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My China Trip - Day 18 - Part 1 我的中国之行—第18天-第一部分    

By Barry Pittman
6144 Views | 29 Comments | 7/5/2014 8:10:36 PM
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#2014-07-24 12:43:53 by Barry1 @Barry1

@anonymous11159

"Stop being such a gloomy old bastard"

Thanks for this, Anon11159 - it put a smile on my face when I read it. So I'm not so gloomy after all. You perked me up!

Cheers mate! :)

#2014-07-24 12:52:17 by Barry1 @Barry1

@zqy2014

"Thanks... to insert all the Chinese translation back to each paragraph. It do help me a lot"

Thanks for this Lily, but it is MARISSA who does all the translating on my articles.

Marissa does a wonderful job and I am very grateful to her. It would take a lot of time to do all this work.

"I have never visited Jiuzhaigou Valley"

Really? Then I would highly recommend it, Lily. Book a hotel ahead and plan to stay there for two or three days, but avoid weekends and holiday periods. Going with your parents and sister is a great idea.

As far as sensitive or emotional interaction goes between Tina and I, this will be described in more detail in upcoming episodes of my series. I hope you will enjoy what I write. :)

Thanks for your interesting comments, Lily. (y)



#2014-07-24 13:59:06 by zqy2014 @zqy2014

@Barry1

Hi Barry, thanks for all your reminding and suggestions regarding to Jiuzhaigou Valley... Maybe we will find you & your Chinese girl friend there at that time(rofl)...

Have a nice weekend.

Lily

#2014-07-24 16:11:45 by 1992fiona @1992fiona

every time,when i am unhappy,i will review and hidden the corner enjoy your love story,feel that optimistic spirit and pure love between the lover relationship ,go on my life.thanks you write down good story.

#2014-07-24 16:49:43 by summer725 @summer725

@Barry1
Barry,if you are in the middle of October to jiuzhaigou, you will find that 10 times more beautiful than now]:)

#2014-07-26 16:02:30 by Barry1 @Barry1

@zqy2014

"Maybe we will find you & your Chinese girl friend there at that time"

Thanks for this, Lily.

Yes, I definitely intend to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley again. It's such a wonderfully pristine, beautiful area.

Book everything ahead as far as possible. Especially the hotels, where prices fluctuate wildly according to the season and even the day of the week.

Take very comfortable walking shoes with you, plus a bottle of water, plus something to eat along the way. If you go there by bus, make sure you book a window seat. Many interesting sights along the route will be seen.

Take an air or foam pillow for your head if you take a bus. Because standard bus seats have poor head and neck support, worse than aircraft seats. Take food and water on the bus with you as well, this'll save you both time and money queuing at the bus eating paces along the way.

Of course, a good quality camera or smart phone camera is essential, plus an umbrella in case of rain.

Good luck, Lily! (f)

#2014-07-26 16:11:01 by Barry1 @Barry1

@1992fiona

"thanks you write down good story"

Thanks for this, Fiona.

Yes, my story at its core is a love story. A romantic tale. Yet quite deliberately, I've avoided using too many lovey-dovey words or expressions. I've tried to inject pieces of adventure; humour; and day-to-day observations into the articles. This is my preferred method of writing, as compared to others who may be more overtly romantic or maudlin than I am. There's no right or wrong here though, each person has their own style.

It encourages me though, when I learn that some people are enjoying my story. Thank you, Fiona and most certainly, I wish you much success and happiness in your life. :)

#2014-07-26 16:14:37 by Barry1 @Barry1

@summer725

"in the middle of October to jiuzhaigou, you will find that 10 times more beautiful than now"

Thank you so much for this information Summer725.

I will tell it to Tina. Because both of us definitely want to revisit the place. We had such a great time there. The memories will last for many years.

I know it'll be a little cooler then also. So I'll make sure to take an extra coat with me.

Thanks again, Summer725. Best wishes to you. :)

#2014-07-27 10:31:53 by cathyf2012 @cathyf2012

From this article. you are full of complain about your negative attitude and opinion about China.

"Obviously not a particularly high class place", you may choose to pay more to get five star hotel.

“Absolutely bland and tasteless. I may as well have eaten wet cardboard. I gave up eating it in disgust but yet Tina enjoyed it. “ “No wonder it’s free!” ---You are in China. It better to get used to local culture. Tina enjoyed it. That means not so bad. If you don't like it, just buy something you like instead of complain.

"Frustrating for me, not understanding what was being said." Do you know, you need to be in tour guide of English instead of complain.

I didn’t really know where I was or how the day was to pan out, so I simply followed Tina, who had a map (in Chinese) of the area.---I don't know why you didn't do your homework before going next spot during your whole trip in China?

“Why don’t they slow down a bit!”,---if you are satisfied something, why you didn't try to talk with driver or Tina?

"If one is a public tour guide on a public bus wearing a nice colourful uniform, shouldn’t one expect that people may wish to take a photo? " Everyone has her(his) own personality. It's better to try to understand local culture and local people. Wear other's shoes.

I am sure if is this first time for you to be in China. Anyway I think you sound have a lot of hatred in your this trip in China.

#2014-07-27 13:54:51 by anonymous11222 @anonymous11222

@cathyf2012

How can you say such things about Barry? For goodness sake, you are vilifying the poor man!

Right Barry? She's vilifying you, right? (giggle)

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