bad. We ate tofu, snails, squid, eel, chicken, fish, and good vegetables.

The food in China is very strange, but I have learnt fast do not ask what meat you’re eating if it tastes good keep eating if not don’t ever order it again. The chicken in China is dodgy as they cook the entire thing from feet with nails on it to the head. If you are a vegetarian Chinese food is good everything comes with rice or noodles even the breakfast. We did however find a savoury pancake place that Is cheap near to school and makes for a good breakfast still doesn’t beat the traditional English breakfast with bacon and eggs but it’s a good second choice.

This day was an awesome one! I have been working like a crazy person but having this opportunity to explore and see China made me appreciate how lucky I am to have this opportunity that many people will never have.

Stacey and I are finally living our dream of travel the work in-between is tough, but the memories and character building this adventure is already teaching us is amazing and worth it. China is a difficult place to get settled in, but I know with time things will get easier. I will say you need to have strong Character and a massive support system to not let things get you down and just keep going.

Hope all is good with all of you and keep an eye out for my next post coming soon Stacey and Thalea take Shanghai …

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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